If you are looking to get that festive feeling stirred up? Huntsville has plenty of day and nighttime holiday events to make even a Scrooge get a little holiday cheer. Huntsville was recently named one of best Christmas towns in America. These are events that happen the entire holiday season!
Free and outdoors, downtown’s Big Spring Park returns its annual display of 300 live Christmas trees decorated by local business, groups and families. Whether you like odd and unique or traditional, white lights or colored, there are plenty of trees to enjoy as you meander around the park. Lit daily from dusk to midnight, the trees will be up until January 5th.
If you love holiday lights and can’t get enough, the Huntsville Botanical Garden’s annual Galaxy of Lights display if up through December 31st and is open 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Cost is $25 per passenger car and be sure to order your tickets online.
For the young and young at heart, the historic Huntsville Depot offers a winter playground at Santa’s Village through December 23rd. Meet Santa, cook with Mrs. Claus, check out the North Pole Post Office, see live reindeer and more. There’s even a snow machine, which might be the only snow we see this winter! Tickets are $7 and available online.
Next to the Huntsville Museum of Art and a quick stroll away from the Tinsel Trail, you can skate on real ice outdoors each evening until January 4th. There are some special day time hours as well. Check the Huntsville Museum of Art web site for all the details and pricing. Don’t have skates? No problem, they have you covered.
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Nicole Castle Brookus is a local food systems consultant, writer, artist & photographer, avid gardener, lover of all things geeky, and the Executive Director of Southern Foodscapes, an organization that advocates for healthy, resilient and sustainable local food systems. In her spare time, she studies the traditional herbal medicine of the southeastern United States and spends time hiking in the woods and foraging for wild foods. You can find a roundup of her content from around the web at www.brookus.com/blog.