‘Tis the season! There’s tons shopping to do, festive lights around town to admire, copious amounts of tasty, tasty, food to consume, and of course, you have to lovingly place those traditional and sentimental decorations around your house in just the right spot. But wait, there’s still one more important task you absolutely must do! You’ve got to visit the “Man in Red” himself. But where to look? Where to find the Santa and make sure that he knows you have been super good all year and not one bit grumpy and definitely deserve that super cute tea cozy that you have been admiring?!
Gather around and I shall give you the scoop. Santa’s Village (normally known as Alabama Constitution Village.) That’s where you need to go. He’s there each night from the day after Thanksgiving until December 23. (Which is totally understandable. He’s kinda busy on Christmas Eve getting everything ready.) And how much is it to grab a moment of Santa’s time, you ask? Why, a mere $5.00! That’s it. (Unless you are under a year old. It’s free for you.) And no matter how long the line is that night, everyone in line to see Santa is guaranteed to see him and have their picture made with him.
But wait – there’s more! Much, much more. Not only is the Village gorgeously decorated and fun, festive music fills the air, but there are so many things to see and do. Watch a blacksmith at work on the forge, make an ornament to take home and add to your tree, decorate a cookie, and hear a story from Missy Claus. And guys, it periodically even “snows!”
Looking to take some cute Christmas pictures? Santa’s Village is absolutely perfect for that. There are photo opportunities spread around the Village. (Tip: My favorite photo opp is the sled. Which is right next to the reindeer!) There are several costumed characters walking throughout the Village that absolutely love having their picture made with you and your little ones.
And reindeer, y’all! They have two live reindeer!
When you get cold, come in and stop by the coffee counter and purchase a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate. (Don’t forget to buy a piece of fudge while you are there. Trust me. Your taste buds will thank me.)
So while you’re sipping on your hot chocolate with two marshmallows, take a look around the gift shop. No lie, I think that gift shop is a Christmas wonder all on its own. I love it. So many wonderful things to buy. Stuff for kids, stuff for adults. Several of the paintings and jewelry are crafted by the super talented Lora McGown, who also works at EarlyWorks. Absolutely wonderful place to grab a few unique presents for your loved ones (and perhaps few for yourself!)
Santa’s Village is open November 25 until December 23, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. BONUS: Save money on admission by using your Holiday Magic coupons!
So keep yourself firmly on the Nice List by stopping by Santa’s Village this year! Merry Christmas, and happy holidays to you and your loved ones!
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Although not born nor raised in Huntsville, being a generally smart lady, Rebecca high-tailed it here as quickly as she could. She graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s in history and with a giant crush on the “stuff” of history, whether in a museum or a historic site. Most of her waking hours involve working in museum education for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. Like any good child of the South, she loves storytelling, which she considers an art form. Rebecca enjoys sharing Huntsville’s tales to anyone who will listen whether during Huntsville Ghost Walks, conducting tours of the Huntsville Depot, leading Breakfast Trolley tours or bringing history to life during the Cemetery Stroll. She is also a member of the Huntsville-Madison County Historical Society and the Huntsville Historic Marker Committee.