The holidays are here and so are the events! These are open to the public with activities for all ages.
North Pole Stroll– December 5-30, Each year, downtown Athens is transformed into a holiday spectacle for several weeks of free festive fun. The North Pole Stroll is a celebration of beautifully decorated Christmas trees placed in Big Spring Memorial Park. No admission charged.
Christkindlmarket– December 6-8, German-inspired Christmas Market with over 50 local, and regional, Christmas craft vendors. No admission price.
NEACA Christmas Craft Show– December 6-8, Needlework, ceramics, flower arrangements, jewelry, and other hand made goods. No admission price.
Mommy and Me Nutcracker Tea– December 7, Create a special memory with your little ones at the fourth annual Mommy & Me Nutcracker Tea. (Daddy is welcome too.) Enjoy delicious treats, make a keepsake craft, meet the dancers and hear the story of The Nutcracker. The tea party will conclude with a mini presentation of The Nutcracker. $12 for adults, $10 for children.
Christmas Bazaar– December 7, Handmade crafts, gifts, decorations and concessions from local crafters, artisans, vendors. Admission and parking is free.
Winter Craft Show at the Athens-Limestone Public Library– December 7, More than 20 local crafters selling unique handmade items just in time for Christmas, everything from donkey milk soap, pottery, and quilted items. No admission price.
Peace on Earth: A Holiday Spectacular featuring the Indigo Girls– December 7, Features UAH music faculty and students, Huntsville Community Chorus Youth Chorale, and Huntsville Symphony Orchestra who will offer seasonal favorites to kick off your holiday season. The the Indigo Girls join them for a spectacular holiday set. Ticket required.
Yule Ya’ll– December 7, Christmas Market with a southern twist and twinkle at Lowe Mill. Admission is $5 per car.
Invasion of the Nerdy Noel– December 8, There will be activities for kids, cosplayers, door prizes, raffle baskets, and SO MUCH NERDY STUFF! Items for sale are focused on nerdy/geeky/pop culture/sci-fi/fantasy/gaming/anime themes. No admission charged.
Tinsel Trial .5K run– December 8, Trot through the Trail with your four-legged friend. There will be pup-friendly vendors, food trucks and other festivities. Each person and dog running is $25, which gets you a long sleeve shirt, a bandanna for your four-legged friend, and $5 worth of raffle tickets. If you register after Dec 1, they cannot guarantee you a shirt.
East Limestone High School Christmas Concert– December 9, Consists of winds and percussion from grades 7-12 and the winter guard. The concert should last about an hour. Audience members are encouraged to join in on wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Christmas PJs.
Skating in the Park special events- December 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 27, 30, 31. January 3, 5
Tinsel Trail– November 29-January 4, Big Spring Park takes on a holiday glow with over 300 elaborately decorated trees. No admission charged.
Literary Trails with Santa Claus– December 13, Enjoy a story with Santa, along with hot chocolate & apple cider. After story time, there will be picture time with Santa and holiday crafts. No admission charged.
Holidays in the Valley– December 14, This event brings together a wide variety of local musicians who are always eager to perform. Come enjoy the sounds of the holidays while raising money for childhood education. No admission charged, donations are accepted.
Madison Christmas Capers and Polar Express Parade– December 14, Madison is planning a big Sesquicentennial celebration in conjunction with its annual Christmas parade. Gather on historic Main Street for birthday cake, hot chocolate and music at 5 pm. No admission charged.
Westminster Annual Holiday Market– December 14, 20 crafts and direct sales vendors will have items to purchase. Go do you holiday shopping for one of a kind gifts. Admission is free.
Scottboro Christmas Parade– December 14, This year’s theme is “Under the Mistletoe” and all proceeds from the parade fees go to The Community Service League Christmas Angel Tree which is a county wide program that purchases Christmas gifts for all Jackson County foster children. Admission is free.
Decatur Christmas Boat Parade of Lights– December 14, It features many boats of all types and sizes decorated with lights, holiday themes and other festive trimmings for the holiday season. The public is invited to stroll around the docks prior to the parade for an up close look at the brightly lit boats. Admission is free.
Downtown Tri 2019- December 15, Trick out your tricycle and participate in any of their three events: sprint tri-athalon, most creative 3 (or 4)-wheeled vehicle, timed tri-al. No admission charged but registration required.
Brass Band of Huntsville “Christmas Time is Here”– December 16, Featuring music from ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ in the acoustically-engineered sanctuary at Covenant Presbyterian Church. No admission charged, donations welcomed.
Glorious Christmas with the Decatur Orchestra and Huntsville Master Chorale- December 16, You will enjoy music from The Nutcracker, Greensleeves, familiar songs like; Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, White Christmas and more. Adults $25, college students $5, other students and kids free.
Living Christmas Tree– December 19-22, A spectacle of sight and sound, over 150 singers, a 50 piece orchestra and thousands of lights bring a 39-foot Christmas tree to life. Tickets are free but must be reserved.
Solstice Scavenger Hike– December 21, Celebrate the Winter Solstice on a leisurely hike for nature seekers of all ages at Goldsmith Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary. All ages welcome but strollers not recommended. No admission charged.
Winter Solstice Artists Market – The Barking Dog Arts– December 21, The Barking Dog Arts will be partnering with Lowe Mill to extend out the Winter Solstice Market to the entire second floor which means more vendors and lots to do in the artist studios. No admission charged.
Eight Nights of Hanukkah Concert – Downtown Huntsville Library – Join the new Jewish community choir as they present selections of Hanukkah music for everyone to enjoy! All ages and faiths are welcome to learn more about this holiday through the joy of music.
Christmas Eve at Milton Frank– December 24, It will have carols, a short Christmas message, and an unforgettable fireworks show. Come early for hot chocolate. No admission charged.