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Complete listing of 2012 Holiday Events

Thru Jan. 7
FESTIVAL OF WREATHS AT THE LIBRARY
Madison Public Library
130 Plaza Boulevard in Madison
Free Event
The Friends of the Madison Public Library invite area non-profit groups to participate in their first annual “Festival of Wreaths”, a program designed to celebrate the holiday spirit and showcase artists and community organizations in and around Madison.  Participants can design an artificial wreath to represent their organization or create a theme around their favorite book or author. Decorated wreaths will be on display on bookshelves at the Madison Public Library starting Dec. 3, and will be available for the public to enjoy through Jan. 7. All entries must be received by Nov. 30.
Applications and guidelines for participating in the “Festival of Wreaths” are available at the Madison Public Library. You can also call 256-426-8300 or email madisonfriendsofthelibrary@gmail.com for an application.

Thru Dec. 31
ICE SKATING IN THE PARK
Mon.-Thurs. Noon-10 p.m., Fri. Noon-Midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.-Midnight and Sun. Noon-8 p.m.
Huntsville Museum of Art
Call (256) 535-4350 for ticket info.
Grab your skates, family and friends then head downtown to enjoy outdoor ice skating behind the museum. Rental skates are available.

Thru Dec. 31
GALAXY OF LIGHTS DRIVE-THROUGH
5:30-9 p.m.
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville
(256) 830-4447 for ticket info.
Join the tradition by driving through the winter light extravaganza in the warmth of your car. See thousands of twinkling lights with old favorites and fabulous new animated displays.

Thru Dec.31
SANTA’S ROCKET WORKSHOP
5:30-9 p.m.
U.S. Space and Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base Huntsville, AL 35805
Free with admission to Galaxy of Lights
As guests enter the Galaxy of Lights, we invite them to stop at Santa’s Rocket Workshop where Santa’s propulsion crew is adding rocket engines to his sleigh.  Visitors will get pictures with Santa and see live reindeer, enjoy the lighted aircraft at Aviation Challenge and take a ride on our Rocket Tram.

Thru Dec. 31
THE TINSEL TRAIL
4:30-11 p.m.
Big Spring Park, West Huntsville
Free Event
Featuring a total of 200 small trees, four large flagship trees at each entrance and the city of Huntsville’s tree in the center of the trail. Trees will line the sidewalk and be fenced in, so the trail will be fully paved.  The trees will be lit  every night especially Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve. This year will also include performances every Friday and Saturday night and Sun. afternoon in the gazebo.

Dec.6-9, 13-16
PLAY: A CHRISTMAS STORY
Renaissance Theatre
Thurs.-Sat. 7 p.m. and Sun. 2:30 p.m.
1214 Meridain Street in Huntsville
Call (256) 536-3117 for ticket info.
The only thing little Ralphie Parker hopes to find under the tree is a Daisy Brand Red ryder BB rifle.  He doesn’t simply want it–he’s consumed with an aching desire for it. Based upon the classic motion picture, this play is a holiday treat everyone can enjoy.

Thru Dec. 23
SANTA’S VILLAGE
5-9 p.m.
Alabama Constitution Village
109 Gates Avenue in Huntsville
Call (256) 564-8100 for ticket info.
Young and old alike will delight in visiting Santa and Mrs. Claus’ home, the reindeer in their stable and elves in their toy shop working busily to create special memories for you and your family in the village Santa calls home.

Thru Dec. 30
DAILY HOLIDAY ACTIVITY STATIONS
Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
102-D Wynn Drive, Huntsville
Included with general admission
www.sci-quest.org or 256-837-0606
Come share the holiday spirit with a touch of science at Sci-Quest! Daily holiday hands-on activity stations will be set-up throughout the Science Center.

Dec. 8, 15
PLANETARIUM: THE CHRISTMAS STAR
Monte Sano State Park and Lodge
Doors open at 7 p.m., program at 7:30 p.m.
Planetarium, beside the Country Grocery Store and Camp Ground in Huntsville
Call (256) 539-0316 for ticket info.
What exactly was the object the Wisemen saw?  Each year at this special time, we turn back the hands of time to look into the sky of long ago and search for this mysterious object.

Dec. 7-9
THE NUTCRACKER, A YULETIDE BALLET
Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m.
Butler High School
Auditorium, 3401 Holmes Avenue, Huntsville
Call (256) 881-5930 for ticket info.
Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre, a non-profit performing arts company, will open its fifth season to holiday audiences with “The Nutcracker: A Yuletide Ballet”  Huntsville’s most experienced teachers and directors, Keren Gibb-Hilliard and David Herriott, will once again create the performance that has been a holiday tradition for families in the Valley.

Thru Dec. 6
SUPPER WITH SANTA
1st seating at 4:30 p.m., 2nd seating at 6 p.m.
EarlyWorks Children’s Museum
404 Madison Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Call (256) 564-8123. Reservations required
Dine with Santa in the Grand Hall of the Early Works Museum and then go over to Santa’s Village for crafts, activities and entertainment for the whole family.

Dec. 5
EVERY LIGHT A PRAYER FOR PEACE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY-HUNTSVILLE
9:30 a.m.
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue in Huntsville
Free Event
This is the Official Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Huntsville and Madison County.  This year’s program includes local dignitaries, elementary students, clergy representatives and Garden Club members who will light the tree.  Refreshments will be served.

Dec. 6
HOLIDAY GALLERY TOUR
5-9 p.m.
2211 Seminole Drive in Huntsville
Join in the fun as Huntsville celebrates art with a tour of local galleries. This informal event showcases artists whose work includes painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass and wood. Hors d’oeuvres at all locations. Maps available at each location. For more information, call (256) 534-3968.

Dec. 6-7
HOLIDAY MAGIC AT BURRITT
ON THE MOUNTAIN
6:30-9 p.m.
Burritt on the Mountain
Call  (256) 534-4361 for ticket info.
Guests will enjoy a traditional Christmas Dinner, festive caroling and a visit from St. Nick.  Each magical evening begins in the Trillium Room with light hors d’oeuvres and holiday cheer with family and friends.  When dinner is ready, guests will be led by lantern along candle-lit pathways to a cozy meal in a historic log house of their choice.

Dec. 6
THE FOUR BITCHIN’ BABES
PRESENT JINGLE BABES
7:30 p.m.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
3320 Triana Boulevard in Huntsville
Call (256) 534-6455 for ticket info.
Enjoy an enchanting evening of carols, kvelling and comedy in four-part harmony.

Dec. 7-9
NEACA CHRISTMAS CRAFT SHOW
Fri.-Sat. 9-7 p.m. and Sun. Noon-5 p.m.
Von Braun Center
South Hall, 700 Monroe Street in Huntsville
Free Event
Over 225 crafters present. Gift certificate drawings given away throughout each day.

Dec. 7-9
NUTCRACKER ON ICE
Fri. 7 p.m., Sat. 2 and 7 p.m. and Sun. 2 p.m.
Benton W. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex
3185 Leeman Ferry Road in Huntsville
Call 256) 883-3773 for ticket info.
The Huntsville Skating School and Training Academy presents “The Nutcracker On Ice”
Over 80 talented and accomplished ice skaters of the Huntsville Skating School as they bring The Nutcracker to life on ice.

Dec. 8
CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS MEMORIAL
6 p.m.
Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville
Free Event
Lighted luminaries halo the graves of the unknown Confederate Soldiers, ribbons and greenery will adorn the iron fence.  An honor guard will be posted.  Re-enactors will be dressed in period attire.  The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will remember the soldiers in work and song.

Dec. 8
HARRISON BROTHERS
LUMINARY OPEN HOUSE
5-8 p.m.
Historic Harrison Brothers Hardware
124 South Side Square in Huntsville
Free Event
Wrap-up your shopping as you enjoy Alabama’s oldest continuously operating hardware store.  A visit to Harrison Brothers is a Huntsville Christmas tradition.

Dec. 8
HOLIDAY CONCERT AT THE LIBRARY
7 p.m.
Huntsville Public Library
915 Monroe Street in Huntsville
Free Event
Enjoy the “U.S. Army Four Star Jazz Orchestra” and the “Rocket City Jazz Orchestra” with vocalists.  We’ll have a dance area and refreshments.

Dec. 8
LIVE NATIVITY SCENES AND OPEN HOUSE
5-8:30 p.m.
Holmes Street United Methodist Church
501 Holmes Street in Huntsville,
Free Event
Come to the heart of Old Town where beautiful luminaries line the streets of the community and we share in the Christmas spirit. Outside the sanctuary, visit the live Nativity and watch for the Wise Men to come from the East at 7 p.m. Inside, warm up with hot chocolate, refreshments, homemade cookies and children’s activities. In the sanctuary, see the beautiful poinsettia display, a 20-foot Chrismon Tree and enjoy live concert music presented every half hour.

Dec. 8
LUMINARY NIGHT CELEBRATION
5-7 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
120 Green Street in Huntsville
Free Event
Come inside and see the collection of nativity displays, hear and experience live Christmas music from the Sanctuary organ and the Heavenly Honkers and sample cider, hot chocolate and cookies.

Dec. 8
SANTA BRUNCH
10 a.m.
Huntsville Botanical Garden
The Arbor, 4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Call 256-830-4447 ex. 241 for ticket info.
Families are invited to join Santa for a holiday brunch.  Bring your camera and take a pictures with Santa.  There will also be a holiday craft and face painting. Reservations required.

Dec. 8
SANTA TRAIN
10, 11 a.m. and 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
North Alabama Railroad Museum
694 Chase Road in Huntsville
Ride with Santa, gifts for the children and candy canes for everyone. Take the museum’s free walking tour. See historic railroad equipment and the Chase Depot. The train will operate rain or shine. Call for tickets, 256-683-7953, 9 a.m.-noon, Mon.-Thurs.

Dec. 8
SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS PAST
HOMES TOUR AND LUMINARIES
Producer: Weeden House Museum
5-9 p.m.
Twickenham District in Huntsville
Call (256) 536-7718 for ticket info.
The Twickenham District will be aglow with luminaries, trees and front doors glistening with holiday decorations and carolers strolling along the way. Advance Home Tour tickets and maps are available at Marie’s Hallmark on Pratt Avenue, Railroad Station Antiques on Jefferson Street, Hartlex Antiques and Interiors on Hughes Road, The Weeden House Museum on Gates Avenue, The Greenery on U.S. 431 South and at each home during the tour.

Dec. 8
MADISON CHRISTMAS PARADE
5:30 p.m.
Hughes Road and Downtown Madison
The annual Madison Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration is now underway for any organization which would like to participate in the holiday event with this year’s parade theme: “Twelve Days of Christmas.”
Registration forms are available at Dublin Memorial Park or online at www.madisonal.gov. Deadline for registration is Nov. 19. For additional information regarding registration or to be a volunteer for the parade, contact Gayle Milam at 772-9300 or e-mail gayle.milam@madisonal.gov.

Dec. 9
CHRISTMAS IN GURLEY
2-5 p.m.
Gurley, AL
Call (256) 776-9218 for ticket info.
Visit three historic churches and take a horsedrawn carriage ride through town.  Santa will stop by for the children.  A craft fair will be held at the Gurley United Methodist Church fellowship hall.  The day will end with the presentation of a Christmas music program at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and a luminary display through the streets of Gurley.

Dec. 11
MESSIAH SING-A-LONG
7:30 p.m.
Weatherly Heights Baptist Church
1306 Canstatt Drive in Huntsville
Free Event
Singers are invited to join the chorus and sing-a-long with orchestra, organ and harpsicord with this beloved Christmas music.  Aspiring conductors will have an opportunity to register at the door to conduct the final “Hallelujah Chorus” and will receive the conductor’s baton and a framed certificate as a momento of the occasion.

Dec. 12-16
SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS
Wed.-Fri. 7:30 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Burritt on the Mountain
3101 Burritt Drive in Huntsville
Call (256) 536-2882 for ticket info.
The Sanders family returns to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited them to the Baptist Church to sing, witness and thereby get the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sander’s own, ship off to World War II. The Congregation will hear more than two-dozen Christmas carols, many of them vintage hymns and hilarious yuletide stories from the more or less devout Sanders family members.

Dec. 13
MANDY BARNETT’S
WINTER WONDERLAND
7:30 p.m.
Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center
3320 Triana Boulevard in Huntsville
Call (256) 534-6455 for ticket info.
Her torchy delivery of her contemporary yet retro-sounding country and pop-tinged material harkens back to the likes of all-time great female singers and timeless sounds.

Dec. 13
LIVING CHRISTMAS TREE
Thurs.-Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sat. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sun. 3:00 and 5:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
600 Governors Drive in Huntsville
Call (256) 428-9422.
Free tickets available upon request.
Featuring a choir of 175 singers and a 60 piece orchestra directed by the Rev. Billy Orton.  This year’s Living Christmas Tree will feature festive arrangements of familiar carols, beautiful settings of new and traditional Christmas music and a candlelight processional with singers throughout the spacious FBC sanctuary.

Dec. 15
CONCERT: JIM BRICKMAN
8 p.m.
Von Braun Center
Concert Hall, 700 Monroe Street Huntsville
Call (256) 533-1953 for ticket info.
Pianist Jim Brickman returns to Huntsville with speckial guests Luke McMaster, Anne Cochran and Tracy Silverman for  “On a Winters Night.”

Dec. 15
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Bob Jones Cafeteria
The Bob Jones Cheerleaders will host its annual “Breakfast With Santa” on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7:30-11 a.m. inside the cafeteria at Bob Jones High. Cost is $6 per person, with children age three and younger eating free. Besides pancakes and other foods with Santa, there will also be array of crafts for sale. The event is held to assist the cheer squad with costs associated with the National Cheer Competition scheduled for next February in Orlando, Fla.

Dec. 15
RUDOLPH RUN
8 a.m. for 5K and 9:15 a.m. for fun run
Alabama Constitution Village
Begins at Santa’s Village, 109 Gates Avenue ,
Call (256) 534-7014. No admission charged for spectators
Rudolph flies through downtown Huntsville with this 5K Rudolph Run and 1 mile fun run through downtown, including Twickenham and Old Town Historic Districts. Register online at active.com or download an application at www.blounthospitalityhouse.org.

Dec. 15
STORIES OF THE SEASON
3-4:30 p.m.
Huntsville Public Library
915 Monroe Street in Huntsville
Free Event
The Spellbinders relish the opportunity to bring you heartwarming tales of the holiday season.

Dec. 16
BOAR’S HEAD AND
YULE LOG FESTIVAL
5 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
120 Greene Street in Huntsville
Free Event
This traditional festival, celebrating the triumph of good over evil, is probably the oldest pageant, dating from the 1300’s. It is a processional with very colorful costumes and lots of singing with audience participation.

Dec. 16
MORAVIAN LOVEFEAST
7:00 p.m.
Weatherly Heights Baptist Church
1306 Canstatt Drive in Huntsville
Free Event
The service consists of three primary components; a simple meal of sweetened bun and coffee to demonstrate our unity in Christ and our equality under God, beautiful Christmas music to heighten our joy and a candlelight service which reminds us of Jesus’ words.  “I am the Light of the World” and “You are the light of World.”

Dec. 20
LIBRARY HOLIDAY PARTY
6 p.m.
Madison Public Library
Free Event
Take your photo under our holiday decor, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, sing along with familiar carols and receive a special gift.  Also hear the story of “Olive-The Other Reindeer.”

Dec. 23
SANTA’S VILLAGE LAST
NIGHT OF THE SEASON
5-9 p.m.
Alabama Constitution Village
109 Gates Huntsville, AL 35801
Call (256) 564-8100 for ticket info.
This is the last night to visit Santa’s Village this year, before St. Nick packs up and prepares for his Christmas Eve journey.

Dec. 26, 27, 28
WINTER BREAK CAMPS
Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
102-D Wynn Drive, Huntsville
www.sci-quest.org or 256-837-0606
Spend your winter break with Sci-Quest as we explore the science of all things cool! For grades K-5. Early drop off and late pick up available.

Dec. 31
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT NOON
10 a.m. to Noon
Sci-Quest, Hands-on Science Center
102-D Wynn Drive, Huntsville
Included with general admission
www.sci-quest.org or 256-837-0606
Join us for a rockin’ fun-filled New Year’s Eve party all before bedtime!

Dec. 31
POPS CONCERT: NEW YEAR’S
EVE THE AMERICAN WAY
7:30 p.m.
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe Street, Huntsville
Call (256) 539-4818 for ticket info.
The symphony is joined by members of the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band.  Bring in the New Year the American Way.

Jan. 4-6
MUSICAL: WEST SIDE STORY
Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. and Sun. 2 and 7:30 p.m.
Von Braun Center
700 Monroe Street Huntsville, AL 35801
Call (256) 518-6155for ticket info.
A Tony-winning classic considered one of Broadway’s finest musicals.

Jan. 6
CASUAL CLASSICS SERIES:
HONEY I SHRUNK THE ORCHESTRA
3:30 p.m.
Randolph School Fine Arts Building
4915 Garth Road in Huntsville
Call (256) 539-4818 for ticket info.
Enjoy Schoenberg’s “Kammersymphonie” (played twice), conducted by Gregory Vajda.