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Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

North Star Limited

Seasonal The North Star Limited allows our guests to experience an evening adventure under the wintery stars. Of course, Santa will be on board, spending quality, one-on-one time with each child and their family. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes, allowing each child to tell Santa everything he or she wants for Christmas. All children on board the North Star Limited will receive a gift from Santa, and every passenger on board, both adults and children, will have a snack waiting for them when they arrive. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, a unique experience for this ride. As always, our Gift Shop will be open, detached from the train, so be sure to make a visit ! We hope to make the North Star Limited a new Huntsville Tradition !  Make your reservation early as these rides sell out very quickly !  Call (256) 851-NARM for more information. Venue/ Attraction: North Alabama Railroad Museum. Cost: $35 per passenger. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Santa Train

Seasonal “Santa Claus is coming to town!” And he’s riding our train! Join an annual tradition at the North Alabama Railroad Museum as we bring Santa aboard our excursion train! Every child aboard will have the opportunity to visit with Santa and tell him everything on their wish list. Parents and children alike share smiles and laughs with Jolly St. Nick as the train clickety-clacks along the track. After the ride, each child will receive a special treat. The Gift Shop will be detached from the train, so come early or stay late and get all your gifts & stocking stuffers for Christmas! These excursions are very popular, so make your reservations early to ensure you and your children have a seat on our train! Dec 3 at 12 pm, 1:30 pm & 3 pm , Dec 10 at 12 pm, 1:30 pm & 3 pm. Venue/ Attraction: North Alabama Railroad Museum. Cost: $20.00 regular passengers, $30.00 First Class Passengers. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016.

Rocket City Marathon

Downtown Huntsville Run through historic Huntsville, the Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville Botanicial Gardens and more. Come run the Rocket City Marathon. For over 39 years the Rocket City Marathon has been a premiere marathon event in the South. The Rocket City Marathon is conducted by the Huntsville Track Club and scores double points on the Running Journal Grand Prix XXIX Championship Circuit. If you have run the Rocket City Marathon in the past you know what a quality event this is. If you have never run this Huntsville tradition then this is the year to add our event to your schedule. The Rocket City Marathon is more than just a race. It is an “event” built around the race. We work just as hard creating exciting activities to make your trip to the Rocket City fun as we do conducting a flawless race on a fast course to produce an enjoyable race that should yield your maximum performance. The carbo supper is excellent and we feed about 500 each year so be sure to give it a try. These and the other Friday activities ar… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Walk with a Doc

Health & Wellness What better way to start your weekend than on your feet making strides to help your heart and improving your general health to live longer! While you walk at your own pace, you’ll have the opportunity to have questions answered by local physicians. You don’t need any special gear and there are no special rules. Just put on a pair of comfortable shoes and walk alone, with friends, a partner or family or with a group. It’s a personal preference. Meet us at Fleet Feet in Jones Valley every 2nd Saturday of the month. Walk with a Doc is brought to your community courtesy of Madison County Medical Alliance, Madison County Medical Society, and Pulmonary & Sleep Associates. Free Event open to Public. Venue/ Attraction: Fleet Feet Sports. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM. For more info visit walkwithadoc.org.

Greene Street Holiday Farmers Market

Downtown Huntsville Join your favorite farmers and artisans from the Greene Street Market for a special holiday market and shop for all your holiday gifts and goodies! Locally produced baked goods, produce, greenery, art, jewelry, soaps gifts and more! Venue/ Attraction: Church of the Nativity, Episcopal. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Holiday Craft Day

Educational & Lecture A fun puppet show featuring stories, lots of music and movement, rhymes, and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 AM.

Street Style: Holiday Edition

Downtown Huntsville The Street Style Gathering is coming back to #DowntownHSV for holiday shopping this winter! On Saturday, December 10th, from 10 am-2 pm, boutiques will pop-up around the Square with everything you may need for holiday parties or gifts, including clothes, shoes, accessories, make-up, and more! The Alabama Fashion Alliance is coordinating vendors, there will be food and drink trucks set up, and the Square will be decked out with holiday spirit! This event is free, family-friendly, and too much fun! Please email alabamafashionalliance@gmail.com for information about being a vendor. Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Cost of purchases. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/547525638784059/?notif_t=event_calendar_create&notif_id=1477940140839074. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Free Photos with Santa

Kids Santa has arrived at Huntsville Cabela's! He's making a list and checking it twice. Keep Christmas classic and come in this weekend to take a FREE picture with Santa that you can keep forever. Santa will be available for pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located in front of the fire place. Venue/ Attraction: Cabela's. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Special activity workshops: Photo Booth

Kids Toy company Battat, invites families to a series of events (October 8, November 12 and December 10.) to celebrate the launch of a new shop-in-shop concept for its 18" doll product line, Our Generation, at various Target locations. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Target 6275 University Dr NW Huntsville, AL 35806.

Holiday Market at Flying Monkey Arts

Seasonal Stroll through Flying Monkey Arts, second floor south, gypsy style market set up between the diverse and eclectic Flying Monkey Arts resident studios. Local and regional visiting artists and craftspeople are invited to display their works for sale, from the traditional to the bizarre. Preregistration for Holiday and Solstice Markets is required. Interested in setting up contact Cheryl at Karma Rags, 256-668-5319, daytime only, or come by second floor south and register at Blue Dragonfly # 261 or Creative Sistas’ #262. Note: Please read Artist Guidelines. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Cost of purchases. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Meet SEC Official Russ Pulley

Social Events & More SEC Football Official Russ Pulley will be on hand this coming Saturday morning, December 10th, at Tennessee Valley Pecan Company on historic Bank Street in downtown Decatur. Pulley, who has spent nearly 40 years in public service, has served as a firefighter, paramedic, police officer, and state trooper. He has also been an FBI agent and worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor. He now spends his fall weekends as an SEC football official.  Mr. Pulley currently holds a seat on the Metro District Council, representing District 25 in Nashville (Green Hills), TN. During the in store event, customers will have the opportunity to meet and pose for pictures with Mr. Pulley who will also be on hand autographing photos.  Tennessee Valley Pecan Company invites the local community and those in surrounding areas to attend. Media are also welcome. ### For more information contact: Stephanie Huffman 615.491.3653 stephanie@your-epiphany.com   www.tnvalleypecan.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Tennessee Valley Pecan Company 806 Bank Street Decatur, AL 35601.

Knitting at Ten

Educational & Lecture Experienced, or First time knitter come join us and we will learn together. Venue/ Attraction: Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Lacrosse Learn to Play!

Educational & Lecture Open to ALL girls, grades 1st-12th Split into grade groups (1-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12) -Parent’s Meeting for more details about lacrosse & the Spring Season -Get an overview of the game & learn the basics -No equipment needed -No Experience Required! More information - megan.cotton.gully@gmail.com or www.huntsvillelax.org. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://huntsvillelax.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Randolph School 4915 Garth Road SE Huntsville, AL 35802.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Winter Trail Hike

Seasonal Join HYP for a Hike at Blevins Gap Nature Preserve on Saturday, December 10th at 11:00 AM. Bring water, snacks, and lunch for the stop along the way. We will meet at Blevins Gap Trailhead (halfway up Cecil Ashburn Drive) The Hike will be moderate in difficulty with a slight elevation gain and loss. Total distance will be close to 4 miles. Bring water, snacks and hiking shoes. This event is FREE to attend. Dogs on leads are welcome! Is the event free? Yes. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Saturday Scientist | Fire & Ice

Educational & Lecture Join us on the second Saturday of each month at 11:30 a.m. for the Saturday Scientist series, an educational series featuring activities recommended for ages 6-9. This monthly hands-on activity is included with museum membership or paid admission and emphasizes the development of “STEAM” (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). This series includes exciting topics like solar energy, precipitation, geology of space, and chemistry. Reserve your seat at the main ticket desk upon your arrival. December 10, Fire & Ice - Watch ice burn before your very eyes and discover the science behind fire and ice. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/childrensworkshops. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Print Your Own Presents

Museums, Studios & Galleries Screen print unique gifts for the holidays with your own design! Reserve a 30-minute session to screen print your image on your own t-shirts or fabric items. Advance registration is required to schedule your time slot and prepare the screens. No experience necessary; all ages welcome. More info: www.lowemill.net Green Pea Press Studio 122 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Rachel Lackey at 256-679- 7288. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $35. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Teen Hangout Weekend

Downtown Huntsville Come get creative with Ms. Shalis! We will do art, crafts and DIY projects. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Madison Community Band Christmas Concert

Seasonal Let the Madison Community Band transport you to a winter wonderland of musical magic! Join us at the Bridge Street Christmas Tree to experience a Christmas festival, a sleigh ride (over the river and through the woods), a holiday rhapsody, an ancient Celtic Yuletide, a visit from Saint Nicholas, a most unusual twelve days, and some very American Christmas music. Come and enjoy carols and sing-alongs, old favorites, new excursions, and "the most wonderful time of the year" with us! Venue/ Attraction: Bridge Street Town Center. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.m-c-b.org. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

Downtown Huntsville A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Elaine Hubbard Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present, and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all- redemption through the power of love. Holiday Production Partner: Redstone Federal Credit Union Season Sponsor: Simple Helix. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $20 for Adults; $15 for Students 17 and Under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://fantasyplayhouse.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

Downtown Huntsville A Holiday Treat for the whole family! The Huntsville Ballet Company presents its 48th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville. Make holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $29-$38. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvilleballetcompany.org/Tickets. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seasonal A Charlie Brown Christmas is Merrimack Hall’s Happy HeART’s Program Holiday Show. This show showcases students ages 3 and up from our Happy Sprouts, Happy Dancer, and other performing arts classes. This production is sure to brighten and start your holiday season off to the right start. You don’t want to miss this heart-warming production featuring some of the most inspirational and talented performers in town! Venue/ Attraction: Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Christmas Now and Then

Seasonal Christmas Now & Then is the annual Christmas production of Calvary Assembly in Decatur, AL. For over 20 years people from all across North Alabama and the surrounding areas have counted Christmas Now & Then as one of their favorite family traditions. Come and experience the fun and excitement of Christmas "Now" with Santa, Frosty and all of the Christmas Toys that you have come to love. Then watch in awe and wonder as you are taken back over 2000 years to witness one of the most powerful depictions of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Cost: $3-$5. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Calvary Assembly 4839 Calvary Blvd. Tanner, AL 35671.

Mooresville Home Tour and Progressive Dinner

Seasonal As featured in the November/December 2012 issue of SOUTHERN LADY magazine (and in the December 2009 SOUTHERN LIVING magazine), Historic Mooresville puts on its holiday finery every December to celebrate the season. Bright fresh greenery and red bows decorate our street signs, Della Robbia wreaths with colorful fresh fruit and natural materials hang on the doors of our historic public buildings, and our homes are decorated in the tradition of Christmas past. Cost: $70 per person. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Town of Mooresville Mooresville, AL 35649.

Young Writers Group

Educational & Lecture Join us as we learn new techniques for your writing and explore different genres. This group is intended for participants interested in writing that are ages 9-18. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Guided Tour of the Historic Park

Museums, Studios & Galleries Each Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 take a guided tour of the Historic Park. Learn about the structures, artifacts and families who lived in each of our historic homes. Meet your guide at the gate entering the Historic Park (in front of Eddins House). Tour included with admission. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: Included in Admission. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Athens State University Community Band Christmas Concert

Seasonal Roy Adams will direct this annual concert, which is free to the public. This year’s concert will honor retired director Dan Havely who directed the group since 2003. A reception hosted by the Athens State University Alumni Association will be held following the performance. The reception will include a visit from Santa. Parents can bring their children and cameras for photos with Santa. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Athens State University Carter Gym Athens, AL.

Historic Decatur Christmas Tour

Seasonal The annual Christmas Tour of Homes showcases homes from Old Decatur and Albany Historic Districts. These districts contain one of the finest and largest collections of Victorian and early 20th-century craftsman and bungalow homes in Alabama and many are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Historic Art Exhibit featuring a collection of art from Albany, Old Decatur, Downtown, and Old Town on display at the Old State Bank. First United Methodist Church, tour headquarters, hosts the “Festival of the Nativities”. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Santa Sessions at High Cotton Arts

Seasonal Athens Arts League has a studio decorated and ready for Santa’s visit to High Cotton Arts. Before you enjoy the Downtown Athens Sippin’ Cider event, bring your children to the art incubator to meet Santa and bring your camera to take photos. While visiting, meet local artists and shop for unique holiday gifts. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM. 103 West Washington Athens, AL.

Art Party for Kids: Snowman

Museums, Studios & Galleries Kids will be given a full palette of paint colors and various brushes. We’ll draw our snowmen together, and I will help them with color mixing, brush selection, and basic painting techniques. This class encourages exploration and creativity. More info: www.lowemill.net ChromeAddict Studio 2025 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Carrie Alderfer at 256-683-5554. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

Downtown Huntsville A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Elaine Hubbard Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present, and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all- redemption through the power of love. Holiday Production Partner: Redstone Federal Credit Union Season Sponsor: Simple Helix. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $20 for Adults; $15 for Students 17 and Under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://fantasyplayhouse.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Sippin’ Cider

Seasonal Annual holiday event hosted by Spirit of Athens where participating merchants compete for your votes for best cider. Taste nice and naughty versions and turn in your voting card to register for a door prize. There will be activities for children, including roasting marshmallows, making cookies, and crafts. Athens High School’s choir will perform as will other area musicians. Store and restaurants will have holiday specials and ideas for your Christmas gift list. Santa will be at High Cotton Arts PRIOR to Sippin’ Cider from 3-5 p.m. and parents can bring their children and cameras to take photos. Santa then will visit Downtown for Sippin’ Cider. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Downtown Athens Athens, AL.

Twickenham Spirit of Christmas Past Homes Tour & Luminaries

Seasonal Take a nostalgic walk down luminary lit streets and avenues in Huntsville's historic Twickenham District. Tour private residences, the 1819 Weeden House Museum and other historic buildings ornately decorated for the holidays. Musicians add to the festive holiday spirit! Proceeds benefit the Weeden House Museum and projects in the historic district. Cost: Adults $15, Children (age 12 & under) $5. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Weeden House Museum 300 Gates Avenue Huntsville, AL.

A Luminous Night

Seasonal The luminaries of Old Town on this night will set the stage for the live nativity scene at Holmes Street UMC.  The wise men will arrive with aplomb but not by camels!  Indoors, enjoy free refreshments and live music by community and professional ensembles .  The address is 501 Holmes Ave.  Look for the manger! Free parking at the church and across from the Old Town Beer Exchange. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Holmes Street UMC 501 Holmes Ave Huntsville, AL.

Madison's “The Magic of Christmas” Christmas Parade

Seasonal The Annual Madison Christmas Parade will be Saturday, December 10, 2016 starting at 5:30 pm.  The Parade route will begin at Plaza Drive and Hughes Road and will continue to downtown Madison.  There will be an Awards Ceremony following the parade on Front Street at the Gazebo.  The Madison Rotary Club will be at the Roundhouse serving Hot Chocolate and Cookies.  Don't forget your camera....Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos in the Gazebo following the Awards Ceremony. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Plaza Drive and Hughes Road Madison AL, 35758.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Seasonal A Charlie Brown Christmas is Merrimack Hall’s Happy HeART’s Program Holiday Show. This show showcases students ages 3 and up from our Happy Sprouts, Happy Dancer, and other performing arts classes. This production is sure to brighten and start your holiday season off to the right start. You don’t want to miss this heart-warming production featuring some of the most inspirational and talented performers in town! Venue/ Attraction: Merrimack Hall Performing Arts Center. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Christmas Now and Then

Seasonal Christmas Now & Then is the annual Christmas production of Calvary Assembly in Decatur, AL. For over 20 years people from all across North Alabama and the surrounding areas have counted Christmas Now & Then as one of their favorite family traditions. Come and experience the fun and excitement of Christmas "Now" with Santa, Frosty and all of the Christmas Toys that you have come to love. Then watch in awe and wonder as you are taken back over 2000 years to witness one of the most powerful depictions of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Cost: $3-$5. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Calvary Assembly 4839 Calvary Blvd. Tanner, AL 35671.

Christmas Parade of Lights

Seasonal This Christmas maritime event is sponsored by the Riverwalk Yacht Club and 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. The boat parade will make a few circles from the entrance of the Riverwalk Marina towards the west to the railroad bridge, east in front of Rhodes Ferry Park and then back into the marina.  The best viewing will be at Rhodes Ferry Park, the Hard Dock Cafe or the marina launch and parking area. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Riverwalk Marina 3755 US-31 Decatur, AL 35601.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Family Ornaments Painting at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture Join us to paint our colorful and festive Family Ornaments. Arrive by 6pm to start tracing your template. Ages 16 and up. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Holiday Magic

Museums, Studios & Galleries Call Butch Damson at 256-534-4361 to make your reservations for the 2016 Holiday Magic dinners in the Burritt Mansion and Historic Park! Holiday magic is one of Burritt's most important and magical fundraisers! Guest enjoy a holiday dinner in the upscale atmosphere of the Burritt Mansion or the family style warmth of the cabins in the Historic park. Dinners are December 8th - 10th. Reservations are open to members only until October 1st when it will open for everyone. For private groups in the Old Country Church call Caroline Buncick at 256-512-5570. Menu: Historic Park and Old Country Church: Spring Mix Salad with craisins and Vidalia Vinaigrette Dressing Roasted Pulled Turkey Corn Bread Dressing with Gravy Roasted Sweet Potatoes Winter Greens Pecan Cobbler Mansion: Winter Green Salad with Pears, Candied Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Maple Vinaigrette Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Bisque with Parmesan Croutons Herb Seasoned Beef Tenderloin on a Bed of Wild Rice and Dried Fruit Dressing Haricot Ve… Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $90. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Journey Church Presents A heart of Christmas: A Elf's Story

Music Join us as we present A heart of Christmas: An Elf's story. A story of forgiveness and the real reason for the season. We will have a live animal nativity and our friends the Minions, teenage mutant ninja turtles, all of our sweet princesses, Olaf, and even batman along with Santa will be making an appearance! You and your sweet babies will be on the edge of your seat, singing along, and laughing while learning the real reason for the season. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.journeylife.us. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Journey Church 3683 Eva Road.

Havoc Hockey Night at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville's very own Havoc Hockey team invite the public to come out, meet and skate with their professional hockey players!  During this time frame, they will play their well-loved "Chuck-a-Puck" and participants could WIN a Target gift card, tickets to see Jim Parker's Songwriters Series or a gift card to Pints & Pixels! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

Downtown Huntsville A Holiday Treat for the whole family! The Huntsville Ballet Company presents its 48th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville. Make holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $29-$38. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvilleballetcompany.org/Tickets. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Dixie Danger Dolls Present Oi to the World - 2017 Calendar Release Party

Social Events & More Come out and get merry with Huntsville's own Dixie Danger Dolls! We will be releasing our 2017 calendar and you can pick up your very own for $15. Makes the perfect Holiday Gift! ThunderKrotch will be performing along with other TBA bands The Dolls will be selling festive Jell-O shots: $2 each or 3 for $5. Venue/ Attraction: Maggie Myers Irish Pub. Cost: $5 Cover. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Live Music: Falcon Punch (Acoustic)

Downtown Huntsville Live music at A.M. Booth's Lumberyard! Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 PM – Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 AM.

Live Music: Rob Aldridge & the Proponents

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Saturday, December 10, 2016, 9:00 PM – Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 AM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Free Photos with Santa

Kids Santa has arrived at Huntsville Cabela's! He's making a list and checking it twice. Keep Christmas classic and come in this weekend to take a FREE picture with Santa that you can keep forever. Santa will be available for pictures from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. located in front of the fire place. Venue/ Attraction: Cabela's. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Nerdy Noel Holiday Marketplace

Seasonal Come find something special for all the nerds on your list at our first ever Nerdy Noel Holiday Marketplace! We'll have amazing vendors who specialize in the nerdiest of items all in one spot! Be sure to check them out to see what great stuff you can expect! Vendors include: Komai's Oh My, I Sew Mean, The Druid's Den, Huntsville Comic & Pop Culture Expo, GwynneSpins, The Long Box Comics, Pixel Perfect, Float Shop, The Foldout Cat, Blue Dragonfly Creations, First Contact Sewing, and Barbarian Wares. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale Brands (Campus 805). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker

Downtown Huntsville A Holiday Treat for the whole family! The Huntsville Ballet Company presents its 48th annual production of The Nutcracker, a holiday classic and a favorite tradition in Huntsville. Make holiday memories with this production set in antebellum Huntsville with a nod to local legends and traditions set to the delightful and familiar score by Tchaikovsky performed by the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $29-$38. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.huntsvilleballetcompany.org/Tickets. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Cosmic Cocoa and Magic Show -SOLD OUT

Kids What better way to enjoy the magical holiday season than with a holiday magic show! Join us from 1 - 4 p.m. in the National Geographic Theater at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration on Sunday, Dec. 11, for Cosmic Cocoa & Magic Show! Beginning at 1 p.m. grab a cup of hot cocoa, decorate out-of-this-world cookies and create festive holiday crafts. At 2 p.m. The Magical Mad Scientist, Dr. Osborn, will present “Search for Santa’s Secrets!” The show is funny, zany and full of holiday magic! Cosmic Cocoa & Magic Show is FREE for museum members and $5 for non-members. Children ages four and under get in free. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Cost: $5. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://bit.ly/2fX1gVU. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

Downtown Huntsville A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Elaine Hubbard Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present, and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all- redemption through the power of love. Holiday Production Partner: Redstone Federal Credit Union Season Sponsor: Simple Helix. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $20 for Adults; $15 for Students 17 and Under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://fantasyplayhouse.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM.

Step Back in Time

Educational & Lecture Join us in the Historic Park for a special demonstration of a historic craft or chore. You might be able to try your hand at it. (Topics subject to change without notice; for more information call 256-536-2882). Fill out your afternoon with a FREE guided Historic Park tour every Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 pm! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM.

Docent-led, Public Tour of My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action

Downtown Huntsville Join the HMA docents on Sunday, December 11, the final day for HMA's "My Hero! Contemporary Art & Superhero Action" exhibition. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of our docent tours program in order to learn more about the artworks on display in this super exhibition. The tour is included in general admission cost for non-members, and it is free for members of the museum. More about "My Hero": For decades popular culture has been fascinated by superheroes — their superhuman capabilities, their desire for truth and justice, and their ability to save the day. Their storylines have captivated many, and their images have become contemporary idols throughout the world. My Hero presents a rich array of work by over 50 international artists, including painting, illustration, photography, sculpture, mixed media, and video that celebrates and re-envisions the lives of iconic superheroes. My Hero: Contemporary Art & Superhero Action was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedfor… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: The tour is included in general admission cost for non-members, and it is free for members of the museum. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/562203273969970/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Volunteer and Decorate Sweaters!

Seasonal Join Huntsville Young Professionals at Grandview Gardens, a memory-support neighborhood, to assist a resident in decorating their very own tacky Christmas sweater on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00PM! All craft supplies and ideas will be provided by HYP. Just bring yourselves! Bonus points if you attend wearing a tacky (non-offensive) Christmas sweater/shirt/vest/etc! Feeling extra festive? Caroling could be in your future, too! Is the event free? Yes. Nightlife Venue: The Station. Parks, Greenways, & Trails: Blevins Gap Nature Preserve. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Grandview Gardens Memory Support Community 12000 Turnmeyer Drive SE Huntsville, AL 35803.

Guided Tour of the Historic Park

Museums, Studios & Galleries Each Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 take a guided tour of the Historic Park. Learn about the structures, artifacts and families who lived in each of our historic homes. Meet your guide at the gate entering the Historic Park (in front of Eddins House). Tour included with admission. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: Included in Admission. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

The Irish Nutcracker

Performing Arts & Film This production features dancers from ages 6 through 17. Come join Claire and the Nutcracker as they explore Tír na nÓg with their new Irish friends! This Irish twist on the traditional Nutcracker ballet features authentic step dancing and Celtic music. Tickets can be purchased (online only) at www.fitnessartscenter.com. Cost: $15. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM. James Clemons High School 11306 County Line Road Madison, AL 35756.

Zombie Laser Tag and Screening

Social Events & More ZOMBIE LASER TAG Back by popular demand, Zombie Laser Tag returns to Downtown's Backyard. DECEMBER 11 4 p.m. Sunset Zombie Elf Walk - Contact ZombiesLumberyard@gmail.com to participate. 5 p.m. Zombie Laser Tag--Teams of Walkers and Shooters face off in a maze set up in the Courtyard--$15 per person. 8 p.m. Screening Walking Dead followed by the original Night of the Living Dead. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Cost: $15. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater Presents: A Christmas Carol

Downtown Huntsville A CHRISTMAS CAROL Directed by Elaine Hubbard Book adaptation by Elaine L. Hubbard Original music and arrangements by Mary Ann Bishop Original lyrics by Elaine L. Hubbard This Huntsville Holiday tradition is back with a fresh interpretation of the Dickens’ classic! Audiences of all ages are invited to follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly musical journey through his past, present, and future, as he receives the most important Christmas gift of all- redemption through the power of love. Holiday Production Partner: Redstone Federal Credit Union Season Sponsor: Simple Helix. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Playhouse. Cost: $20 for Adults; $15 for Students 17 and Under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://fantasyplayhouse.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Christmas Now and Then

Seasonal Christmas Now & Then is the annual Christmas production of Calvary Assembly in Decatur, AL. For over 20 years people from all across North Alabama and the surrounding areas have counted Christmas Now & Then as one of their favorite family traditions. Come and experience the fun and excitement of Christmas "Now" with Santa, Frosty and all of the Christmas Toys that you have come to love. Then watch in awe and wonder as you are taken back over 2000 years to witness one of the most powerful depictions of the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ. Cost: $3-$5. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Calvary Assembly 4839 Calvary Blvd. Tanner, AL 35671.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Carols of Christmas

Seasonal A Huntsville favorite, Carols of Christmas is a festive, holiday event filled with music, singing and fun! New! Two Performances! Featuring the Huntsville Youth Symphony, Narrator Mayor Tommy Battle, Trinity Choirs & Handbell Quartet, enjoy a delightful evening of Christmas classics and new favorites. Free, donations gratefully accepted to benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home. Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Moravian Lovefeast

Christmas Lovefeast in the Moravian tradition with carols, the Christmas story, Moravian Candlelighting around a simple meal. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Weatherly Heights Baptist Church 1306 Cannstatt Drive Huntsville, AL.

Journey Church Presents A heart of Christmas: A Elf's Story

Music Join us as we present A heart of Christmas: An Elf's story. A story of forgiveness and the real reason for the season. We will have a live animal nativity and our friends the Minions, teenage mutant ninja turtles, all of our sweet princesses, Olaf, and even batman along with Santa will be making an appearance! You and your sweet babies will be on the edge of your seat, singing along, and laughing while learning the real reason for the season. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: www.journeylife.us. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Journey Church 3683 Eva Road.

Free Vintage Video Gaming

Downtown Huntsville Stop in to A.M. Booth's Lumberyard Kiln for vintage video gaming every Sunday at 7. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Out Loud HSV Poetry Slam Sundays

Social Events & More Calling all raw-voiced, chatter teethed, brave blooded poets! Join us the second and fourth Sundays of each month for an action packed hour-long poetry slam! Poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry designed to engage both poets and audience, where participants are judged by members of the audience to advance rounds until a winner is chosen. Three rounds, poets get three minutes, and the winner receives a $10 roll of quarters. Provided by our lovely sponsor, Karma Rags.  No props, no costumes – just you, the mic, and your words. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre. Free. Contact Kim Casey for information: 256-533-0399. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Sunday, December 11, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Knitting at Nine

Educational & Lecture Experienced and Beginner knitters come join us as we knit together. Venue/ Attraction: Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Soap Making Class for Beginners

Museums, Studios & Galleries If you ever wanted to learn how to easily make soap without using lye, then the melt and pour soap making method is for you! This class is geared towards those who want to try out a new hobby, learn soap making to start a business, or just have fun creating! All materials are included. More info: www.lowemill.net. IT’S SOAP! Bath Body & Candles Studio 266 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Tracy Singleton at 412-37-6896. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $45.25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Rockin' Storytime

Downtown Huntsville A rad, rockin' storytime with Miss Melissa! Books, rhymes, songs, crafts, and more! All ages welcome. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mindfulness Mondays

Downtown Huntsville Join us for 30 minutes of guided meditation. Melt away your Monday stress and learn techniques for a better life! Program is free. Feel free to bring a mediation pillow if you would like. We will also have chairs available. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Holiday Puppet Show

Downtown Huntsville Join your friends at the library for the Gingerbread Man and lots of holiday fun! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Student Skate Days at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Students receive discounted admission on these three days!  Admission is $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under.  Skate rental is included and no reservations are necessary! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Bowling Night!

Seasonal "Oh, come on, I love bowling! It's the perfect workout. Six seconds of exercise, drink beer half an hour." Join Huntsville Young Professionals on Monday, December 12 at Plamor Lanes from 6:00-8:00pm for some holiday bowling (if you wear a holiday sweater while bowling, it's holiday bowling, right?)! Cost per person for 2 hours is $12 (including games and shoe rentals!) Drinks and snacks can be purchased at the Bar. Plamor Lanes is located at 2404 Leeman Ferry Rd SW, Huntsville, AL, 35801. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Plamor Lanes 2404 Leeman Ferry Rd SW Huntsville, Alabama 35801.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Free West Coast Swing at Rocket Republic

Educational & Lecture Come on out to Rocket Republic and join us for a great night of dancing. We'll have an advanced class at 6:00. Absolute beginner class will begin at 7 and then we'll have social dancing after the class until close. It's going to be an awesome time and we hope to see you out with us. No cost! As always, we're going to be at Rocket Republic. They have a great venue with an amazing atmosphere. Check out everything they have on tap. You're going to have a great time. Venue/ Attraction: Rocket Republic Brew. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Carols of Christmas

Seasonal A Huntsville favorite, Carols of Christmas is a festive, holiday event filled with music, singing and fun! New! Two Performances! Featuring the Huntsville Youth Symphony, Narrator Mayor Tommy Battle, Trinity Choirs & Handbell Quartet, enjoy a delightful evening of Christmas classics and new favorites. Free, donations gratefully accepted to benefit the United Methodist Children’s Home. Venue/ Attraction: Trinity United Methodist Church. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Oh, by Golly,...Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Music Oh, by Golly,... Have a Holly Jolly Christmas with the Brass Band of Huntsville. It's the best time of the year to enjoy Christmas classics and holiday delights with unique sound of Alabama's only traditional British style brass band. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Donations Glady Accepted. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:00 PM – 8:20 PM. Covenant Presbyterian Church 301 Drake Avenue, SE Huntsville, AL 35802.

West Coast Swing Dancing

Healthy Huntsville If you don't know how to dance but want to give it a try- this is the perfect opportunity for you. There are two free classes Monday night starting at 7:15pm. Class 1 is for absolute beginners. Class 2 is for experienced dancers. At 8pm we have our social dance until close. Again this is all absolutely free. It is always a great time on Monday Nights at Rocket Republic. Venue/ Attraction: Rocket Republic Brew. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Monday, December 12, 2016, 7:15 PM – 9:15 PM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Home School Art Class

Museums, Studios & Galleries Our educational art classes are designed to encourage artistic expression through a wide variety of creative experiences and use art to quench the thirst of exceptional minds. Art classes provide unique opportunities to learn about art through studio activities, discussion sessions, and visits to other galleries at Lowe Mill A&E. Home school class sessions included four, one-hour classes per month. Supplies provided. More info: www.lowemill.net Denise Onwere at 256-322-0184, located at Denise Onwere Gallery Studio 203 at Lowe Mill ARTS 7 Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $85 per month. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM.

Tremendous Toddlers

Downtown Huntsville Learn to use old, damaged books to create brand new art! Celebrate your love of reading and crafts! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Children's Story Time

Educational & Lecture Join us for fun! We'll listen to stories, learn songs and make crafts. Venue/ Attraction: Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Little Wanderers (0 to 24 months)

Educational & Lecture This special program is for babies/toddlers 0 to 24 months and their caregiver. We read, sing, learn rhymes, and have playtime. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Tuesdays at 2

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join us in the Historic Park to learn about a historic craft or chore. You may be able to try your hand at it! Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: included with admission. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Toss Up Tuesday

Educational & Lecture Join us for Winter Art Projects and snacks. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Student Skate Days at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Students receive discounted admission on these three days!  Admission is $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under.  Skate rental is included and no reservations are necessary! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Sugar Plum Trail

Kids Schedule of Events Tuesday, December 13th between 5pm-9pm Insanity Complex, 100 Skate Park Drive, Madison AL 35758 3:30pm: Vendors arrive for set up. 5:00pm - 7:00pm: Sugar Plum Trail will delight you in the designated places in the complex before you make your way through the gates of Insanity. Bring your stocking and stuff it with candy from vendors! Christmas Music will play intermittently throughout the evening inside the park. 5:00pm-8:00pm: Best Decorated Christmas Tree contest begins! Christmas trees will be decorated by local charities and you get to vote on your favorite! Judges will count votes and decide on winners. One prize awarded to the charity with the Best Decorated Christmas Tree! 7:30pm: Christmas Character Costume Contest will be held in the main building. Come dressed up as your favorite Christmas character! Judges will decide on winners. Contests will be divided between 12 years and under and 13 and older. Get a number card from a team member and show off your costume for a… Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1110153939083773/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Insanity Complex 100 Skate Park Drive Madison, AL 35758.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Color to Chill

Educational & Lecture Join us at this special Color to Chill from 3-7. We'll color, have snacks, and draw for door prizes! Sitting down to color a picture can be as effective as meditation in reducing stress. Drop by the library during our adult coloring sessions to see for yourself—or, take a sheet home with you! All supplies provided. Sessions include music and herbal tea. Venue/ Attraction: Eleanor E. Murphy Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM.

Trivia Tuesday

Downtown Huntsville Meet us every Tuesday in Spazio Pizza & Taps for free trivia night! You can play individually or as a team, with the winning teams or individuals receiving a Whole Foods Market gift card. There will also be Whole Foods goodies for the 2nd and 3rd place teams. All participants will receive $1 off pints! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Holiday Puzzles with Puzzled Pint

Seasonal Join HYP and Puzzled Pint for a night of Holiday Puzzles! As per Puzzled Pint's usual events, the location will be provided the weekend before in the form of a puzzle. Solve it and join us for puzzles and beers at a local venue. This event is free to attend! Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Location provided as a puzzle.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Community Figure Drawing

Educational & Lecture located at Protégé Studio 2028 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Ann Steverson at protege.ann@gmail. Join us every 2nd and 4th Tuesday for a community figure drawing class! Figure may be costumed, draped, or nude. Come practice your life drawing skills. Students are asked to bring their own drawing supplies. This class is limited to 15 artists, so contact Ann at protege.ann@gmail.com to reserve your space. No photography. More info: www.lowemill.net Located at Protégé Studio 2028 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Ann Steverson at protege.ann@gmail. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Coffee Cup Painting-Fundraiser for Grissom School Softball Team

Educational & Lecture We love the idea of creating art and conversation while raising money to help our kids. We will donate $10 per seat from this class to the Grissom Softball team. Ages 16 and up. Doors open at 6pm. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

How to Do Things

Educational & Lecture Learn new crafts each month! August- Introduction to Crocheting with Rags September- Create and Autumn Splendor Sweatshirt October- Jack O' Lantern Light November- Folded Fabric Ornaments December- Beaded Snowflake Earrings. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Game Night

Social Events & More Bring your friends and your favorite game enjoy beer and board games at Straight to Ale. Venue/ Attraction: Straight to Ale Brewing (Leeman Ferry Rd). Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

HSV West Coast Swing Dance

Social Events & More Rocket Westies are offering west coast swing beginner and intermediate dance classes on Tuesday nights from 7-8PM, followed by open dancing until 10PM. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just got out of your first beginner class, you’ll have a wonderful time. Have a song you really enjoy dancing to? Feel free to make a request! More info: www.lowemill.net Located in the Flying Monkey Theatre on the 2nd Floor of Lowe Mill ARTS and Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Dave Anderson & Friends Tuesday Night Jams

Downtown Huntsville Tuesday Night (Semi) Open Jams in The Kiln at A.M. Booth's Lumberyard Hosted by Dave Anderson, James Irvin and Stone Anderson. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 8:00 PM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Book Buddies Story Time

Educational & Lecture Join us for a fun, interactive story time for 3 to 5 year old children. This story time includes longer books, games, music and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM.

Wiggles & Walking Story Time

Educational & Lecture A fun, active storytime for babies who have begun walking and their caregivers that includes short books, rhymes, and songs. Stick around after storytime for an easy crafting activity. For more information contact Ms. Julia at jhendon@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5949. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more info visit www.kids.hmcpl.org.

Gurley Storytime

Educational & Lecture Bring your child to storytime and help them discover the world through picture books, rhymes, songs, and simple crafts. Our storytime is designed to be a fun, interactive experience that helps promote early literacy, Pre-K, and Kindergarten readiness. Venue/ Attraction: Gurley Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Mother Goose Story Time

Educational & Lecture Join us for a fun story time for ages 1 to 3 years of age. This program features shorter stories, rhymes, music, and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Wild Wednesday

Downtown Huntsville Join Ms. Melissa for a fun STEAM related activity for your 2nd to 5th Grade age student. Each week we will be a new activity! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

Student Skate Days at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Students receive discounted admission on these three days!  Admission is $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under.  Skate rental is included and no reservations are necessary! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: $8 for ages nine and up and $5 for ages eight and under. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Wine Down Wednesdays

Downtown Huntsville Every Wednesday night is wine night in our Specialty department! Enjoy a free tasting and learn about new wines every Wednesday from 5-7pm. After you sample, enjoy $1 off glasses of wine in Spazio Pizza & Taps and a wood fired pizza too! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Find us on Facebook: facebook.com/yogaatmain We offer two gentle yoga classes every week! Wednesdays, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Thursdays, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or borrow one of the library's (while supplies last). This class is gentle and beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Live Music Wednesdays: Bluegrass and Homegrown Artists

Downtown Huntsville Live Music on Wednesdays: Bluegrass on The Patio weather permitting and our Homegrown Artists Series in The Kiln. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Downtown Update with DHI

Seasonal Downtown Huntsville is growing rapidly with new living and retail spaces! Join HYP at The Avenue for a state of downtown discussion with Downtown Huntsville, Inc. Tours of the loft spaces will be available and holiday refreshments will be provided. If you've been wondering what the future of downtown looks like, be sure to join us on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM! This event is FREE to attend. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The Avenue 201 Jefferson St N Huntsville, Alabama 35801.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Comic Book Art & Illustration Class

Museums, Studios & Galleries Students of all skill levels can learn comic book, graphic novel, and illustration techniques from two professional comic book artists. Students may join classes at any time. Work at your own pace on your own projects or receive personalized assignments from the instructors or try one of several SuperPowered Artists Challenges! Materials are simple, just bring drawing supplies of your choice or email us for a list of recommended materials. More info: www.lowemill.net Located in Superpowered Studios, Studio 113 of Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Kevin Stokes at kevin77stokes@yahoo.com. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Jazz n' Swing Wednesdays at The Lumberyard

Downtown Huntsville Dance Lesson at 6:30, Then Swing to live music by your favorite Jazz and Swing Bands every Wednesday. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Chain Reaction CGOA Chapter: crochet

Social Events & More Are you an avid crocheter or interested in learning more about crochet? Bring your current project and come join us for an evening of stitching fun. We are currently meeting at Panera Bread at Bridge Street. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Panera Bread Bridge Street Town Centre 6886 Governors W Huntsville, AL 35806.

Winter Serenity Painting at Spririted Art

Educational & Lecture Come relax with us in the studio as we paint our Winter Serenity. Grab a hot drink and a friend. Doors open at 6pm. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

UAH Charger Night at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville HMA and the UAH Chargers invite the public to meet and skate with members of the UAH Charges ice hockey team! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission prices vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Sanders Family Christmas

Seasonal The Sanders Family is back in Renaissance Theatre's 'Sanders Family Christmas'. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 14th – 18th .We’ll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' 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. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas-6. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Mother Goose Story Time

Educational & Lecture Join us for a fun story time for ages 1 to 3 years of age. This program features shorter stories, rhymes, music, and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:15 AM – 10:15 AM.

Spectacular Preschool Storytime

Downtown Huntsville Join Ms. Julia for an interactive storytime including books, songs, rhymes, and a craft. This storytime is intended for ages 3 to 5. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM.

Tremendous Toddlers

Downtown Huntsville Learn to use old, damaged books to create brand new art! Celebrate your love of reading and crafts! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Book Buddies Story Time

Educational & Lecture Join us for a fun, interactive story time for 3 to 5 year old children. This story time includes longer books, games, music and a craft. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Gentle Yoga

Downtown Huntsville Free Gentle Yoga Classes! Every Wednesday, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm Every Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:45 pm All classes are taught by Meredith K. Anyone is welcome to attend. Classes are free and registration is not required. You may bring your own mat or use one of the library's. This class is beginner friendly. We work on balance, strength, flexibility, posture, breathing, meditation, and relaxation. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Healthy Huntsville & Free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://facebook.com/yogaatmain. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 11:30 AM – 12:45 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM.

After School Art Lessons at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture Kids will learn a new lesson every week, we will use all types of materials and mediums including: drawing, painting, sculpting, recyclables, and crafts. Please pack an after school snack for your child to enjoy during our lessons. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Tween Hour

Educational & Lecture Join us each week for activities, games, fandoms, and crafts geared for ages 10-13. Venue/ Attraction: Bailey Cove Branch Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Rescheduled: Dickens on the Square

Downtown Huntsville Join us for the first-ever Dickens on the Square for some old-timey holiday feels! - Commerce Kitchen will be providing free hot cocoa and smores on their patio - Dickens-themed drinks and purple cups will be available inside Commerce Kitchen - Carolers from Fantasy Playhouse Children's Theater's "A Christmas Carol" will be strolling - Harrison Brothers Hardware will be offering hot apple cider and stay open late until 8 that night! - The Broadway Group (historic bank building on the Square) will be impressively lit up and decorated for Christmas Thursday, December 15th 5-8 pm Southside Square Free! See you there! Venue/ Attraction: Downtown Huntsville Square. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1094673700652044/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Holiday Social Hosted by The Shops at Merchants Walk

Social Events & More Shop. Celebrate. Win. Thursday, December 15th from 5pm-9pm enjoy exciting events and sale specials from our retailers, free food samples from Local Taco, Maki Fresh, Whole Foods Market and more. Spazio Pizza and Taps will have $1 off beer pints. And win a chance at $100 gift card to Whole Foods Market, and other great giveaways from Lululemon, Dress Up, Mountain High Outfitters, Envy and more! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Wishing In A Winter Wonderland

Fundraisers Join us during the season of wishes for wine, hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction benefitting Make A Wish Alabama. Grab a cup of hot cocoa, write a letter to Santa and mark those last names off your shopping list by bidding on auction items from local businesses. Funds raised will go toward granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses right here in North Alabama. Call 256-430-1778 ext. 133 for ticket sales or silent auction inquiries. Cost: $30 advanced purchase, $35 at the door. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Hilton Garden Inn Space Center 4801 Governors House Drive Huntsville AL 35805.

Build Your Custom Cheese Plate

Downtown Huntsville Join our Certified Cheese Professional Kim in Specialty to make your own cheese plate for the holiday season! Choose between select cheese and meat options. We’ll build your custom cheese plate, starting at just $12. Kim will also be providing wine and beer pairing advice for your holiday party planning needs! Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Cost: $12. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Cumulus Turkey Bowl at Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Skaters will have a blast with local on-air personalities during the frozen Turkey Bowl!  Winner receives a pair of tickets to the Jim Parker Songwriters Series.  Tickets will be two for the price of one during this time! Regular Hours: Monday though Thursday: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday: noon to 8 p.m. Holiday Hours: Christmas Eve (Saturday) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas Day (Sunday): 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. New Year's Eve (Saturday): 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. New Year's Day (Sunday): 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission Ages 9 & up: $10 Ages 8 & under: $5 Groups of 10 or more: $8 per person Skate rental: $3 Scooter rental: $5 Skaters may also use their own skates. For more information, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350 for the museum's main line.  Weather related closings and delays will be posted at www.facebook.com/skatinginthepark. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission prices vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM.

Christmas Light Fun Run

Seasonal Come out to get into the holiday spirit by wearing your reflective gear and safety lights and enjoying the view of all of the Christmas lights during a 3-5 mile fun run! Don't forget to where your reflective gear and lights to stay visible during the fun run. Venue/ Attraction: Fleet Feet Sports. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Squad Fitness in the Park

Seasonal Join HYP for a free workout on Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 PM. Located in the East Side of Big Spring Park next the the cul-de-sac of the Downtown YMCA. The workout will take place outside on the bricks of the park between the Downtown YMCA and the al.com building. Get ready to increase your heart rate while having fun among the Tinsel Trail. SQUAD Fitness will have a holiday themed workout open to all members of HYP. All fitness levels are welcome. Workouts can usually be adjusted to your ability. SQUAD Fitness is a bootcamp style workout designed by one of Birmingham's top trainers, Romen McDonald. In Huntsville, local trainer Lonnie Key will take you through SIT: Specialized Interval Training. Further info on SQUAD Fitness can be found at www.squadfitnesstraining.com. Email Romen at squadfitnesstraining@gmail.com. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Game Lab: Introduction to Unity (Teen/Adult)

Museums, Studios & Galleries Have you ever wanted to create your own phone app or video game? Unity is the development environment that will allow you to create any game you want, and deploy it on platforms from PC’s to iPhones. You will get numerous hands-on exercises to teach you how to use Unity quickly and efficiently. More info: www.lowemill.net. Contact MindGear Labs at 256-705-4327. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $25 per session. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Tree Open Studio at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture Open Studios offer a great chance to paint a painting that you missed on the calendar or a class that may not be scheduled in a traditional class. Please remember that our teachers will be there to assist in your painting process, but you primarily paint on your own. Please leave a comment at check out with which painting that you would like to paint! The options are: Starry Night Christmas Tree, Mrs. Claus, Christmas Tree, Christmas Owls, Chevron Christmas Tree and Under the Tree Ages 16 and up. Doors open at 6pm. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Christmas in Dixie featuring Elvis Tribute Artists Shawn Klush & Cody Ray Slaughter

Downtown Huntsville Christmas in Dixie featuring Elvis Tribute Artists Shawn Klush & Cody Ray Slaughter in the Mark C. Smith Concert Hall December 15th at 7pm. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 25th at 10am. All seats are reserved for $83, $53 & $43. Tickets are available at the VBC Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster outlets. To benefit Madison Academy's Arts & Entertainment Center. Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $83, $53 & $43. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Trivia

Downtown Huntsville Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Sanders Family Christmas

Seasonal The Sanders Family is back in Renaissance Theatre's 'Sanders Family Christmas'. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 14th – 18th .We’ll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' 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. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas-6. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Meet the Patels-Indie Lens Pop-Up

Museums, Studios & Galleries Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for film screenings and community-driven conversations. Featuring PBS’s Independent Lens, Indie Lens Pop-Up draws local residents, leaders, and organizations to discuss what matters most, from newsworthy topics, to family and relationships. This true-life romantic comedy explores the influences of culture and identity on the most intense, personal, and important part of one’s life — love. More info: www.lowemill.net Film Co-op Studio 251 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Don Tingle at 256-457-5371. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Thursday Night Swing

Music Come dance with us! 7:30-8:30PM BEGINNER & core lesson, 6:30-7:30PM: intermediate continuing & exploring lesson, 8:30-10PM: Open Dancing. NO PARTNER REQUIRED! We’ll have a weekly open dance and lesson, and we are going to be throwing down tunes by some of the best DJ’s in Huntsville! www.lowemill.net Located in Flying Monkey Theatre at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $10 general, $5 students & 1st time, $5 dance only. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM.

The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 32nd annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree: A Feast of Carols, with guest artist Act of Congress. Performances are Thursday, December 15 through Sunday, December 18. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (abbreviated) and 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church website, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Free, but tickets required. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Live Music: Geoff & Bryan

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:00 PM – Friday, December 16, 2016, 1:00 AM.

Free Retro Game Night

Social Events & More Free Retro Gaming in The Kiln on multiple screens, including one giant 10x13 ft screen. Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in IMAX

Museums, Studios & Galleries From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/2016-12-15/rogue-one-star-wars-story-0. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Thursday, December 15, 2016, 10:00 PM – Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:30 PM.

Tinsel Trail

Downtown Huntsville Tinsel Trail features 250 beautifully decorated trees in Big Spring Park. Decorated by the community, Tinsel Trail is a Huntsville holiday tradition, now entering it's 6th year.  GRAND OPENING: November 25, 6:30 pm. Venue/ Attraction: Big Spring Park East. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: http://tinseltrail.com/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016. For more info visit tinseltrail.com.

North Star Limited - Additional Rides!

Seasonal The North Star Limited allows our guests to experience an evening adventure under the wintery stars. Of course, Santa will be on board, spending quality, one-on-one time with each child and their family. The ride lasts approximately 45 minutes, allowing each child to tell Santa everything he or she wants for Christmas. All children on board the North Star Limited will receive a gift from Santa, and every passenger on board, both adults and children, will have a snack waiting for them when they arrive. Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas, a unique experience for this ride. As always, our Gift Shop will be open, detached from the train, so be sure to make a visit ! We hope to make the North Star Limited a new Huntsville Tradition !  Make your reservation early as these rides sell out very quickly!  Call (256) 851-NARM for more information. Venue/ Attraction: North Alabama Railroad Museum. Cost: $35 per passenger. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016.

ISS: Science on Orbit

Educational & Lecture The U.S. Space & Rocket Center’s “ISS: Science on Orbit” exhibit provides visitors with a true sense of what it’s like to live and work in space. This NASA grant-funded exhibit begins with a model of NASA’s Payload Operations Integration Center, where scientists and engineers on Earth manage the complex, international science experiments astronauts conduct on the International Space Station. Two mockups of ISS modules contain 20 full-scale replica racks that illustrate the Environmental Control and Life Support Systems, the food astronauts consume and a sleeping berth, among other necessary aspects of life and work aboard the station. A connecting node contains a full-scale replica of the Cupola Observation Module, which provides ISS astronauts their view of space and the Earth below. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/01.01.16/iss-science-orbit. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Science of Archimedes

Educational & Lecture This exhibit showcases inventions and scientific discoveries of Archimedes, the “Father of Modern Science” and takes guests on a journey through history and science with a look at the machines of the ancient world. While the concepts are centuries old, many of these ancient technologies have been adapted for use today. With computer-modeled animations, interactive machines and an activity station for ages 3 to 14, this exhibit is designed for all ages. Venue/ Attraction: US Space and Rocket Center. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://rocketcenter.com/calendar/08.06.16/science-archimedes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Kids and Kin

Educational & Lecture STEM: What it is and why it is important. Venue/ Attraction: Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library of New Hope. Is the event free? Yes. Event Web Link: https://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Seeds to Sprouts

Educational & Lecture Enjoy exciting stories, crafts, learning activities, and walks (weather permitting) in the Garden with your little Sprout! Each class explores a different topic to get your little one experiencing nature and all it has to offer. All classes will be in the Anderson Education Center Classroom (the building with the Purdy Butterfly House) so please allow for a few extra minutes to get down there! Selected Fridays from 10-11am December 2: Wild Animals in Winter December 16: Red at Christmas January 13: Pansies January 27: Counting in Nature Age: 2-5 (parent and child class) $8 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family. Adults free with membership or Garden admission. Pre-registration is encouraged.  You can save the time of having to stop and pay on your way in!  You can register online or over the phone at 256-837-4104. Remember to take advantage of our Frequent “Sprouters” Program and earn a free class for every three paid classes that you attend. Pick u… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: $8 for the first child, $5 for each additional sibling in the same family. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/event/seeds-to-sprouts-2/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Fridays in the Studio at Spirited Art

Educational & Lecture We are now offering FRIDAYS IN THE STUDIO! Did you miss out on a favorite on the calendar? Or need a perfect gift this Season?! Then, this is the class for you! We will be offering small Open Studio classes on Friday afternoons where you may recreate one of Spirited Art’s paintings. One of our teachers will be there to guide and support you. All Spirited Art materials provided. Ages 12 and up. Venue/ Attraction: Spirited Art. Cost: $35. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: https://myspiritedart.rezclick.com. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

Teen End of Finals Party

Downtown Huntsville Kick off your holidays at our End of Finals Party as we listen to some awesome music, enjoy some pizza, and play games with a holiday twist. We will also have a YA book swap! So BYOB(book, that is!)and get ready to find a new favorite book. Sign-Up is suggested, but not required. Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville/ Madison County Main Public Library. Is the event free? Yes. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hmcpl.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Skating in the Park

Downtown Huntsville Get ready to lace up your skates at the Huntsville Museum of Art's outdoor ice skating rink - our very own version of "Rocket-fella" Center. Grab your family and friends and experience a magical winter wonderland right here in downtown Huntsville. The 2016/2017 season of Skating in the Park begins on Friday, November 18, from 4 p.m. until midnight, and will continue through January 3, 2017. The rink is located behind the Huntsville Museum of Art. HOURS: Monday-Thursday: 4 to 10 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday: 10 a.m. to midnight Sunday: 12 to 8 p.m. ADMISSION: $10 Ages 9 and up $5 Ages 8 and under $8 For groups of 10 or more $3 Skate rental $5 Scooter rental Many thanks to our Lead Rink Sponsor, Redstone Federal Credit Union! Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Museum of Art. Cost: Admission Prices Vary. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvmuseum.org/skatinginthepark/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 4:00 PM – Saturday, December 17, 2016, 12:00 AM.

Kreative Kiddos

Kids This painting class is for children ages 6 to 12. Class will be held once per month on the 3rd Friday of each month from 4:00 to 5:30. We will complete a small painting in acrylic in each class. Registration is required at least 1 day in advance of class date. Reserve your space (space limited) by stopping by High Cotton Art Center or e-mailing TinaS@pclnet.net. Pay when you bring the child to class. Fee for each class will be $25 per child. $5 off for each additional child in the same family. Cost: $25 per child. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. High Cotton Arts Center 103 W. Washington Street Athens, AL 35611.

Friday Night Flights

Downtown Huntsville Kick off your weekend with a free beer tasting on Friday nights from 5-7pm in our Specialty department. Sample a flight from one of our eclectic breweries and you may just find your new favorite weekend brew. Venue/ Attraction: Whole Foods Market Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Santa's Village

Downtown Huntsville Huntsville’s magical holiday attraction created especially for families to enjoy the excitement and wonder of the holiday season. All ages will delight in visiting the Claus’ house, meeting Santa’s reindeer, the North Pole elves, and Santa! Snow shows, craft projects and musical entertainment all add to the fun at the Village Santa Calls Home! Come see Santa’s Magic Garden! This magical garden will come to life right before your eyes. Christmas trees will talk and sing, while holiday lights magically keep up the beat.  There’s lots to see and do in the magical village that Santa calls home! Santa’s Magic Garden is sponsored by Jerry Damson. Save Time, Skip The Ticket Line! Tickets $5 per person (children under one year old, free) Buy in Advance at these locations: EarlyWorks Children’s Museum , Santa’s Village Gift Shoppe , Huntsville Depot Museum , Star Market (all locations) Available at the gate each evening or in advance at EarlyWorks or online. Redstone Federal Credit Union… Venue/ Attraction: Constitution Village. Cost: $5 per person; children under one year admitted free. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.earlyworks.com/santasvillage/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

Be the Artist

Museums, Studios & Galleries Join this creative session to discover your inner artist! Drop in and create your own masterpiece on canvas. Choose from several of our classes, or feel free to create anything your heart desires. Even if you have never held a paintbrush before in your life, you will walk away with a masterpiece that you created. This family-friendly session is open to art enthusiasts of all ages. More info: www.lowemill.net Denise Onward Gallery 203 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Denise Onwere at 256-322-0184. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $15. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Galaxy of Lights - Driving Nights

Social Events & More Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart. Walking Nights: November 11-14 & November 18–22, 2016 5:30-8:00 p.m. Dog Walking Nights: November 14 & 21 5:30-8:00 p.m. Driving Nights: Thanksgiving through December 31, 2016 5:30-9:00 p.m. Many nights are discounted to $20. Our busier nights are $25 if purchased in the driving line (example: December 24th). Tickets purchased in advance at the Shoppe at the Garden or online will be $20. We accept donations of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. We give $1 off the driving night gate price of admission with any donation. Special discounts are only allowed at the gate. Any ticket… Venue/ Attraction: Huntsville Botanical Garden. Cost: Passenger Cars $25/car (up to 10 people) or $20 in advance; Vans & Tour Buses $25 for up to 10 people/ $3 for each additional person (Tour bus driver is free). Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://hsvbg.org/. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Watercolor Classes with Yuri

Museums, Studios & Galleries In this course, the instructor will guide students through the fundamental steps of watercolor painting: underdrawing, initial paint application, and layering. No prior experience is needed. Students complete the course with a functional grasp of watercolor painting processes and techniques and will have completed 1-2 paintings by applying course concepts to reference photographs. One project generally takes 2 classes to complete. More info: www.lowemill.net Yuri Ozaki Studio 307 at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Contact Yuri Ozaki at 256-665-8736. Venue/ Attraction: Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. Cost: $40. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM.

Santa in the Park

Seasonal Arab City Park is a must-see during the holiday season. Featuring more than 2 million lights, the park is ablaze with the magic and beauty of Christmas. Visitors can stroll along the sidewalks and pathways within the park. The park lights begin each evening at dusk and remain on until 9 p.m. This event kicks off with a formal lighting ceremony at 6:00 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving at the park pavillion. This event is open daily from Thanksgiving weekend through New Years. DIRECTIONS TO ARAB CITY PARK: From Huntsville: Take U.S. Highway 231 South into Arab. Turn left on 7th Avenue NW (McDonald's on left), then right onto Main Street. Continue traveling south through 2 traffic lights. Turn left onto Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Cullman: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then right on Shoal Creek Trail NE. Park is approximately 1 mile on right. From Guntersville: Take AL Highway 69 into Arab. Turn left onto Main Street, then r… Cost: $5 per person, $20 for families of 4 or more. Children 2 and under are free. Event Web Link: http://www.arab-chamber.org/visit-here/things-to-do. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. Arab Historic Village Located on Elvin Light Lane, NE (adjacent to Arab City Park) Arab, Alabama 35016.

Sara Evans: At Christmas

Downtown Huntsville Big Spring Entertainment presents Sara Evans in the Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall Dec. 16th at 7:30pm.  VIP Experience Packages available here: http://bit.ly/1N1BrZH Tickets: http://bit.ly/2bGKyFz Confidence is sexy and creativity is empowering. Rarely have those qualities merged into a more potent package then on Sara Evans’ new album Slow Me Down. From the simmering title track, which provided her biggest first week ever at country radio, to the life-affirming message of the album’s closing song, “Revival,” Evans has crafted a compelling body of work filled with the kind of slice-of-life vignettes that fans expect from the award-winning vocalist. Slow Me Down is Evans’ seventh album for RCA Nashville Records and never has she sounded more self-assured and in control of her artistry. “I have a lot of strong opinions because I’ve been doing this my whole life and I know what I want,” says Evans, who co-produced the album with Mark Bright, who helmed her platinum album Real Fine Place… Venue/ Attraction: Von Braun Center Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Cost: $42.75, $52.75 & $72.75. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

HYP 12 Days of December Fun: Walk Through the Tinsel Trail

Seasonal Join Huntsville Young Professionals for some 12 Days of December fun at Big Spring Park as we walk through the Downtown Huntsville, Inc. Tinsel Trail! We will be meeting at Cozy Cow before the walk-through and plan on grabbing dinner or drinks downtown afterward. So put on that winter coat, grab yourself some hot cocoa and enjoy a night out at the Tinsel Trail with HYP! This event is FREE to attend! Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM. The Cozy Cow 100 Church St SW Huntsville, Alabama 35801.

4th Annual Sisterhood Holiday Social

Fundraisers Premier Leadership Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve life, literacy, leadership, and community especially for those who are underserved. We don’t just assist others, we empower them to find their own inner strength which we believe help people sustain their lives and families for a very long time. Therefore, the “I AM MY SISTERS KEEPER” social theme is centered around inspiring, informing, and empowering women to take better care of themselves as they continue to serve others. The event will also serve as a fundraiser so that the organization may continue impacting the lives of women and youth through leadership development programs as well as to raise funds, prizes to women who will be honored that night. Cost: $25. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM. The Cooper House 406 Randolph Ave SE Huntsville Al 35801.

Sanders Family Christmas

Seasonal The Sanders Family is back in Renaissance Theatre's 'Sanders Family Christmas'. Conceived by Alan Bailey and penned by Connie Ray, this famous sequel of Smoke on the Mountain returns to the Old Country Church at Burritt on the Mountain on December 14th – 18th .We’ll return to Mount Pleasant, North Carolina, on Christmas Eve of 1941. Reverend Oglethorpe has invited the Sanders to the Baptist Church to sing and witness, thereby getting the congregation into the down-home holiday spirit before the boys, including one of the Sanders' 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. Venue/ Attraction: Burritt on the Mountain. Cost: $20. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Event Web Link: http://www.burrittonthemountain.com/calendar-of-events/all-events-list/sanders-family-christmas-6. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The Living Christmas Tree

Seasonal First Baptist Church will present the 32nd annual presentation of the Living Christmas Tree: A Feast of Carols, with guest artist Act of Congress. Performances are Thursday, December 15 through Sunday, December 18. Evening performances will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m. (abbreviated) and 5:30 p.m. An abbreviated performance especially for young children will be presented Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are free and are available at the church, which is located at 600 Governors Drive. Ticket reservations are also available by phone at (256) 428-9422 or by visiting the church website, www.fbchsv.org/lct. Venue/ Attraction: First Baptist Church Huntsville. Is the event free? Yes. Cost: Free, but tickets required. Arts Huntsville Member? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Live Music: Josh Allison

Downtown Huntsville Live music at A.M. Booth's Lumberyard! Venue/ Attraction: AM Booth's Lumberyard. Is the event free? Yes. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 9:00 PM – Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:00 AM.

Live Music: Matt Prater Trio

Downtown Huntsville Live music at the Furniture Factory. Venue/ Attraction: Furniture Factory. Copyright: © Our Valley Events 2015 - All Rights Reserved. Friday, December 16, 2016, 9:00 PM – Saturday, December 17, 2016, 1:00 AM.