How to Create Memories this Holiday

Just as important as the thoughtful gifts we give to family and friends are the memories we make with them. From ballet to theater, wildlife encounters and light displays, this Holiday Season you can experience the Joy of the Season through the arts, entertainment and cultural offerings of our member organizations.


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Tigers for Tomorrow
708 County Rd. 345
Attalla AL
This holiday why not go a little wild? Get up close and personal with tigers, bears, and more at Tigers For Tomorrow. This non profit wild animal preserve and environmental education center, provides a permanent home to over 170 animals – mostly big cats, bears and wolves. They are located 1.5 hours from Huntsville, so turn that car ride into a Christmas song sing-a-long!

Holiday Promotions: Tigers for Tomorrow is offering a 20% off gift coupon for a private tour of the preserve.  This gift with special discount must be purchased by Dec 20th. Call 256-524-4150 & mention the word “Huntsville” to get this 20% discount off of private tour. Tigers for Tomorrow will mail you the gift and all you have to do is reserve your private tour!
Tigers for Tomorrow also has a gift shop with offerings perfect for the nature lover in your family!

Ticket Price: Private tours without the discount are regularly $30 per person with a 4 person minimum or $120.

 

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Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater presents A Christmas Carol
Von Braun Center Playhouse
700 Monroe St.
December 4th – 13th

Just like sparkling ornaments, candy canes, and snowmen are synonymous with Christmas, so is A Christmas Carol. In this musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater will take you on a journey with Scrooge as he visits his past, present, and future on Christmas Eve. This production has become a family tradition for many in the Tennessee Valley for the past 26 years. Performances start on December 4th and run through December 13th.

Holiday Promotions: Pick up a copy of the Huntsville/Madison County Visitors Bureau Holiday Magic Coupon for a discount on tickets to the show! Click here for more info on the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon or click here for tickets.

Ticket Prices: $15-$20

  

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Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre presents The Nutracker
Lee High School Auditorium
2500 Meridian St N
December 4th – 6th

Alabama Youth Ballet Theatre is taking their performance of this holiday staple to the Lee High School stage on December 4th – 6th. The Nutcracker Ballet is based on the story “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E.T.A. Hoffman. Join AYBT as they tell the story of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $18 — Seniors/Military/Students: $14 — ​Children 10 & Under: $12
Get your tickets online by clicking here, in the studio office, and at the door prior to shows. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up at Will Call. The box office opens 45 minutes prior to shows. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to shows. All tickets are general admission.

  

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Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex presents Ava’s One Wish/Learn to Ice Skate Camp
Huntsville Iceplex at 3185 Leeman Ferry Rd
December 4th – 6th / December 21st-23rd

The Huntsville Iceplex is a 501 (C) 3 organization that supports figure skating, ice skating, and hockey and has been a part of the community for almost 50 years. This December 4th – 6th they will bring Ava’s One Wish to the ice once again! The Huntsville Iceplex will also host a Learn to Ice Skate Camp December 21st- 23rd.

Ticket Prices: Ava’s One Wish $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors and Children. The 3-day Learn to Ice Skate Camp costs $75. Click here for ticket information.

  

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Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Now – January 2nd

Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights has become a Huntsville tradition! This holiday light extravaganza features larger-than-life animated light displays, Santa soaring over a delightful winter village, nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season, and a twinkling icicle forest. Experience the wonder by foot on one of the garden’s specified walking nights, or take a drive through the garden. Galaxy of Lights continues through January 2nd.

Ticket Prices: Prices vary so click here for details.

  

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Huntsvile Symphony Orchestra
700 Monroe St.

The Huntsville Symphony Orchestra (HSO) has long been considered the region’s premier performing arts group, the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra has set the standard in North Alabama for artistic quality, community support and service through education.

Holiday Promotions: HSO ticket vouchers make great holiday gifts for hard-to-shop for family and friends. You purchase the voucher and the recipient gets to choose which season’s show to attend! Price ranger from under $50 to $100

  

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Huntsville Ballet Company presents The Nutracker
Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
December 11th – 13th

The Huntsville Ballet Company is keeping the annual tradition alive with its 47th 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.

Ticket Prices: $20-$40, Click here for tickets

Holiday Promotions: $5 off through the CVB Holiday Magic Coupon

  

9 Places to Shop Arts, Entertainment & Culture this Holiday Season

 

The Fall trees have barely shed their leaves, but the holiday shopping season is upon us! This Holiday Season, the Arts Council wants to inspire you to forego the big box stores, chains, brand names and mass produced bits and bobbles and instead turn your sights to the small businesses, artists and artisans in the Rocket City.

Fortunately for you, we’re bringing the hometown shopping inspiration straight to you with 9 local studios, shops, and artists creating one-of-a-kind pieces perfect for everyone on your list!

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Jackie Miller of Jac Win Designs
Studio 316
Lowe Mill Arts & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.

Specializing in one-of-a-kind pieces, Jackie Miller does it all – from wool felting of hats & scarfs, custom cameos, beaded & wire wrapped jewelry, angel pins, and even organic soaps. Step into her shop and marvel at the breadth of Miller’s talents while finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gift. While you’re there, be sure to ask her about the wool felting process that dates as far back as 6300 B.C.

Holiday Promotions: Receive a free Christmas ornament with every sale
Price Range: $9 – $230

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Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.

This holiday shopping season skip the mall and head straight to Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. As you may have heard by now, it is the largest privately owned arts facility in America, with 200+ working artists, 127 studios, 7 galleries, restaurants, and event and performance venues. The best part about shopping at Lowe Mill is the opportunity to ask the artists, makers and creators questions about their craft. Prices vary but the stories come free.

Holiday Promotions/Events:
Huntsville Art League 12 Gifts of Christmas workshop for make-n-take gift workshops during the holiday season.
Holiday Artists Market @ Flying Monkey Arts, Saturday, November 28th, December 5th & 12th 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Many Individual artists/studios may offer deals as well.

Price Range: All prices!

  

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The ARTery
816 Wellman Ave

The ARTery in Five Points is another way to one-stop shop for gifts. The local artist market is home to fine art, jewelry, and gifts from over 30 local artists. They also sell vintage records, locally made treats like Suzy’s gourmet popsicles, Jubilee cold-brew coffee, Piper & Leaf Tea, pastries and house a custom framing business in the back. The ARTery also offers gift certificates and gift baskets.

Holiday Promotions/Events: Black Friday and Small Business Saturday promotion
Five Points Night (exclusive for Five Points residents). Dec 4th, 6 – 8 p.m. 20% off sale and refreshments.
Twelve Days of Christmas – Dec  1 – 12, each shopper will be entered into a drawing.  Each day a winner will be drawn, and they will win a prize (items from the store).

Price Range: You can find gifts for under $25, under $50, and under $100.

  

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Museum Store at Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street Huntsville, AL 35801

Exploring the Huntsville Museum of Art can be a gift in and of itself, but the Museum Store is a must-shop for its unique and local gifts. You will find original paintings by Vicki Sawyer, Marilyn Wendling and Patti Zeigler, Epicurean items for every hostess, art books and toys for children toddlers and babies, jewelry, notecards, soaps, and candles, journals, messenger bags, Lily and Laura bracelets, Cal Breed vases, Southern Growler beer growlers , books, ornaments and more.

Holiday Promotions: The Museum Store is listed in the CVB’s Holiday Magic Coupon book. The Museum will offer 10% off a single purchase during Skating in the Park, a discount usually reserved for Museum Members.

Price Range: You can find gifts for under $25, under $50, and under $100.

  

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Jeff White Photographer

Jeff is a photographer specializing in wood prints of his original photos from Huntsville and his travels around the South. His works of art range in size from small table/mantel top pieces to large scale wall art. His work is available for purchase at his gallery located in West Huntsville. Through the holiday’s his studio is also home to the 3 Ring Traveling Apothecary pop up shop.

Holiday Promotions: All artwork is available at 10% off starting Saturday, November 28.

Price Range: Pieces range from $25 – $300

 

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Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue

Huntsville Botanical Garden is open year-round and features the nation’s largest open-air butterfly house, a picture-perfect aquatic garden, spectacular nature trails, numerous specialty gardens – including an interactive children’s garden – and a variety of plant collections. The Garden also has a beautifully curated gift shop. This season make a day of it by perusing the shop, exploring the gardens, then in the evening taking a drive or stroll through the Holiday Galaxy of Lights!

Price Range: Tickets and Gifts under $25, under $50, and under $100

  

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Guadalupe Robinson
Rail Road Room #1
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
2211 Seminole Dr.

Guadalupe Robinson is a full time potter who has been working in clay for over 30 years. Robinson grew up in Mexico City and brings both the culture and tradition of her Mexican heritage and the Deep South to her work. A true craftsman, each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.

Price Range: Many cups, mugs, and small bowls priced under $25.  You can also find items $50 and under $100.

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The Little Green Store & Gallery
820 Monte Sano Blvd

A scenic drive up Monte Sano Mountain will bring you to The Little Green Store and Gallery, a unique store in a unique setting. The gift shop meets gallery offers a variety of products for all budgets. With unique gifts, jewelry, pottery and glass there is no doubt something will catch your eye. They also offer complimentary wrapping for any occasion.

Holiday Promotions: Visit them for ‘Green Friday’ and Small Business Saturday promotions!
Price Range: You can find gifts under $25, under $50, under $100 and beyond.

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Igumnova-Art

Tatyana Igmunova Hankinson is an artist and art teacher. Tatyana graduated from the Kubyshev Art School in Tashkent, Uzbekistan majoring in Drawing and Fine Art. She worked as a poster artist and has had personal exhibits in the Soviet Union. Here in the Tennessee Valley, Tatyana offers different media art classes for children and adults at Hobby Lobby Madison, Huntsville, and Redstone Arsenal.

Holiday Promotions: During the holiday season Tatyana offers holiday themed art classes for all ages that are family oriented. “It’s a lot of fun to come to art classes and paint with your child or grandchild or paint the holiday painting and give it to somebody special as a gift,” says Tatyana.
For the holiday season Tatyana is offering holiday theme Giclee prints on canvas 8×10

Price Range: Art Classes under $25
Giclee prints on Canvas under $50

BONUS: Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau
500 Church St, Suite One

You may be surprised to find the Huntsville/Madison County CVB on this list, but it is your ticket to budget-conscious holiday shopping and activities this season! They are offering a Holiday Magic discount coupon sheet that includes discounts to several local attractions and events, including some of the locations included on this list! You can pick up a coupon sheet at the Visitor Center on Church Street. While you’re there swing by the gift shop to pick up locally made and Huntsville-themed merch so you can share your Rocket City pride with family friends!