51. December 10, 2011: Candlelight Christmas MemorialFree. 6-7 pm in Maple Hill Cemetery, 202 Maple Hill Drive Huntsville. Lighted luminaries halo the graves of the unknown Confederate Soldiers, ribbons & greenery will adorn the iron fence. An honor guard will be posted. Re-enactors will be dressed in period attire. The United Daughters of the Confederacy & the Sons of Confederate Veterans will remember the soldiers in work & song. For more info, call (256) 859-3525.
Free. 9 am sponsored by Land Trust of Huntsville. This is a fast paced hike that will be a true aerobic exercise. Take Airport Road to Jones Valley, left at Four Mile Post/Cecil B. Ashburn Drive to the graveled Land Trust parking lot on the right at the top of the mountain. For more info, call (256) 534-5263.
53. December 10, 2011: Harrison Brothers Luminary Open HouseFree. 5-8 pm at Harrison Brothers Hardware, 124 South Side Square Huntsville. Wrap-up your shopping as you enjoy Alabama's oldest continuously operating hardware store. A visit to Harrison Brothers is a Huntsville Christmas tradition. For more info, call (256) 536-3631.
Free. 5-8:30 pm at Holmes Street United Methodist Chruch, 501 Holmes Street Huntsville. Come to the heart of Old Town where beautiful luminaries line the streets of the community & we share in the Christmas spirit. Outside the sanctuary, visit the live Nativity & watch for the Wise Men to come from the East at 7 PM. Inside, warm up with hot chocolate, refreshments, homemade cookies & children's activities. In the sanctuary, see the beautiful poinsettia display, a 20-foot Chrismon Tree & enjoy live concert music presented every half hour. For more info, call (256) 534-7672.
55. December 10, 2011: Luminary Night CelebrationFree. 5-7 pm at First United Methodist Church. For more info, call 256-539-5738 ext. 210.
Admission charged. Doors open at 7 PM, show begins at 7:30 at Monte Sano State Park Planetarium, beside the Country Grocery Store & Camp Ground Huntsville. OWhat exactly was the object the Wise men saw? Each year at this special time, we turn back the hands of time to look into the sky of long ago & to search for this mysterious object. As we ponder the skies of Bethlehem, we'll explore several possibilities including comets, meteors, novae & other phenomena. For more info, call (256) 539-0316.
Free to watch. 8 am at Holiday Inn Downtown, 401 Williams Avenue Huntsville. For more info, call (256) 650-7063.
Admission charged for train rides. 10, 11 AM & 1, 2, & 3 PM at North Alabama Railroad Museum, 694 Chase Road Huntsville. The excursions last approximately 1 hour. Reservations are suggested but walk-on's are taken on a space available basis. Ride with Santa, gifts for the children & candy canes for everyone. Take the museum's free walking tour. See historic railroad equipment & the Chase Depot. The train will operate rain or shine. For more info, call (256) 851-6276.
Admission charged. 5-9 pm in Twickenham District Huntsville. The Twickenham District will be aglow with luminaries, trees & front doors glistening with holiday decorations & carolers strolling along the way. Advance Home Tour tickets & maps are available at: Summer Classics on Meridian Street, Marie's Hallmark on Pratt Avenue, Railroad Station Antiques on Jefferson Street, Hartlex Antiques & Interiors on Hughes Road, The Weeden House Museum on Gates Avenue, The Greenery on U.S. 431 South & at each home during the tour. For more info, call (256) 536-7718.
60. December 10, 2011: Town of Gurley Christmas ParadeFree. 10 am Begins at Madison County Elementary School. For more info, call (256) 776-3738.