MidCity festivities: Plenty of holiday events on tap in heart of the City

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Looking for a way to make memories or start new holiday traditions this year? Check out MidCity District for a trove of events scheduled through the end of year.

From meals with Santa to ice skating under the stars, there’s holiday fun around nearly every corner. Visit MidCity’s event calendar for a complete listing.

Winter Park

A young girl tries her luck at curling at Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater.

A young girl tries her luck at curling at Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater. (Photo credit: Joshua Weichman)

Back for a second year, Winter Park at The Orion Amphitheater is open through Monday, Jan. 1. It again features visits from Santa, curling and train rides. If you’re steady on your feet, give the “glice” rink a whirl.

In case you’re wondering, glice is a sustainable, water and energy-free synthetic material that mimics ice. It saves The Orion more than 10,000 liters of water, 4.75 tons of CO2 emissions and the energy consumption of nearly 200 households.

Eat, drink and be merry

Women sit on a couch enjoying beverages and charcuterie.

There are plenty of food and drink options to be found at MidCity this holiday season. (Photo credit: Dakota Alphonso)

Proving there’s something for all ages, “kids from 1 to 92” can enjoy Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 16. Staggered reservations are available from 9-10 a.m. with a ticket purchase. The meal is prepared by Chef Josh Quick of Odette, an acclaimed Florence restaurant.

Those over 21 can enjoy cocktail classes Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., with a focus on fondue and winter warmers. The monthly class is $60 per person.

Occurring nightly through Dec. 22, there’s Miracle at MidCity, which offers food and drink specials as well as live music on the weekends.

Shop ’til you drop

Shoppers check out the deals at Arts Huntsville's Christkindlemarket at The Orion Amphitheater.

Shoppers check out the deals at Arts Huntsville’s Christkindlemarket at The Orion Amphitheater. (Photo credit: Joshua Weichman)

Got any hard-to-buy-for friends or family members? You might find something unique at Arts Huntsville’s Christkindlemarket, running Dec. 8-10 at The Orion. The annual sale includes over 60 art vendors, local musicians and German-themed food and drinks.

If time is almost up, visit the Last-Minute Holiday Market Saturday, Dec. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to grab hand-crafted, 11th-hour gifts for an office Christmas party or White Elephant exchange.

Sounds of the season

A collage of performers who will appear at the Winter Blast series at The Orion.

The Winter Blast Series will feature Samir Fields-Spruill, Samuel Penn and The N.E.I.G.H.B.O.R.S., Mulan Thornberry, C1ive and Ty Blackwell, Poor Rover, Kam Jones and Smorgasbord.

If your ears need a break from traditional holiday music, check out the Winter Blast Series at The Orion, presented by the Huntsville Music Office. Gates open at 5 p.m. with music starting at 8. Here’s the schedule:

  • Thursday, Dec. 14: Samir Fields-Spruill, Samuel Penn and The N.E.I.G.H.B.O.R.S.
  • Tuesday, Dec. 19: Mulan Thornberry, C1ive and Ty Blackwell
  • Thursday, Dec. 28: Poor Rover, Kam Jones and Smorgasbord

The Camp will also host holiday music with Charles and Tanya Friday, Dec. 15, and Dec. 22, both at 7 p.m.

Trees with a purpose

Still need a holiday tree? The Camp is participating in Buy a Tree, Change a Life, a nonprofit campaign aimed at helping children during the holidays through the sale of live Christmas trees. The organization’s raised more than $7.8 million for kids in need since 2012.

The tree sale is open weekdays through Dec. 15 from 4-7 p.m.

Interested in more holiday fun? Check out our guide to spending the holidays in downtown Huntsville here.