How to spend Thanksgiving break in Huntsville

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There’s no shortage of fun activities in Huntsville. (Audrey Johnson / Hville Blast)

Thanksgiving break is (finally) here, and it’s a great chance to spend some quality time with family and friends. If you don’t want to spend it all at home, though, we’ve got you covered.

Check out these seven ideas for how to spend your Thanksgiving break in the Rocket City:

Do a fall-themed photoshoot

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Take in the fall colors. (McCarley Northway / Hville Blast)

Whether you’re looking to take senior pictures, engagement photos or some candid shots with your friends, Huntsville has plenty of beautiful backdrops to choose from.

Visit the stairs in East Big Spring Park, Maple Hill Cemetery or check out our guide on fall photoshoot spots for more ideas.

Go see a holiday light show

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There’s nothing more captivating than a good light show. (Emily Phillips)

Nothing gets me in the holiday mood like the light show at the Huntsville Botanical Garden! That’s not the only place you can find a dazzling display of holiday cheer, though — Toyota Field and Bridge Street Town Centre have their own unique setups as well.

Read our holiday light show guide for more information on specific times and ticket costs.

Grab a fall latte

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Buy yourself a cup of coffee — you deserve it. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you have a taste for that cozy seasonal spice? These are some of our favorite fall-themed lattes that are serving up flavors of sugar, spice and everything nice:

Check out our guide to fall lattes if you’re looking for a different flavor.

Cook, pick up or dine out this Thanksgiving


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If you’ve always cooked your Thanksgiving meal at home, but you want to try something different this year, there are plenty of spots in and around Huntsville that are here to help you out.

Read our guide to dining out and picking up this Thanksgiving for more information on pricing.

Do some volunteering

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Volunteer with your friends this Thanksgiving. (Village of Promise / Facebook)

A fun way to spend your Thanksgiving break is to give back to your community. Luckily, in Huntsville, there is a wide array of organizations to volunteer with. Have fun working with animals, tending to the Huntsville Botanical Garden and more.

Catch a Huntsville Havoc game

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The energy is buzzing at every Havoc game. (McCarley Northway / Hville Blast)

A Huntsville Havoc game is never a dull event, and there are two games taking place at the Propst Arena during Thanksgiving break. Whether you’re going for the game, the food or the halftime games, it’s always worth buying a ticket. Get your hockey on at these games:

  • Peoria Rivermen vs. Huntsville Havoc — Thursday, Nov. 23
  • Peoria Rivermen vs. Huntsville Havoc — Friday, Nov. 24

Go to an Iron Bowl party

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It’s Alabama’s most anticipated football game of the year. (Photo by Dave Adamson on Unsplash)

Come out to Jeff & Blues and watch Alabama and Auburn face off while enjoying craft beer and local foods. You can also vote on your favorite beers for a chance to win Greta Van Fleet tickets next May!

What are your plans for this Thanksgiving break? Let us know on social media @hvilleblast!

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