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About the Tinsel Trail

The Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Huntsville during the holidays. More than 200 trees will decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. Intended to promote community, each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group, or family, and can be decorated by its sponsor or another organization designated by the sponsor.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Tinsel Trail?

The Tinsel Trail is a display of live Christmas trees in downtown Huntsville during the month of December. The almost 200 trees decorate Big Spring Park for the holiday season. This includes large flagship trees and the City of Huntsville tree located at the main entrance of the trail.

Where is it located?

In the past, Tinsel Trail lined the lake on the west side of Big Spring Park.

For 2014 - Tinsel Trail is going to grow! Site plan announced soon! 

Who organizes this event?

The Tinsel Trail was founded as a project of The Downtown Forty-Seven, a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission was to encourage, support, and promote the ongoing cultural, aesthetic, social and economic vitality of the downtown area of Huntsville, Alabama. All tree sponsorships are 100% tax deductible. All funds raised cover the costs to execute this project. Proceeds will be invested in 2014 downtown Huntsville development projects. 

In 2014, Tinsel Trail will be organized by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

Who decorates the trees?

Each tree is sponsored by a local corporation, group or family, and decorated by its sponsor. Trees can have themes that match the company’s mission, or sometimes they’re just totally off­ the ­wall! Each tree has a sign with the sponsor and decorator’s names.

How can I participate?

Sponsoring a tree is a great way to market your business, boost employee morale, and just be creative. Visit the Sponsor a Spruce page for details about our sponsorship program.  Tree sponsorships are available for the price of $250, or $750 for a flagship tree at one of the Trail entrances. If you’d like to support our initiative, but don’t have time to decorate a tree just let us know and we’ll donate your tree so a worthy nonprofit organization. If your organization would like to be considered as a non­profit decorator please submit our nonprofit inquiry form to get on the waiting list for a sponsored tree.  These trees are subject to availability, but we'll do our best to accommodate all requests.

What payment options do I have for sponsoring a tree?

We encourage sponsors to utilize our easy online Sponsor a Spruce process, where you can place your order and securely pay with your credit card in just a few short steps. If you prefer to mail a check, please contact us and a Tinsel Trail representative will contact you. After receiving your payment, we'll reserve your tree and you will be good to go! Trees will not be reserved until payment is received. 

How many years has the Tinsel Trail been presented downtown?

2014 will be Tinsel Trail #4. The main goal is to attract visitors to the downtown area and enrich the community during the holiday season. In its first year, the Trail attracted over 10,000 visitors. This grew to more than 32,000 people in the year's since! 

When does the Tinsel Trail open?

Coming soon!

How long does it last?

2014 dates coming soon.

Do I have to pay to enter the Tinsel Trail?

No. This is a FREE community event. 

What are the hours of the Tinsel Trail?  

The Tinsel Trail is open to the public daily until midnight. Trees are lit from dusk until midnight each night.  

Where can I park to access the Tinsel Trail?

There is metered street parking along Williams and Church.  There are also parking garages at: Summit/PNC building (Church St.), Von Braun Center (Monroe St). 

Have more questions? Contact us. and a Tinsel Trail representative will respond shortly.