Let it Snow and Festival of Trees



The Hardin Center is excited to celebrate the holiday season with “Let it Snow” and “Festival of Trees XXVII.”

This is the Hardin Center’s sixth year to host Let it Snow. The highlight of the children’s exhibit is an area filled with a material that resembles and feels like real snow. The snow is made of a non-toxic polymer material that feels cool to the touch but won’t get visitors wet. Children can play in the snow, slide down a snow slide, play in the ball pit, and slide around in their socks on an ice rink. The snow slide is made from a slick material that competition skiers use during the off season and the ice rink is a polished plastic surface that hockey players use for practice. Let it Snow is primarily designed for younger children, ages toddler through the third grade.

Festival of Trees has been a holiday favorite at the Hardin Center for 27 years. The exhibit includes 34 Christmas Trees that are decorated by local schools and non-profits using handmade ornaments. This year’s theme is “National Parks and National Monuments” and each tree highlights a different park or monument.

Regular all-day admission for Let it Snow and Festival of Trees is $8 per person and includes Imagination Place Children’s Museum. Admission is free for Hardin Center members and for children under 24 months. Let it Snow ends January 31, 2018 and Festival of Trees ends December 31, 2017.  Both exhibits are open 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 1 pm – 5 pm on Sunday. The Hardin Center will be open daily with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Let is Snow is sponsored by Exchange Bank and Festival of Trees is sponsored by Rainbow Food Mart and Oxford Coca-Cola Bottling Company.

Field trip reservations are still available for schools and groups. For more information call (256) 543-2787, ext. 31 or email

Join us for our special holiday events including Snacks with Santa on December 9 and Polar Express Day on December 16.


There’s more family fun awaiting in Gadsden!
Make sure to check out Christmas at the Falls, too: