December Happenings in Birmingham

It’s officially the busiest time of the year! In between your holiday shopping and parties, make sure you stop and take time to savor the season! There’s so much fun to be had in Birmingham this month – enjoy!


All Month Long:


Ice skating at Railroad Park

Enjoy railroad park in a different way as it turns into an ice rink! The Boxcar café will serve coffee, tea, hot chocolate and food and lessons will be offered on Saturdays. Admission: $12/Adult  $10/Children


Christmas Movie Series at the Alabama Theatre

December 8th-22nd
Watch your favorite Christmas movie on the big screen at the Alabama Theatre! You can check their online calendar to find out what’s playing the night.
Admission: $8


Zoo Light Safari


December 8-10, 15-23, 26-31
The Birmingham zoo will come alive for 18 nights of holiday-centric fun. See over one millions lights, listen to holiday music, and enjoy snowfalls every night.

Admission: $10 (non-members)  Ride tickets: $3.50


December 1st-8th


2017 Holiday Parade


December 3rd
Come out and see your favorite holiday floats and meet Santa! 3:00pm in Mountain Brook Village.


Cahaba Village Open House

December 5th
Don’t miss a holiday open house and scavenger hunt in Cahaba Village from 5-8pm.



Lighting of the Star and Downtown Homewood Christmas Parade

December 5th
The lighting of the historic Homewood star at the top of 18th street will take place from 6:30-7pm followed by a parade and the lighting of the Christmas tree at City hall


Pepper Place Holiday Party


December 6th
Pepper Place’s annual holiday party is back with lots of fun. Numerous restaurants will be serving a specialty cocktail, shops will have discounts, numerous guest retailers will be setting up for the night and 29th street will be lined with fire pits for s’more roasting.



Crestline Village Open House

December 7th
Santa will be wandering around the village from 4-7pm and make sure to stay afterwards to hear your favorite neighborhood librarians and shop owners preform a live reading of A Christmas Carol.


First Thursday Art Stroll

December 7th
Shop your favorite Homewood retailers after dark.



Christmas Home Tour By Samford Legacy League

December 8th
Tour 5 beautiful homes decorated for the holidays! Don’t forget to stop by and shop at the holiday gift market to enjoy seasonal fare and the Samford President’s Home. Map of the tour route is available on their website.

Admission: $25 through Dec. 6 or $30 at the door



Independent Presbyterian Church’s Holiday Open House Tour 

December 9th  & 10th

This year, you'll have the chance to walk through more beautifully decorated homes. The additional homes will include two condominiums inside Birmingham's historic Hanover Place. The families of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Adams, Dr. Tommy Bice and Mr. Ken Northrup, Mr. T. Chris Carter and Mr. John Dorsett, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Hirsch, and Dr. and Mrs. Raleigh Kent invite you inside their homes to celebrate the holidays and raise money for educational programs benefiting women and children

Admission: $30



Holiday in the Hills Breakfast with Santa

December 9th
Bring the whole family for a pancake breakfast with Santa at the Vestavia Hills Civic Center. Free to attend. 7:30-10am


Pepper Place market

December 9th
Last chance to shop the Pepper Place farmer’s market before they close for the season!



Cahaba Brewing CahaBAZAAR

December 9th
Shop local artists while you enjoy food and beer at Cahaba Brewing from 12pm-7pm


Jingle Bell Run

December 9th
Support the Arthritis Foundation with a festive fun run. Complete a 5k wearing your favorite holiday themed costume or ugly Christmas sweater. Don’t forget to tie jingle bells to your shoes!



Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade and Celebration

December 10th
Enjoy the city’s official parade followed by the Liberty Park Christmas Celebrations with children’s activities, refreshments, music, pictures with Santa and more.


Saturn Christmas Swap

December 10th
Head over to Avondale for this indoor shopping event featuring local artists!



Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour

December 12-14th
Embrace your inner tacky and hop aboard the bus for a 2-hour holiday light tour around Birmingham including food provided by Dreamland BBQ! Buses depart every 20 minutes.

Admission: $30



Paints and Pints at Cahaba Brewing

December 17th
Join artist Natalie Zoghby at Cahaba Brewing on December 12th from 2:00-3:30 for her abstract painting class. Follow along as Natalie creates a beautiful piece of art or create something of your own design!

Admission: $35


Pure Fitness Reindeer Dash

December 23rd
Dress up in your favorite Christmas character costume and run a two mile family and friends fun run. Then enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, awards and door prizes afterwards. Funds will go to support On River Time non-profit. 



The Birmingham Bowl

December 23rd
Head to historic Legion Field for a day of football! The 12th annual Birmingham Bowl will take place at 11am between the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the South Florida Bulls.

General Admission: $30 Reserved Seating: $50


Alabama Theatre’s New Year’s Eve 90th Birthday Bash

December 31st
If you’re looking for  a way to spend New Year’s Eve, celebrate Alabama Theatre’s 90th birthday bas with Sister Hazel and Taylor Hicks.  The debut of the new  18th street Alabama sign will light up at midnight.

Admission: $29-$62



OvenBird New Years Eve

Enjoy a four course menu with complimentary champagne for $65. Call (205) 957-6686 to make your reservations!

Posted on December 6, 2017 .