We could all use a little holiday cheer this year. Thankfully, it’s officially the season for magical music performances, heartwarming holiday traditions, and fantastic winter festivities. Grab your calendar and start planning the final month of 2020 with these 15 December events in Birmingham!
14 Birmingham Events & Happenings: December 2020
*And, as we are in a rise in COVID cases, these suggestions are all made with social distancing in mind and each is subject to change. Please look at websites and social media for updates.
Through December 24, 2020: Santa at The Summit
The jolly man is back from the North Pole and ready to meet your family! Like most events this year, it looks a bit different, but this holiday event promises to still be as magical as ever. Located in Saks Plaza, this experience requires an appointment. Santa also asks that all visitors be masked and requires temperatures to be checked upon arrival. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Photo packages start at $17.99. thesummitsanta.com
December 1 – 22, 2020: Holiday Film Series at the Alabama Theatre
We braced ourselves for the cancellation notice, but we are so excited one of Birmingham’s longest-running and most beloved Christmas traditions is back! The Holiday Film Series returns to the Alabama Theatre in a new socially distanced format. In groups of two to four, enjoy classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone, Miracle on 34th Street and SO many more. This event is ideal for those looking for a calm yet festive night with the family. Shows begin at 7 p.m. each night, with additional matinee showings at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 each plus fees. alabamatheatre.com
December 3, 2020: The Big Night In Benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham
Enjoy a night in with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. Grab your favorite takeout and cuddle up on the couch for an online event featuring exciting auctions and can’t-miss performances. Every dollar raised benefits the mission of empowering local youth through mentoring relationships at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Attendance is free, and sponsorships are available. The night kicks off at 7 p.m. thebignightin.org
December 4, 2020: Holiday Open House at Henhouse Antiques
Join the team at Henhouse Antiques in English Village as they celebrate the coming holiday season. This speciality antique shop will open their doors from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4 for a fun shopping event. Henhouse’s annual open house will also double as Kat McCall Papers featured trunk show. Enjoy appetizers, wine and more as you peruse all they have to offer. henhouseantiques.com
December 4 – 19, 2020: Christmas at the Station
While we would usually be making plans to climb aboard the train at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum’s North Pole Express, things have changed for 2020. This year, guests are invited to enjoy a Christmas experience like no other. Tickets to Christmas at the Station include a ride on the Calera & Shelby train, a ride on the Shelby & Southern train, access to the Merry Maze of Lights and a safe and healthy photo opportunity with Santa Claus! With games and activities, hot chocolate, food trucks and more, this event makes memories for years to come. The grounds open at 4 p.m., and tickets start at $33. hodrrm.org
December 4 & 5, 2020: Holiday Open House & Eat in the Streets at Pepper Place
Get out and enjoy the holiday season at everyone’s favorite entertainment district. Head to Pepper Place on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5, for Eat in the Streets! Taking place on 29th Street, this event is full of great food, family-friendly fun and festive celebrations. On Friday, make plans to attend a special showing of A Christmas Story on 29th Street. Be sure to come back Saturday to enjoy the Makers Market, selfies with Santa, live music from the Trombone Dollars, and of course, outdoor dining on the street. This is also the perfect opportunity to shop for everyone on your holiday list at any of Pepper Place’s incredible retailers. pepperplace.com
December 5, 2020: 49.2 Helena Christmas Parade
While this year would have been Helena’s Christmas Parade’s 50th anniversary, the event’s innovative team has renamed and pivoted the parade. Bring the family and enjoy A Masquerade Christmas, this year’s parade theme honoring first responders and all the healthcare workers who have done so much to help us all during the pandemic. The parade is slated to begin at 1 p.m. on December 5, but if all participants are in place, it may begin as early as 12:30 p.m. Get there early and claim your place on the streets of Old Town. cityofhelena.org
December 8 – 10, 2020: Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour
Climb aboard a family-friendly, socially distanced tour bus bound for tacky and wacky Christmas light displays throughout Birmingham as you don your tackiest holiday attire. This annual event is hosted by Fresh Air Family, a nonprofit dedicated to environmental and scientific education, strengthening families, youth and communities through a connection to nature. On December 8, 9 and 10, buses depart from Tropicaleo in downtown Birmingham every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Private buses are also available and must be reserved in advance. Tickets for the two-hour tour are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. wackytacky.org
December 10, 2020: Samford Legacy League Christmas Home Tour
It’s time to deck the halls! Find festive inspiration and holiday cheer in the beautiful homes on this year’s Samford Legacy League Christmas Home Tour. Presented by ARC Realty, the tour takes you through six exquisite homes expertly decorated for the holidays. Proceeds from the event help provide scholarships to Samford students dealing with significant financial need. Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are required and are $30 until December 1 and $35 through December 8. Masks are required for entry into each home. samford.edu
December 11 – 13, 2020: Virtual Jingle Bell Run
Dust off your favorite holiday-themed costume or ugly Christmas sweater, tie some jingle bells to your sneakers and be the jolliest jogger in the Magic City as you run (or walk) through your neighborhood. Since you can complete this race at your own pace, this is the perfect holiday tradition for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Arthritis Foundation, and each participant receives a t-shirt, medal and sticker as a thank you. The registration fee is $35. events.arthritis.org
December 12, 2020: CahaBAZAAR Holiday Market at Cahaba Brewing
Cahaba Brewing’s CahaBAZAAR is back for another fun and festive bi-annual event! This free event features live music by JD & The Man and Steel City Jug Slammers, over 70 local vendors, drink specials and several food trucks. There are also opportunities for photos with Santa and a free hot chocolate bar sponsored by Filter-Coffee Parlor. The event runs from noon to 5 p.m. Space is limited and CDC guidelines must be followed, so arrive early and don’t forget your mask! cahababrewing.com
December 13, 2020: Live Drive-in Concert Featuring Eric Essix and Holiday Soul
Nothing gets us in the holiday spirit more than festive tunes. The Alys Stephens Center helps us safely enjoy live music this December with a drive-in concert opportunity. Join them on December 13 for a live concert featuring Eric Essix and Holiday Soul. Grab your favorite to-go meal, and enjoy some soulful holiday tunes from the comfort of your car. The parking lot opens at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20. alysstephens.org
December 17 – 20, 2020: Holiday Spectacular at Regions Field
Looking for a holiday event the whole family can enjoy? Prepare to be mesmerized by Red Mountain Theatre Company’s annual Holiday Spectacular at Regions Field. This highly anticipated Birmingham Christmas tradition is back for another year with new surprises in store! The family-friendly show features classic holiday songs, excellent performances and tons of fun. Shows take place Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m., with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $20. redmountaintheatre.org
December 17 – 20, 22 & 23, 2020: Alabama Ballet presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Nothing says the holidays like The Nutcracker. As one of only eight ballet companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this show, the incredibly talented ballerinas at the Alabama Ballet are sure to wow you this holiday season. This is an experience the whole family can enjoy. Performances times vary depending on the day, and tickets start at $30. alabamaballet.org
December 20, 2020: An At-Home Christmas Celebration with Jim Brickman
Take in the sounds of the season with Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer Jim Brickman from the comfort of your home. Enjoy a lovely evening on the couch with your family, friends or a special date as you watch this live show. A portion of each ticket purchased directly benefits Birmingham’s own Lyric Theatre. The show begins at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $40. jimbrickman.com.
Stay safe and healthy this December, Birmingham. Happy holidays to you and yours!
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