It’s the most wonderful time of the year, Birmingham! ‘Tis the season for magical musical performances, heartwarming Christmas traditions and fantastic winter festivities. Grab your calendar and start planning the final month of 2019 with these 22 December events in Birmingham!
21 Birmingham Events & Happenings: December 2019
Through December 14, 2019: North Pole Express
Climb aboard the train at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum’s North Pole Express, and begin your journey! This magical train makes its way to the brilliantly decorated North Pole to greet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves, as they board the train to visit with kids and give gifts. Chocolate milk and cookies, holiday sing-alongs, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus and a special Christmas story, will create long-lasting Christmas memories and a beloved holiday tradition for the whole family. Times vary, and tickets start at $28. hodrrm.org
Through January 5, 2020: Brrrmingham Ice Skating at Railroad Park
Birmingham’s own winter wonderland is back! Experience a classic winter tradition as Railroad Park transforms into a festive ice rink. Presented by UAB Callahan Eye Hospital & Clinics, this year’s “Brrrmingham” rink is bigger and better than ever with a magical, wintry atmosphere. New this year is a 100-foot ice slide that is sure to add a brand new element of fun and winter cheer to the already magical ice skating experience. The Boxcar Cafe is stocked with Red Diamond coffee, tea, hot cocoa and warm bites. Tickets are $10 for children 12 years of age and under, and $12 for adults. The rink is open seven days a week — only closed on Christmas Day. railroadpark.org
December 3, 2019: Holiday Open House at Pepper Place
Start planning your holiday wishlist at Pepper Place’s Holiday Open House. From 5 p.m. until 8 p.m on December 3, enjoy special events, extended store hours, and much more, at one of downtown Birmingham’s premier shopping destinations. pepperplace.com
December 3-23, 2019: 2nd Annual Magic of Lights — Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience
See the lights and experience the holidays at the top of the Magic City. Join Birmingham’s very own Ironman, starting December 3 until December 23, for an evening the whole family will enjoy. Starting at 6 p.m. each night, and at the top of every hour until 10 p.m., look up towards our mighty Vulcan and soak up 15 minutes of gorgeous bright lights dancing to your favorite holiday tunes. Sip on a delicious cup of complimentary hot chocolate while supplies last, or purchase your favorite beer or wine. Following the light show, stock up on your favorite Birmingham items at the Anvil gift shop during their extended hours, or stroll through the museum. Bring the kiddos on December 8 for a special visit from Santa, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 for 13 and up, $4 for kids ages 5-12 and children under 4 are free. visitvulcan.com
December 3, 2019: Christmas at the Alys
Kick off the most beautiful month of the year with the UAB Department of Music and area choirs on December 3, at 7 p.m. This is a holiday celebration the whole family will enjoy. Beautiful music by local choirs, and tons of festive, holiday-appropriate fun, will fill Jemison Concert Hall — and your heart — as the UAB Concert Choir performs classic Christmas melodies. This is the perfect way to kick off the holidays while also supporting talented local musicians! Tickets start at $8. alysstephens.org
December 6, 2019: Taylor Hicks at the Lyric Theatre
Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit more than some festive tunes. Taylor Hicks returns to his hometown to sing Elton John and Christmas classics at the beautiful Lyric Theatre. This is the perfect holiday-inspired date night or girls’ night out! The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $29.50. lyricbham.com
December 6-22, 2019: Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Holiday Spectacular
Looking for a holiday event the whole family will enjoy? Prepare to be mesmerized by Red Mountain Theatre Company’s annual Holiday Spectacular. This highly anticipated Birmingham Christmas tradition does not disappoint. The family-friendly show features classic holiday songs, excellent performances and tons of fun! Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through December 22. Tickets start at $19. redmountaintheatre.org
December 6-22, 2019: Holiday Film Series at the Alabama Theatre
One of Birmingham’s longest-running and most beloved Christmas traditions is back! The Christmas Movie Series will return to the Alabama Theatre this month. Enjoy classics like It’s a Wonderful Life, Home Alone and Miracle on 34th Street, plus SO many more this holiday season. This event is ideal for those looking for a calm yet festive night with the entire family. Shows will begin at 7 p.m. each night, with additional matinee showings at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are $9 each plus fees. alabamatheatre.com
December 9-12, 2019: Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour
Climb aboard a family-friendly 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 9, 10, 11 and 12, buses will depart Golden Age Wine in Mountain Brook every 10 minutes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets for the two-hour tour are $35 for adults and $25 for kids. wackytacky.org
December 10, 2019: The Crisis Center’s Annual Holiday Giving Breakfast
Join the Crisis Center at their annual Holiday Giving Breakfast this December 10. At this breakfast, you’ll have the opportunity to hear true stories of transformation, hope and growth from those whose lives have been changed by the incredible people and resources at the Crisis Center. December is the season of hope and giving, after all! This event is free and open to all. The breakfast will start at 7 a.m. at Regions Field. The event is free, and RSVPs are encouraged. crisiscenterbham.org
December 11, 2019: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at the BJCC
One of Birmingham’s best Christmas traditions is coming back to the Magic City! Rock out this holiday season to the ultra-talented American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they once again grace the BJCC stage. This is a fun and unique way to celebrate the holidays with the entire family. The show begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $47.50. $1 of every ticket sold will be donated to Children’s of Alabama. ticketmaster.com
December 12, 2019: 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 five exquisite homes expertly decorated for the holidays. Be sure to stop by the President’s House at Samford University and peruse the holiday gift market’s terrific selection of local merchants while you enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres. Tours take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $30 online through December 10, or $35 at the door. samford.edu
December 13-15 and December 20-22, 2019: 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 will enjoy. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets start at $40. alabamaballet.org
December 14, 2019: 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 complete the run — or walk — with your team! With race options including a 5K, a 1 Mile Fun Run and the Santa Chase Kids Run 100 yard dash, this is a holiday tradition that the whole family can participate in. Proceeds will benefit the Arthritis Foundation. The day begins at 8 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. at Railroad Park. Registration prices vary based on race. jbr.org
December 14, 2019: CahaBAZAAR Holiday Market at Cahaba Brewing
Cahaba Brewing’s CahaBAZAAR is back for another fun and festive semi-annual event! This free event will feature live music by Frank Jordan & Friends, interactive art, over 70 local vendors, and special beer releases, including 200 22 oz Bicentennial Barley Wine and 200 22 oz Barrel-Aged Bicentennial Barley Wine. There will also be opportunities for photos with Santa, several delicious food trucks and a free hot chocolate bar sponsored by Filter-Coffee Parlor. The event will run from noon to 6 p.m. cahababrewing.com
December 14 & 15, 2019: IPC Holiday House Tour
In its 70th year, the Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC) Holiday House Tour is a beloved Birmingham holiday tradition. Tour five of Birmingham’s most beautifully decorated holiday homes as well as the gorgeous church. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased online at each house or IPC during tour hours, which are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ipc-usa.org
December 18, 2019: Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic
Bring out your shakers and load up the family for the Chick-fil-A Birmingham Classic, featuring a match-up between the Samford University Bulldogs and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide. Cheer on your favorite men’s basketball team at the Legacy Arena and enjoy a night out in the Magic City. This inaugural game will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $18. ticketmaster.com
December 19, 2019: Birmingham Boys Choir 42nd Annual Christmas Concert
One of the Magic City’s most beloved, long-standing traditions is back for its 42nd year. The Birmingham Boys Choir Christmas Concert will be at the Briarwood Presbyterian Church this December 19. Enjoy your favorite holiday classics starting at 7 p.m. for free. birminghamboyschoir.com
December 21, 2019: Alabama Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays
Get into the holiday spirit with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, as they kick off the last weekend before Christmas with a festive performance! Christopher Confessore will conduct as Caleb Clark, Dolores Hydock and guest artists Three on a String, join the orchestra for a fun and festive, music-filled evening. Tickets start at $15, and the show begins at 7 p.m. alabamasymphony.org
December 21, 2019: A Christmas Celebration with Jim Brickman at the Lyric Theatre
Take in the sounds of the season with Grammy-nominated songwriter and performer, Jim Brickman. Enjoy a beautiful evening at the Lyric Theatre with your family, friends or a special date. The first show starts at 2 p.m. and the second show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. lyricbham.com.
December 31, 2019: Iron City’s Roaring 20s New Years Eve Party
Cheers to the new roaring 20s! Enjoy drinks, food, and live music by the Schmohawks at Iron City on New Year’s Eve. Don your best flapper dress or dapper suspenders as costumes are encouraged for this once in a lifetime celebration. From 9 p.m. until 1 a.m., ring in the New Year in true Gatsby fashion with your closest friends at Iron City. Tickets start at $75. ironcitybham.com.
December 31, 2019: Alabama Symphony Orchestra’s Cheers! The New Year’s Eve Concert
Put on your dancing shoes and ring in the new year with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra! The symphony will play waltzes, polkas and marches by Johann Strauss II, in addition to dance-inspired music from all over the world. A midnight champagne toast and special surprise guest will complete the evening. Tickets start at $39, and the evening begins at 6 p.m. at the UAB Alys Stephens Center. alabamasymphony.org.
Keep your eyes peeled for a full guide to New Year’s Eve in the Magic City, coming soon! And happy holidays to you and yours!
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