Tis the season for parades and home tours, breakfasts with Santa and dashing with reindeer. Find our full list of all things holiday happening in Vestavia Hills this December.

1. Magic City Nutcracker

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 1 & 2 | 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3 | 2 p.m.
Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church

Travel to the land of mice soldiers and a Sugar Plum Fairy in this holiday favorite—put together with an all community cast. Get your tickets at magiccitynutcracker.org, and read our story on page 17 to learn more about what happens behind the scenes.

2. OLLI@UA Greater Birmingham Open House

Wednesday, Dec. 6 | 1-3 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Senior Lodge, 1973 Merryvale Road

Come out for refreshments, blues and jazz entertainment from Ray Reach, director of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame, and to hear about spring bonus programs, courses and travel opportunities from OLLI@UA. OLLI provides mature adults 50+ with social education and travel opportunities. To learn more, visit olli.ua.edu or call 205-348-6482.

3. Celebrating the Season

Thursday, Dec. 7 | 7 p.m.
Vestavia Hills High School

Celebrate the season with performances by the high school’s band, choir, dance and theatre departments, and you’ll be sure to be singing “Fa la la la la, la la la la” all the way home.

4. Legacy League Christmas Home Tour

Thursday, Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Various Homes

Tour homes in all their festive glory—plus festive hors d’oeuvres and a holiday gift market at the Samford president’s home. Proceeds benefit the Legacy League’s scholarships to Samford University for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. Buy your tickets here.

5. Holiday in the Hills Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 9 | 7:30-10 a.m.
Vestavia Hills Civic Center, 1975 Merryvale Road

Come out for a free pancake breakfast courtesy of the City of Vestavia Hills with a special guest from the North Pole. Syrup included for those on the nice list.

6. Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade and Celebration

Sunday, Dec. 10 | 2-4 p.m.
Liberty Park Sports Complex to Alston Meadows

The tradition continues. Find a good spot along the route to watch the parade pass, and then stay for Liberty Park Christmas Celebration with children’s activities, refreshments, music, pictures with Santa and more.

7. Schaeffer Eye Center Family Night with Santa

Tuesday, Dec. 12 | 6 p.m.
Library in the Forest Community Room

Children can listen as Santa shares his favorite stories from the North Pole, and stay after to visit with St. Nick himself afterward. Dinner will start at 6 p.m. and the show at 6:30 p.m. See more kids/tween events the library here.

8. Pure Fitness Reindeer Dash

Saturday, Dec. 23 | 8 a.m.
1425 Montgomery Highway, Suite 115

Work off all that party food at this first annual 2-mile family friendly run.  Plus, your registration fee benefits On River Time, which empowers children of abuse and neglect through fly fishing. Runners, dress up in your favorite Christmas character costume and bring your family and friends. Be sure to stay afterward for cookies, hot chocolate, awards and door prizes. Register at runsignup.com/thereindeerdash.

Commitment Day 5K Fun Run

Monday, Jan. 1 | 10 a.m.
Lifetime Fitness

Start off the New Year right with this annual 5K starting at Lifetime Fitness. Registration fees include a T-shirt, race bib and brunch social after the run, and kids will earn their very own 5K medals. Registration is free for kids under 12 attending with a paid adult. To register or volunteer, visit commitmentday.com/alabama/vestavia-hills/.

Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email mm@vestaviahillsmagazine.com to submit yours.