Tis the season for tree lightings and festive homes. Check out our list of holiday happenings with social distance this month.
1. Tree Lighting Festival
Tuesday, Dec. 1 | 6 p.m.
Vestavia Hills City Hall
1032 Montgomery Highway
Ring in the season with this annual celebration of holiday lights. We hear Santa will be there, too, and there will be merchant giveaways too.
2. Magic City Nutcracker
First Week of December
Travel to the land of mice soldiers and a Sugar Plum Fairy in this holiday favorite—put together with more than 90 local dancers based out of Vestavia Dance. The 2020 production will be filmed at iconic locations around Birmingham, including the Sibyl Temple in Vestavia Hills, and streamed free on Facebook the first week of December and will also be available for purchase in DVD format. Find more information at magiccitynutcracker.org.
3. Hope is Alive
Sunday, Dec. 6 | 5 p.m.
Watch on WBRC Fox6
Tune into Shades Mountain Baptist Church’s annual music program from the comfort and safety of your own home. This year the production features Nashville musicians Drew and Ellie Holcomb.
4. The Reindeer Dash
Saturday, Dec. 19
1425 Montgomery Highway, Suite 115
Work off all that party food at this annual 5K and 1-mile fun run. Better yet, dress as favorite holiday character and bring your family when you come. Register at runsignup.com.
5. Christmas Home Tour
Thursday, Dec. 10
10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 4-8 p.m.
Tour homes in all their festive glory at this 10th annual event to benefit the Samford Legacy League’s scholarships to Samford University for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. Due to COVID-19, masks covering nose and mouth are required, guests are asked to follow social distancing guideline, and each guest will have temperature check and complete a symptom checklist prior to entry. For tickets visit samford.edu/legacyleague/. Here are the homes that you can tour:
- Linda & Charlie Israel, 2300 Country Club Place, Mountain Brook
- Carrie & Joseph Kreps, 1524 Woodridge Place, Vestavia Hills
- Anne & George Lawton, 1504 Buckhead Trail, Vestavia Hills
- A South Bend Spec Home, 3320 South Bend Circle, Vestavia Hills
- Beth & Bill Welden, 2308 Country Club Place, Mountain Brook
- Jeanna & Andy Westmoreland, Samford President’s Home, 1994 Shades Crest Road, Vestavia Hills
6. Drive-Thru Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, Dec. 12 | 7:30-10 a.m.
Vestavia Hills Elementary West
This year for this annual event you can drive-thru to get a Dunkin Donut and see Santa! Check business.vestaviahills.org for updates on the event.
7. Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 13 | 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 get ready to watch holiday cheer in parade form.
8. Memories with Santa
Tuesday, Dec. 15 | 4 p.m.
Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
Share your holiday wishes with Santa! Call to reserve time for your family, and take home a family pack of cookies and cocoa to share and make a holiday memory. A photographer will be there to capture your family picture but bring your cameras too. Call 205-978-0158 for reservations.
The Alabama Theatre
Christmas Tree Farm
Old Baker Farm
Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration
Wednesday-Sunday Nights | 5-9 p.m.
The Birmingham Zoo
71st Annual Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour
Held Virtually at ipc-usa.org/holiday-house.html
Alabama Ballet’s The Nutcracker
BJCC Concert Hall
Holiday Spectacular Presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company
Dec. 17, 19, 20
Birmingham Boys Choir Annual Christmas Concert: Virtual Edition
Friday, Dec. 18 | 7 p.m.
Meadow Brook Runs
Saturday, Dec. 19
Valley Bank, Meadow Brook Branch
Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit yours.