If your looking for fun and family friendly ideas for the Holidays? I have found great events and attractions in and around the Birmingham, Alabama area. Everything from parks to parades, and many in between. Starting in November all the way through to January 2nd. Look out for the *, that means Santa will be there.
November 1 – January 1 – Desoto Caverns Park – Childersburg, AL
Christmas Light Show – This special light show celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ and is shown on every caverns tour.
November 26- January 2- McWayne Science Center- Birmingham, AL
Winter Wonderland Exhibit – snowflakes, toy trains, snow room, ice fishing, sled riding, ice skating (sock skating).
Cost: Adults $8 and Children over 2 $8
November 26-28, Dec. 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 – Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum – Calera, AL*
Polar Express – a magical train ride to the north pole for kids of all ages. Santa and elf sighting, Christmas carols. Bedtime story and snack, wear your pajamas.
Cost: $25 – 5pm,6:30pm, 8pm.
November 26-28, Dec 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 – Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum – Calera, AL*
Santa Special – Santa rides the train with you, tell him what you would like for Christmas as he greets passengers, poses for photos, and gives a special treat to each rider.
Cost: $15 per person (2 and older)
December 1-3, 8-10 – Tannehill State Park – Mccalla, AL
Christmas Village – school ages children open house on crafts row Friday and Saturday on the first two weekends in December.
December 4 – Southern Museum of Flight – Birmingham, AL*
Visit Santa – cookies and hot chocolate. Ornament making, Santa photos, museum tour.
December 5 – Pioneer Homes – Bessemer, AL
The Christmas Heritage Tour of Pioneer Homes – Vintage toys, and Christmas tree. The Saddler House, The Owen Plantation, and the McAdory House.
December 9-10 – Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Birmingham, AL
HollyDay Magic – Holiday crafts from natural materials, gifts and ornaments, cookie decorating.
Cost: $30 (ages 5-11) 4pm-6pm
December 9-12, 16-19 – Virginia Samford Theater – Birmingham, AL
Scrooge The Musical – the classic tale of scrooges and his Christmas spirits.
Cost: Adults $30, Seniors $25, Students $15
December 10-12, 17-23, 26-31, and January 1-2 – Birmingham Zoo – Birmingham, AL*
Zoolight Safari – see the zoo illuminated with over half–million lights, holiday express train ride, jingle bell carousel, Santa’s rock n’ roller racers, winter train ride, story time, animal demos, and more.
Cost: $8 , wrist band $10
December 10-12 – BJCC – Birmingham, AL
The Nutcracker –
December 11 – Historic downtown Trussville – Trussville, AL
Trussville Christmas Parade – through historic downtown Trussville.
December 11 & 18th – McWayne Science Center – Birmingham, AL*
Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop – bring your little elves to have breakfast in Santa’s Workshop. hands-on programs, have breakfast together, explore Winter Wonderland exhibit and visit with Santa.
Cost: Adults $15 Kids $12 – RESERVATION IS REQUIRED.