Downtown Birmingham has more — ways to celebrate the holidays! The Magic City is the heart of the community and offers many fun, unique, and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. From the Alabama Theatre’s Holiday Film Series to The Nutcracker – make your plans to experience the Birmingham Holiday Magic downtown! We created an interactive calendar of all the holiday events happening in downtown Birmingham. Choosing the Magic City to celebrate Christmas time has never been easier. Can’t find your event? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get featured!
We know turkeys gobble, but did you know they can also purr, cluck, and cackle? Join the McWane Science Center for more turkey science in this year’s scientific feast!
When: November 23 and 25 from 9am – 5pm
Where: McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Miracle on 24th Queens Park
Queen’s Park transforms into Miracle on 24th Street, a magical, over-the-top holiday extravaganza. With a special menu of 12 cocktails, 2 shots, nonalcoholic drinks, large format cocktails in disco balls, and nostalgic snacks, plus a rockin’ holiday soundtrack and more tinsel than you can shake a stick at, Miracle on 24th Street is Birmingham’s premier holiday pop up bar.
When: November 21st – December 30th
Sunday – Thursday, 4pm until 12am
Friday – Saturday, 4pm until 2am
Where: 112 24th St N #102, Birmingham, AL 35203
Downtown Holiday Windows
Art installations will begin going up in downtown windows November 18-22. We will share a map of the window art trail and more information about the artists soon.
Sippin Santa at Neon Moon
The sister pop up bar to Miracle on 24Th, Neon Moon, also transforms to a Christmas wonderland! The holiday menu includes 12 cocktails plus a very merry holiday soundtrack. Sippin’ Santa on 2nd is Birmingham’s 5-star dive bar holiday extravaganza.
When: November 25th – December 30th
Where: 2316 2nd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Red Mountain Holiday Spectacular
Cozy up to our annual Holiday Spectacular – a gift of your favorite music of the season, performed by Birmingham’s best talent and RMT’s Youth Ensembles. It will leave your heart glowing and set the stage for a magical holiday season.
When: December 1 – December 18
Where: 1600 3rd Ave S. Birmingham Al 35233
Birmingham Holiday Magic Street Market
Make plans to get some holiday shopping done and treat yourself with goodies from Birmingham makers, who will be lining 20th Street between 2nd and 4th Avenue North.
When: December 2 from 4pm- 8pm
Where: 20th Street between 2nd and 4th Avenue North
Grinch’s Jingle Bell Party
Help McWane Science Center grow the Grinch’s heart three sizes. Join us on December 3rd for a day of fun and hands-on holiday activities. Together, we are sure to make the Grinch smile! There will be dancing, crafts, cookies and hot chocolate, and a photo op with the Grinch!
When: December 3 from 10:30 – 3pm
Where: McWane Science Center 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Magic City Nutcracker at Lyric Theater
This holiday season, join Clara on a magical journey as she battles the Rat King, visits the Land of Snow, and meets the Sugar Plum Fairy in the Kingdom of Sweets. Children and adults of all ages will be swept away by the fantastic tale that reminds us of the magic of the Christmas season.
When: December 2 – 4
Where: Lyric Theater, 1800 3rd Ave N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Cirque Dream Holidaze
Cirque Dreams Holidaze lights up the stage with a brilliant and whimsical family holiday spectacular. This annual tradition wraps a Broadway-style musical around an infusion of contemporary circus arts into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family. As lights dim and the music swells, a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters, gingerbread, reindeer, ballerinas, penguins and more come to life, invoking the dreams behind a child’s eye on this most magical of nights. With an original music score, twists on holiday classics sung live, and with new sets, scenery, and storylines, this family-friendly production is sure to put a twinkle in your eye!
When: December 9 and 10
Where: The BJCC, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Alabama Theater Holiday film series
Watch all your favorite Christmas movies at the historic Alabama Theater this holiday season. Featured movies include White Christmas, The Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, etc.
When: December 9 – 22
Where: Alabama Theatre, 1817 3rd Ave North Birmingham, AL 35203
Beers and Carols
Ghost Train Brewing Company is hosting a night full of beers and carols. They will be led in song by First Church musicians. In addition to Ghost Train’s variety of brews, there will be special Christmas cocktails and non-alcoholic holiday beverages available. Uncle G’s Pizza truck will be on site for dinner as well! This is a family-friendly event, and no reservations are necessary. So, put on your favorite ugly Christmas sweater or festive outfit and join Ghost Trian for some holiday fun!
When: December 11. 2022
Where: 3501 1st Ave S Suite 101B, Birmingham, AL 35222
Lessons and Carols
The Cathedral Church of the Advent offers several services of Lessons and Carols every year during the Advent season, leading up to Christmas. These services are based on a structure popularized by Kings College, Cambridge (in England) and features passages of Scripture read, anthems, hymns and carols sung, drawing all who attend more deeply into the story of the coming of Christ. The Advent offers these services during one of our Sunday morning services, on a Thursday evening in December, and on a Sunday evening during our 5:00 p.m. service
When: December 15th
Where: Cathedral Church of the Advent, 2017 Sixth Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is an American rock band founded in 1996 by producer, composer, and lyricist Paul O’Neill, who brought together Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli and keyboardist and co-producer Robert Kinkel to form the core of the creative team. Join them as they play tracks from The Ghosts of Christmas eve at the Legacy Arena in December.
When: Thursday, December 15
Where: Legacy Arena at The BJCC Birmingham, AL
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by the Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.
When: December 16 – 23, 2022
Where: BJJCC Concert Hall
Ursula Smith’s The Brown Sugar Nutcracker
Ursula Smith, a celebrated choreographer and dancer, who’s reimagined the traditional tale to create a cultural holiday experience for Birmingham and the Southeast.
The Brown Sugar Nutcracker has been a family heirloom of the Brown’s family for generations. Marissa inherits the Brown’s family nutcracker during The Christmas Annual Family Gathering and her adventure begins when she discovers her Brown Sugar Nutcracker is a gateway to a Magical World!
When: December 17 – 18, 2022
Where: 800 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
The Rainbow Viaduct, one of Birmingham’s oldest bridges, has been transporting people between the south and north sides of downtown for more than 130 years! Now as we look toward its future, you’ll see a pilot project on the bridge to make it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly while we determine the best next steps.
NiEl' Atelier Grand Opening Showcases Inspirational Journey of Ukrainian Family Achieving the American Dream
In less than a year after arriving in the United States, the Vyshyvanyuk family, who recently fled from Ukraine, is now launching NiEl’ Bridal Atelier, a custom wedding dress and alterations business in Forest Park. Olena and Mykola Vyshyvanyuk, along with their three children – Viktoriia Vyshyvanyuk, Eva Vyshyvanyuk, and Loanna Vyshyvanyuk – made the courageous decision to leave Ukraine on November 7, 2022. This family’s inspiring story serves as a testament to the boundless opportunities that small businesses can achieve in Birmingham.
Are you a startup looking for a foot in the door? Did you know we have an accelerator program that helps founders begin their entrepreneurial journey right here in the Switch district? TechStars is a dynamic three-month program that empowers entrepreneurs in their quest to discover product-market fit, gain traction, and access both capital and global mentorship. Operating in more than 30 cities worldwide, Techstars added Birmingham as a host for their energy-focused cohort.