What’s open on Christmas Day in Birmingham?

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham: Geocaching at Railroad Park
Geocaching at Railroad Park is a good way to get out on Christmas Day. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Sometimes it’s good to get out of the house on Christmas Day. Maybe the festivities have waned, and you’re ready for a change of scenery. Maybe you just want something to do that doesn’t involve candy canes, carols, or cards. Maybe all the togetherness has been a little too much . . . togetherness. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got you covered with a list of what’s open on Christmas Day in Birmingham .

1. Feast at the Grand Bohemian’s Habitat Feed and Social in Mountain Brook

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Brunch at The Grand Bohemian in Mountain Brook

$59 per adult, and $24 per child, gets you a super-fancy brunch buffet at the Grand Bohemian from 11-2:30. Thankfully, they’ll supply the food, the atmosphere (including music), and a mimosa for your pleasure, and you won’t have to clean a thing. For this one, you will want to make a reservation. Details here.

2. Go geocaching at a local park

We’re spoiled for choice here in Birmingham, when it comes to beautiful places to go outside. Not surprisingly, many of them have geocaches to find – rumor has it that the Birmingham area has 2380 geocaches.


What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Geocaching!

Geocaching is like a big outdoor scavenger hunt. When you’re ready to get started, you just need the Geocaching iPhone App and a well-charged phone. Then you can head out in search of treasure. Fun for the whole family.

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Many local parks, including the Jemison Trail in Mountain Brook
Hiking on the Jemison trail from Mountain Brook Parkway toward Mountain Brook Village. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Railroad Park, Ruffner Mountain, Moss Rock and more are good places to get out and get some fresh air and search for treasure.

3. Catch a movie

AMC Summit 16 will be open Christmas Day, starting at 11:45 am and the last showing starting at 11 pm.


4. Eat Chinese food

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Chinese food, of course
Best shirt ever. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Update: Chabad of Alabama is hosting The Great Wall of Chinakah Chinese Dinner from 5-8 at The Chabad House on Overton Road. $30 per adult, $20 per child. RSVP here. (An earlier version of this story mistakenly said this was happening on Green Springs).

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Chinese at The Red Pearl
The Red Pearl has some of the tastiest Chinese food in Birmingham. Photo from their website

Even if you aren’t Jewish but like the idea of eating Chinese food on Christmas, my personal favorite is The Red Pearl, located in the back of the Super Oriental Market, on Green Springs Highway. The garlic eggplant is delicious.

5. Grab a drink at Miracle on 24th Street

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? Miracle on 24th Street

You only have ’till New Year’s Eve to check out Miracle on 24th Street, the holiday pop-up bar brought to you by 2018 World Class US Bartender of the Year Laura Newman. They’ll be open from 8 pm Christmas night until 2 am. Find them at 112 24th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203.


6. Check out Fist City at The Nick

What's open on Christmas Day in Birmingham? The Nick Rocks, with its Fist City Country Show
Photo from The Nick Rocks

Looking for live music? The Nick has the goods for you, with a local Country Rock lineup featuring Sarah Langford, Keelan Parrish (in the hat), Brian Gosdin (on drums), and Will Stewart.

Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10. Tickets $8 in advance, $10 at the show. Get yours here.


No need to get cabin fever this Christmas. Let someone else do the cooking, go take a hike (and go geocaching at the same time), catch a movie, grab a drink, or go hear some live country rock. Whatever you choose, we hope it’s a good one.


Author: Sharron Mendel Swain

Writer, Interviewer + Adventurer | Telling stories to make a difference