Breakout the Santa hats! 22 Christmas parades and tree lighting events throughout the Birmingham area

City of Birmingham
Birmingham’s 2017 Christmas tree at Linn Park in front of City Hall

Let’s face it – Birmingham loves Christmas Parades and Christmas Tree Lighting ceremonies.  Who needs the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We’ve got 22 in our metro area alone!

Here is the schedule, with times and links.  And before we get in trouble, send us an email to hello@bhamnow.com – if we missed one.


November 22nd

The Grand Christmas Tree Lighting – 7:10pm – Outlet Shops of Grand River

Lights Up at the Summit – 5:00pm to 8:00pm – From Barnes and Noble to REI

Birmingham, The Summit, Driver's Way, Christmas decorations, Christmas lights, light displays
Christmas decorations at The Summit Birmingham. Photo by Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

December 1st

Bessemer Christmas Tree Lighting – 5:00pm – Debardeleden  Park


December 3rd

Fultondale Christmas Tree Lighting –6:oopm at Black Creek Park

Hoover Tree Lighting,-5:00pm at Hoover City Hall – Main Parking Lot

Vestavia Tree Lighting Festival – 6:00pm – Vestavia City Hall


December 5

Christmas Tree in Homewood in front of City Hall

Lighting of the Star, Homewood Parade and Tree Lighting, 6:30pm. Parade begins at Homewood Library and tree lighting at City Hall Plaza

27th Annual Gardendale Parade, 6:00pm

December 7

Alabaster Christmas Parade – 10:00am on Highway 31


49th Annual Helena Christmas Parade -1:00pm – “A Christmas Toy Shoppe”

Irondale Christmas Parade – 10:00am

Midfield Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – 10:30am – starting at 410 Grant Street in Midfield. Tree Lighting follows the parade


Midfield Christmas Parade 2019

Pelham Christmas Parade – 11:00 –  “It’s Storytime Christmas Favorites”

December 8

Birmingham Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting – 4:30pm – Noah Galloway is the Grand Marshall – Parade starts at 5th Ave. South and 15th.  Christmas Tree Lighting begins afterwards at Linn Park.

Mountain Brook Christmas Parade– 3:00pm – Holiday Parade in Mountain Brook Village


Trussville Community Caroling and Christmas Tree Lighting – 5:00 – the Mall in Historic Downtown

Christmas Tree at the West Mall in Trussville, Alabama
Christmas Tree at the West Mall in Trussville, Alabama

Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade – 2:00pm – Liberty Park Sports Complex

December 14

Bessemer Christmas Parade – 2:00 – 19th and 1st Ave.


Christmas Parade! City of Clay – 4:00 – Clay-Chalkville High School

Hueytown Christmas Parade – 10:00am

2019 McAdory-McCalla Christmas Parade – 4:00pm


Trussville Christmas Parade – 3:00 – at the Mall in Downtown Area

Did we miss any?  Tag or email us  your local Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting at hello@bhamnow.com

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.