Ho! Ho! Ho! 8 places to find Santa in the Birmingham area

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What do you want for Christmas this year? Let Santa know. Photo via The Summit on Facebook

Santa’s coming! Santa’s coming! The jolly toy maker will be making appearances across Birmingham in the coming weeks. Below are the spots to find him.

1) The Summit

He’s making a list and checking it twice. Photo via The Summit on Facebook

Friday, November 22nd is the Lights Up Holiday Parade and Fireworks Show at The Summit. Santa will be in attendance, and there’s a free Santa photo booth sponsored by Mountain High Outfitters from 5-5:45PM on the Kendra Scott Patio. The parade starts at Barnes & Noble at 6PM!

When: November 22 at 5PM


Where: Summit Shopping Center, 201 Summit Blvd Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35243

You can also find Santa at the Summit on Saturdays starting November 23 from noon to 6PM. It’s free to visit him and photos are available for purchase. There’s also a Sensory Santa event on December 16 from noon to 6PM. and Santa Paws event December 12 at the same time.

2) Singing Santa’s Arrival Celebration at Brookwood Village

Who knew Santa could play the guitar? Photo via Brookwood Village on Facebook

Brookwood Village’s Singing Santa tradition continues November 22. In addition to Santa’s arrival, there will be activities for the family near the mall’s food court. If you can’t make it there on Friday, don’t sweat it—Santa will be at Brookwood daily until Christmas Eve!


When: November 22 at 6:30PM

Where: 780 Brookwood Village, Birmingham, AL 35209

3) Santa Special at the Heart of Dixie Museum


Hitch a ride on this train in Calera with Santa himself. Photo via the Heart of Dixie Museum on Facebook

It’s time for the kiddos to tell Santa what they want for Christmas! They’ll get the opportunity by hopping on board the vintage train at the Heart of Dixie Museum in Calera. The Santa Special train ride lasts one hour. Make sure to bring your camera to snap that special photo!


When: Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 at 11PM & 2PM

Where: 1919 9th Street, Calera, AL 35040

Tickets: $17 (kids under 2 FREE) available here


4) Pet Photos with Santa at Sheppard’s Pet Supply 

Let me guess, this guy wants treats for Christmas. Photo via Sheppard’s Pet Supply Co. on Facebook

Our four-legged family members don’t have to miss out on the Santa fun. Put your pup in his best Christmas sweater and bring him to Sheppard’s Pet Supply for a photo opp! Fetch: A Treat Truck for Dogs will also be onsite for the pups, and Ono Ice is providing treats for the humans. Photos with Santa are $15 and proceeds benefit Birmingham Boston Terrier Rescue. 

When: November 24, 11PM to 3PM

Where: 4410-A 4th Ave S, Birmingham, Alabama 35222


5) Bass Pro Shop in Leeds

You can get a free photo with Santa at Bass Pro Shop until December 24 as part of their Santa’s Wonderland event. A Bass Pass is required, and more info can be found here. In addition to seeing Santa in person, your kids can also write letters to him, play games and make crafts.

When: Hours vary. Visit this link for more info 

Where: 5000 Bass Pro Blvd, Leeds, AL 35094


6) Riverchase Galleria

This French bulldog is on the nice list this year. Photo via Riverchase Galleria on Facebook

Santa will be taking photos at the Galleria until Christmas Eve. Hours vary. Packages and pricing are below!

  1. Package A – Digital and Print for $49.99
    • Digital Files (up to 3 photos), (4) 5×7, (2) 4×6, (4) 3×5, (4) Wallet
  2. Package B – Digital Files Only for $44.99, until December 14 when the price goes up to $47.99
  3. Package C – Prints Only for $39.99
    • (1) 3×5, (1) 5×7, (2) 4×6, (2) Wallet

When: Hours vary by date. More info 

Where: 2000 Riverchase Galleria, Hoover, AL 35244


7) Breakfast with Santa in Vestavia

Breakfast with Santa. Photo via Holiday in the Hills on Facebook

We all know Santa has a sweet tooth. The whole family is invited to a pancake breakfast with Santa courtesy of the City of Vestavia Hills

When: December 7, 2019 from 7:30AM—10AM

Where: 1973 Merryvale Rd, Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216


8) Mountain Brook Holiday Parade


Mountain Brook Village’s annual holiday parade is December 8. There’s also storytime at the Emmet O’Neal Library.

When: December 8 at 3PM

Where: Mountain Brook Village


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It looks like Santa has a busy Birmingham schedule planned. Did we miss any Santa events? Let us know on social @BhamNow.