8 family-friendly holiday events in Birmingham, including RMTC’s Holiday Spectacular

Red Mountain Theatre Company’s Holiday Spectacular. Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook

‘Tis the season, Birmingham! The holidays are just around the corner. Want to get the family into the spirit? Check out the events below.

1) The Mutt-cracker

It’s safe to say this dog is a better dancer than I am. Photo via Birmingham Ballet on Facebook

You’ve likely heard of the famous ballet “The Nutcracker,” but have you ever seen the production with dogs included? Check out Birmingham Ballet’s performance of The Mutt-cracker, which is sure to be pawesome. 

When: November 29 at 7:30PM

Where: Alabama Theatre.1817 3rd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

Price: $35+. Tickets

2) Movies at the Alabama Theatre

You serious, Clark?

One of my favorite holiday traditions—Christmas movies at the Alabama Theatre—is back again this year. Holiday classics like The Polar Express, Christmas Vacation, Elf and more will be playing throughout December. Check out their full list of movies and showtimes

Where: The Alabama Theatre: 1817 3rd Ave N., Birmingham, AL 35203

3) Red Mountain Theatre Holiday Spectacular

Ready for Thanksgiving to be over so I can listen to Christmas carols judgement-free. Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook

This year marks the 15th annual Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC) Holiday Spectacular in Birmingham. RMTC Conservatory students will be performing alongside local actors in this anticipated event. Catch your favorite holiday songs and even some original material, too! Tickets start at $19. 

When: December 6-December 22. Showtimes

Where: RMTC Cabaret Theatre. 301 19th Street North, Birmingham, Alabama 35203

4) Holidays at McWane

Is your child getting stir crazy at home? It may be time for a trip to McWane Science Center. The center’s Magic of Model Trains exhibit starts this week and runs until January 2020. 

There’s also a gingerbread workshop December 14 & 21 where you can make your own gingerbread creation to take home with you. Yum!

Where: McWane Science Center. 200 19th St. N., Birmingham, AL 35203


5) Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience

Vulcan will be getting in the holiday spirit soon. Photo via Vulcan Park & Museum on Facebook by Joshua Moman

Christmas isn’t Christmas without lights. Vulcan Park & Museum puts on a lovely display. Enjoy a light display synched with holiday music at Vulcan’s Magic of Lights kickoff event December 8!

When: December 8, 6-8PM

Where: Vulcan Park and Museum. 1701 Valley View Dr., Birmingham, AL 35209

Tickets: $6 (ages 13+), $4 (ages 5-12), FREE (age 3 and under)

6) Hanukkah Sing Along & Story Time

Photo via Levite Jewish Community Center 

Members of the Jewish Community Center in Birmingham can enjoy this free Hanukkah event coming up on December 18. Bring the kiddos (ages 5 and under) for some festive songs, a Hanukkah story and snacks.

When: December 18 at 10AM

Where: Levite Jewish Community Center, 3960 Montclair Rd., Birmingham, AL 35213 

7) Cahabazaar Holiday Market

Need a gift? Look no further. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Company on Facebook

If December 14 rolls around and you’re still searching for that perfect holiday gift, head over to Cahaba Brewing for Cahabazaar. In addition to vendors, there will be live music and special beer releases. Cheers!

When: December 14, 12PM to 6PM

Where: Cahaba Brewing Company. 4500 5th Ave South Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222

8) Grand Menorah Lighting

Latkes and a donut wall? Yes, please. Photo via Chabad of Alabama 

The Summit will be hosting its fifth annual Grand Menorah Lighting on December 22. 


  • Live music
  • Balloon artists
  • Graffiti wall
  • Traditional Chanukah foods
  • And more!

When: December 22 at 4:30PM

Where: The Summit. 214 Summit Blvd #150, Birmingham, AL 35243

Did we miss any of your favorite holiday events? Let us know @BhamNow.