50 weekend events, Dec. 6-8, in Birmingham like 2 holiday parades and the Bartow Classic

Birmingham, Santa, donuts, Daylight Donuts, Leeds
Birmingham, Santa, donuts, Daylight Donuts, Leeds
Skip the cookies. Donuts are on Santa’s dessert list this year! Photo via @daylightdonutsleeds

With the holidays in full swing, Birmingham has so many events to discover this weekend, December 6-8. It’s gonna be a blast! Check it out.

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Featured Events

Lights, Garlands and Blowup Snowmen ️

Could this be your new house? Photo via Greater Alabama MLS

Do you have tons of holiday decorations, but nowhere to use them? These open houses will lead you in the right direction. 

Hut!  Hut! 

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Teams will leave it all on the field during the AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championship. Photo via AHSAA

Where can you see the best high school football teams in the state of Alabama compete in one stadium? During the Alabama High School Association’s (AHSAA) Super 7 State Football Championships. But act fast, because Friday, December 6 is your last chance to watch them play. The final game is in Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium—the perfect excuse to duck out of work early! Tickets.

Oh, Glorious Coffee!

Birmingham, Mitchell's Place
A good teacher makes learning exciting. Photo via Mitchell’s Place

There’s still time to take part in the Coffee For a Cause Fundraiser benefiting Mitchell’s Place. Perfect for holiday gifts or that required morning caffeine buzz, purchase a bag of Royal Cup’s Specialty Holiday Coffee and make a difference in a child’s life. Use discount code  COFFEE  when you buy two or more bags and receive 15% off! 

Grand Opening Alert!

Prodigal Pottery ladies hand crafting each pottery piece. Photo submitted

Get $5 off Prodigal Pottery when you mention Bham Now! This Saturday, December 7 from 10AM-5PM, they’ll be celebrating the grand opening of their first location with an open house. The company, which sells handmade pottery created by local women fleeing homeless and domestic abuse, will donate all proceeds to King’s Home. Learn more.

Fa La La La La

Birmingham, Samford Arts
Can you hear the music? Photo via Samford Arts

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with sparkling lights, beautiful garland  an orchestra and more! On Friday, December 6 at 6:30PM, enjoy the wonder of the season when you Celebrate Christmas with Samford Arts at Samford University. The event is FREE, but registering is a MUST

The Curtain Rose and I Heard a CROAK! 

A peek inside Toad’s kitchen in A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Saturday, December 7 at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre for the opening performance of A Year with Frog and Toad. And this is one croak-tactic show you won’t want to miss! Learn more about it in my interview with Caleb Clark and Damone Wiliams, the talented actors who play the one and only, Frog and Toad.  Don’t be a slow-pokey snail like the one in this play. Grab your tickets now!

Help Raise Baskets of Cash

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The Blazers giving their fans a show. Photo via UAB Athletics

Watch as the UAB Blazers men’s basketball team  fires up court against the Memphis Tigers in the Bartow Classic this Saturday, December 7. The event celebrates the life and legacy of Gene Bartow, UAB’s legendary coach and athletics director, while raising money for the Gene Bartow Memorial Fund for Cancer Research—a fund established in his honor. For each ticket sold, UAB Athletics donates $2 to the fund. The game tips off at 4:30PM at UAB’s Bartow Arena. Buy your tickets and get ready to cheer!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town! 

Don’t miss the parade! Photo via Mountain Brook Trading on Facebook

Start the Christmas season off with a bang on Sunday, December 8 at 3PM during the Holiday Parade in Mountain Brook Village. Don’t miss Santa Claus as he rides along in his sleigh, and be sure to snap a pic with jolly St. Nick after the parade. Parade route and info.

Full Color Full “Moon” Over Homewood

Vulcan will light up the sky every night in December. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum on Facebook

Vulcan lights up Birmingham’s sky on Sunday, December 8 during the annual Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience. Expect lively dancing lights choreographed to holiday music, no-snow sledding, Santa Vulcan and much more! The event lasts from 5-9PM with a 15-minute light show beginning at the top of each hour. Tickets.

Stay Out of the Kitchen

Make your meals easy—order from Waitr. Use discount code  BHAMNOW  for FREE delivery.

Put a Bow On It

Get your shop on this Christmas. Photo submitted

From chocolate to custom made items, we’ve pulled together some of the best local gifts in Birmingham just for you. Check it out

Roll ’em!

Check out Now the Weekend video edition for a fun peek at a few cool events taking place this weekend in Birmingham.

All Weekend Long—December 6-8

Birmingham, Deck the Ham
Have you checked out all the window art around Birmingham? Photo via Deck the Ham on Facebook

FlameWorks Holiday Art Show and Sale @ FlameWorks. Fri.-Sat. 10AM-8PM, Sun. Noon-4PM. FREE.

Birmingham Art Crawl @ Brookwood Village. Fri.-Sat. 10AM-8PM, Sun., Noon-6PM. FREE.

Deck the Ham 2019 @ 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35203. FREE.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland @ Birmingham Race Course. 6-10PM.

Saturday and Sunday—December 7-8

Disco Holiday Shop @ Desert Supply Co. 10AM-4PM.

Friday—December 6

Ride the Red Diamond Train at The Birmingham Zoo during ZooLight Safari. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo on Facebook

Christmas with Samford Arts @ Samford University Wright Center. 6-9PM. FREE.

Alabama AHSAA Super 7 State Football Championships @ Jordan-Hare stadium, Auburn, AL. 7PM. $12+. Tickets.

Seasick Holiday Bash @ Seasick Records. 6-9PM. FREE.

The Inaugural Phat Friday with Porky’s Pride @ Ghost Train Brewing Co. 5PM-Midnight.

ZooLight Safari Tree Lighting Ceremony @ The Birmingham Zoo. 6-6:15PM. FREE with paid admission to zoo.

Finale Friday Wine and Food Experience @ Canary Gallery. 7-10PM. $45. Tickets.

First Friday Pop-Up Market @ Bama Health Foods. 2-6PM. FREE.

Birmingham Bellydance Holiday Hafla @ The Dance Foundation. 7-9PM. $8.

Art After 5: Movie Merrython II @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 5-9PM. FREE.

Tea and Tarot @ Books, Beans and Candles. 7-8:45PM. FREE.

White Christmas @ Alabama Theatre. 7PM. $9. Tickets.Funny Free Fridays @ Good People Brewing Co. 9-10:30PM. FREE.

Holiday Power Ball @ Jazzi’s on 3rd. 8PM-Midnight. FREE.

21st Street Holiday Open House @ Ground Floor Contemporary. 5:30-7:30PM. FREE.

Saturday—December 7

Catch Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2:30PM. Tickets

Bartow Classic @ UAB. 4:30PM. $15-$20. Tickets.

Holiday Pop Up Market @ Birmingham District Brewing Co. 11AM. 

Holiday Market @ Saturn. 10AM-4PM. FREE.

The Christmas Bar Crawl @ Birmingham Bars (Location Varies). 4PM. $25. Tickets

Holiday Animal Enrichment Party @ The Birmingham Zoo. 1-3PM.  $8-$12. Register.

Golden BLIND Hands-On Demo @ Forstall Art Center. 10AM-Noon. $15. Tickets.

Check out The Brown Sugar Nutcracker at Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre in Birmingham, AL. Photo via Ursula Smith Dance on Facebook

The Brown Sugar Nutcracker 2019 @ Dorothy Jemison Day Theatre. 7PM. Tickets.

The Polar Express benefiting Kid One Transport @ Alabama Theatre. 2PM. $9. Tickets.

Black Out Gallery Talk with the Invisible Histories Project @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 2-3PM. 

The Market @ Pepper Place. 7AM-Noon. FREE.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 10AM & Noon. $8-$15. Tickets

Milk & Cookies Pawty @ Hollywood Feed (Lee Branch). 9AM-7PM.

Red Ridge Park: Transforming Landscapes with Native Plants @ BirminghamBotanical Gardens. 8:30-10:30AM. $40-$50. Register.

Adjacent Space Night Out at Brrrmingham Ice Skating @ Railroad Park. 2PM & 7PM. $25-$75. Tickets.

Mystery at the Holiday Office Party! A Who Dun’It Mystery Show @ Birmingham Improv Theatre. 7:30-9PM. $15-$30. Tickets.

Holiday Spectacular 2019 @ RMTC Conservatory. Fri. 7:30, Sat. 2PM & 7:30PM. Tickets.

Sunday—December 8

Trees are lighting up in Birmingham. Photo via City of Birmingham Government on Facebook

Holiday Parade @ Mountain Brook Village. 3PM. FREE.

Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience @ Vulcan Park and Museum. 5-9PM. $4-$6. Tickets.

Magic City Holiday Parade @ 5th Ave S. & 15th St. S. 4:30-6:30PM. FREE.

Home for the Holidays Celebration & Pet Photos with Santa @ Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Noon-4PM. 

Holiday Portraits at the Gardens’ Poinsettia Tree @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 11AM-3PM. $20-$25.

Merry & Bright! ASYO Holiday Concert @ Riverchase Galleria. 2-5PM. FREE.

Beats N Strokes Birmingham @ East Pinson Valley Recreation Center. 7-10:30PM. Tickets.

Ida Mae LIVE in Birmingham @ Saturn. 8-11PM. $12-$15. Tickets.

Shop A BIT Holiday Extravaganza @ Birmingham Improv Theatre. 11AM-5PM. 

Miracle on 34th Street (1947) @ Alabama Theatre. 2PM. $9. Tickets.

Elf @ Alabama Theatre. 7PM. $9. Tickets.

What Love Pop Up Shop @ Asthetik Bham. 4-8PM. FREE.

Come Laugh 11 @ B.O.S.S. Ultra Bar & Lounge. 6-8PM. $10. Ticket.

Zippy Sunday Brunch @ Avondale Common House. 11AM-3PM. 

Sober Sunday Tastings @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. Noon-9PM. FREE.

Mason Music Winter Recital 2019 @ Mason Music. Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 2-7PM. Register.

Earl Williams @ DanielDay Gallery. 2-6PM.

Upcoming Events

Imagination at work. Photo via McWane Science Center

Now-Dec. 25: Coffee For a Cause Fundraiser benefitting Mitchell’s Place. Discount Code COFFEE for 15% off.
Dec. 7, 14, 15 & 21: A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2:30PM & 7:30PM. $10-$20. Tickets
Dec. 9-23: Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 5-8PM. $4-$6. Tickets.
Dec. 11: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ The BJCC. 7:30PM. $47.50. Tickets
Dec. 12: Wishes Can’t Wait Telethon @ CBS 42. 1AM-7PM. 
Dec. 14: Pop Up Snow Globe @ Upswing. 3-5PM. FREE.
Dec. 14 & 21: Gingerbread Workshop @ McWane Science Center. 11AM-3PM. Price varies. Tickets
Dec. 20:  Handel’s Messiah @ Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $39+. Tickets. Discount code  BHAMHOLIDAY  for 15% off.


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