6 ways to relax in Birmingham this December, including music at the symphony

The Pizitz offers FREE yoga classes on Tuesdays at 5:45PM. Photo via The Pizitz Food Hall

The holidays are a lot of fun, but for many of us they are also the most stressful time of the year. If you’re feeling the strain this holiday season, you’re in luck—we’ve found six ways for you to relax in Birmingham this month! Check them out below.

1) Register for This Stress Relief Class at Birmingham Yoga

Too many demands on your schedule? Too many family members in town at one time? If so, this class may be for you. Women in the Birmingham area can head over to Birmingham Yoga for a class on stress relief and setting boundaries

When: December 12, 19 and 26 at 9AM

Where: Birmingham Yoga. 605 37th St S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Register. 

If you can’t make it over to Birmingham Yoga, check out this free yoga class at the Pizitz on December 10 and December 17 at 5:45PM.

2) Check Out the Poinsettia Tree at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Stunning. Photo via Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Facebook

Strolling at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a sure way to beat stress, and while you’re at it you can check out the Gardens’ stunning Poinsettia tree. If that doesn’t bring some Christmas cheer, I don’t know what will.  

When: The Gardens are open every day from dawn to dusk. The Conservatory, which houses the tree, is closed on Mondays. 

Where: Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2612 Lane Park Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223

3) Listen to the Sounds of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has two big events coming up this month. Photo via Alabama Symphony Orchestra on Facebook

The Alabama Symphony Orchestra has two holiday concerts coming up. Since classical music is known to help relax, why not check out Handel’s Messiah on December 21? If you’d rather hear some holiday tunes you can sing along to, there’s also a Home for the Holidays performance on December 21. Bham Now readers get 15% off with code BHAMHOLIDAY. 

Ticket and event information. 

4) Get Outside

These falls are less than two hours from Birmingham at Little River Canyon. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

It may not be too warm out there, but before the temps dip any lower, now is the time to get outside. Head to Railroad Park or the Rotary Trail for a walk. Hike at Oak Mountain State Park, Ruffner Mountain, or Red Mountain Park. Try geocaching in Birmingham. Build a bonfire and look at the stars. You could even take a drive up to Little River Canyon and check out the falls. Getting some fresh air never hurts.

5) Throw an axe

Birmingham, Alabama, new recreational activities, Civil Axe Throwing
Yes, axe throwing is a thing. Photo via Terri Robertson for Bham Now

Maybe throwing an axe will relieve some tension? If this sounds appealing to you, check out Civil Axe Throwing. And don’t worry, it’s safe!

When: Tuesday-Thursday 2:30PM to 10PM, Friday 2:30PM to 11PM, Saturday 11:45AM to 11PM, Sunday 1PM to 8PM

Where: Civil Axe Throwing. 3004 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

6) Treat Yourself to a Spa Special

Sure, these specials might have been created for gift givers, but who says you can’t give the gift of a spa experience to yourself? Both Escape Day Spa in Homewood and Spa Greystone in the Greystone community have holiday specials available. 

Spa Greystone specials & info. 

Escape Day Spa specials & info. 

How do you plan to chill out this month? What did we miss? Let us know @BhamNow.