50+ weekend events Dec. 13-15 in Birmingham including Brat Brot’s German Christmas Market

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Get your photo with Santa V. Photo via Vulcan Park & Museum

What’s happening this weekend in Birmingham? Here are 50+ events you won’t want to miss December 13-15.

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Calm the Holiday Madness

Check out this home in Birmingham. Photo via RealtySouth

Take a break from the Christmas rush. Stroll through these cool open houses taking place around Birmingham this week.

You’ll Laugh… and Laugh…

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

If you haven’t bought your tickets to Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s A Year with Frog and Toad, act fast! It’s live on stage Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15. I had the opportunity to check out the show last weekend, and it was truly magical—and totally hilarious! Raise your hand if you laughed more than your kid! Use discount code  LEAVES  for 20% off tickets!

The Magic of Lights

Vulcan explodes in lights at the top of each hour from 6-9PM. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

For the ultimate sky and skyline views of Birmingham, there’s just one place to go—Vulcan Park and Museum. Daily from now-December 23, everyone’s favorite statue glows, shimmers and shines during Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light ExperienceTickets.

Icing, Candy, Trains—Oh My!

The holidays are here at McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL. Photo via McWane Science Center on Facebook

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and McWane Science Center is showing its holiday spirit with two festive family-friendly events this weekend. On Saturday, December 14 from 11AM-3PM, attend Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop and engineer a masterpiece with icing, candy   and more sweet treats. Order your gingerbread house in advance. $10 (Members)$15 (Non-Members). House not included in cost of admission to science center.

At 3PM on Saturday and Sunday, December 14-15, venture to McWane’s IMAX Theatre for special screenings of The Polar Express.  Tickets.

Christmas in the Gartenbar

Celebrate the season Brat Brot style on Saturday, December 14 from noon-6PM during their German Christmas Market. Drink hot mulled wine, shop holiday treats from local artists and vendors and more! Be sure to bring along your fur babies because Santa Paws will make an appearance from 2-4PM. Photos with Santa benefit Hand in Paw.

Don’t Shake the Snow Globe!

Photo via REV Birmingham on Facebook

Venture inside a seven-foot tall snow globe filled with holiday delight at Upswing’s Pop-Up Snow Globe on Saturday, December 14 from 3-5PM. Play in the “snow,” sip hot cocoa, buy last-minute holiday gifts from unique Birmingham vendors and more during this FREE event.


Asbury UMC’s Children’s Choir will perform during Traditions worship service. Photo via Asbury UMC

Keep those holiday spirits high with a Christmas Cantata on Sunday, December 15. The festive music rings at 8:30AM & 11AM at Asbury United Methodist Church. Performances are FREE and open to all.

Coffee For a Cause

Support Mitchell’s Place through their Coffee For a Cause fundraiser. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

Now through December 25, Mitchell’s Place has teamed up with Royal Cup for their annual Coffee For a Cause fundraiser. The goal: to sell bags of Specialty Holiday Coffee to raise funds for Mitchell’s Place. Use discount code  COFFEE  when purchasing 2+ bags and receive 15% off. Order now!

Learn more about how Mitchell’s Place is helping children and families affected by autism and other developmental disabilities. 

Ho, Ho, Hooo-ly Moly, It’s Cold Outside!

Cozy couch and holiday movies beckoning your name this weekend? I say go for it! Be sure to order in some eats from Waitr and use discount code  BHAMNOW  for FREE delivery! More deals.

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All Weekend Long—December 13-15

Are you ready for the Holiday Spectacular? Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company on Facebook

Magic of Model Trains @ McWane Science Center. Price varies. Fri. 9AM-5PM, Sat. 10AM-6PM, Sun. Noon-6PM. Tickets.

It’s a Wonderful Life: Live @ Terrific New Theatre. Fri. 7:30-9PM, Sat. 2:30-4PM & 7:30-9PM, Sun. 2:30-4PM. $30. Tickets

A Christmas Story @ Alabama Theatre. Fri.-Sat. 7-9PM, Sun. 2:30-4:30PM. $9-$13. Tickets. 

Holiday Spectacular @ Red Mountain Theatre Company. Fri. 7:30-9:30PM; Sat. 2-4PM & 7:30-9:30PM, 2-4PM. $19-$55. Tickets.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland @ Birmingham Race Course. 6-10PM. $25+. Tickets.

Saturday and Sunday—December 14-15

Caleb Clark (Frog) and Damone Williams (Toad) from A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. Sat. 2:30 & 7:30PM, Sun. 2:30PM. $10-$20. Tickets. DISCOUNT CODE:  LEAVES  (20% off).

The Polar Express @ McWane Science Center. 3PM. $9. Tickets

Nana Funks 13 Year Anniversary and Alabama’s Bicentennial Party @ Nana Funks. 6PM-5AM. FREE until Midnight.

Friday—December 13

Photo via The Summit Birmingham on Facebook

Hollywood Holidays @ Virginia Samford Theatre. Fri. 7:30-9PM, Sun. 2:30PM. $30. Tickets

AMOR Night Out @ The Pizitz Food Hall. 5-9PM. FREE.

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

Friday the 13th Tattoo Special and Fund Raiser @ Sanctum Tattoos and Comics. Noon-8PM. 

Visit Santa @ The Summit. Noon-6PM. 

Yacht Rock Revue @ Iron City. 8-11PM. $30-$35. Tickets.

Kendra Scott Gives Back Party @ JDRF Alabama Chapter. 6-8PM. 

Cahaba Scary Christmas Event + Vintage Comfort Food Truck @ Hop City. 5-7PM. 

Music Video Release Party @ TrimTab Brewing Co. 8-11PM. 21+. 

Diner: A Tribute to Widespread Panic @ Zydeco. 9:30PM. 18+. $5. Tickets.

Montanaro Vermouths @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 5:30-7:30PM. FREE.

Jingle & Mingle: Birmingham District Brews Giveback Night @ Birmingham District Brewing Co. 5PM. 

Snowflakes with Gary Chapman @ Forstall Art Center. 5:30-7PM. $15. Tickets.

A-List Holiday Soiree @ The Avondale Gallery & Loft. 8PM-Midnight. $20-$300. Tickets.  

Woodlawn Made Holiday Market @ Bungalow Bungalow. 7-9PM. FREE. 

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony @ Pinspiration Birmingham. 10:30AM-Noon.

Saturday—December 14

Photo via Hand in Paw on Facebook

Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop @ McWane Science Center. 11AM-3PM. General Admission + Gingerbread House – $10 (Members)$15 (Non-Members)

Christmas Market @ Brat Brat. Noon-6PM. FREE.

Pictures with Santa Paws benefiting Hand in Paw @ Brat Brot. 2-4PM. $20 for photos.

Pop-Up Snow Globe @ Upswing. 3-5PM. FREE.

Christmas Festival @ Avondale Brewing Co. 1-5PM. FREE.

Mom’s Christmas Party @ Mom’s Basement. 6PM-2AM. 

Breakfast & PJ Party with Santa/Donuts @ The Heavenly Donut Co. 5-7PM. $9. Register.

Jingle Bell Run @ Railroad Park. 7:30-11AM. $25-$45. Register.

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

1 Year Anniversary Party @ Paper Doll Bar. 7PM. 

Holiday High End Wine Tasting @ Hop City. 3-5PM. 

Lichel Lecture & Hike @ Ruffner Mountain. 10AM-Noon. FREE. Register.

Merry Catsmus Brunch & Dirty Cat Santa @ Brennan’s Irish Pub. 11AM-3PM. 

Santapalooza Xmas Party @ TrimTab Brewing Co. 7PM-Midnight. FREE.

Silhouettes and Storytelling @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 1-3PM. 

Pictures with Krampus @ Books, Beans and Candles. 10AM-6PM. $5.

El Gordo Day @ Good People Brewing Co. 10AM. 

Grand Opening @ Thank You Books. 11AM-9PM. 

Tacky Sweater Party @ The Red Shamrock Pub. 6PM. 

Burdock Book Collective Pop Up @ Urban Standard. 10AM-2PM.

Operation Book Ninja @ Railroad Park. 11AM. 

4th Annual Meet Up @ City Hardwoods. 10AM-2PM. 

Vistas Guiadas En Espanol @ Birmingham Museum of Art. 11AM-Noon. 

Abundance Makers Market @ Abundance Yoga. 3-6PM. Register.

Crowns at Christmas @ Nana Funks. 6-10PM. 

Hot Cocoa with Santa @ Heritage Coffee. 3-5PM. $15. 

The Not So Cold Coat Drive @ Asthetik Bham. 10AM-1PM. 

Alabama Football Memorabilia Auction @ Rickwood Field. 11AM.

Sunday—December 15

Celebrate Christmas with Asbury UMC in Birmingham, AL. Photo via Asbury UMC

Christmas Cantata @ Asbury United Methodist Church. 8:30AM & 11AM. FREE.

Krampus Market @ Brennan’s Irish Pub. 11AM-5PM. 

Little Seeds: Winter Garden Magic @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 2:30-4PM. $16-$20. Register.

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

Dr. Seuss The Grinch @ Sidewalk Film Festival. 3PM & 5PM. $6-$7.75. Tickets.

Sunday Slacker Cinema @ The Nick. 8PM. 21+. FREE.

3rd Sunday Jazz Jam Night @ Brennan’s Irish Pub. 6-9PM. 

Christmas Party with The Starlings @ DanielDay Gallery. 2-6PM. 

The Santaland Diaries & Season’s Greetings @ Birmingham Festival Theatre. Fri.-Sat. 7:30-9:30PM, Sun. 2:30-4:30PM. $10-$20. Tickets.

Upcoming Events

Celebrate! Photo via Topgolf on Facebook

Dec. 16-Jan. 5: Magic of Model Trains Exhibit @ McWane Science Center. Price varies. Mon.-Fri. 9AM-5PM, Sat. 10AM-6PM, Sun. Noon-6PM. Tickets.
Dec. 16-23: Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience @ Vulcan Park & Museum. 5-8PM. $4-$6. Tickets.
Dec. 20: Handel’s Messiah @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $39+. Tickets.
Dec. 20: Christmas is a Drag @ Saturn. 8-11PM. 18+. $12.94. Tickets.
Dec. 21: Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop @ McWane Science Center. 11AM-3PM. General Admission + Gingerbread House – $10 (Members)$15 (Non-Members)
Dec. 21 & 22: The Polar Express @ McWane Science Center. 3PM. $9. Tickets
Dec. 21: Home for the Holidays @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $15+. Tickets.
Dec. 21: A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2:30PM. $10-$20. Tickets. DISCOUNT CODE:  LEAVES  (20% off).
Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Services @ Asbury United Methodist Church. 4PM, 6PM, 8PM, 11PM. FREE.
Dec. 31: Iron City Roaring 20s New Year’s Eve Party @ Iron City. 9PM. $75-$125. Tickets.
Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Party @ Topgolf Birmingham. 9PM-1AM. $240-$420. Tickets.

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