50+ weekend events in Birmingham + vote for Birmingham’s best BABY YODA lookalike

Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Are you ready for the weekend? Check out what’s going on in Birmingham, December 20-22.

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Featured Events

Stop What You’re Doing Right Now! 

As much as I wish we did, we don’t own the rights to Baby Yoda. All photos via Walt Disney Studios

Vote on Birmingham’s best Baby Yoda lookalike on our Instagram page.  We’ll be giving $100 to the winner’s animal charity of choice.

Look to the Future

Photo via RealtySouth

… and smile! Find your perfect home at one of these exciting open houses happening this weekend around Birmingham. 

Buy Some Beans, Make a Difference

Coffee For a Cause and for sweet kiddos like this cutie. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

There’s just a few days left to take part in the Coffee For a Cause Fundraiser. All you have to do is click here and order a delightful bag of Royal Cup’s Specialty Holiday Coffee. Learn how your purchase will support Mitchell’s Place in a big way! The last day to order is Wednesday, December 25. Discount Code  COFFEE  for 15% off.

Before the Lights Dim

Vulcan lit up during the Magic of Lights! Photo submitted

It’s the last weekend to catch the Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Experience at Vulcan Park and Museum. At the top of each hour, from 5-9PM, you’ll oooh and aaah as Vulcan is lit up in colorful lights that dance in synch to holiday music. So grab your tickets and some hot chocolate and get ready for a spectacular show. Learn more.

It’s Magical, You Know

ASO Chorus. Photo submitted

I’m talking about the gorgeous sounds of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. They have two shows coming up this weekend—both rich with the holiday spirit. Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 20 (Tickets) and Home for the Holidays on Saturday, December 21 (Tickets). For Handel’s Messiah, use discount code BHAMHOLIDAY for 15% off!

Oh, What a Glamorous Drag

Christmas is anything but a drag at this fun and festive drag show. Photo via Jaysen Michael

Don’t let the holidays drag you down. Party like it’s 1999 during Christmas is a Drag at Saturn on Friday, December 20. This F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S show benefits Holiday Wish—a program that ensures young people living in AIDs Alabama’s housing get the very best gifts this Christmas. Here are 3 reasons Bham Nower Sharron think you should attend. Already know you want to go? Grab your tickets.

PJs and Gingerbread

It’s all in the icing. Photo via Samford University, Facebook

The delicious aroma of gingerbread houses are taking over McWane Science Center. Yum! Design your own on Saturday, December 21 during Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop from 11AM-3PM. General Admission + Gingerbread House – $10 (Members)$15 (Non-Members). Order your house before you go!

After your masterpiece is complete, chug through the Magic of Model Trains exhibit before catching everyone’s favorite holiday film—The Polar Express—on McWane Science Center’s huge IMAX screen. More info + tickets.

How Does a Frog Say So Long? 

Fun fact: the cookie song is one of Damone Williams’ favorite parts of A Year with Frog and Toad. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Saturday, December 21 at 2:30PM is your last chance to catch A Year with Frog and Toad at Birmingham Children’s Theatre. This charming play takes you through all the seasons and all the feels through song, dance and an upbeat jazz band. So enjoy some laughs and sweet memories before this crew hops, scampers and flies off stage! Use discount code  LEAVES  for 20% off tickets.

The Holiday Rush has Exploded

Which means cooking dinner is the last thing on your mind. Make mealtime easy—order delicious eats from your favorite Birmingham restaurants via WaitrPsst! Delivery is FREE, now-December 31. 

It’s a Toss Up

Who is on camera this week in Now the Weekend’s Video Edition? Find out

All Weekend Long—December 20-22

Holiday Spectacular at Red Mountain Theatre Company. Photo via Red Mountain Theatre Company

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

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

Visit Santa @ The Summit. Noon-6PM.

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

Friday and Saturday—December 20-21

TUB’s Xmas Show @ The Upstairs at Avondale. 8PM-Midnight. $10. 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.  

Saturday and Sunday, December 21-22

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

Friday—December 20

Photo via Birmingham Art Crawl, Facebook

Christmas is a Drag @ Saturn. 8-11PM. 18+. $12.94. Tickets.

Handel’s Messiah @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $39+. TicketsDiscount Code:  BHAMHOLIDAY  (15% off). 

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

LastStand 2019 Hip Hop Night with BhamStands @ TrimTab Brewing Co. 7PM-Midnight. 21+. FREE.

Deck the Ham 2019 @ Various Locations. Midnight-11:30PM. FREE.

Home Alone @ Alabama Theatre. 2PM. $9. Tickets

Muscadine Bloodline @ Iron City. 8PM. $22-$27. Tickets

Die Hard @ Alabama Theatre. 7PM. $9. Tickets

Bell’s Brewery Dark Night + The Recipe Food Truck @ Hop City. 5-7PM. 

Tragic City Christmas @ The Nick. 10PM. 21+. $10. Tickets.

Sham-A-Versary @ The Red Shamrock Pub. 7PM. 

Bad Movie Night: The Christmas Edition @ Sidewalk Film. 8:15-10PM. FREE. 

Santa’s Underpants @ Birmingham Improv Theatre. 9:30-11PM. $5-$10. Tickets.

Upside-down and Underground @ The Upsidedown Plaza. 9PM-3AM. 

Pre-Christmas Show @ Dave’s Pizza (Homewood). 6-9PM. 

Saturday—December 21

Photo via Dreamcakes Cafe, Facebook

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

A Year with Frog and Toad @ Birmingham Children’s Theatre. 2:30PM. $10-$20. TicketsDISCOUNT CODE:  LEAVES  (20% off).

Home for the Holidays @ UAB’s Alys Stephens Center. 7PM. $15+. Tickets.

Super Saturday @ The Outlet Shops of Grand River (Leeds). 9AM-9PM. 

Cava, Prosecco and Champagne @ LeNell’s Beverage Boutique. 1-3PM. FREE.

Cookies with Santa @ Station 31 Kitchen (Chelsea). Noon. 

D&D Music Factory @ Mom’s Basement. 9PM-Midnight. FREE.

Miracle On 34th Street (1994) @ Alabama Theatre. 2PM. $9. Tickets.

Chelsea Christmas Parade @ City of Chelsea. 10AM-11:30AM.

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

Cakes and Cocktails @ Dreamcakes Cafe. 2-4PM. $35. Register: 205.319.9888.

Bigfoot County Revue – Holiday Jam @ Cahaba Brewing Co. 5-9PM. 

Winter Solstice Bazaar @ Black Market Bar & Grill (5 Points South). 5PM-2AM. 

Electric Avenue, The 80s MTV Experience @ Iron City. 8-11PM. $15-$20. Tickets.

Winter Solstice Night Hike 2019 @ Oak Mountain State Park. 5:30-7PM. 

Saturdays in the Gardens: Care for Tools @ Birmingham Botanical Gardens. 9AM-Noon. $10. Register.

Salsa in Christmas (Black & Red) Attire @ Salsa Birmingham. 10PM-2AM. 

Watercolor Greeting Card with Wayne Spradley @ Forstall Art Center. 10AM-4PM. $135 (supplies) + $50 deposit. Tickets.

Scotch Doubles Pool Tournament @ Nana Funks. 6PM-Midnight. $10.

A Parris Christmas @ The Mill Bar & Grill (Bessemer). 9PM-1AM. 

I Serve December @ Linn Park. 11AM-2PM. 

Breakfast with Santa @ Center Point Community Center and Library. 10AM-Noon. Members – FREE, Non-Members $5.

Bowl with Santa @ Bowlero. 1-3PM. 

ECDC Student Showcase @ East Village Arts of Birmingham. 9AM-Noon. FREE.

Breakfast with Santa @ Flying Biscuit Cafe – The Shops of the Colonnade. 8-10AM. 

Christmas with Freestyle @ The Freestyle Percussion Foundation. 10:30AM-1:30PM. $12. Tickets.

Derby Christmas Party @ Brown Derby. 7PM-2AM. 

Sunday—December 22

Photo via Levite JCC of Birmingham, Facebook

Grand Menorah Lighting @ The Summit. 4:30-6PM. 

Solstice Ritual and Dinner @ Books, Beans and Candles. 4-7PM. 

White Christmas @ Alabama Theatre. 7PM. $9. Tickets.

First Responders Appreciation Brunch @ Iron City. 10AM-3PM. 

Music of Phish for Kids @ Saturn. 11:30AM-12:30PM. $10-$12. Tickets.

Ugly Sweater Holiday Party @ The Southern Kitchen & Bar. 3-9PM. 

Upcoming Events

Parties at Iron City are always a blast. Photo via Iron City

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. 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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