It is one of my favorite Birmingham traditions – the Regions Bank Holiday Lights.
Displayed on the 30 story Regions Center Building at 1900 5th Ave. North downtown, the lights will be turned on for the first time this Christmas season at approximately 4:45, Friday, November 27th.
Beginning at dusk, everyday until January 1st, the 390 feet office tower will be illuminated. Expect to see red, green and white lights illuminate a Christmas tree, a massive wreath and a giant stocking.
“The lighting of the Regions Center is a tradition going back more than 40 years, and Regions Bank is proud to keep the tradition alive, especially during a year in which so much has changed,” said Joe Holcombe, senior facilities project manager in Regions’ Corporate Real Estate division in a news release “In recent weeks, crews have been installing and testing lights, working hard to get Birmingham’s tallest holiday display ready for the season. As the lights come on this evening, we wish everyone a happy holiday season and a brighter new year to come.”
Beyond Christmas, in the spring, the Regions Center is lit up during the Regions Tradition golf tournament. I also remember when a special display was created when the 1996 Olympics Soccer games were in town. And for Birmingham natives, who could ever forget the lights during the Gulf War in 1991.
Here is a – article linked here on Regions’ news website about the history of this Birmingham original idea and tradition.
If you plan to go downtown, make a day out of it. Here are the Bham Now business and nonprofit directories to help guide you all Christmas season.
And when you are done, take a walk around the Regions Center in the evening. You won’t regret it.