Your ultimate guide to what’s open Christmas Eve + Christmas Day in Birmingham

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Queen's Park
Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham’s Facebook

Don’t want to be cooped up at home over the Christmas holidays? Here’s a look at what’s open December 24 and 25 around Birmingham. Just be sure to mask up and social distance if you venture out and about.

Attractions

From animal encounters to bowling alleys, there are lots of places open for business during the Christmas holidays.

The Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo
Photo via The Birmingham Zoo’s Facebook

Make plans to check out The Birmingham Zoo this Christmas Eve. Though its gates close early, there’s still lots of time to enjoy some cool animal encounters and more.

While their current exhibit, Glow Wild, won’t be lit on this day due to early closing, be sure to visit again after the holidays to check it out.

Where: 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
Hours: Christmas Eve 9AM-1PM
Contact: 205.879.0409
Price: Varies
Buy tickets here

Bowling Alleys

Birmingham, Alabama, Pell City Premiere Lux Cine, bowling alley
Pell City Premiere Lux Cine, Bowl & Pizza Pub, bowling alley. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

For a fun way to spend the holidays, grab that sparkly bowling ball and head to the lanes. Here’s which bowling alleys are open December 24 and 25.

Bowlero Riverview

Oak Mountain Lanes

Spare Time Trussville

Vestavia Bowl

Movie Theaters

movies, theater
Social distance and mask up, even in the dark. Photo via Erik Witsoe/Unsplash

Tired of holiday movies at home? Catch a flick at these movie theaters around Birmingham:

AMC Patton Creek 15

  • Where: 4450 Creekside Ave, Birmingham, AL 35244
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Open | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.982.4778

AMC DINE-IN Vestavia Hills 10

  • Where: 1911 Kentucky Ave, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Open | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.978.3720

AMC Summit 16

  • Where: 321 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Open | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.298.1329

AMC CLASSIC Lee Branch 15

  • Where: 801 Doug Baker Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Open | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.408.0526

Premiere Cinemas – PREMIERE LUX Cine GSX & Pizza Pub

  • Where: 500 Lakeshore Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Open | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.734.0125

AmStar 14 – Alabaster

  • Where: 820 Colonial Promenade Pkwy, Alabaster, AL 35007
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, Closed | Christmas Day, Open | See show times
  • Contact: 205.621.8884

Sidewalk Film Center + Cinema

Parks

Oak Mountain State Park
Oak Mountain State Park. Photo via Bham Now

Oak Mountain State Park

  • Where: 200 Terrace Dr, Pelham, AL 35124
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, 7AM-6PM | Christmas Day, Closed

Red Mountain Park

  • Where: 2011 Frankfurt Dr, Birmingham, AL 35211
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, 7AM-5PM | Christmas Day, Closed

Drug Stores

Photo via CVS Pharmacy’s Facebook

For last-minute holiday grabs and more, many drug stores and pharmacies stay open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Drug stores and pharmacies open on these two days vary by location. Find out which ones below:

Retail Stores

Gus Mayer
Looking chic in Gus Mayer. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

In need of that last-minute gift you forgot to mark off your shopping list? Have no fear, because these stores are open on Christmas Eve.

Galleria

  • Where: 2000 Galleria Cir, Hoover, AL 35244
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, 9AM-6PM | Christmas Day, Closed

The Summit

  • Where: 214 Summit Blvd, #150, Birmingham, AL 35243
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, 9AM-6PM | Christmas Day, Closed

Bass Pro Shops

  • Where: 5000 Bass Pro Blvd, Leeds, AL 35094
  • Hours: Christmas Eve, 8AM-6PM | Christmas Day, Closed
  • Contact: 205.702.7500

Restaurants + Bars

Whether you enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner or like to mix things up a bit, there are plenty of restaurants open during the Christmas holidays. Here’s who’s serving delicious meals December 24 and 25.

Bay Leaf

Bay Leaf food
That star, though. Photo via Hannah Chambley for Bham Now

You won’t want to miss the limited holiday menu at Bay Leaf Modern Indian Cuisine & Bar. Created by Chef Z, it’s overflowing with unique and festive eats that will make you say Wow!

From Santa’s Favorite Chicken to Paneer Pole Star, get a behind-the-scenes peek at the menu here.

Where: 1024 20th St S, Unit 101, Birmingham, AL 35205 | 5426 US-280, Ste # 14, Birmingham, AL 35242
Hours: Christmas Eve, 11AM-2:30PM, 5-9:30PM | Christmas Day, 11AM-2:30PM, 5-10PM
Contact: 205.777.3070 (5 Points) | 205.518.0208 (Hwy 280)
Reserve a table here
Safety guidelines here

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
So pretty. Photo via @eatswithadri/Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar’s Facebook

For an over-the-top celebration that’s guaranteed to impress your palette, toast to the holidays at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. They’ll be offering a full dinner menu and a four-course Holidays with Hall wine dinner that will blow your mind.

Where: 103 Summit Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours: Christmas Eve, 4-10PM | Christmas Day, Closed
Contact: 205.262.9463
Hours: Christmas Eve in-person dining beginning at 4PM | Christmas Eve curbside pickup beginning at Noon

Mr. Chen’s

Chinese on the brain this Christmas? Mr. Chen’s in Hoover will be open and serving all your favorites. View the menu + order here.

Where: 1917 Hoover Ct ,Birmingham, AL 35226
Hours: Christmas Eve + Christmas Day, 11AM-8PM
Contact: 205.824.8283

Queen’s Park

Queen's Park
Get overfilled by Christmas everything during Miracle on 24th Street. Photo via Queen’s Park Birmingham’s Facebook

Looking for where to score a drink this Christmas? We just the place—Queen’s Park.

During the month of December, this popular spot showcases their Miracle on 24th Street event, where the bar explodes with all things Christmas. Expect Christmas-themed cocktails, holiday music, and over-the-top holiday decor.

Where: 112 24th St N, #102, Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours: Christmas Eve, 4PM-Midnight | Christmas Day, 4PM-2AM

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille

Perry's Steakhouse & Grille
Fancy some tasty food this season? Photo via Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille’s Facebook

For an amazing holiday meal, look no further than Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille. On the menu this Christmas Eve is Perry’s Merry 3 Courses—available for dine in or to go. Unwrap the menu here.

Where: 4 Perimeter Park S, Birmingham, AL 35243
Hours: Christmas Eve, 4-9PM | Christmas Day, Closed
Contact: 205.968.1597
Reserve a table here

Red Pearl Restaurant

Love the Red Pearl Restaurant in Homewood? Feast your eyes on their menu and order your fave dishes Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Where: 243 W Valley Ave, Homewood, AL 35209
Hours:
Christmas Eve, 10AM-8:30PM | Christmas Day, 11AM-8:30PM
Contact: 205.945.9558

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Ruth's Chris Steak House
Don’t forget to sit at a safe 6-ft distance while dining, even with those you love. Photo via Ruth’s Chris Steak House’s Facebook

Enjoy a festive atmosphere with twinkling lights and a holiday meal this Christmas Eve at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Dine in or opt for delivery or carry out.

Dig in to their Classics Prix Fixe Menu here.

Where: Embassy Suites Hotel, 2300 Woodcrest Pl, Birmingham, AL 35209
Hours: Christmas Eve, 4-9PM | Christmas Day, 4-10PM
Contact: 205.879.9995
Reserve a table here
Safety guidelines

Shangri-La Restaurant

Authentic and delicious, Shangri-La is a favorite of locals. Available for pickup and delivery only. View the menu + order here.

Where: 4500 Montevallo Rd, Birmingham, AL 35210
Hours: Christmas Eve + Christmas Day, 11AM-2:30PM, 4:30-9PM
Contact: 205.951.3168

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