The List: 20 Christmas tree lightings, parades in Birmingham metro

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Birmingham Christmas Tree at Linn Park, December 19, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic many Christmas tree lightings ceremonies and parades were called off in 2020. Fortunately, they are back in 2021.

An annual holiday tradition, Bham Now has compiled once again a list of Birmingham area tree lightings and parades over the next two weeks. 

Check them out — and if you go an event, please tag videos and photos on social media at @bhamnow


Trussville Christmas tree on the Mall. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Every year, we make a point of traveling out to Trussville to see its Christmas Tree on the Mall. As you can see, they really do a great job decorating the 3-4 story tree.

3rd Annual Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony In Trussville Mall (November 28th) – Trussville Christmas Parade (December 11th)


After a year’s absence the Bessemer Tree Lighting is back. Come to Debardeleben Park in downtown to celebrate.

City Of Bessemer Tree Lighting (November 28th)

Vestavia Hills

The annual tree lighting will be held at City Hall while folks can participate in the Christmas Parade at Liberty Park.

Vestavia Hills Tree Lighting Festival (November 30th) Vestavia Hills Christmas Parade (December 12th)


Christmas Tree in front of the Hoover City Hall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Come on over to City Hall and the Hoover Public Library.

Hoover Christmas Tree Lighting (November 30)


Beginning November 27 till December 2nd residents can help decorate the Gardendale Civic Center Complex. Here are the details — Rocket Around the Christmas Tree

Gardendale Christmas Parade (December 2nd)


Tour the Christmas trees at Old Mill Square Park. Every Friday —look for some snow too!

Columbiana Christmas In The Park: A Winter Wonderland (Every Friday In December) (Starts December 3rd)


This year marks the 50th Helena Annual Christmas Parade!

Helena Christmas Parade (December 4th)


This year’s theme is … “A Beary Special Christmas” — hit the link to find out how you can attend the parade AND donate a Teddy Bear.

Alabaster Christmas Parade (December 4th)


The parade begins at 10:00am!

City Of Graysville Annual Christmas Parade (December 4th)


Celebrate the lighting of the tree in front of city hall + music and food trucks. AND – remember Birmingham’s 150th Birthday is December 19th. 

City Of Birmingham Holiday Extravaganza & Tree Lighting (December 5th)

Mountain Brook

This year’s parade will circle around Mountain Brook Village.

Mountain Brook Holiday Parade (December 5th)


This year’s theme is the Grinch that stole Christmas!

Pinson Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting (December 7th)


Food trucks and a 100% guarantee of snow!

Fultondale Christmas Tree Lighting (December 7th)


Homewood Christmas Tree in from of City Hall. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Remember Homewood doesn’t light a Christmas tree – they light the historic “Star” on 18th Street.

Homewood Christmas Tree Lighting (December 7th)


This year’s theme is “Home for Christmas”

Parade of Lights: The 2021 Blount County Christmas Parade (December 7th)


The Parade will start and end in front of the Pelham Civic Center with activities inside till 9:00pm.

Pelham’s Inaugural Christmas Parade: A Hometown Christmas (December 11th)


This year’s theme is Songs of Christmas!

Springville Christmas Parade (December 11th)


This year’s theme was chosen by the Hueytown Intermediate School 4th Grade. The theme?  Polar Express Christmas

Hueytown Christmas Parade (December 11th)

Center Point

Meet the Grinch & Santa for Breakfast!

Center Point Breakfast With Santa In Whoville (December 18th)

Did we miss any Christmas Parades and lightings? Drop us a note at and we will add your community to the list

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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