Christmas lights, shows, candlelight services + more this weekend—Dec. 23-25

Alabama ballet
You can’t miss this classic Christmas ballet. (Alabama Ballet)

‘Tis Christmas weekend in The Magic City. As you’re celebrating the season with your loved ones, stop by one of these events happening in Birmingham, December 23-25.

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Java Lewis 2022
Merry Christmas from Java Lewis. (Nathan Watson / Bham Now)

7 weekend events in The Magic City

Birmingham Christmas
It’s Christmastime in Birmingham (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

1. Glow Wild

  • Why go: Take the whole family on a stroll around the zoo to look at jaw-dropping wild animal and sea life lantern creations light up the night.
  • When: Select nights from now-Monday, January 16 | 5-9PM
  • Where: Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd, Birmingham, AL 35223
  • Cost: Prices vary on times/dates
  • Buy tickets

2. Vulcan’s Magical Nights

  • Why go: You’ll be in awe when you see these beautiful lights at Bham’s iconic Vulcan Park and Museum. Plus, there’s holiday music, hot chocolate, special guest appearances + Santa, of course.
  • When: Friday, December 23 | 6-8PM
  • Where: Vulcan Park and Museum, 1701 Valley View Dr, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Cost: $6 for adults | $5 for seniors | $4 for kids ages 5-12 | Kids 4 and under are free
  • Buy tickets

3. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

4. Black Market Xmas Bazaar

  • Why go: Need a last-minute gift? This holiday market has you covered with items from local vendors, including vintage clothing, art, jewelry + more.
  • When: Friday, December 23 | 5PM
  • Where: Black Market Bar & Grill, 1035 20th St S, Birmingham, AL 35205
  • Cost: Free admission

5. Santa Shuffle for Firehouse Ministries

  • Why go: Take a jog around Homewood + bring items like clothes and cleaning supplies to support Firehouse Ministries, a nonprofit that helps homeless men. After the run, sip on delicious eggnog and hang around for a few door prizes.
  • When: Saturday, December 24 | 8AM
  • Where: Trak Shak, 2839 18th St S, Birmingham, AL 35209
  • Cost: Donations encouraged

6. Christmas Eve Bash

  • Why go: Relax during the holiday rush with your pals at Cahaba Brewing. There’s live music, drinks specials, a s’mores pop-up with Deliciously + more cheer.
  • When: Saturday, December 24 | 11AM-10PM
  • Where: Cahaba Brewing Company, 500 5th Ave S, Building C, Birmingham, AL 35222
  • Cost: Free admission

7. Christmas Eve at Asbury United Methodist Church

  • Why go: With traditional and modern services, there’s something for everyone at Asbury United Methodist Church on Christmas Eve.
  • When: Saturday, December 24 | 4PM, 6PM, 8PM & 11PM
  • Where: 6690 Cahaba Valley Rd, Birmingham, AL 35242
  • Cost: Free admission

Looking Ahead

Redmont Hotel
Celebrate 2023 at The Redmont Hotel. (Bham Now)

Wondering what’s happening in 2023? Check out these amazing January events happening around Birmingham. 

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Selah Vetter
Selah Vetter
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