Happy 200th! 13 amazing things to know about Jefferson County

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Happy 200th, Jefferson County. Photo via JeffCo Bicentennial

This month, Jefferson County is celebrating its 200th birthday! The bicentennial is a time of reflection and celebration—for both of which there is plenty of inspiration. Keep reading to find 13 things you may have never known about Jefferson County.

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Don’t miss 89 year old Bob Cissell’s magical Christmas display made from salvaged tree limbs

Bob Cissell, creator of one of Birmingham’s most original Christmas displays. Photo courtesy of Cissell’s family

Thanks to Verna Gates and the Wacky Tacky Light Tour, we have discovered the most original Christmas display in the metro area.

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Your gifts can bring good to a Birmingham treasure—here’s how.

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Give the gift of the Gardens this holiday season. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, do some good with your gift-giving! Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year, is a local treasure. Here are 3 ways you can give the gift of the Gardens this year.

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Discover the perfect handmade holiday gift at Prodigal Pottery’s Open House on Dec 7

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This Alabama ornament from Prodigal Pottery will go perfect on your Christmas tree. Photo submitted.

Prodigal Pottery is celebrating the grand opening of their first location with an open house on December 7 from 10AM to 5PM. Learn how you can find the perfect handmade Christmas gift. Plus get $5 off when you show this article!

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Birmingham Art Crawl’s Deck the ‘Ham Mural Contest Turns the City into a Winter Wonderland!

Janna Phillips making Birmingham a lot more festive! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now

If you’re driving through Birmingham this holiday season, you may see that the local businesses have windows decked out in festive murals. Birmingham Art Crawl is celebrating another amazing year in the Magic City with its 5th annual “Deck the Ham” window mural contest.

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5 holiday gift ideas for any budget at Four Corners Gallery in Birmingham (plus before/after photos)

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  • An old photo with crack and discoloration. It pictures a woman holding a child.
  • A restored version of an old photo. It depicts a woman holding a child.

The shopping season has begun, and it’s time to pick the perfect holiday gift. Fortunately, Birmingham has fantastic local shops like Four Corners Gallery to help you find something for everyone on your shopping list.

Ranging from photo restoration to custom framing, the team at Four Corners has everything you need to give a gift from the heart and stay on budget. Contact Four Corners Gallery today and put a personal touch on your holiday gifts this year. 

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Your ultimate guide to the Alabama Theatre’s holiday film series this December

The theatre lobby always sports some of the most festive decorations in Birmingham! Photo via the Alabama Theatre

It’s Christmastime in the (Magic) City! One favorite Birmingham holiday tradition takes place every year at the Alabama Theatre. They’ll be playing holiday movies all month long in their stunning and historic venue.

It’s the perfect seasonal activity for coworkers, a memorable date night, or the whole family! Check out your ultimate guide to December at the Alabama Theatre right here.

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3 programs hosted by the Alabama Humanities Foundation that enrich our state

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What better way to give back than by supporting programs that educate and enrich our youth? Photo via AHF

One week from today is Giving Tuesday, Birmingham! If you haven’t decided how to celebrate quite yet, we’ve got the perfect solution. The Alabama Humanities Foundation hosts and sponsors programs all aimed at enriching our state. Get an inside look at where those vital donations go!

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Buy local art in Birmingham this holiday season. 15 holiday markets and 3 stores to choose from.

Alabama Waldorf's Holiday Faire is a great place to buy local art in Birmingham
Katrina Turnbach and Shelleigh McVicker Buckingham or Artsy Chicks at a previous Alabama Waldorf Holiday Faire. Photo via Facebook

There’s something that feels soooooo good about buying local art and goods handcrafted by makers right here in Birmingham.

We’re spoiled for choice this holiday season with at 15 local art shows and 3 ongoing stores to check out. We’ve got all the details for you right here.

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Celebrate the holidays at The Pizitz’s Festival of Trees, December 1 from 12-5PM in Birmingham

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Two students work diligently to finish painting a tree for The Enchanted Forest
Here’s a little sneak peak at some of the trees you’ll see in The Enchanted Forest. Photo via The Pizitz

The Pizitz in downtown Birmingham is kicking off the holiday season at the Festival of Trees on Sunday, December 1, from 12-5PM. This free celebration is jam-packed with holiday fun, including the unveiling of The Pizitz’s first-ever holiday art exhibit called “The Enchanted Forest.”

RSVP today, and don’t miss this holiday spectacular in Birmingham. The Festival of Trees is going to be a blast!

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Meet Shawn Fitzwater, the artist restoring Homewood’s “ghost sign”

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Shawn Fitzwater on the scaffolding on the side of the Trilogy Leather Building. Photo via Nathan Watson for BhamNow

As a Birmingham history nerd, I love seeing the business signs painted on the sides of old buildings. However, these signs fade over time. That’s where Shawn Fitzwater, Birmingham’s ghost sign painter, comes in.

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Construction starts Dec. 11th on Red Mountain Theatre Company’s new home! 3 reasons to get excited.

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An artist’s rendering of what the new campus will look like. Photo submitted. 

Though the Red Mountain Theatre Company has been entertaining Birmingham for four decades, the nonprofit company has yet to find a forever home until now. On December 11th, groundbreaking will commence for RMTC’s brand new arts campus.

Here are three reasons to get excited about the company’s latest development.

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