Head somewhere new this holiday season. Home to hundreds of shopping destinations, Birmingham is the perfect place to find a gift for everyone on your list. Pair that with the best dining in the South and an assortment of holiday events, and your visit becomes a mini-vacation.

To plan out your shopping experience and to see our list of local entertainment stops, check out our Holiday Getaways brochure. If you need a place to stay, use our hotel finder.

Looking for gift items that can’t be found anywhere else? Shops and boutiques from downtown Birmingham and Mountain Brook to Homewood and Trussville are filled with one-of-a-kind items to delight the fashion mavens, vinyl collectors, culinary geniuses, book lovers and everyone in between.

Or if you want to knock out all of your holiday shopping at once, The Summit, Patton Creek, Riverchase Galleria and the Outlet Shops of Grand River have all of the name brand stores for the gifts on your list.

Make the most of your visit and join us for some prized Birmingham traditions.
The Holiday Film Series brings Christmas favorites to the Alabama Theatre, Birmingham’s grand movie palace. The Mighty Wurlitzer organ, which performed along silent films of the 1920s, is still in use today. Tradition holds that the organist leads moviegoers through a round of Christmas carols before each movie. The Alabama Theatre is where holiday movies become a beloved holiday tradition.

Make plans to see a performance of The Nutcracker, performed by the Alabama Ballet. The state’s premier professional ballet company is one of only eight ballet companies in the world licensed to perform George Balanchine’s magical tale of toy soldiers and mischievous mice, accompanied by the melodies of Tchaikovsky.