Between new traditions, holiday classics and can’t-miss events, December is the month to show off the best of Birmingham to all your holiday visitors.

Holidays at McWane

McWane Science Center
Enjoy the Christmas Holidays with various seasonal events including the Jingle Bell Breakfast, Polar Express PJ Parties and Winter Camps.
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Holiday Film Series

Alabama Theatre
December 8-22
Make it your tradition to watch a Holiday classic on the big screen at the Alabama Theatre. In addition to the film, each screening will begin with a sing-along accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.
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College Basketball

College basketball is back in action and Birmingham is no stranger to strong teams. Check out the schedules and cheer on our local athletes.
Schedules: Birmingham-Southern Men • Birmingham-Southern Women • Miles Men • Miles Women • Samford Men • Samford Women • UAB Men • UAB Women

Zoolight Safari

Birmingham Zoo
Watch as the Zoo comes alive for 18 nights of holiday-centric fun at ZooLight Safari. Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night!
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Brrrmingham Ice Skating

Railroad Park
Take a spin on the ice with the Birmingham cityscape as the backdrop. Open through January 1, this year’s rink is bigger and better than last year, with a magical, wintry atmosphere.
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Alabama Symphony Performances

Fans of the Alabama Symphony, rejoice! The symphony has 4 performances this month, celebrating 3 big holidays: Christmas, New Years and… the release of a new Star Wars movie.
Christmas with Act of Congress • Handel’s Messiah & Bach’s Magnificat • The Music of Star Wars • Celebrate! The New Year’s Eve Concert

Birmingham Bulls

Pelham Civic Center & Ice Arena
Professional hockey is back in Birmingham. The Birmingham Bulls play in the Southern Professional Hockey League and have 5 home games in December. Take the family to enjoy the action.
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North Pole Express

Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
“All Aboard” says the conductor, and your family’s journey begins to the North Pole. Through the dark night, the magical train makes its way to the top of the world. Upon arrival at the brilliantly decorated North Pole, Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the elves board the train to visit with your family and give each child a keepsake.
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Alabama Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®

Alabama Ballet is proud to present George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® as one of only eight companies in the world licensed by The Balanchine Trust to perform this holiday masterpiece. Tchaikovsky’s beloved melodies transport the young and young at heart to a magical world where mischievous mice besiege a battalion of toy soldiers, and an onstage blizzard leads to an enchanted Land of Sweets.
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12th Annual Birmingham Bowl

Legion Field
This is your family’s chance to be a part of all the events and local flavor leading up to the Birmingham Bowl and to experience serious football done Southern style. Come celebrate and meet fans from all over the country. Enjoy all the pageantry and southern fanfare of great college football in Birmingham.
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