1. Pre-Sunrise Hike to King’s Chair

Sunday, Jan. 1 | 5:30-8 a.m.
Oak Mountain State Park

Hosted by Oak Mountain State Park partner extraordinaire Zach Andrews and park naturalists, the pre-sunrise hike to King’s Chair will feature breathtaking views on what will be a great way to start the year. Participants will meet at the North Trailhead and will hike the Red Trail to the blue/red connector and continue on to King’s Chair. The hike will begin at 5:30 a.m. This hike is weather dependent. While everyone is welcome to attend, this is considered an intermediate or advanced hike for some. This hike is not stroller friendly. Attendees should wear warm clothing, bring a flashlight or headlamp, water, snacks and cameras should they want to take pictures. The hike is free other than park admission fees. 

2. Birmingham Bulls Hockey Games

Select Dates and Times 
Pelham Civic Complex

Come out to support the Birmingham Bulls as the team plays its highly anticipated next season at the Pelham Civic Complex! Games are on Jan. 5, 7, 13, 16, 27 and 28. To purchase tickets, learn more about the Southern Professional Hockey League or general information, visit bullshockey.net. Those interested in public skating can visit Pelham Civic Complex Public Skating.

3. Chamber Night with the Bulls

Thursday, Jan. 5 | 6 p.m.
Pelham Civic Complex

Join the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce for a Birmingham Bulls game! Both investors and non-investors are welcome to attend, but everyone must register in advance here. Members’ fees are $20, and non-members’ fees are $30. Prices include admission to the game, food and a beverage.

4. Fourth Annual Forging Families 5K/10K/Fun Run

Saturday, Jan. 7 | 8 a.m.-5K/10K, 9:15 a.m.-Fun Run
105 West College Street

Join the races to help children find their forever families. Proceeds benefit local nonprofit Sacred Selections, whose aim is to help families afford the blessing of adopting children. Register at runsignup.com. ​

5. Taylor Hicks Performing Live 

Friday, Jan. 13-Saturday, Jan. 14 | 7:30-9 p.m.
Shelby County Arts Council’s Song Theater

Don’t miss Alabama treasure and American Idol Season Five winner Taylor Hicks’ live performance right here in Columbiana! Taylor will be performing all of his original songs. Seating is limited, so purchase your tickets soon here. Tickets are $40 plus taxes and fees. Doors open at 7 p.m.