Holiday Events Not to Miss in Shelby County

Holiday Events Not to Miss in Shelby County

Tis the season for trees and parades. Check out our list of holiday happenings with social distance this month.

1. Christmas Tree Farm

Nov. 27-Dec. 24
9 a.m.-Dark
Old Baker Farm

Get your tree the old-fashioned way this year—and drink complimentary hot apple cider and take a hayride through Christmas trees while you are there. The fee for scale of trees is $30 and up depending on type and size of tree. Find more information at

2. Holiday Artist Market

Saturday, Dec. 5 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shelby County Arts Center

Find gifts for a variety of budgets at this Market. Shop everything from paintings to pottery, fiber art to photography and Christmas ornaments, and more at this annual market featuring fine arts and crafts from local artists and makers.  Fewer artists than usual have been accepted for this year’s market to maintain social distancing. Find more information at

3. Christmas Parades 

‘Tis the season for the festivities of the holidays to process through a town for you.  Check city websites for updates due to COVID-19 closer to the dates, but here is what was scheduled as of publication time:

  • Alabaster: Dec. 5, 10 a.m., Highway 31 South
  • Columbiana: Dec. 4, 5 p.m. Food Trucks, 7 p.m. Parade
  • Helena: Dec. 5, Time TBD
  • Montevallo: Dec. 3, 6 p.m., Starting in the Montevallo High School Parking Lot

4. Meadow Brook Runs

Saturday, Dec. 19
9 a.m. 5K
10 a.m. 1 Mile Fun Run
Valley Bank, Meadow Brook Branch

Get in a run to go with the holiday season around the Meadow Brook area—on what organizers argue is “Birmingham’s most beautiful course.” Walkers and pets on leash are welcome too. The run starts at 1100 Corporate Parkway. Find more info at


Christmas Movies
Dec. 1-22
The Alabama Theatre

Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration
Wednesday-Sunday Nights | 5-9 p.m.
The Birmingham Zoo

Magic City Nutcracker
First Week of December
Streamed Virtually

Hope is Alive
Sunday, Dec. 6 | 5 p.m.
Shades Mountain Baptist Christmas Program Featuring Drew and Ellie Holcomb
Watch on WBRC Fox6

71st Annual Independent Presbyterian Church Holiday House Tour
Dec. 11-13
Held Virtually at

Alabama Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Dec. 17-29
BJCC Concert Hall

Holiday Spectacular Presented by Red Mountain Theatre Company
Dec. 17, 19, 20
Regions Field

Birmingham Boys Choir Annual Christmas Concert: Virtual Edition
Friday, Dec. 18 | 7 p.m.

The Reindeer Dash
Saturday, Dec. 19
Pure Fitness, Vestavia Hills

Did we miss any events? Do you have an event coming up in a future month? Email to submit yours.

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