Shelby County Christmas Parades
Alabaster: Dec. 3, 10 a.m., Highway 31 South
Chelsea: Dec. 17, 10 a.m., Chelsea Middle School to Winn-Dixie
Columbiana: Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Downtown Columbiana
Helena: Dec. 3, 1 p.m., Highway 261 through Old Town Helena
Montevallo: Dec. 1, 6 p.m., Starts at Montevallo High School
Pelham: Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Pelham Civic Complex
Birmingham Bulls Hockey Games
Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 17 | Select times
Pelham Civic Complex
Come out to support the Birmingham Bulls as the team plays its highly anticipated next season at the Pelham Civic Center! 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.
Christmas Tree Farm
Nov. 25-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! Types of trees available include Virginia Pines, Leyland Cypress, Carolina Sapphire, Arizona Sapphire, Red Cedars and Fraser Firs. The fee for scale of trees is $30 and up, depending on type and size of tree. Visit Old Baker’s Christmas Tree Farm for more information.
Christmas at the Station
Dec. 3, 10 & 17 | 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
Bring the kids out to enjoy a 30-minute-long train ride on the festive Calera and Shelby train. Pop in for a visit with Santa and for photos on the museum grounds, too. Visitors can even enjoy a ride on the narrow-gauge stream train for a brief journey down Candy Cane Lane on the Shelby and Southern Railroad! All of these wondrous activities are included in ticket purchase prices. With lunch and snacks available at nearby food vendors on the grounds, a trip to Christmas at the Station is perfect for an all-day family get-a-way. Purchase tickets and learn more information at Christmas at the Station.
Holiday Artist Market
Saturday, Dec. 3 | 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Shelby County Arts Center
Come out to support local artists and shop for uniquely-made holiday gifts including paintings, pottery, wood carving, fiber art, photography, Christmas ornaments and more! Learn more about this annual market at SCAC’s Holiday Artist Market.
Colonial Christmas Lunches and Tours
Monday, Dec. 5-Friday, Dec. 9 | 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. or noon-2:30 p.m.
Meet patriots of the past, learn about Christmas traditions in the 18th Century, sing Christmas carols in the Colonial Chapel and share lunch with friends, family and coworkers in a replica of the East Room of the White House. Pre-reservations are required. Tickets are $40 per person. To order, call (205) 665-3535 ext. 1031 to reserve your seats.
Meadow Brook Runs
Saturday, Dec. 17 | 9 a.m. – 5K (Finish around the lakes); 10 a.m. – 1-Mile Fun Run
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 Meadow Brook Runs.
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