2023 Guide to Finding Santa in Birmingham

Santa Claus is coming to Birmingham!  We’ve mapped out the best spots to catch a glimpse of Santa Claus during this magical time of the year, so get your lists (and camera’s) ready, here’s where you can find Jolly Old St. Nick this holiday season!


Pictures with Santa at the Riverchase Galleria

Santa’s helpers have been working hard decking the halls for you and your family, so don’t miss out on taking tree-mendous pics with St. Nick! November 16th through December 24th in the lower level in front of Von Maur.

Visit their website to reserve your spot

Santa Cares at the Riverchase Galleria

Visit Santa in a sensory-friendly environment. Celebrate Santa Magic in an inclusive atmosphere. Exclusively for children & families with special needs. Reservations are required for this private photo experience. We’re collecting donations on behalf of Autism Speaks.

Santa Cares Day | December 3rd | 10:30am – 11:30am

Visit their website to reserve your spot.

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shop

Santa’s wonderland is back at Bass pro shop November 5th through December 24th. Reserve your spot online to see Santa and get a free 4 x 6 photo.

Reserve online here

Santa at the Summit

Santa is back at The Summit to spread holiday joy all season long. Visits and photos may be booked ahead of time.
November 17th – December 24th

Book your Santa photo reservation here.

Santa Photography Hours:
November 18th – December 24th, 2022
Monday – Saturday:  11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday:  12:00 PM- 6:00 PM
(Christmas Eve Hours 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM)

Supper with Santa at Helena Hollow

November 24th thru December 10th

Santa is coming back to the Ho-Ho-Hollow and we can’t wait!

Prepare for a night full of activities including but not limited to:

* Lighted Hayride & Activity through the winter woodlands!
* Christmas craft making!
* S’mores around the fire!
* Live nativity scene including Joseph, Mary, baby Jesus and animals!
* Face painting!
* Convos with Santa, elves & Mrs. Clause!
* All the pictures your heart can stand…
* & last but not least, a yummy barbecue dinner!

Follow THIS LINK for more information on times and booking

Seeds Coffee

Fun, FREE event where you can enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and your kids or grandkids can write a letter to the North Pole and get their picture with Mr. & Mrs. Claus.

Saturday, December 2nd, 10am – 1pm

CahaBAZAAR at Cahaba Brewing

Santa will be arriving in an antique fire truck at 1 PM. Then he’ll head over to the Barrel Room for photos until 3 PM.
Plus, Buddy the Elf will be around to spread some holiday cheer! Enjoy food trucks and the market from 12pm – 5pm

Saturday, December 2nd, 12pm – 5pm

FREE Pictures with Santa and Friends at ATA Martial Arts

There will be hot cocoa, candy canes, and, of course, pictures with Santa.

Info for this event:
-Open to the community
-Must RSVP (only 1 time spot needed for a family. Please DO NOT RSVP more than once per family)
-Bring your own camera
-Come prepared to have a BLAST!

Sunday, December 3rd, 10am – 2pm

Santa at Learning Express

Bring your camera and see Santa!
Saturday, December 9th from 11AM-1PM!

LAH Sotheby’s in Hoover

Free Santa Meet and Greet!

LAH Hoover Office’s annual Santa Meet & Greet! Share your Christmas list with St. Nick!
There will be drinks, snacks, games and prizes from many local shops. There are more than $1,000 in giveaways. You do not want to miss this!
Sunday, December 10th, 3pm – 5pm

Vulcan’s Holiday Experience

Vulcan Park and Museum will be transformed into a delightful wonderland filled with lights, holiday music, special guest appearances, and Santa.

Dec. 9-10 and 16-22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Admission is $8 for ages 13 and up, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and children under 4 are free

Brocks Gap Brewing

Santa is making a special stop by Hoover’s favorite brewery and will be available for pictures. Bring your own camera! BGBC will be accepting donations for local charities, new unwrapped toys and canned goods are greatly appreciated!
December 10th 4pm – 7pm
December 16th 3pm – 8pm

Santa is coming to Birmingham Candy at the Summit!

Get in the holiday spirit and hang out with Santa. Take a selfie with him, bring him your Christmas list, or simply swing on by to say “hey”. All are welcome!
Wednesday, December 13th, 4pm

All is Bright Vestavia City Center

Attendees will enjoy lots of Christmas activities, fun photo opportunities, live performances, and a visit with Santa.
Friday, December 15th, 5:30pm

Shops of Grand River

Selfies with Santa! Visit with Santa at The Shops of Grand River. Bring a camera and take your own photos!
Satruday, December 16th, 12pm – 4pm

The Coca Cola Caravan at the Birmingham Zoo

The Holiday Caravan is coming! Make sure to visit the Birmingham Zoo for a free family photo with Santa!
Sunday, December, 17th 6pm – 8pm

Feeling more grinchy? Check out these opportunities to snap a picture with the Grinch

A Very Grinchmas Dance Party at Ferus Ales

The dance party goes from 12pm till 2pm, but hang around after to have your picture taken with the Grinch. Photos are first come first serve.
Sunday, December 3rd,  12pm – 4pm

Meet the Grinch at La Paz Ross Bridge

Bring your kiddos and pets and get a picture with the Grinch. There will be live Christmas music, Mexican hot chocolate, and face painting for the kids!
Sunday, December 3rd, 11:30am

Photos with the Grinch at the Shops of Grand River

Selfies with the Grinch! Visit with Grinch at The Shops of Grand River. Bring a camera and take your own photos!
Sunday, December 19th, 12pm – 4pm.

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