Birmingham Events Calendar: November 25th – December 2nd

The Holiday Season is in full swing! We’ve added a few events to our list of Santa Happenings and our Giveaways to Giftaway kicked off on Friday. We’ll have giveaways going on for the next week, make sure to check them out!

Lots of Holiday open houses happening this week as well as some Christmas Tree Lightings.

If you’re looking for a way to work off some of those Thanksgiving calories, check out the family Zumba class going on at the Homewood Library.


It’s Not Our Fault if Your Kids are Bored!

Monday November 26th:

Pelham Christmas Tree Lighting – Pelham Civic Complex
The City of Pelham will celebrate the start of the holiday season with our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Pelham High School Jazz Ensemble will begin playing at 6:15 pm to entertain guests as they arrive. The program starts at 6:30 pm with the Pelham High School Choir performing the National Anthem. Choirs from Valley Elementary, Valley Intermediate, Riverchase Middle and Pelham High Schools along with the Riverchase Middle School Band and Pelham High School Jazz Ensemble will provide holiday music for everyone to enjoy. The Pelham Fire Department Color Guard and representatives from Boy Scouts of America Troop 404, Pelham, AL will present colors.

Character Kids – Gardendale Public Library
A fun interactive program for kids K5, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Ms. Molly uses character development through games, stories, science, and more.

Toddler TalesNorth Shelby Library
A story program for children and a caregiver. Stories, songs, finger plays and crafts make up a lively program designed especially for short attention spans. Best suited for ages 19 months to 3 years. Must Register
9:30am and 10:30am


Tuesday November 27th:

Storytime – Homewood Public Library
Join us for the best part of your week with stories that make you laugh and songs that make you dance! Join us for the fun of it! All ages welcome. For large groups, a call to 332-6619 is nice.


Wednesday November 28th:

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
Join us for Storytime as we read Splat Says Thank You! Find out what happens when Splat tries to make his best friend feel better. There will be a craft and we will have a treat from the Cafe.

Family Story Time with Mr MacNorth Shelby Library
Storyteller Extraordinaire – Come join Mr Mac and his musical storytime complete with puppets! All Ages, no registration required.


Thursday November 29th:

Family Night Zumbatomic – Homewood Public Library
Dance Off That Turkey during our family friendly Zumbatomic dance class hosted by Miss Christina.

Hoover Christmas Tree Lighting – Hoover Municipal Building
Help add a little sparkle to the Hoover Municipal Center by attending this year’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Featuring a special performance by the Rocky Ridge Elementary Holiday Choir, the official tree lighting honors will be handled by Rocky Ridge Elementary fifth grader Tripp Wiggins. The evening’s festivities will culminate with a grand entrance of Santa on a fire truck. Pictures with Santa will be provided at no cost. Light refreshments will be served.

Hoover City Hall is located at 100 Municipal Lane across from the Hoover Public Library.


Friday November 30th:

Om for the Holidays – Villager Yoga
Our holiday open house will feature jewelry, arts and handmade accessories from local yoga students and teachers.

Plus save on class passes and items throughout the boutique, including:
From 5 – 5:30p, get our new Monthly Unlimited pass for $75 (regular $100) or our Three Month Unlimited pass for $225 (regular $275). You must be in line by 5:30p and it’s limited to one per person.
5pm – 8pm

Pinson Christmas Tree Lighting – Triangle Park
The City is kicking off the Christmas season with the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Join us at Triangle Park for hot chocolate, cookies and Christmas music performed by our school choirs. The ceremony will conclude with the Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Lighting the City Chrismas Tree.

Storytime with NeNe – Whole Foods
NeNe is back and better than ever! Join Whole Foods most Fridays’ for storyday! There will be storyboards, songs and snacks!


Saturday December 1st:

Holiday Craft Show – Southern Museum of Flight
Santa is flying into town on Saturday, December 1 and will stop off at The Southern Museum of Flight from 9:30 – 4:30 pm during our Holiday Craft Show.  The Craft show will feature homemade crafts for sale such as jewlry, pottery, woodwork, baked goods, embroidery, photography, birdhouses, clothing and more.

Admission is FREE with a canned food donation benefiting The Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center or $5 without a donation.

So come see Santa, Shop and Support The Foundry.  It’s a great way to feel good about the holiday season.

Storytime on the Mountain – Ruffner Mountain
Nature inspires creativity in children by engaging a full range of the senses. Join Ms. Jerri in the Treehouse for a fall themed story and craft.  Each family will receive a copy of the book read thanks to Target.

Jingle Bells, Lots of Elves – Hoover Public Library
Do you have what it takes to be one of Santa’s elves?  We’ll put you through the rigorous training regime of the North Pole’s infamous toymakers.  Call 444-7833, registration going on now.

Saturday Market – Pepper Place
Pepper Place Saturday Market brings the best local growers, food producers and artisans to you each Saturday morning. Rain or shine! Thru December 15th
7am – Noon

Family Storytime – Emmet O’Neal Library
Bring the entire family and join Mr. Mac for stories and music each Saturday morning.
10:30 a.m.

Storytime – Barnes and Noble Summit
It’s holiday time, and Llama Llama can’t wait for Christmas. How many more days again? When will it ever get here? It’s Mama Llama to the rescue in the warmhearted, true-to-life holiday drama!


Sunday December 2nd:

Holiday Open House – Springville Road Library
Join us for an afternoon of holiday crafts and fun for all! Vote for your favorite tablescape and see who wins!


Local Attractions Open Daily!

McWane Science Center:

McWane Science Center’s IMAX® Dome Theater puts you in the center of the action by projecting breathtaking quality images onto the 5-story-tall dome screen and delivering intense surround sound through almost 3 tons of speakers and subwoofers.
Now Showing: The Last Reef, Santa and the Snowman, Rocky Mountain Express

The Tornadoes of April 27th – Looking Back — Moving Forward, a new exhibit at McWane Science Center, reflects on the experiences of the April 27th, 2011 storms. The exhibit shares personal stories from those who experienced the devastation of the storms firsthand, while emphasizing the importance of tornado preparedness and explaining the science behind tornadoes.

Photos and stories from The Birmingham News help tell the story of the storms and the affect they had on survivors, volunteers, and the community as a whole. Students from Daniel Payne Middle School also help tell the story of their school and community through photos and artifacts from the storm for the exhibit. UAB students worked with the children from Daniel Payne Middle School to create short documentaries that can be seen in the exhibit as well.

In addition to sharing the personal stories from that day, the goal of this exhibit is to inform the community about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions, explaining the science of tornadoes and stressing awareness.

With vivid displays, the exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to learn about the scientific side of tornadoes. Graphics within the exhibit illustrate tornado formation and anatomy, educating visitors on how such extreme weather conditions develop. Additionally, the exhibit displays statistics and disputes common myths concerning the destructive storms.

Guests can watch live video from the storms that rolled across our state on April 27th, 2011, including the
weather forecasts from that day and actual images of the tornado as it made its way through our area provided by FOX6 WBRC. The exhibit is located in the City Gallery on Level 2 of the museum this summer.

Be Ready Alabama Exhibit Presented by:
The Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog
Join Clifford, Emily Elizabeth, and all their friends in the Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog™ exhibit! Featuring the people and places of the beloved children’s book and PBS Kids television series, this new interactive exhibit brings Clifford’s home on Birdwell Island to life with playful activities and enchanting environments for early learners to explore.

Winter Wonderland

Snow is in the forecast at McWane Science Center this year with the return of the Winter Wonderland exhbit. This magical holiday experience gives families a chance to learn about the science of the season together as they play in the snow, go ice fishing, and watch toy trains zip around the tracks.

Winter Wonderland offers something for everyone in the family to enjoy together. Inside the snow room, children can make snow angels, build snow castles and more. Children can catch fish through the ice in the ice fishing area.

Guests can even sled down the giant slide between the third and second floors in the museum or try the zip line.

Families also have a chance to see toy trains of every shape and size zipping around the tracks in the Magic of Model Trains area. This year children will be able to become conductors at one of the new stations and also see several new additions to the train sets.

Winter Wonderland Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday  10 AM – 5 PM
Saturday  10 AM – 6 PM
Sunday   12 PM – 6 PM

Birmingham Zoo:

Lorikeet Aviary – Our Lorikeet Aviary has more birds than ever! Zoo guests can feed these exotic birds every day. You and your family will see these birds’ behavior as they eat nectar out of your hand.
Weekends 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

PELICAN FEEDING – A great way to see our pelicans in action is to witness them eating their favorite treats near the pelican boardwalk.

RHINO ENCOUNTER – Embark on an African adventure and experience one of the world’s most extraordinary animals, the Southern White Rhino. Watch from only feet away as our zookeepers engage in hands-on interaction with the animals inside their African-themed exhibit. Don’t miss this exciting encounter with one of the largest mammals on the planet!
Weekdays: 3pm – 3:30pm
Weekends: 11:30am – Noon & 3pm – 3:30 pm

GIRAFFE FEEDING – This up close and personal animal encounter is a memory you and your family will have for a lifetime.
Weekday: 11am – Noon
Weekends: 10am – 11am  & 2pm – 3pm

Vulcan Park and Museum:

Vulcan is the world’s largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands at the top of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. But, Vulcan is more than a statue. Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular views of Birmingham, an interactive history museum that examines Vulcan and Birmingham’s story, and a beautiful public park for visitors and locals to enjoy. With an official information center that is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vulcan Park and Museum serves as the first stop for visitors to the Birmingham area!

Railroad Park:

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as “Birmingham’s Living Room,” Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham’s downtown area with Southside and UAB’s campus.

Southern Museum of Flight:

Earn Your Wings – Bring your little pilot and soar above the clouds in our little pilots room. Kids enjoy building aircrafts, flying kites, and more.
Museum Open Tuesday – Thursday
9:30am – 4:30pm

Do you have or know of an event you would like to have added to our weekly calendar? Please email us at, subject line “Events Calendar” – We would love to hear from you!

** All information listed on our calendar is subject to change without notice to us or you… We do our best to keep the information accurate and will always update as soon as we learn that something has changed. It’s always best to double check with the event via their website or a quick call,  especially when weather can impact the event.

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