Find Santa Around Birmingham, 2013

Santa and his Helpers are arriving in Birmingham and are ready to see what the Tiny Humans have on their wish lists. If you’re looking for pictures, parties or breakfast, we’ve got your run down on the when and where!

Colonial Brookwood Village

November 15th – December 24th

Santa’s hours are Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 8 PM
Santa takes a breaks from 1:30-2:15 and 5-5:30 daily

Sunday 12pm-6pm
Santa takes a break from 3-3:30pm
Photo packages start at $12.99

Riverchase Galleria

November 8th – December 24th

Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your little ones to share their holiday wish list, and get your annual Santa photos.

Learn more about what they have to offer for:

Baby’s First Christmas
Pet Photos

The Riverchase Galleria will also be hosting a Pajama Party with Santa:

Tuesdays, November 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17
Starting at 6:00 PM

Start a new tradition and visit Santa in your pajamas. Bring your child’s favorite stuffed animal, blanket or book and capture a magical and memorable moment, sure to be remembered for years to come.

Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots and create a memorable moment for a deserving child in our community too. And with a $3 donation for Toys for Tots, you can receive a customized email letter from Santa on Christmas Eve.

You can enter your photo for a chance to win a Most Memorable Santa Photo Contest to win a $500 Shop Etc. Mall Gift Card. Visit to view your photos with Santa and enter!

Please note: Santa will be taking breaks throughout the day to feed the reindeer and check on toy production at the North Pole.

The Summit Shopping Center

Lights up at the Summit
November 22nd
Kick off the season in style with a festive parade from Barnes & Noble to Carmike Cinemas and watch as The Summit lights up with holiday spirit. The parade ends with Santa’s arrival and a grand fireworks show. Afterwards, visit Santa in his sleigh near Carmike Cinemas and get a professional photo.

Photos with Santa:

Meet Santa next to Pottery Barn Kids and get a professional photo and a special treat from Bud’s Best Cookies. Photo package prices vary. Nov. 29th: 9am- 7pm,  Nov. 30th: 10am – 4pm; Dec 1st: 1-5pm; Dec. 4th – Dec. 22nd: Wednesdays – Fridays: 2-7pm, Saturdays: 11am-4pm, Sunday, Dec. 8th: 1-5pm; Sundays Dec. 15th and 22nd, Noon – 5pm; Dec. 23rd & 24th: 9am-5pm

Outlet Shops of Grand River

Breakfast with Santa
Treat your children to one of the most beloved holiday traditions with Breakfast with Santa at The Outlet Shops of Grand River. Make their Christmas dreams come true & join us for a delicious breakfast; one-of-a-kind make-and-take arts and crafts, and a special holiday reading with Mrs. Claus.

Last but certainly not least, come and spend some quality time & have your commemorative photo made with Santa himself!

All of this, followed by spins, twirls and crazy-eights on our Grand Ice Rink. This is sure to be an experience that truly brings Christmas to life for any child.

* Breakfast is only provided for children. Complimentary coffee and beverages will be available for adults.
Tickets are $12.50 per child. Reservations are limited. Tickets are not refundable. All Sales are final.  Payment accepted by debit card, credit card and cash. Checks are not accepted. Purchase HERE

Jingle Bell Party
Join us for sweet treats, hot cocoa, one-of-a-kind make-and-take arts and crafts, cookie decorating, and a special holiday reading with Mrs. Claus. We will also have live reindeer! Tickets are $12.50 per child. Reservations are limited.

Tickets are not refundable. All Sales are final.  Payment accepted by debit card, credit card and cash. Checks are not accepted.  Purchase tickets HERE

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops

Now thru December 24th

FREE Crafts:
Monday – Friday from 5:00 – 7:00
Saturday – Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00
Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve Craft hours 3:00 – 5:00

FREE Picture made with Santa:
Monday – Friday, Hours of photos from November 10th to December 8th
Monday – Friday 3:00 – 8:00
Saturday 10:00 – 8:00
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00
*Thanksgiving Day photo hours 10:00 – 5:00
*Black Friday (Nov.29) photo hours 10:00 – 8:00

Hours of Photos December 9th – December 24th
Monday – Friday 10:00 – 8:00
Saturday 10:00 – 8:00
Sunday 10:00 – 5:00
Christmas Eve photo hours 10:00 – 5:00

FREE ACTIVITIES include driving remote controlled trucks, racing slot cars, controlling a battery powered train, shooting arcades, and carousel rides.

McWane Science Center

Breakfast in Santa’s Workshop
December 14 & 21
Times: 8:30 am – 10:00 am
Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Kids (Members get $5 OFF)

Bring your little elves to have breakfast in Santa’s Workshop. Make holiday crafts, have breakfast together, explore the Winter Wonderland exhibit and visit with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera!

Reservations are required. Call (205) 714-8414 or click HERE for tickets.

                                                          Breakfast with Santa at the Birmingham Zoo

December 7, 14 & 21
Admission: Members – $14 for adults, $9 for children
Non-members – $19 for adults, $15 for children

Make your reservations now for this popular holiday event! Breakfast with Santa takes place in the Zoo’s Kudzoo Cafe and features a delicious breakfast (pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, and juice or milk) followed by a visit from Ole Saint Nick himself. Parents may take their own pictures, and each child will receive a special treat. Call 205.879.0409 to make your reservations today.

Birmingham Museum of Art

Winter Wonders Day
Saturday, December 7th
Join Bart and his friends for fun in his winter wonderland! Enjoy holiday scavenger hunts, crafts, storytelling, and more. Take a photo with Santa Claus and tell him your holiday wishes!

Special Events
8AM-10AM //  FREE McDonald’s biscuit breakfast! Fuel up for the day!
10AM, 11AM, and NOON // Sing-along storytelling : Join our storyteller in the galleries
9AM-NOON // Visit and take photos with Santa (take your own or purchase from the professional photographer)
10AM-NOON // Make festive paper stars and flowers with Dariana Dervis, our Bart’s ArtVenture guest artist!
11:30AM, 1:30PM // The Muppet Christmas Carol: Enjoy the movie in the auditorium!

8AM-3PM //Ongoing Events
Scavenger hunts – explore traditions and decorations from around the globe.
Art activities – create an ornament!

11AM-2PM // Museum Studio for Families

Sweet Design Gingerbread Houses // $25 per house ($20 for Bart’s Kids Club Members) // All ages are welcome!
We provide the house and decorations, you provide the creativity! Call the Musuem’s Education Department, 205.254.2571, to register.

Holiday Card Printmaking Studio // $5 for 4 cards (FREE for Bart’s Kids Club Members) // All ages are welcome!

Family Night with Santa’s Magical World – Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest
A light supper will be served from 6:00 – 6:30 pm, followed by a program featuring Santa and his winter wonderland. Children will have an opportunity for photos with Santa on his “throne” after the program. Shuttle service will be available if parking lot is full.
December 10th, 2013

Breakfast with Santa – North Shelby Library
Join us for a great time of food, fun, and pictures with Santa. Breakfast will be from 9:00 – 9:30. Pictures with Santa and a Christmas craft will be 9:30 – 10:30. Registration Required. $5.00 per person due at time of registration
All ages are welcome!
December 14th, 2013

The Santa Special at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Musuem

November 30th – December 21, 2013
Santa rides the train with you! Start your own family holiday tradition with a Christmas train ride. Tell Santa what you would like for Christmas and bring your camera for photos. Every child will receive a Christmas gift!

Please note: children who have not yet celebrated their second birthday are free, but you must reserve an INFANT ticket for them. Children under the age of two must be seated on your lap.

Click here to reserve your seat!

Know of a Santa Happening we didn’t cover on our list? Let us know!

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