- Zoolight Safari Kickoff Weekend at the Birmingham Zoo
Join us for another magical holiday season as twinkling lights illuminate the Zoo for a dazzling 19 nights!
Watch as the Zoo comes alive for a jubilant holiday celebration. Be amazed by enchanting illuminations and sparkling lights. Enjoy the sounds of seasonal songs and holiday classics as you delight in delicious treats and decadent desserts at the S’mores & More station! Get creative making crafts, decorating ornaments, and writing letters to Santa. Take a merry ride on the Shipt Candy Cane Train, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, dash down the Yuletide Slide, hop on the Santa Rollers, and enjoy fun holiday themed games on Henley Park!
Guests will be captivated by the festive décor and a nearly 30 ft. tall tree of lights. Dance and sing the night away under the stars with spectacular live entertainment. Capture the joy of your loved ones in a photo with Santa at the Holiday Card Photo Op. In addition to the incredible holiday magic, ZooLight Safari will feature special nights with surprise guests and joyous performances, including Singing Santa! Start a new holiday tradition with the Birmingham Zoo during the 2018 ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo!
*The Zoo will CLOSE EARLY at 4:00pm every night of ZooLight Safari.
Friday 5pm – 9pm
Saturday 5pm – 9pm
Sunday 5pm – 9pm
- Trussville Community Tree Lighting
Make plans to attend the City’s Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony in historical downtown Trussville, gather at the Christmas tree on West Mall where there will be Christmas carols, hot chocolate, cookies and other Christmas activities. Santa will also be there to visit with the kids. At 6:30pm, Mayor Choat will speak and officially light the Christmas tree. Musical entertainment provided by Bob Smith, SHINE and the Trussville Senior Dancers. The Trussville Fire Department will also be there collecting toys for their annual toy drive. This free event is a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season in Trussville.
- Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop at McWane Science Center
Build a new holiday tradition with McWane Science Center at the inaugural Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop. Create an unforgettable experience as you engineer your very own edible masterpiece with fresh baked gingerbread and decorations from the candy buffet. Bring your imagination and leave the clean-up to us! Take a break from construction to visit Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. At the end of the workshop, enjoy a ride on the holiday train before you head home with your keepsake gingerbread house, sweet memories, and a new way to kick off “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!” It’s a little bit of science and a whole lot of holiday fun.
Workshop One: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Workshop Two: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Storytime Pottery at Do It Yourself Crafts
Join us while we paint a fun project to go along with a great book. This event is for kids age 2 and up, and is a parent child activity. Please plan on having no more than one adult per child attend. Items will be ready for pick up in a week, and you will be texted when they are ready.
- Harlem Globetrotters at the Pete Hanna Center
The Original Harlem Globetrotters are on the road for their action packed tour! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Join Globetrotter stars after the game where they will stay for an autograph, photograph and high five session for fans (subject to availability).