The Friday Five: Top Picks for Weekend Fun Dec 8th – Dec 10th

Kicking off the weekend with a little weather fun! So, please make sure to double check these events if there’s any question about the weather Friday into Saturday.

  • Zoolight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo

It’s opening Weekend!

Watch as the Zoo comes alive for 18 nights of holiday-centric fun at ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo! Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night! Enjoy a ride on the Shipt Candy Cane Ride*, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel*, experience the thrill of the over 100 foot Yuletide Slide*, ride the Santa Rollers* and so much more. Take in the beauty of a decorated tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall in Trails of Africa as you dance and boogie to special entertainment each night! New this year – enjoy a nightly (through December 23) performance plus meet and greets and photos with the Singing Santa!

Members: FREE Admission
Non-members: $10 Admission
Unlimited attraction wristband: $10 (does not include admission)
Ride tickets: $3.50
Friday, Saturday and Sunday
5pm – 10pm
  • Jingle Bell Breakfast at McWane Science Center

Bring your little elves for a Merry Morning at McWane! Head to the North Pole where you will enjoy a hot holiday breakfast, make festive crafts, and have a very special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! When breakfast is over, take a ride down the slide and head to the IMAX Dome for a private showing of Santa vs. the Snowman. Ticket includes same day admission. Make your reservation today for this family favorite holiday event.

Saturday, December 9th

Time: Breakfast @ 8:30 – 9:30 am, IMAX @ 9:30 am

Pricing: $30 Adults (13+) | $25 Child (2-12) | Members Receive $5 Off

  • Polar Express PJ Party at McWane Science Center

Join us for a journey beyond your imagination aboard the Polar Express! Slip on your PJs and visit with Santa over a cup of hot cocoa and cookies. Then it’s time to “believe” as you experience Polar Express on the IMAX Dome. A special keepsake will be given to all children 12 and under who wear their pajamas.

$20 | $5 discount for members
IMAX @ 1:00 or 3:00 pm

  • Santa Mouse at Children’s Hands on Museum

Make a Santa Mouse Ornament, special storytime readings of Santa Mouse
Saturday, December 9th
10am – 4pm

CahaBAZAAR Holiday Market at Cahaba Brewing

Saturday, December 9 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m. It’s a day of family fun, great local artist and makers, food and great beer and get all of your holiday shopping done in one place.


Our Sponsor:

CHOM is a place where children Explore, Create and Discover every time they visit.
When we say “hands-on” we really mean it! CHOM is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization established in 1984. Learning through play is what our exhibits are all about, and you are encouraged to touch, feel, and play your way through our museum. CHOM offers newborns through age 13 a fabulous place just for them! Exhibits, daily programs, events, holiday celebrations, and parties are waiting for you at CHOM!

Join over 80,000 visitors each year who know we’re the BEST place for play. Discover for yourself why parents repeatedly vote us best in family fun and why thousands of families, students, teachers, churches, and school camps agree that we offer the best field trips, too!
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