Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings in Birmingham

blurred lights on a christmas tree

It’s time to kick off the Holiday season in Birmingham and nothing will help get you in the mood for the Holidays more than some parades and the lighting of trees. Here’s where you can take the family to celebrate and take in all the lights!!

Shadracks Christmas Light Show

November 15th – January 5th
M-F: 6 – 10PM
Sat-Sunday: 6-10PM or Later
Including Holidays, even in the rain!

Cars or Family Vans (8 passengers or less):   $25
Activity Van, Limo, or Mini/Half Bus:   $50
Tour/School Bus: $100

See over 2 miles of custom made displays dance to the music played over the radio in your car in perfect synchronization! Also, see the all-new FAVORITE TALES theme featuring custom built, giant, all-led displays of all the fairy tales you love! They are guaranteed to delight everyone from young to old!

The Summit Shopping Center, Lights Up

Friday, November 22nd, from Barnes and Noble to REI
(come see BirminghamMommy along with McWane Science Center in front of Peloton from 5pm – 8pm)

Lights up Holiday Parade and Fireworks Show is a magical celebration to kick off the holiday season! Lights Up at The Summit features live entertainment, a magical holiday parade, fireworks show, an appearance by Santa, and even a little snow!

The Lights Up parade begins at 6:00 PM at Barnes & Noble, winding through The Summit and ending at REI. Come early to grab a spot along the parade route to enjoy live performances beginning at 5:00 PM. The parade will end with a grand fireworks show around 6:30 PM!

The Outlet Shops of Grand River

Friday, November 22nd, in the Atrium

The Grand Christmas Tree Lighting Event will begin at 7pm under the atrium.
Live performances by: Pinson Valley High School Choir, Clog Wild Cloggers, Trussville First United Methodist Church (hand bells) and Trussville First Baptist Church Children’s Choir

Followed by a special appearance from Santa & Mrs. Claus

After Santa lights the tree – stay for free activities* – Photos with Santa + Mrs. Claus, Face Painting, Balloon Artists, Arts + Crafts and Bounce Houses. *While supplies last.

Bessemer City Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 1st 4pm – 6pm at Debardeleben Park

Celebrate the holiday season with the city of Bessemer’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting.

Vestavia Hills Tree Lighting

December 3rd at Vestavia City Hall

Enjoy live entertainment, merchant give-aways, and a visit with Santa! See the lighting of the city’s tree at 6:00 pm.

Homewood Christmas Parade

The Homewood Christmas Parade will be held Thursday, December 5, 2019. This year’s parade will feature the lighting of the Homewood Star on 18th Street as the parade enters Downtown Homewood. An emcee announcing parade entries and highlighting parade participants will be located at City Hall Plaza. Other activities at City Hall Plaza include the arrival of Santa Claus, music provided by the Homewood High School Band and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree at City Hall.

Parade begins at 6:30pm at Homewood Library.

Gardendale Christmas Parade

Thursday, December 5th at 6pm

Zoolight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo

December 6-8th (tree lighting 12/6)  | December 13th – 23rd | December 26th – 30th
5pm – 9pm
*Members  Free Admission
Non-Members  $10 – Admission Only

Be amazed by enchanting illuminations and a million 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  Candy Cane Train, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, dash down the Polar Plunge Slide, and enjoy fun holiday themed games!

Guests will be captivated by the festive décor and a nearly 30 ft. tall tree of lights on our dazzling new Welcome Plaza. 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!

Helena Annual Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7th at 1pm

Alabaster Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 7th 10am Hwy 31

Mountain Brook Holiday Parade

December 8th, 3pm – 4pm

Santa Claus is coming to town! You can’t miss one of Mountain Brook’s favorite tradition! Watch the parade, attend a pop-up story time from The Emmet O’Neal Library under the Bromberg’s tree, and then get a picture made afterwards with Santa at the Mountain Brook Magazine photo opp!

The parade will start at Office Park and go through Mountain Brook Village on Cahaba Road. The parade will turn right on Culver Road and continue on Culver and Petticoat Lane back to Cahaba and then back to Office Park. Roads along the parade route will close down about 2:30 and will open as is safe after the parade. All roads should be open by around 4:30.

Vestavia Hill Christmas Parade and Celebration

Sunday, December 8th 2pm – 4pm

Enjoy the city’s official parade followed by the Liberty Park Christmas Celebration with children’s activities, refreshments, music, pictures with Santa and more!

Trussville Christmas Caroling and Tree Lighting

Sunday, December 8th 6:30pm – 7:30pm

It’s time for the Community Caroling and Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Christmas tree on West Mall in historic Downtown Trussville. This is a free event for the citizens of Trussville to enjoy. We will have Christmas carols, booths and other Christmas activities. Santa will also be on-hand to help with the festivities and greet the kids.

Trussville Christmas Parade

Santa riding on a friretruck

Saturday, December 14th 3pm – 5pm

The parade will begin on Parkway Drive. It will turn right onto Gadsden Highway and right again onto Chalkville Mountain Road. The parade will end at the Mall.

Bessemer Christmas Parade

December 14th, 2pm – 4pm

Bring your family and friends out for the city of Bessemer’s Annual Christmas Parade, one of the largest Christmas parades in Alabama.

Chelsea Christmas Parade

Saturday, December 21st 10am

The 20th Annual Chelsea Christmas will be held this year on Saturday, December 21 at 10:00 am.  This is a well-anticipated family event in the community that is enjoyed by all who attend.  The parade officially begins at Chelsea Middle School and ends at Winn Dixie.


For EVEN more places to see Santa this Holiday Season, check out our list of Santa Sightings


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