See Santa in Birmingham

Santa claus pointing at his nose looking at a baby

Santa claus pointing at his nose looking at a babyWant to find Santa this year around Birmingham? We have it on good authority that he’s going to be out and about for pictures, and events ready to greet you and your family and hear all about those Christmas wishes!

Photos with Santa at Riverchase Galleria

Riverchase Galleria | thru December 24th | Photo Times vary, visit site for details

‘Tis the season! If you’re looking for a fun and festive way to celebrate the holiday season in Hoover, AL, look no further—we’re offering photos with Santa at Riverchase Galleria! Lower level Belk Men’s court.

Santa’s Arrival and Kick Off Event

Bass Pro Shops in Leeds | November 16th | 5pm – 8pm

Santa’s Arrives at 5:00 pm
Watch for Santa outside the store while you enjoy FREE McSteven’s Hot Chocolate and Cookies!
Enter for prize drawings every 1/2 hour from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (Santa will draw the first prize winner. Must be present to win.)
Christmas Carol Sing-along

Santa arrives in his decorated Tracker boat, in a special Christmas parade including the Leeds Fire Department, Santa’s elves on ATV’s, and the Leeds High School Marching Band! It’s the perfect kickoff for a spectacular holiday season your family and friends won’t want to miss!

Join Santa as he proceeds to the Bass Pro Shops lobby to light the 18′ Christmas tree. Follow him onward where he will cut the official ribbon and open Santa’s Wonderland!

2019 Photo with Santa (begins around 6 pm)
A special $5 Christmas card package will be offered (normally $20) for 8 Christmas cards (limit 3 packages per customer). Cards are printed on-site while you wait. This promotion is limited to November 16th-26th.

Kick-Off Event Craft: Santa Stocking
Saturday, November 16th from 6 to 8 pm.

Singing Santa’s Arrival Celebration

Brookwood Mall | November 22nd | 5pm – 9pm

Bring the family for a fun-filled night at Brookwood Village to kick-off the holiday season and commemorate the arrival of Singing Santa, a Birmingham tradition. This classic celebration will take place near the Brookwood Village food court and will feature several free family-friendly activities including face painting, balloon twisting, arts and crafts, and letters to Santa. Special appearances will be made by glitter fairies Snow and Frost, Woody from Disney’s Toy Story, and Anna, Elsa and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen. The Birmingham Children’s Theatre will present a special performance from their upcoming production leading up to Singing Santa’s magical arrival at 6:30 PM. Following his arrival, Singing Santa will be available for photos and visits daily through Christmas Eve.

* Photos with Singing Santa available daily, Hours vary – visit their website for details

Pictures with Santa at the Summit Shopping Center

Summit Shopping Center | November 23rd – December 14th | 12pm – 4pm

Have your pictures taken with Santa!! Santa will be stationed at the North Pole near Chuy’s and Lizard Thicket.

The North Pole experience and visiting with Santa are free of charge, while professional photos are available for purchase. Appointments will be available soon to reserve your time. Walk-ins are welcome as well. Present your appointment confirmation via print or mobile device to the greeter at Santa’s Workshop when you arrive!

Santa Special

Heart of Dixie Railroad | November 30th – December 14th | Various Times visit website

Celebrate the Ho-Ho-Ho-Holiday on this daytime train ride with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick himself! Bring your kids, grand kids, family, friends (and your camera!) to ride with you on the Santa Special as it travels past the North Pole where toy-making activities are in full swing!

While aboard the festively decorated historic train, each child enjoys telling Kris Kringle their Christmas wishes, singing carols and getting a traditional Christmas treat!

The Santa Special train ride lasts approximately 1½ hours.

Supper with Santa

Helena Hollow | Daily December 5th – 15th | 6pm – 8pm

Jolliest Dinner Guests South of the North Pole, delicious food for the whole family. Magical hayride, craftiest Christmas crafts

Click here for ticket info  

Helena Festival Holiday Edition

Helena Amphitheatre | December 6th | 5:30pm – 9pm

Holiday Edition of the Helena Festival sponsored by the Helena Business Association. This will be one of Helena’s biggest events with our annual Christmas tree lighting at the caboose, food trucks, lots of vendors with ready to purchase gifts and pictures with Santa at the Amphitheater.

Sensory Santa

Outlet Shops at Grand River | December 7th | 9am – 11am

Location Ste 672 across from VF Outlet

Santa’s Workshop

Outlet Shops at Grand River | December 7th | 2pm – 5pm

Breakfast with Santa

Vestavia Hills Civic Center | December 7th | 7:30am – 10am

Bring the whole family for a pancake breakfast with Santa! Free to attend-Breakfast courtesy of the City of Vestavia Hills.

Painting with Santa

Do it Yourself Crafts | December 10th | 2pm – 5pm

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Santa Claus, the Jolly Elf Himself, will be at Do*It*Yourself Crafts on Tuesday, December 10, from 2-5:30.

Each child will make a Cookies for Santa plate, plus an ornament, and you will take all the pictures you want. If you want two children to share a plate, please select one single ticket, add a child, and upgrade to either a 10″ or 12″ plate You can put two handprints on a 10″ plate and 3 or 4 on a 12″ plate. Each child will need either a single ticket or and “add a child” ticket.

The price includes the pottery and also the custom finishing for your projects – we’ll add stripes or dots, plus the writing on your projects. We’ll have other items you can add (such as this year’s custom ornament, or upgrading to Santa or Snowmen impression ornaments). If you have any questions you can always email us at diyc.birmingham!

Be sure to bring your camera, and take all the pictures and videos you want. We are in the pottery business, not the photography business! And if you forget, we’re happy to help you out.

Reservations every half hour, but if you are running a little early or a little late, we understand! But Santa will arrive at 2 and leave at 5:30, so make sure you get your pictures!

Farm Christmas Party

Oak Mountain State Park | December 14th | 10am – 2pm

Santa’s Coming! Santa’s Coming!

Santa is stopping by the farm! He will be in the top of the barn visiting good girls and boys from 10Am until 2PM! Come and get your picture with Santa and while you are here give your warmest “Season’s Greetings” to the farm animals!

We will be running hay rides from Noon until 2pm at no additional charge! Meet at the Back of the Farm to load the Trailer.

Farmer Pails of Feed will be available to purchase at $1 each! The Farm Animals LOVE their feed 🙂

Family Fun with Santa

Patton Creek Shopping Center | December 14th | 2pm – 4pm

Santa arrives in his Horse Drawn Carriage, Free Photos with Santa! Face Painting • Festive Hair • Kid Crafts, Hot Cocoa and Cookies, Register to Win One of Two Giant Stockings! Strolling Charles Dickens Carolers, DJ With Music, Games and Prizes

This is a free event for the community by Patton Creek Shopping Center, managed by Lincoln Property Company.

Donuts with Santa

Heavenly Donut Company | December 14th | 5pm – 7pm
Children’s tickets are $9.00 and include visit with Santa, Santa Donut and drink. Each child must have a ticket! Parent tickets are $5.00 and include a donuts and drink (latte/coffee/soda)

Breakfast with Santa

Outlet Shops at Grand River | December 14th | 9am – 11am

Suite 672 across from VF Outlet. Breakfast includes water, soda or juice, and a breakfast sandwich. Photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, Storytime with Mrs. Claus and Arts and Crafts.

Must purchase tickets in advance

Breakfast with Santa

North Shelby Library | December 14th | 9am – 10:30am

a great time of food, fun, and pictures with Santa! Breakfast will be from 9:00 – 9:30. Pictures with Santa and a craft will be from 9:30 – 10:30. A $5.00 fee per person is due at time of registration. Space is limited! Register online with credit card at  or stop by the Children’s Department to pay with cash or check starting Monday, November 25th. All ages are welcome.

Sensory Santa Photo Day

Summit Shopping Center | December 16th | 12pm – 6pm

Families with children or adults with sensory sensitives can enjoy the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa, in a more subdued and calm environment.

Sensory-friendly Santa is free to visit with Santa and take your own photos. Professional Photography (flash-less) will be available on this day where photo packages may be purchased.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are still welcome. Please reserve these spaces for children with autism and other special needs.

Breakfast and PJ Party with Santa and the Elves

Heavenly Donut Company | December 20/21 | 8am – 10am
$15 Per Child (Wear your pajamas and visit Santa) Includes Breakfast (sausage donut, fruit, drink), Santa Donut, Create a keepsake ornament, & Visit with Santa and his Elves.

If you’re looking for a list of Parades and Tree Lightings, we’ve got you covered HERE!


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