Our Favorite Way to Spend the Holiday Season Around Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham. Whether you’re a visitor drafting travel plans, returning home during the season to see friends and family, or are a local looking for something to do, you’ll be delighted to see there is so much going on here during the holidays. Read on for some of our favorite ways to pass the holiday season here around Birmingham.

Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour

A family-friendly and community-centered event, the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour is a great, inclusive way for visitors to celebrate all things ugly-sweater during the holidays! Don your tackiest holiday season clothing and hop onto one of many buses on a tour of the city’s most daring (or outlandish) light displays! This is a great option for groups, families, and couples to see so much of the Birmingham area in a relaxed and goofy manner.

Ice Skating in Railroad Park

The joys of ice skating during the frosty winter days is one known to generations throughout history, and indeed, Birmingham is no exception to this. If you were searching for a place to put on some skis and enjoy the ice with the family, the squad, or a special someone, look no further than the Railroad Park! Every year, an impressive ice skating rink is set up for all to enjoy, just south of the railways that run through Birmingham. Brace the winter air and enjoy this timeless classic here at Railroad Park.

ZooLight Safari

Celebrate the holidays with some of Birmingham’s most peculiar residents at the ZooLight Safari! Over one million lights honoring holiday season traditions such as Santa, gift giving, and candy canes, and also the zoo Itself! Aside from these, zoo exhibits, footpaths, the train itself, and the carousel also take on a festive look, as well as the staff of the zoo. Come visit sea lions, zebras, tigers, rhinos, elephants and so much more in this educational and immersive look into the lives of animals from around the world while engaging in the holiday activities here at the Birmingham Zoo’s ZooLight Safari.

The Reindeer Dash

The brave will enjoy this holiday season event, the Reindeer Dash! Follow in the footsteps of Santa’s trusted reindeer and dress up as one in this 5k run through the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills. The holiday season provides for comfortable temperatures to run in, accompanied by the many visiting and local runners. This is a fun, low-stakes option for avid runners and fitness enthusiasts and for those just looking for a more adventurous option alike. 

This 5k path is also another good way to see a lot of everyday Birmingham, or even pass by a choice spot or two, for those who are only visiting the city. (You never know, a spot you pass on the 5k might end up being the perfect addition to your plans in the area!) So put on your running shoes and your antlers, and brave the Reindeer Dash!

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