For more than 25 years, the Alabama Theatre’s holiday film series has cemented itself as a cherished tradition for families in Birmingham. The historic theatre has played a pivotal role in the city’s cultural refresh. With the support of investors, music and arts enthusiasts, and historians, the theatre successfully avoided a bleak fate as a surface parking lot. Thankfully, Birmingham Landmarks Inc. was formed in time to save both the Alabama and Lyric Theatres. Without these iconic spaces, holiday magic and family memories wouldn’t be the same in downtown Birmingham.
Looking for a place to host your upcoming shindig, holiday party, or even dream wedding? Look no further, as Birmingham offers a plethora of exceptional locations to choose from. Centrally located and in close proximity to the international airport, Birmingham is an ideal choice for hosting your special event. We’ve carefully curated a comprehensive list of venues, each catering to different atmospheres and styles, to ensure your event is a memorable one. Explore your options below and find the perfect match for your unique event vibes.
Some may recall the Enchanted Forest at the Pizitz or the Christmas light display on 20th street; Birmingham has a rich history and continues to create new traditions. As we take you through a deep dive into the historic holiday seasons, Birmingham is continuing to change to be a more inclusive and vibrant city.
The holiday season is in full swing, and we have the perfect place to not only buy unique gifts but also support the community. We are highlighting four local small businesses that can help you check off some holiday shopping!
Downtown Birmingham has partnered with seven local artists to begin the first Birmingham Holiday Magic Window Art Trail! The artist had full access to the unoccupied window spaces to create a holiday-related art scene. Artists were encouraged to use multimedia art types in their windows, and began to go up the last week of November. You can check out all the artist and their work now until the end of the year!
Shopping locally has never been so easy! You can support small businesses at our Holiday Magic Market this Friday from 4 – 8 pm. The market will be conveniently located on 20th Street between 2nd and 4th Avenue North. There will be over 15 vendors and a LIVE on 20th street performance!
Downtown Birmingham has more — ways to celebrate the holidays! The Magic City is the heart of the community and offers many fun, unique, and family-friendly activities for all to enjoy. From the Alabama Theatre’s Holiday Film Series to The Nutcracker – make your plans to experience the Birmingham Holiday Magic downtown! We created an interactive calendar of all the holiday events happening in downtown Birmingham. Choosing the Magic City to celebrate Christmas time has never been easier.
Downtown Birmingham is full of beautiful buildings, both new and old! A good portion of those buildings consist of churches, and while many of them are beautiful to look at, they also have a rich history that often gets overlooked.