Holiday cheer in Birmingham

By on December 4, 2012

December is finally here, and this means people are overflowing with Christmas spirit. With the holiday season well underway, Kaleidoscope offers some events that will spread a little holiday cheer across the city.

Christmas Lights
The season kicks off tonight with the City of Birmingham Annual Christmas Tree Lighting to be held at Linn Park at 5:00 p.m. The festivities of the event include the 4th Avenue Christmas parade and the traditional appearance of Santa and Mrs. Claus, not to mention the musical performance by the Magic City Choral Society. The night will conclude with the ceremonial lighting of a 40-foot spruce tree decorated with over five-thousand twinkling lights.

Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari is utilizing the excitement over the classically festive Christmas lights. They are showing the lights Dec. 7 through Dec. 31 at the Birmingham Zoo. In addition to holiday performances by the animals, the safari will feature an outdoor ice-skating rink, the Winter Trail Hayride, Santa’s Roller Racer Ride and a holiday light show synchronized to musical holiday favorites.
Art Shows

The Alys Stephens Center will be presenting A Dickens Vest Pocket Christmas Carol on Dec. 15, relaying the tale of the infamous, shrewish Ebenezer Scrooge and an entertaining night of ghosts and spirits that force him to find his holiday cheer and charitable spirit.

Also, be sure to check out George Balanchine’s timeless ballet, The Nutcracker, to be performed by the Alabama Ballet from Dec. 14 to Dec. 23. The holiday themed aerial and acrobatic performances of Cirque de la Symphony to be held on Dec. 8 at Samford University is another great family event.

Charitable Events
ABC 33/40’s Linda Mays will host the event and it will feature a three course lunch, a fashion show of clothing from Belk Department Store and various guest speakers. There will also be a silent auction and a Holiday Market in which attendees can purchase unique holiday items. Proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.

The Alabama Wildlife Center is also sponsoring a Holiday Craft and Bake Sale for personal proceeds on December 8 at Veterans Park in Hoover, which will feature the center’s first fundraiser cookbook, local holiday crafts and decorations, and various holiday foods for purchase.

Food and Drink
Popular bars are also joining in on the fun of giving. The 1st Annual Reindeer Romp Bar Crawl is gearing up to take place on December 15 at 5:30 PM. There will be drink specials and no cover charges and the event will start at the Tin Roof, go to Nana Funks, and end at Innis Free. Proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House.

A Very Juka Christmas, to be held at the Bottletree Café on December 18 at 8:00pm, will feature special guest musicians including the Erynias Tribe and drum jams that audiences can participate in. They ask that attendees bring a non-perishable food item and all proceeds will go to the Magic City Harvest, a company that gives food to over 60 locations in and around Birmingham.

There are many ways to celebrate a season of fun, charity, and fellowship and the ones mentioned above are only a few. Check the local listings for more holiday events that will be taking place in the upcoming month. There are many reasons for the season, but there is something to be had for everyone in the city of Birmingham.

Sharonne Hayes
Staff Writer

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