Where to See Santa Claus in Birmingham

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where to see santa claus in birmingham

We all love saying hi to the big guy while he is visiting our beautiful city at Christmas time! Can’t let those cute Christmas outfits go to waste! Here is a list of where you can meet and take photos with Santa Claus in Birmingham . . .

Christmas at Arlington

Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th

Free admission/ALL Ages/DONATIONS Accepted – Various local entertainment will fill the air with holiday tunes as visitors tour the historic house, kitchen, and gardens. Guests are invited to enjoy more singing, musicians, entertainment, and light refreshments in the Garden Room. The old country kitchen will feature a chance to meet Santa and have a photo opportunity, children’s activities, plus punch and cookies! Open Saturday, December 7th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. and Sunday, December 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Breakfast with Santa presented by the City of Vestavia Hills

Saturday, December 7th

Bring the whole family for a pancake breakfast with Santa! Free to attend; breakfast courtesy of the City of Vestavia Hills. Event will be held at the Vestavia Civic Center in the Dogwood Room from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. 

Chelsea Public Library

Saturday, December 7th

Join the Chelsea Public Library and the Friends of the Chelsea Public Library for story time and pictures with Santa! Event will be held on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 p.m. on the Children’s Floor of the Chelsea Public Library.

Chick-Fil-A Fultondale

Monday, December 9th

Join us at Chick-fil-A Fultondale for Dinner with Santa Family Night on December 9th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.! Get a picture with Santa and eat some yummy chicken! Be sure you bring your own camera! Don’t miss out! **No reservations required, visits with Santa are on a first come, first serve basis.**

Chick-Fil-A Hoover

December 10th and December 17th

Family nights on December 10th and 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. will include Santa Claus! Enjoy snacks, crafts, Santa, and giving of your time. Kids eat free with adult meal/salad purchase. Dine-in only.

North Pole Express (Heart of Dixie Railroad)

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through December 14th

Doesn’t this sound magical??

Through the dark night, the North Pole Express makes its way by starlight to the top of the world. On the way, you’ll listen to a whimsical Christmas story, sing your favorite holiday carols, and watch out the windows for the bright lights of the North Pole to appear.

Upon arrival at the brilliantly decorated home of the Toymaker himself, the elves, Santa, and Mrs. Claus will all board the train to visit your family and to take photos with every child. Be sure to whisper your wish for what you’re hoping to find under your tree on Christmas morning! Your North Pole Express adventure will make lasting Christmas memories for you and your family for years to come — and for even more festive fun, be sure to wear your pajamas for the ride!

Chick-Fil-A Gardendale

Monday, December 16th

Join us at Chick-fil-A Gardendale for Dinner with Santa Family Night on December 16th, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.! Get a picture with Santa and eat some yummy chicken! Be sure you bring your own camera! Don’t miss out! **No reservations required, visits with Santa are on first come, first serve basis.**

Vestavia Library

Tuesday, December 17th

Join us at the Vestavia Hills Library In the Forest as our favorite elf comes to visit with stories from the North Pole! Dinner at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. All ages.

The Summit

Now through December 24th

Visit Santa at the North Pole near Chuy’s and Lizard Thicket! The North Pole experience and visiting with Santa are free of charge; professional photos are available for purchase. Appointments are available now 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!

The Riverchase Galleria

Now through December 24th

‘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! Want to avoid the line? Simply reserve your place today with a FastPass!

Create magical memories, make the holidays special, and take care of those wish lists — all in one place. Located at Lower Level Belk Men’s Court, across from Abercrombie & Fitch. They even have a Sensory Santa on December 8th and a Pet-Friendly Santa

Brookwood Mall

Daily through Christmas Eve

See Santa sing! Singing Santa, a Birmingham tradition, will be available for photos and visits daily through Christmas Eve at his location on the second level across from the food court. No appointment is needed, and optional photo packages are available for purchase. Children will receive a free gift during their visit.

Bass Pro Shops

Now through December 24th

A Bass Pass is required and provides a time slot to see Santa, allowing you to explore Santa’s Wonderland® or shop the store while waiting in a virtual line. Bass Passes are limited and go quickly each day from now until December 24th. Enjoy crafts and write a letter to Santa . . . and receive an e-mail from Santa! 

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Born at St. Vincents, Julie has lived in Birmingham nearly all her life, and she looks forward to meeting and connecting moms all over our community. Before having kids and co-founding Birmingham Mom Colllectie, she worked various jobs as a retail manager, merchandise manager, software support associate, and an HR recruiter. When she's not taking care of her two young children, you can find her (sometimes) working out, singing and fellowshipping at her church, playing golf (horribly), drinking sweet tea, and taking trips with her husband, Nathan. She loves all things coffee, Gilmore Girls, Disney World, Dolly Parton, and peanut m&ms!