From Christmas tree farms where you can cut your own tree just a short drive from Birmingham to riding the train with Santa, here’s a round-up of 3 great holdiay adventures to enjoy as a family.
1. Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree
For a different experience than a trip to the standard Christmas tree lot, take your family to one of our three tree farms that let you choose and cut down your own tree. You’ll also get hot chocolate and maybe even see Santa’s reindeer!
Pine Hill Farms
538 Pine Hill Circle
Tarrant, Alabama 35217
Hours: 7 days a week 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
For an old-fashioned Christmas, live reindeer included, visit Pine Hill Farms in Tarrant. Pine Hill grows several varieties of Christmas trees you cut yourself, plus they have fresh, pre-cut trees, wreaths, and garlands. While you’re there, take a farm tour and a tractor ride, and enjoy free coffee, hot chocolate, and apple cider. There are also ornaments and Christmas décor for sale in the gift shop, and on weekends you can catch blacksmithing demonstrations.
Old Baker Farm
184 Furrow Lane
Harpersville, Alabama 35078
Hours: 7 days a week from 9 a.m. until dark
From fresh Virginia pines to Limited red cedars, you can find the tree of your dreams at Old Baker Farm. There are also fresh, pre-cut Fraser firs and complimentary hot apple cider, candy canes, and hayrides.
On December 8 and 9 at 5 p.m., Old Baker Farm will have their 2nd Annual Tree Lighting. For $10 per person, visitors enjoy cookies with Santa, a hayride, a classic Christmas movie, a live Nativity, and Christmas carols sung by a choir. There will also be food trucks and other vendors on site, and, for $2 per pack, you can enjoy s’mores over the fire pit.
Beavers Christmas Tree Farm
10093 Bradford Trafford Road
Trafford, Alabama 35172
Hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday 9 a.m. until dark
Choose from several varieties of trees (no Fraser firs this year) as well as free hayrides on Saturday and Sunday and complimentary hot chocolate. You can also get 2 hot dogs, chips, and drinks for $5. Cash and checks only.
2. Hop on Board the Christmas Train!
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
1919 9th Street
Calera, AL 35040
Saturdays Dec. 1, 8 & 15—11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Admission: 0-24m—free, 2 and up—$17
Take a train ride filled with Christmas cheer on the Santa Special! The vintage train is decorated for the season, and during the ride, Santa visits with all the boys and girls and gives them a special treat! Photos with Santa are encouraged. The Santa Special train ride lasts approximately 1 hour.
3. Go See Christmas Lights
Christmas lights are a treat for the eyes and the spirit at the holidays. Enjoy these light displays that are perfect for the whole family.
2630 Cahaba Road
December 9-11; 16-23; 26-31 from 5-9 p.m.
Admission: Members—free; non-members—$10;
Unlimited activity wristbands—$10; Individual activity tickets—$3.50
The Birmingham Zoo comes alive with 17 nights of holiday fun at ZooLight Safari. Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music, and delight in festive snowfalls every night! Enjoy a ride on the Candy Cane Train, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, experience the thrill of the over-100-foot Yuletide Slide, ride the Santa Rollers, and much more. Enjoy live entertainment each night and the beauty of a 30-foot-tall decorated tree in Trails of Africa. New this year, adult beverages will be available for purchase.
Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Birmingham Race Course
1000 John Rogers Drive
Monday-Friday 6-10 p.m. (later on Saturday/Sunday)
Open nightly through January 6, 2019
Admission: Cars/Family Vans (8 passengers or less)—$25; Activity Van, Limo, or Mini/Half Bus—$40
Over 3.25 miles of custom-made light displays dance to the music played over the radio in your car in perfect synchronization. Also, see Santa and his pals on vacation in the all-new Santa’s Mountain theme featuring custom-built, oversized, all-LED displays. Guaranteed to delight everyone from young to old! Discount tickets available at participating Piggly Wiggly stores.