Tis the season for parades and concerts, home tours and living nativities, shopping and, well, shopping. Check out our full list of what is going on when this month.
1. Mountain Brook Art Association Holiday Show
Dec. 1-22 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
The Summit, Former Charming Charlie’s Space Next to Chuy’s
Find some of your favorite local artists displaying their wares and find a one-of-a-kind gift for those impossible-to-buy-for people on your list. They’ll have hand-painted gift items along with paintings of all sizes and price points by more than 50 local artists.
2. Letters to Santa
Children can send wish lists straight to the North Pole via “Letters to Santa” mailboxes located in the villages. After their arrival, Santa will send a response thanks to a special collaboration between Mountain Brook Public Works employees and the Jolly Old St. Nick himself. Mailboxes are located outside Gilchrist in Mountain Brook Village, Swoop in Lane Parke, Smith’s Variety in Crestline Village and the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce office on the side of city hall across from Oak Street Garden Shop.
3. Mountain Brook Village Holiday Open Houses
Thursday, Dec. 5 | 5-8 p.m.
Mountain Brook Village Shops
No need to worry about a 5:00 closing time on this night. Plus, there will be extra merriment with festivities in the stores, so come knock out some shopping for special ones on your list and support local businesses. The event is organized by the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce.
4. Mountain Brook Fire Department Shave a Firefighter Party
Friday, Dec. 6 | 6-9 p.m.
Tonya Jones SalonSpa, Cahaba Village
Mountain Brook Fire Department is raising money for Camp Smile-a-Mile through a special campaign. From Oct. 1-Dec. 6, firefighters are growing and auctioning off their mustache, and it will all culminate with a shaving party.
5. Ukulele Angel Book Launch
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Finley Bullard Evans’ latest book of poems, entitled “Ukulele Angel,” has just been published, and she’s having a laid-back book signing/launch to celebrate complete with coffee and baked treats. Finley is the author of two previous volumes of poetry, “Third Girl,” (Plan B Press, 2010), and “Ours” (Longleaf Press, 2014), and a memoir, “Two of Em In There: A Southern Writer’s Journey to and Through the First Year of Twin Motherhood,” and she lives in Mountain Brook with her husband Neal, twin sons, Max & Harry.
6. Holiday Parade
Sunday, Dec. 8 | 3 p.m.
Mountain Brook Village
Watch as floats, fire trucks, bands, choral groups, dancers and of course St. Nicholas himself parade down through Mountain Brook Village. Plus, you can stay afterward to catch photos with Santa too.
7. Family Night: Storytime & Mrs. Claus’s Kitchen
Tuesday, Dec. 10 | 5:30 p.m.
Emmet O’Neal Library
Bring your family out for a night of stories, magic, and bubbles. A light dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m.
8. Who Slayed Santa Claus?
Wednesday, Dec. 11 | 6 p.m.
Emmet O’Neal Library
Someone has murdered Santa! But who? Join the library to solve the mystery. A ticket is required for this event, and they are available on eolib.org.
9. Legacy League Christmas Home Tour
Thursday, Dec. 12
10 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.
Tour homes in all their festive glory—plus festive hors d’oeuvres and a holiday gift market at the Samford president’s home. This year’s stops include Christine and Mike Denniston’s home on Pine Ridge and Angel and Jared Lewis’s home on Richmar drive. Proceeds benefit the Legacy League’s scholarships to Samford University for students with significant financial need and challenging circumstances. For tickets visit samford.edu/legacyleague/.
10. 70th Annual IPC Holiday House Tour
Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Independent Presbyterian Church
Take a tour of area homes decked out for the season, and stay for tea and cookies at the Great Hall at IPC—which acts as a stop on the tour. The tour benefits the Children’s Fresh Air Farm, STAIR and First Light Women’s Shelter—all local ministries missions supported by IPC. Tickets can be purchased at ipc-usa.org, at each house or at Independent Presbyterian Church during tour hours.
11. Etc.: Fancy Nancy Holiday Hairdo Hullabaloo
Wednesday, Dec. 18 | 3:30-5 p.m.
Emmet O’Neal Library
Girls can get their whimsy on and get their hair styled like Fancy Nancy in her books. No appointments are necessary, and it’s for ages 3 and up.
12. Living Nativity
Mountain Brook Baptist Church
See the Biblical account of Jesus’ birth played out live—with live actors and live animals at this annual production by Mountain Brook Baptist Church, now going more than 50 years strong. And hark! the herald angels will sing, glory to the newborn king. Shows start at 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. each night.
13. Mountain Brook Tree Commission Recycling Program
Starting Dec. 26
Not sure what to do with your tree come Dec. 26? You can drop off your tree, your evergreen will be recycled thanks to an effort by the Mountain Brook Tree Commission. Signage will be posted with more details closer to the time. Be sure to clear off all your ornaments and lights first.
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