Capture the spirit of Can’t Miss Alabama with ‘The Nutcracker,’ Galaxy of Lights and Zoolight Safari  

Capture the spirit of Can’t Miss Alabama with ‘The Nutcracker,’ Galaxy of Lights and Zoolight Safari  
The Birmingham Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” and the "Mutt-Cracker" at the BJCC. (Phil Free / Alabama NewsCenter)

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 Can’t Miss Alabama puts a touch of magic in your life for the holidays. 

‘The Nutcracker’ and ‘The Mutt-Cracker’

The Birmingham Ballet will perform “The Nutcracker” at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. A sold-out performance of “The Mutt-Cracker” is Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, click here. To find out more about these performances, visit the website. 

Galaxy of Lights

A magical holiday village of animated lights, garden scenes and other exhibits offer live entertainment for the entire family at Galaxy of Lights in Huntsville. Walking nights are easier with new sidewalks and bridges. Visitors can enjoy coffee and hot chocolate. Proceeds support Toys for Tots, Inner City Church of Christ and Interfaith Missions Foodline. To further this cause, donations can be given here. Click for pricing and more information. The event is at the Huntsville Botanical Garden at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.

‘A Christmas Carol’ at ASF

“A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens will complete your holiday season. The play is being featured at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery through Sunday, Dec. 24. The production is approximately two hours, with an intermission. For more information, visit the website. 

Holiday Spectacular

Make your days merry and bright at the “Holiday Spectacular” at the Red Mountain Theatre Company (RMTC). Local artists and RMTC conservatory students will perform a medley of holiday music. Showtimes are Wednesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 17. Free parking is available on the street in front of the theater and the Park Rite deck, or on the corner of Fourth Avenue North and 19th Street. Paid parking is available in front of the building on 19th Street. The RMTC is at 301 19th St. N. in Birmingham. Call 205-324-2424 or click for tickets.

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home is having its annual holiday light show Friday, Dec. 15. The show displays 3 million lights on the 65-acre garden estate. Visit with Santa, take photos, enjoy the nightly performances and tour the grounds. To learn more about Bellingrath Gardens and for ticket information, follow this link. 

More than 3 million lights will be on display at the Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home. (Mike Kittrell/Alabama NewsCenter)

‘Cinderella – an Outrageous Fairy Tale’ at BJCC

The Birmingham Children’s Theatre presents “Cinderella” Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Arrive an hour early to have your free photo made with Santa. Click here for tickets. For more information, call 205-458-8181.

Ice Skating at Railroad Park

Birmingham Ice Skating in Railroad Park is underway through Jan. 1. The hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink will be closed Christmas Day. The rink will offer free skating lessons, and birthday and holiday parties are welcomed. Click for the complete schedule. To learn more about the skating rink, follow this link. For details, email [email protected] or call 205-521-9933. Railroad Park is at 1600 First Ave. S.

Let it Snow and Festival of Trees

The Hardin Center presents Let it Snow and Festival of Trees through Sunday, Dec. 31 at the Imagination Place Children’s Museum in Gadsden. At Festival of Trees, local students will make handmade ornaments and decorate more than 30 Christmas trees by using national parks and monuments as their theme. At the Let it Snow exhibit, children ages 2 through 10 can play in a pit of nontoxic polymer that feels like snow. The children will enjoy snow slides and play in an ice rink. The Hardin Center is closed on Christmas. For field trip information, call 256-543-2787 or visit the website. The hours for the exhibits are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 256-543-2787, ext. 31 or email [email protected]. The Mary G. Hardin Center is at 501 Broad St.

Andalusia’s Christmas Candyland 

Candyland on the Court Square and Springdale on Ice is every weekend in Andalusia through Saturday, Dec. 30. See Candyland’s 60-foot Christmas tree, snow shows and play cottages. Children activities are train rides, snow tubing, ice skating, light shows and musical acts. Candyland is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. For the complete list of Candyland activities, follow this link or call 334-222-2030.

Posing Beauty in African American Culture

Understand art through the Posing Beauty in African American Culture photography exhibition. Explore popular culture, race, class and gender, which includes advertising, music, film, video, fashion and other aesthetics. Guest artists are Carrie Mae Weems, Gordon Parks, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Sheila Pree Bright, Leonard Freed, Renee Cox, Anthony Barboza, Bruce Davidson, Mickalene Thomas and Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe. The exhibition will be on display through Sunday, Jan. 21 at the Mobile Museum of Art. For more information, follow this link.

Christmas at the Falls

Celebrate the holiday season with beautiful, decorative lights nightly at Christmas at the Falls in Gadsden. Entertainment includes a visit with Santa, train rides, a petting zoo and children’s activities. The festivities are underway through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26-30 at Noccalula Falls. Purchase tickets here.

Governor’s Mansion Christmas Candlelight Tours 2017

Don’t miss the beautiful Christmas décor at The Alabama Governor’s Mansion Christmas Candlelight Tours Dec. 18 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 334-834-3022.

Zoolight Safari

The annual Zoolight Safari is Dec. 15-23 and 26-31 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the Birmingham Zoo. Enjoy over 1 million lights, as well as carousel rides and slides, holiday music and more. Follow this link for ticket information. The Birmingham Zoo is at 2630 Cahaba Road.

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