Meet Blaze. The UAB baby robin that just made Alabama natural history. (Update and photos)

Meet Blaze, the first confirmed American robin to ever fledge in Alabama in the month of December. Photo by Greg Harber

The first ever confirmed baby American robin born in Alabama during the month of November, successfully left its nest on December 8th.

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Preview of the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour that begins December 9

One of the light show on the Fresh Air Family Wacky Tacky Light Show. Photo by Pat Byington

Thousands of lights! Gravity defying displays! Blow-ups with enough hot air for a local election!

Join Fresh Air Family as they present the best, worst and wackiest light displays in the Birmingham metro area during their  two- hour guided bus ride “Wacky Tacky Light Tour” fundraiser.

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See Vulcan light up the Birmingham sky during the Holiday Light Show, Dec 8-23

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Vulcan lit up during the Magic of Lights! Photo submitted

 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! To keep your holiday spirit merry and bright, visit Vulcan Park and Museum December 8-23 to experience one of the best light shows in Birmingham—the Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience. Tickets available now!

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Perfect holiday movies + food pairings. And, WIN tix to the Brrrmingham ice rink!

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Christmas movies, cozy candles and convenient takeout. The best way to spend cold winter night. Photo via Unsplash

Spaghetti and syrup, anyone? Here’s your guide to 5 iconic holiday movies—when/where to watch them in Birmingham and the best food to order from Waitr inspired by each movie. Don’t forget to use code BHAMNOW for FREE delivery.

Not in the mood to be a couch potato? Keep reading to find out how to win tickets to Brrrmingham, the ice rink set up in Railroad Park!

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5 reasons the new Alabama Bicentennial Children’s Bell at Sloss is lit.

Marshall Christie of Sloss Metal Arts with the Alabama Bicentennial Children's Bell
Marshall Christie admitted that as soon as he got the clapper in the new bell, he’s been ringing it. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

It’s not every day Alabama turns 200, so it seemed only fitting to create something lasting to celebrate that milestone. The Alabama Bicentennial Commission and Children’s Hospital partnered to create a bell that would honor both Bama’s big birthday and the children of our state.

To find out the inside scoop, I reached out to Jody Seal at Children’s of Alabama and Ashley Wingo of Sloss Metal Arts. Keep reading for all the details.

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Secret Stages is set for Aug. 7 + 8. Look at Birmingham’s festival through the decade!

Sammus at the Birmingham Festival.
Sammus is an underground rapper who came all the way from Philadelphia for 2018’s Secret Stages Festival. Photo via Secret Stages by Tyler Woods.

For nine years, Birmingham residents have been pretty bad about keeping a secret—and we won’t stop spilling for year ten. Secret Stages, a favorite under-the-radar Magic City music festival, announced it will take place August 7 and 8 of 2020.

Check out all that Secret Stages has done in the past 10 years, and where some of the artists are now!

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Throw down for a good cause, Birmingham, at Christmas is a Drag, Dec. 20, 8PM

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One of the fabulous performers at Christmas is a Drag at Saturn Birmingham.
Christmas is anything but a drag at this fun and festive drag show. Photo via Jaysen Michael

Why let the holidays drag you down when you could party like it’s 1999 at Christmas is a Drag?

All proceeds from this annual holiday favorite support Holiday Wish. This fun and generous program makes sure young people living in AIDS Alabama’s housing get the very best gifts. Get your tickets now.

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Homewood year in review—7 new businesses that launched in 2019

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Lauren Scott showing off her Golden Gloves at Homewood’s most unique 2019 addition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

2019 was a big year for Homewood business. The area has been booming in recent years, and it continues to attract new concepts and big names alike. Check out some of the most exciting recent additions—and make your holiday shopping list while you’re at it!

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50 weekend events, Dec. 6-8, in Birmingham like 2 holiday parades and the Bartow Classic

Birmingham, Santa, donuts, Daylight Donuts, Leeds
Skip the cookies. Donuts are on Santa’s dessert list this year! Photo via @daylightdonutsleeds

With the holidays in full swing, Birmingham has so many events to discover this weekend, December 6-8. It’s gonna be a blast! Check it out.

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Five Points South could be Birmingham’s next Entertainment District. Hearing on December 17

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Are open containers in Five Points South’s future? We’ll know soon. Photo via Five Points South Bham on Facebook

Five Points South may soon become Birmingham’s next Entertainment District. What does this mean? 

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Tudor Anyone? Open Houses for Dec. 6-8

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Are you looking for a new home in Birmingham? We’ve got 26 open houses for you to check out this weekend – you’re sure to find the perfect home for you. Enjoy!

901 TRINITY CT BIRMINGHAM,AL 35242 (RealtySouth)

Open House: GREYSTONE LEGACY 12/08 13:00-14:00
901 TRINITY CT
BIRMINGHAM,AL 35242
6276 sq. ft.
6 bedrooms 5 full/1 half baths
$745000
For more info, contact Julie Kim at 205-222-9000 or email juliekim@realtysouth.com


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Top tips when shopping for safe, age-appropriate toys in Birmingham this holiday season

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My son recently got this Melissa and Doug toy. At age 1+, it’s perfect for him! Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

December is here, which means it’s time to start checking off that holiday shopping list. But what toys are best when shopping for kids? We spoke with a safety expert at Children’s of Alabama and got her top tips on how to shop for safe toys in Birmingham. 

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Support Birmingham at Magic City Dentistry’s food drive in December for a chance to win big

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Donate non-perishable items at the Vulcan statue at Magic City Dentistry for a chance to win big! Photo via Nathan Watson for BhamNow

Throughout December, Magic City Dentistry is hosting a food drive to support Alabamians through Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Read on to see how you can win big while supporting your community.

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Something fast is coming to Birmingham soon, and no, it’s not Superman. 7 reasons Gigabit internet matters.

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C Spire CEO Hu Meena and Alabama Power’s VP Birmingham Division Tony Smoke. Photo by Sharron Swain for Bham Now

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive . . . no wait, we’re not talking about Superman, we’re talking about ultra-fast broadband internet coming soon to a fiber optic network near you. 

Mississippi-based C Spire is spearheading a mega investment into bringing tech-savvy Birmingham—and other parts of Alabama—into the tech future. Read on to find out what this could mean for the rest of us.

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