Thanksgiving is a beautiful time in the Magic City filled with community coming together and having fun while also acknowledging the good in our lives. (Yes, something good has happened this year. We promise.) Check out our list of events going on during the holiday season so you don’t miss out on all the fun.


Thanksgiving place setting.For those who travel, are crunched for time or simply can’t cook, plenty of area restaurants are open on Thanksgiving so you don’t have to miss out on the turkey and fixings. Seasons 52 at The Summit offers a traditional Thanksgiving feast with wine and cocktail pairings. Be sure to reserve your spot soon; tables fill up quickly. The Bright Star in Bessemer also opens its doors on Turkey Day and serves some of their famous entrees and desserts. In Highland Park, Galley & Garden features a prix fixe menu for a gourmet Thanksgiving celebration.


Black Friday is a shopper’s dream, giving the best bargain hunters a Birmingham-Apartment-black-friday.jpgtrue challenge in advance of the holiday season. Most stores offer special rebates the day after Thanksgiving (November 25), while others start the savings even earlier, opening on Thanksgiving Day itself. Here are a few stores to check out during your journey for deals:

  • Belk introduces Christmas Cash, which is $10 cash back for every $100 spent, along with a chance to win a $1000 gift card.
  • Target has always had one of the most anticipated Black Friday sales. It’s circular promises 40+ pages of discounted items as well as plenty of limited-availability door busters.
  • Lastly, Walmart is the considered the holy grail for Black Friday sales being that it is truly a one-stop shop, and the prices are always unbeatable. But on November 25, those prices will reach an all-time low. Electronics, kitchen essentials, home decor and toys are just a few things you can be sure to find.


Sam Lapidus Charity run.Along with with all of the shopping and food your belly can handle, there are events going on in Birmingham to stay in the Thanksgiving spirit before the holiday festivities begin:

  • The Sam Lapidus Run is a 10k run on Montclair road in honor of Sam Lapidus who battled cancer for five years and passed away days before his 15th birthday. His affinity for the JCC and their fitness center is what sparked the idea for this run. All donations benefit the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s of Alabama and the LJCC fitness program. It’s a way to give back while giving thanks.

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