The Chamber Daily

Quaint Holiday Happenings in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, MI, November 5, 2018 – Downtown Birmingham is a place where people come from near and far to enjoy a picturesque and quaint atmosphere during a truly magical time of year. In addition to special holiday events ranging from an outdoor European-style market to horse-drawn carriage rides, the City offers a perfect location for shoppers and diners to enjoy a quiet walk through the illuminated tree-lined streets of Birmingham.

Crews are hard at work installing white lights on nearly 400 trees in downtown Birmingham. This holiday season visitors will enjoy nearly 800 thousand lights throughout town. In addition, the City’s 35-foot blue spruce holiday tree boasts an additional 22,000 LED lights. The tree complements the glowing downtown area and creates the perfect scene for a holiday stroll and a festive backdrop for photos.

The following treasured community events and activities make Birmingham the place to be this holiday season:

Birmingham Santa Walk – Nov. 24, 9:30 a.m.
Brand new this year, Small Business Saturday will kick off with an inaugural Birmingham Santa Walk. Children of all ages are invited to welcome Santa to town during a celebration complete with ringing sleigh bells, stops at various stores with giveaways, and concluding at Santa’s quaint home in Shain Park.

Small Business Saturday – Nov. 24
Those who shop local and support Birmingham during Small Business Saturday can earn Birmingham Bonus Bucks and find unique gifts for everyone on their list. More info:

Birmingham Winter Markt & Tree Lighting Ceremony – November 30 thru December 2
Enjoy European food and drinks, gift items, holiday greens, ice sculptures, live reindeer, warming stations, Santa House, horse-drawn carriage rides and live entertainment in Shain Park. The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on November 30 at 6 p.m. More info:

Santa House & Carriage Rides – Weekends
On weekends throughout the holiday season, children are invited to visit the Santa House under the pavilion in Shain Park. Brand new this year, an illuminated archway will lead the way to Santa’s home. Visitors will also enjoy complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides throughout downtown Birmingham. View the complete schedule for the Santa House and carriage rides at

Topping off the excitement in Birmingham this holiday season, visitors will enjoy free two-hour valet parking (available 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.) at two locations: North Old Woodward at Hamilton, and South Old Woodward (in front of Vinotecca), plus two free hours in the parking decks.

Learn more about downtown Birmingham at

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