Santa on parade

Santa Claus waves from the Westover Fire Department fire truck at the Westover Christmas parade in 2019.

One of the best family traditions in the Magic City is Santa Claus’ visit to local cities, with parades held in many communities. In the year of COVID quarantines and virtual everything, the holiday spirit can’t be squashed, with many local communities moving forward with their annual Christmas parades.

Check out the list below for all the details. And, we know you’re tired of hearing it, but PLEASE…make it safe for everyone by wearing a mask and keeping as much distance between you and others as possible!


Saturday, Dec. 12, 6 p.m.: Starts at City Hall and ends at Main Street Plaza.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m.: Starts at Ernest McCarty Ford on Hwy. 31, then right on 2nd Place NW at police station and ends at Southbrook Village on 1st Street SW. Theme is “Alabaster Celebrates Our 2020 Hometown Heroes.”

Bluff Park (Hoover)

Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Begins and ends at the park adjacent to Shades Cliff Pool.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.: Starts on Hwy. 31 at Calera Community Center and ends at National Guard Armory. Theme is “Santa’s Village.”

Center Point

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.: Heads north from Cathedral of the Cross to Firestone on Center Point Parkway.


Saturday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m.: Starts at Chelsea Middle School and ends at Winn Dixie.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 3 p.m.: Starts at Clay Chalkville High School parking lot, goes down Deerfoot Parkway, Old Springville Road, Trussville Clay Road, and back to high school.


Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m.: Starts at the Shelby County License Office, goes down West Sterrett Street to Main Street, continues to roundabout, and ends at Old Mill Square Park. Food trucks and carols in the park start at 5 p.m., and the tree lighting ceremony starts after the parade.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.: Starts on Mt. Olive Road near the library, turns right onto Fieldstown Road, left on Grubbs Road, and circles back to Main Street to Gardendale High School.


Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Runs from North Main Street to South Main Street, ending near Dollar General.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 1 p.m. (or earlier if participants are ready): Follows Helena Road (Hwy. 261) and ends in Old Town Helena.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.: Starts at the Homewood Public Library, go east on Oxmoor Road, turn left on 18th Street S., turn right on 29th Avenue, left on 19th Street, left on 28th Avenue, through intersection of 18th Street, continue to 29th Avenue, left onto Central Avenue until it ends at Central Park. It will be followed by the Christmas tree lighting on 18th Street S.


Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Starts at First United Methodist Church, goes down High School Rd., to Hueytown Road, left on Dabbs Avenue, left on Forrest Road, left on Allison-Bonnett Memorial Hwy., left on High School Road back to the church. Theme is “Christmas Wonderland.”


Saturday, Dec. 5, 4-7 p.m.: Enjoy food trucks, music, and see Santa during the street festival in Downtown, next to the Caboose.


Friday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.: Parade festivities along Parkway Drive through downtown Leeds.


Thursday, Dec. 3, 6 p.m.: Follows Main Street through downtown Montevallo.


Saturday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m.: Starts at ADESA on Moody Parkway and ends at Moody Municipal Park near the intersection of Moody Parkway and Park Avenue.


Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.: Stars and ends at the Burkett Center.


Saturday, Dec. 5, 5 p.m.: Starts at Bryan Elementary School and ends at Memorial Park across Hwy. 31. Tree lighting will follow.

Mountain Brook

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m.: Instead of a traditional parade, Santa will visit neighborhoods, trading in his sleigh for a fire truck.


Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m.: Christmas Concert in the Park will feature Act of Congress at the youth football field at Pelham City Park. Food will be available for purchase, and Pelham’s High School’s Culinary Academy will pass out cookies and cocoa.

Pell City

Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.: Starts at Pell City High School, then down Cogswell Avenue/Hwy. 78 and ends at Pell City Fire & Rescue Station 1. Theme is “Peace on Earth.”


Friday, Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Parade starts on Main Street off of Spring Street, turns right on Pinson Boulevard, and ends at Bicentennial Park and is followed by a tree lighting.

Pleasant Grove

Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m.: Starts near the intersection of Park Road and Pleasant Grove Road (behind the old Jack’s) and ends near First Baptist Church.


Saturday, Dec. 12, 3 p.m.: Starts on Parkway Drive, turns right onto Gadsden Hwy., right onto Chalkville Mountain Road and ends at the Mall. Theme is “Christmas Traditions.”

Vestavia Hills

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.: Starts at Liberty Park Sports Complex and ends at Alston Meadows.


Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m.: Starts at Shelby County 55, goes east on Old Hwy. 280, and ends at City Hall and Park.


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