Happy New Year, Birmingham!

It’s almost New Year’s Eve (Check out those events HERE), but there are some great events leading up to the big night! Before the ball drops (or should we say “The Alabama Sign is lit?!) check out the events below. These are especially great for visiting friends and family!
Have a Happy New Year, Everyone!

Brrrmingham Ice SkatingBrrrmingham Ice Skating
Thru Jan 2, 11am-9pm
Cost: $12 adult/$10 kids
At: Railroad Park (map)

You haven’t missed your chance to ice skate in beautiful Railroad Park!
Head on over to the rink and have some fun with your friends and family. Don’t forget to bundle up! Tonight Will and Reed Lochamy, of BMR fame, will be broadcasting Oh Brother Radio LIVE from the rink!!!
Click here for more info.

Champagne Glasses NYE**Bubbles: Pre-NYE Tasting Thurs, Dec. 28, 5pm Cost: FREE At: Hop City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Hop+City+Beer+%26+Wine+Birmingham/@33.5167405,-86.7916502,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb102b46575:0x39ecc7af01618117!8m2!3d33.5167405!4d-86.7894615))** Join Hop City for a sampling of beers and wines that are perfect for ringing in the New Year! Tastings at Hop City are FREE so this is a great chance to try something new. They always have experts on hand to guide you through the tasting, so you’ll probably learn a thing or two! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/193619654547780/)**
The Molly Ringwalds Band**The Molly Ringwalds Band! Thurs, Dec. 28, Doors 7pm/Show 8pm Cost: $18 At: Iron City Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Iron+City+Bham/@33.508914,-86.8000487,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bc0a1443b55:0xc397c3c0dadc684e!8m2!3d33.508914!4d-86.79786))** First thing, check out our interview with the band **[HERE.](http://happeninsintheham.com/the-molly-ringwalds-band-an-80s-music-experience-like-no-other/)** Do you love the 80’s?! Did you immediately download the *Stranger Things* soundtrack?! Well, bust out your aviators and tight-rolled jeans and prepare to experience you favorite 80’s hits performed note for note! The band plays dressed as famous 80’s icons and they put on an unforgettable show!!! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/337528516711051/)**
Birmingham Winter Ghost Walk**Birmingham Ghost Walk Fri, Dec. 29, 7pm Cost: $10 At: Downtown Bham ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/603+Richard+Arrington+Jr+Blvd+N,+Birmingham,+AL+35203/@33.5201285,-86.807639,17z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x88891b90a5c0a0b5:0x6ccef66255357ea!2s603+Richard+Arrington+Jr+Blvd+N,+Birmingham,+AL+35203!3b1!8m2!3d33.5203502!4d-86.8071003!3m4!1s0x88891b90a5c0a0b5:0x6ccef66255357ea!8m2!3d33.5203502!4d-86.8071003))** This tour is shorter due to the cold weather, but includes some of the highlights from both of the upcoming 2018 Birmingham Ghost Walks. This tour is only one hour long, but still packed with all of the colorful, interesting, and downright strange events that has become the hallmark of The Birmingham Touring Company, and especially The Birmingham Ghost Walk. Put on a sweater and scarf, huddle around the lantern, and check for ghosts! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/133493390651590/)**

December Birmingham Loft ShowThe Loft Show
Fri, Dec. 29, 7pm
Cost: $7
At: The Phoenix Building Lofts (map)

This December show will feature both art and music! The featured artists are Moses Pressnell and Olivia Calitagirone, while music will be performed by Jordy Searcy, Ben Griner, and Brother Cephus!
This is a great way to spend a relaxing evening before the NYE craziness begins!
Click here for more info.

Roz's House Party**ROZ’s House Party Fri, Dec. 29, 8pm Cost: FREE At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.524291,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** Blake Wimberly, Andrea Paschal and Kyle Farmer press play on the hippest, undergroundest (it’s a word...now) dance tracks you've never heard. So come and sweat in a haze of fog, lasers, house and techno. Don't ask for Drake or Kanye, cause this dog digs house music! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/759959857520434/)**
Fresh Ground Comics End of Year Show**Fresh Ground Comics: Year End Show! Fri, Dec. 29, 8pm Cost: $5 At: Urban Standard ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Urban+Standard/@33.517963,-86.8036247,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bbd77906029:0x9876dd29e5a94931!8m2!3d33.517963!4d-86.801436))** Thanks for nothing, 2017! Come listen to these great comics bid a fond farewell to another year with the best in local stand-up comedy! 2017 gave us plenty to laugh about (sometimes to keep from crying or screaming), so this is your chance to enjoy a comical take on the ups and downs of the year. Come early for dinner, coffee, wine, beer and the finest cupcakes in town. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/184500138806697/)**
The Story of Ferdinand Book**Story of Ferdinand Storytime (Kid Friendly!) Sat, Dec. 30, 11am Cost: FREE At: Barnes & Noble Hoover ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Barnes+%26+Noble/@33.4448379,-86.8544439,11.77z/data=!4m8!1m2!2m1!1sbarnes+and+noble+!3m4!1s0x88891a131017a6c5:0xc2a6e164388dd236!8m2!3d33.3756957!4d-86.8148292))** Before the hit film there was the classic children’s book! All the other bulls love to run and jump and butt their heads together, but not Ferdinand. He would rather sit and smell the flowers. Then one day he is picked for the bullfights in Madrid. Join in to find out how Ferdinand fares in this well loved classic, in theaters now. Activities to follow the story! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/1717775298294344/)**
Nature Mandala**Walking Meditation & Mandala Creation Sat, Dec. 30, 2pm Cost: $20 At: Red Mountain Park ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Red+Mountain+Park/@33.445263,-86.8647287,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891e5566da6119:0x6ee8b9369fcf09ba!8m2!3d33.445263!4d-86.86254))** What would you like to leave behind or release? What would you like to "bring in" in 2018? Personal mandalas offer us the opportunity to nourish the deepest parts of ourselves by meditating on what we want to leave behind and what we want to bring into our lives. By identifying and naming our fears and roadblocks, we create and "prepare the soil" of our innermost being, ensuring that we can cultivate new seeds so that expansive growth can occur. For this event, you will learn how to use - and attach meaning to -Nature's gifts to create powerful pieces of art. Attendees will be led on a short walking meditation and suggestions will be provided on how to collect items for a personal mandala unique to each student. **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/403410550092841/)**
ETC:To Mock a Killing Bird**ETC Presents: To Mock a Killing Bird Sat, Dec. 30, 8pm Cost: $9 At: Theatre Downtown ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Theatre+Downtown/@33.5113337,-86.7976743,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891bb8e89b25e3:0x798516626a438f1a!8m2!3d33.5113337!4d-86.7954856))** There's a big time holiday party - but there's only one problem: somebody's committed a murder! This hilarious whodunnit will introduce you to some of the most outrageous suspects and crime solvers you could ever imagine, and with a different group of suspects and new surprises at each performance, no two shows are ever alike. Who did it? You tell us - and see if you can solve our annual Yuletide homicide! **[Click here for more info.](http://www.extemporaneoustheatre.com/boxoffice.asp)**
NYE Eve with Lonely Biscuits at Saturn**NYE Eve with Lonely Biscuits Sat, Dec. 30, 9pm Cost: $10 At: Saturn ([map](https://www.google.com/maps/place/Saturn/@33.524291,-86.7766529,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x88891a5126b78b31:0x21a69ce74a0eede5!8m2!3d33.524291!4d-86.7744642))** Spend New Years Eve Eve with The Lonely Biscuits, Okey Dokey, and Lady Legs at Saturn! This is a great chance to hear some incredible music at one of Birmingham’s coolest venues! Get there early for drinks and coffee before heading into the show! **[Click here for more info.](https://www.facebook.com/events/332904250510394/)**
##**NEW YEAR'S EVE!!!** **[Click here for your Bham NYE Events!!!](http://happeninsintheham.com/ring-in-2018-right-with-these-great-birmingham-new-years-eve-events/)**