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5 Things To Know About the Magic of Birmingham, Kids Holiday Parade

Heading downtown for the Magic of Birmingham or the Kid's Holiday Parade today? Here's what you need to know.

1. Deals and more all day: The Magic of Birmingham annual shopping event, sponsored by the, goes from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and next Saturday, Dec. 17. are participating, featuring special deals and more.

2. More than 2,000 gifts to be given away: While you're downtown, be on the lookout for Santa's special helpers, who will be handing out red ornaments. Inside are directions to head to specific downtown shops, restaurants and salons, where you can then pick up one of 2,000 special gifts.

3. Win plane tickets or a diamond necklace: If you're lucky, you might receive the special red ornament telling you to head to or next weekend. Two lucky shopppers will receive a diamond necklace from the jeweler, while the other will receive two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S.

4. Kids crafting session begins at noon: Beginning at noon, the will host a free crafting session for kids. There will be free snacks and drinks, and kids can also check out the museum's model train display while they're there. Around 1 p.m., kids and their parents are then invited to march to during the annual .

5. Santa House opens, carriage rides available: After the parade, stick around for a visit at the , hot cocoa vendors, live carolers outside various stores or take a throughout downtown.

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