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Christmas Lights 2020-2021

Award-winning displays light up waterfronts, parks and botanical gardens


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Alabama celebrates Christmas with fantastic light displays all over the state. From Gulf Coast to the Appalachian Mountains near the Tennessee River, millions of lights illuminate neighborhoods, gardens, parks, and downtowns. .

Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, Theodore (November 27–December 31, 2020)

Every holiday season, Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Theodore host Magic Christmas in Lights. This is a favorite Gulf Coast holiday tradition, attracting thousands of guests who stroll through a magical light display with more than 1,100 set pieces and fifteen scenes. Over three million lights illuminate the sixty-five-acre garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is lavishly decorated and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias. Every night there is a choral performance on the South Terrace of the Home. Guests may also get hot chocolate and other beverages at Live Oak Plaza. Magic Christmas in Lights was included in Top 20 of Southeast Tourism Society Festivals & Events and ranked among “10 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Light Displays” by USA Today.

Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights 2020
Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights
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Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights 2020
Bellingrath Magic Christmas in Lights
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ZooLight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo (December, dates TBA)

ZooLight Safari is a magical holiday experience at the Birmingham Zoo. Over a million of shimmering and twinkling lights illuminate the Zoo on select nights in December. The celebration includes various special events and activities. Visitors can listen to holiday music and see festive snowfalls, try Santa Rollers or the Shipt Candy Cane Ride, go for a crazy spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, or ride down the over one hundred-foot (30-meter) Yuletide Slide. The zoo features a beautifully decorated Christmas tree at Trails of Africa where you can boogie to special entertainment. Grown-ups can enjoy a glass of beer or wine while kids warm up with hot cocoa.

Christmas at the Falls at Noccalula Falls Park, Gadsden (November 26, 2020–January 3, 2021)

Noccalula Falls Park and the City of Gadsden hold a big holiday celebration every year. Christmas at the Falls features millions of lights throughout the park illuminating walking trails or a magnificent view from the vantage of the park’s train. In addition to seeing impressive light displays, families can try cookie decorating, visit the petting zoo, and warm up with hot chocolate. Drop by to visit Santa Claus, take a picture, and send a letter to the North Pole in a special mailbox at the Old Post Office.

Christmas at Noccalula Falls, Gadsden 2020
Christmas at Noccalula Falls, Gadsden
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Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville (November–January, dates TBA)

Galaxy of Lights Nights is a truly magical experience at Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama. Bundle up and enjoy the Walking Nights, exploring dozens of larger-than-life displays on foot. Pay a visit to Santa and walk through snow falling inside the magical icicle forest. Cheer up with a cup of hot chocolate to complete your Galaxy of Light experience. Other options include Dog Walking Nights when pets are invited to the Botanical Garden and Driving Nights when visitors can explore the displays in the comfort of their own cars. Don't forget to stop by a delightful Christmas village to enjoy traditional holiday scenes and characters.
Walking Nights: November 15–18, 21–26, 2019 | Dog Walking Nights: November 18 & 25, 2019 | Driving Nights: November 29, 2019–January 4, 2020.

Tinsel Trail at Big Spring Park, Huntsville (November 27, 2020–January 3, 2021)

Tinsel Trail is a spectacular free display of live Christmas trees that can be seen in Downtown Huntsville's Big Spring Park. Since 2010 volunteers, families, businesses and various organization decorate trees for the holidays. Every winter, about 300 trees are sparkling with lights and colors for the whole community to enjoy. The Tinsel Trail can be accessed from Williams Avenue and Church Street where parking with meters is available.