CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN ALABAMA 2018

Here is our list of the best Christmas Lights Displays in Alabama for 2018!

We will continue to add locations up through Christmas so be sure to get out and enjoy some of the festive spirit in your area! If you know of a community, commercial or residential lighting display that we should include, be sure to let us know!

Displays with an asterisk (*) have been confirmed for 2018:

ALABAMA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2018

Andalusia

Christmas in Candyland *
Court Square
(near Church and East 3 Notch Streets)
Andalusia, Alabama
December 1-31
This is a VERY cool event!  Candyland Christmas Village on the square, ice skating, snow, lights around the square, Santa, and more! Opening Day Dec 1, 1pm-9pm.
Hours:      Wed, Fri, Sat, and Sun- See link below.
Cost:        Square admission is free.
More information:     ChristmasinCandyLand.com

Arab

Christmas in the Park*
November 24 – December 31, 2018
Parade Dec 6 at 6pm
Cost:        Free
More information:        arab-chamber.org

Bellingrath Gardens

Magic Christmas in Lights  *
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (Closed Christmas Day)
Beautiful lights adorn Bellingrath Gardens every holiday season. Visitors can stroll through lighting displays in the 65 acre gardens, visit the decorated Bellingrath Home, enjoy special performances, check out the gift shop, and even have their photos taken with Santa.
Hours:        5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:          Lights Only – Adults $16, Children $8.00
Lights & Museum Tour – Adults $25, Children $14.
More Information:        bellingrath.org/experiences/events/magic-christmas-in-lights-2018/

Birmingham

Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari *
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, Alabama
December 7-9, 14-23, & 26-31.
Synchronized light shows, hayrides, train rides, ice skating rink, Santa, and much more.
Hours:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:   Zoo members admitted free, non-members $10 (All you can ride wrist band is $10)
More Information: www.birminghamzoo.com/

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
Birmingham Race Course
1000 John Rogers Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
Drive-through holiday light show with synchronized music.
November 16, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Hours:  Dusk – 10 p.m. nightly
Cost:     Cars or Family Vans $25; Activity Van or Mini Bus $40, Limo $40, Tour/School Bus $80.
More information:  shadrackchristmas.com/birmingham-al/

Holidays @McWane featuring the Magic of Model Trains *
McWane Science Center
200 19th St. North
Birmingham, Alabama
Train rides, model train exhibit and more. This is an indoor event, but lots of fun.
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year’s Day)
Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays 12 noon to 6 p.m.
Cost: See link below.
More information: www.mcwane.org

Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour *
Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st St. South
Birmingham, Alabama
Two-hour bus tour of amazing Christmas displays.
December 11, 12 and 13
Hours:     6:00 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost:       $23-33 non-members   $18-27 member price
More Information:        www.wackytacky.org

Calera

North Pole Express and Santa Special *
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
1919 Ninth Street
Calera, Alabama
Train rides, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling & more!
Fridays, Nov. 30 Dec. 7, 14 – Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Saturdays Dec. 1, 8, 15 – Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Sundays Dec. 2 – Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 6:30 pm, 8:00 pm
Sunday December 9 – Departure Times: 5:00 pm, 8:00 pm
Hours:           5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m. (No 6:30 p.m. ride on December 10)
Cost:            Infants 0-24 months ride free, $28 Coach Class; $37 for Live Entertainer; $47 for First Class.
More information:        www.hodrrm.org

Christmas Fantasyland
640 County Road 128
Calera, Alabama
December 1 – Christmas
A spectacular residential lighting display that has been a tradition in Calera for years.
More Information: www.facebook.com/Christmas-Fantasyland-298703693484595/

Childersburg

Christmas at the Cave *
DeSoto Caverns
5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway
Childersburg, Alabama
Christmas story told in a spectacular of lasers, lights, sound and water.
Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15
Friday, December 21
Saturday, December 22
Hours:     5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost:        Adults $25; Kids (Ages 4-11) $20. (Ages 3 and under admitted free).
More information:        www.desotocavernspark.com/christmas-at-the-cave

Cullman

Winter Wonderland
Sportsman Lake Park
1544 Sportsman Lake Road
Cullman, Alabama
November 28 – December 31 (Closed Dec. 3-4; 10-11; 24-25).
Drive-through Christmas light spectacular, lighted displays and more!
Hours:     5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday & Thursday/
5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Cost:     $10 per vehicle (Christmas Express Train is $3 extra)
More information:  www.facebook.com/SportsmanLakePark/

Demopolis

Christmas on the River*
Downtown Riverfront Area
Demopolis, Alabama
November 28 – December
Lighted displays along the riverfront.
Hours:               Nightly
Special Event:        Christmas Parade        Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m.
Cost:         Free
For more information: www.demopolischamber.com/christmas-on-the-river

Dothan

(Also see Wicksburg!)

Christmas on Oakwood*
102 & 105 Oakwood Drive
Dothan, Alabama
Magnificent residential display put on by neighbors in the Westbrook Subdivision (behind Publix on US 84 West).  Lights are choreographed to music that you can hear on your car radio at 98.1 FM.
December
Hours:   Nightly 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost:     Free
More information:  www.facebook.com/ChristmasOnOakwood

Gardens-A-Glow *
Dothan Botanical Gardens
5130 Headland Ave
Dothan, AL 36303
Fridays from November 24 to Christmas (5 p.m. to 8 p.m.)
In addition to the lights there will be live music, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and Santa.
Cost: $5 per person (children under four admitted for free)
More Information: www.dabg.com

Fairhope

Fairhope’s Magical Christmas*
Downtown
Fairhope, Alabama
Downtown Fairhope is lit up for Christmas!
Nightly through December 31.
Hours:   Nightly
Cost:     Free

Gadsden

Let It Snow! A Winter Wonderland Exhibit *
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama
November 10, 2018– January 31, 2019c(Festival of Trees ends Dec. 31, Let it Snow! continues thru Jan.)
The Chan Gallery is transformed into a snowy, winter wonderland where children can toss snowballs, ride a snow slide, built a snowman and even make snow angels. In conjunction with the Festival of the Trees.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Cost: $8
More Information: http://www.culturalarts.org

Christmas at the Falls*
Noccalula Falls Park
1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, Alabama
Holiday lights, train rides, animals and more.
November 23 – December 23 & Dec. 26 – Dec. 30.
Hours:     5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission charged (under 4 admitted free)
More information:  Noccalula Falls & Campground

Huntsville

Galaxy of  Lights*
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama
Called North Alabama’s favorite holiday attraction, Galaxy of Lights is one of the top lighting events in the South, with designated nights for walking tours, dog tours and driving tours.
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:  $25 per car (or $20 per car up to 10 people with $3 for each additional person).
More Information:       http://hsvbg.org/galaxy-of-lights

North Alabama Railroad Museum*
694 Chase Road
Huntsville, Alabama
Train rides, lights, visits with Santa and more.
Nov. 30; Dec. 1, 7 & 8
Times & Cost:        See website below.
More information: www.northalabamarailroadmuseum.com

Madison

Christmas Card Lane*
Church & Front Streets
Madison, Alabama
Lighted jumbo Christmas cards with holiday themes! Sponsored by the Madison Arts Council.
December 1 – December 31
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:        Free
More information:        artsmadison.org/christmas-card-lane/

Mobile

Bellingrath Gardens (Please see Theodore)*

Christmas Nights of Lights*
Hank Aaron Stadium
755 Bolling Bros. Blvd.
Mobile, Alabama 36606
Now through January 1,  2019
Over 1,000,000 LED lights synchronized to Christmas music that plays through your car radio as you drive through!
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        $6 per person (Kids 3 and under admitted free)
More information:  www.christmasnightsoflights.com/mobile

Montgomery

Christmas Lights Festival*
Montgomery Zoo
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama
Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Dec. 6-9 and 13-25.
An annual tradition in the Montgomery area, the zoo lights up with hundreds of thousands of lights and visitors can walk the pathways, ride the train or even take the Zoofari Skylight to see the lights from above!
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost:  $17 admission for ages 3 and above (Extra charges for rides and events).
More Information:        http://www.montgomeryzoo.com/announcements/christmas-lights-festival-week-1

Holidays on the Harriott II*
Harriott II Riverboat
Leaves from dock near Riverwalk Amphitheater
255 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama
December 7-8, 14-15, 21-22.
Two-hour cruise aboard a paddlewheel riverboat with Santa Claus!
Hours:     6:30 p.m. (Cruise lasts from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Cost:       Adult Dinner – $48; Child Dinner (3-12 Years) – $38.
More information:  www.funinmontgomery.com/events/events

Oneonta

Palisades Park Lights*
1225 Palisades Parkway
Oneonta, Alabama 35121
December 1 – 31 (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Drive through thousands of Christmas lights in unique displays by a variety of individuals and organizations that come together to lighten up your Christmas season!
Hours:        5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        Free but donations are accepted
More Information: www.blountcountypark.com/activities/christmas/

Orange Beach

Winter at the Wharf*
The Wharf
4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, Alabama
Outdoor ice rink, Holiday Spectra light show, petting zoo, camel rides and more!
Now – December 31
Hours:        See link below for more information.
Cost:          See link below for more information.
More information:        alwharf.com

Silverhill

Arctic Express & Lights!*
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley Street
Silverhill, Alabama 36576
Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, Dec. 7-9, 12-24
Ride a real steam train through the park, over 1,000,000 lights, artificial snow and more!
Hours:        4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        $15 per person plus tax (kids 2 and under admitted free)
More information:        www.waleswest.com

Theodore

Magic Christmas in Lights  *
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (Closed Christmas Day)
Beautiful lights adorn Bellingrath Gardens every holiday season. Visitors can stroll through lighting displays in the 65 acre gardens, visit the decorated Bellingrath Home, enjoy special performances, check out the gift shop, and even have their photos taken with Santa.
Hours:        5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:          Lights Only – Adults $16, Children $8.00
Lights & Museum Tour – Adults $25, Children $14.
More Information:        bellingrath.org/experiences/events/magic-christmas-in-lights-2018/

Thomasville

Christmas Lights*
Downtown area
Thomasville, Alabama
Downtown area is illuminated for Christmas.
Hours:     Nightly
Cost:        Free

Wetumpka

Christmas on the Coosa”
Gold Star Park
South Main Street
Wetumpka, Alabama
Christmas tree, Christmas lights and more.
December 4-31st (Christmas on the Coosa event takes place Dec. 8th, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Hours:     See link below.
Cost:       See link below.
More information:  www.wetumpkalibrary.com/Default.asp?ID=436

Wicksburg

Holiday Spectacular
1768 Hubbard Road
Newton, Alabama (Wicksburg Community)
December 1st – December 31st
Over 14,000,000 lights illuminate a spectacular walk-through family park with multiple scenes, Santa Claus, petting zoo and a life-size Nativity scene.
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Lights out at 10 p.m.)
Cost:          $15
More Information:        www.holidayspectacularpark.com