Christmas Lights in Alabama 2018

Here is your 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:



Christmas in Candyland
Court Square
(near Church and East 3 Notch Streets)
Andalusia, Alabama
Every weekend in December
This is a VERY cool event!  Candyland Christmas Village on the square, ice skating, snow, lights
around the square and more!
Hours:        See link below.
Cost:        Square admission is free.
More information:


Christmas in the Park
November 24 – December 31, 2018
(Santa in the Park, Friday & Saturday through December 17, $5 per person).
Cost:        Free
More information:

Bellingrath Gardens

Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 24, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s 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 $15, Children $7.50
Lights & Museum Tour – Adults $24, Children $13.
More Information:


Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, Alabama
December 5-7, 12-14, 18-23 & 26-31..
Synchronized light shows, hayrides, train rides, ice skating rink and much more.
Hours:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:   Zoo members admitted free, non-members $8 (All you can ride wrist band is $10)
More Information:

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Birmingham Race Course
1000 John Rogers Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
Drive-through holiday light show with synchronized music.
November 17, 2018 – January 7, 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:

Holidays @McWane featuring the Magic of Model Trains
McWane Science Center
200 19th St. North
Birmingham, Alabama
Ice slide, train rides, model train exhibit and more. This is an indoor event, but lots of fun.
November 18, 2018 – January 8, 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:        Adventure Hall Only         $13/Adults, $9/Kids
IMAX Only                         $9/Adults, $8/Kids
Combo Ticket                    $18/Adults, $13/Kids
More information:

Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour
Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st St. South
Birmingham, Alabama
Two-hour bus tour of amazing Christmas displays.
December 12, 13 and 14
Hours:     5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:       See the link below.
More Information:


Christmas Fantasyland
640 County Road 128
Calera, Alabama
A spectacular residential lighting display that has been a tradition in Calera for years.
More Information:

Landry Home Residential Lights
441 Waterford Cove Trai
Calera, Alabama 35040
More than 60,000 lights make this amazing residential display a must see! The lights continue a
tradition started by Pelham residents David and Barbara Phillips.
Hours 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost  Free
Drive by and enjoy!

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        November 17 & 24; December 1, 8 & 15.
Saturdays    November 18 & 25; December 2, 9 & 16.
Sundays      November 19 & 26; December 3 & 19.
Last rides for this year are on December 16.
Hours:               5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m (No 6:30 p.m. ride on December 10)
Cost:                $27 Coach Class; $37 for Live Entertainer; $47 for First Class.
More information:


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 & Saturday        December 15-16; December 22-23
Hours:     10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost:        Adults $20; Kids (Ages 4-11) $15. (Ages 3 and under admitted free).
More information:


Winter Wonderland
Sportsman Lake Park
1544 Sportsman Lake Road
Cullman, Alabama
December 1 – December 31 (Closed Dec. 4-5; 11-12; 24-25).
Drive-through Christmas light spectacular, lighted displays and more!
Hours:     5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday
5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost:     $10 per vehicle (Christmas Express Train is $3 extra)
More information:


Christmas on the River
Downtown Riverfront Area
Demopolis, Alabama
December 2  – Christmas
Lighted displays along the riverfront.
Hours:                     Nightly
Special Event:        Christmas Parade        Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Cost:                      Free


(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.
November 24 – December 31.
Hours:   Nightly 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost:     Free
More information:

Dothan Botanical Gardens
5130 Headland Ave
Dothan, AL 36303
November 24-Christmas (Every Friday)
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:



Fairhope’s Magical Christmas
Fairhope, Alabama
Downtown Fairhope is lit up for Christmas!
November 16 – December 31.
Hours:   Nightly
Cost:     Free
More information:


Let It Snow! A Winter Wonderland Exhibit
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama
November 11 – December 31st (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.
Cost: $8
More Information:

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.
Special Events:        Paws on the Falls on Nov. 21, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Santa arrives on Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Cost:     $6 per person (under 4 admitted free)
More information:  Noccalula Falls & Campground


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:

North Alabama Railroad Museum
694 Chase Road
Huntsville, Alabama
Train rides, lights, visits with Santa and more.
December 1, 2, 8 & 9.
Hours:       December 1        5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
December 2        12 noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
December 8        5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
December 9        12 noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
Cost:        See website below.
More information:


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:


Bellingrath Gardens (Please see Theodore)

Christmas Nights of Lights
Hank Aaron Stadium
755 Bolling Bros. Blvd.
Mobile, Alabama 36606
November 10, 2018 – 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:


Christmas Lights Festival
Montgomery Zoo
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama
December 1-3, 7-10 and 14-31.
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:  $5 admission for ages 3 and above (skylift ride is $5 extra). Pictures with Santa are free.
More Information:

Holidays on the Harriott II
Harriott II Riverboat
Leaves from dock near Riverwalk Amphitheater
255 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama
December 1, 2, 7, 9, 15 & 16.
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:


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:

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!
November 28 – December 31
Hours:        See link below for more information.
Cost:          See link below for more information.
Special Event        Christmas Tree Lighting November 28 at 5:30 p.m.
More information:


Arctic Express & Lights!
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley Street
Silverhill, Alabama 36576
November 24 – December 24 (Fri., Sat, & Sun.)
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:


Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 24, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (Closed Christmas Day & New Year’s 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 $15, Children $7.50
Lights & Museum Tour – Adults $24, Children $13.
More Information:


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


Christmas on the Coosa
Gold Star Park
South Main Street
Wetumpka, Alabama
Christmas tree, Christmas lights and more.
December 5-31st (CHristmas on the Coosa event takes place Dec. 9th, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Hours:     See link below.
Cost:       See link below.
More information:


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:



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  1. Kristie Landry

    Another over the top Christmas Light display in Alabama. 441 Waterford Cove Trail, Calera, AL 35040

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