Experience Holiday Magic in Alabama

November 2020

Holiday nights are best spent under dazzling light displays, so round up your family or bring that special someone, pack the car, and get ready to enter a holiday wonderland that you can experience all season long.

Galaxy of Lights


It just would not be the holiday season without Huntsville Botanical Garden’s Galaxy of Lights. Experience 2.5 miles of magnificent light displays weaving together holiday themes, classic characters and scenes from the natural world. These larger-than-life displays include special exhibits such as a holiday village, dinosaurs, wild animals, a magical twinkling icicle forest, garden scenes, animated snowmen and the 12 days of Christmas. And the best part is the garden’s drive-through nights allow you to experience the holiday magic from the comforting warmth of your car. 

Sportsman's Wonderland


Drive through a Christmas light extravaganza in Sportsman Lake Park in Cullman. As you drive through the park, you are surrounded by lights that continue as far as the eye can see. After driving through the marvelous light display, go for a ride on the Christmas Train, take a (socially-distant) image with Santa, play in the snow, enjoy a horse and carriage ride, and finish the night off with a nice warm cup of hot chocolate.

Glow Wild


Birmingham Zoo’s Zoolight Safari is getting an upgrade this year with Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration. Watch the zoo come alive during this unique light display that features hundreds of animal shapes of all sizes with some displays soaring over 30-feet high. During this event, guests will be captivated by visually-stunning lantern creations of wildlife from all around the world including pandas, elephants, polar bears and more. 

Festival of Lights


This time of year, Choccolocco Park turns into a Winter Wonderland with its Festival of Lights. This drive-through light show can be enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle. After driving through the light show, guests can enjoy some holiday magic at Santa’s Village where guests can take Santa photos, go ice skating, indulge in a variety of delicious concession offerings, play on inflatables, slides and more. 

Magic Christmas in Lights


Magic Christmas in Lights is a must-see holiday tradition. This event is a walking tour throughout the magnificent Bellingrath Gardens and Home. Here, you can stroll through a winter wonderland of more than 3 million sparkling lights, 1,100 set pieces and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre garden estate. This event is truly a made-in-Alabama production, and each piece of the display is designed, welded, painted and lamped by members of Bellingrath’s staff.

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