The holiday season has FINALLY arrived! If you’re in the holiday spirit and looking for something fun to do this Christmas season, you’re in luck. There are many towns in Alabama where you can enjoy different types of Christmas festivities, including parades, tree lighting ceremonies, or Santa visits for that special one-on-one talk.
Even though many towns in Alabama host fun Christmas festivities, here are 10 towns/festivities that are definitely worth checking out:
Huntsville Botanical Garden's Galaxy of Lights is a holiday extravaganza featuring larger-than-life light displays. From now until January 2, 2016, visitors will get to take a drive through the Galaxy of Lights for an unforgettable experience. (5:30pm-9:00pm)
The annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Alabama State Capitol will take place on Friday, December 4 at 5:30pm. The Open House will follow from 6pm-7pm.
Christmas at the Falls, in Gadsden, will treat park visitors to a wonderland of magical lights. It's a GREAT holiday event for the entire family!
At Santa Land, in Rogersville, not only will guests enjoy numerous light displays, but they'll also get to visit Santa's reindeer. Santa Land is open on the weekends from 5:30pm-10:00pm, and nightly the week of Christmas.
Fairhope's Magical Christmas Parade will take place on Friday, December 4 at 7:00pm - at the intersection of Morphy and Section Street. This family-friendly parade will definitely put you in the holiday spirit!
On Friday, December 4 from 5pm-9pm, guests of the ZooLight Safari will get to watch the Birmingham Zoo come alive for 19 nights of holiday fun - while being treated to more than one million lights, festive holiday music and a ride on the Candy Cane Train. Note: Animals will NOT be on exhibit during the ZooLight Safari.
This year at Arab Historic Village, in Arab City Park, Santa and his elves will be making a special appearance. In addition to chatting with Santa, guests will enjoy several holiday activities, some of which include decorating cookies and learning how to grind corn for reindeer food. "Santa in the Park" is open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm-9pm) through December 12.
8. Gulf Shores
The 30th Annual Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, in Gulf Shores, will take place on December 12 at 5:30pm. It'll begin at Lulu's Homeport Marina and end at Cobalt Restaurant in Orange Beach. The lights' reflection on the water is so magical!
This year, Bellingrath Gardens & Home, in Theodore, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of Magic Christmas In Lights. This amazing display features more than 1,000 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the estate.This holiday festivity shouldn't be missed! (Ongoing until January 2, 2016)
Christmas in cANDYland, in Andalusia, offers its guests a winter wonderland experience. This holiday attraction takes place every Friday and Saturday, December 1-31. It features a 60 ft tall Christmas tree in the center of Court Square, 8 snow machines and child-size playhouses for kids to enjoy. This will be a magical experience your kids won't soon forget!
Without a doubt, holidays in Alabama are the absolute BEST! How does your hometown celebrate the Christmas season?