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By Amanda E.H. Pritchard

If you’re looking to make your spirits merry and bright…Alabama’s got you covered! From fantastically festive light spectaculars to historic home tours to parking your sleigh for a drive-in Christmas movie, these events/activities will help you get that holiday feeling!

Arab

  • Christmas in the Park

Nov. 26 - Dec. 31

6pm – 9pm

Free

northalabama.org/event/christmas-in-the-park-arab/160/

Birmingham

  • Arlington Historic House and Gardens

Christmas at Arlington Tours

Every Monday – Saturday in December

10am – 2pm

arlingtonantebellumhomeandgardens.com

  • Birmingham Zoo

Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration

Nov. 17 – Jan. 17, 2022

Select nights 5pm – 9pm

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Prices vary. To secure tickets log onto: birminghamzoo.com/events/glowwild/

  • George Ward Park

Check to Protect Drive-In Holiday Movie Experience

Movie: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Dec. 19

4pm – 8m

Free

*Upon arrival the staff will check your license plate or VIN number to see if your car has vehicle safety recalls. If recalls exist, you’ll be provided with information on how to get these free repairs done before you take to the roads to visit family and friends this holiday season.

To register log onto: eventbrite.com, then click Browse Events.

  • Vulcan Park and Museum

Vulcan’s Magical Nights

Dec. 17 - 23

6pm – 8pm each night

Tickets: Seniors - $5, Adults - $6, Child - $4

Adult Members – Free

visitvulcan.com/event/magical-nights-vulcans-holiday-experience

  • Wacky Tacky Light Tour

Fundraiser for Fresh Air Family’s Gross Out Camp Scholarship Fund

December 14, 15, 16 & 21 6pm – 9:45pm

$45 +fees

wackytacky.org

Calera

  • Corbin Farms Winery

Christmas Murder Mystery Dinner

Dec. 19

5pm – 8pm

Tickets $60 per person

*21 & up event

Includes: Murder Mystery Theater, 3 Course Dinner, 1 Glass of Wine of your choice and gratuity.

*Tacky Christmas Sweater attire is suggested, but not required.

corbinfarmswinery.com

Childersburg

  • Desoto Caverns

Christmas at the Cave

Dec. 13, 14, 20 & 21

5pm – 9pm

Prices vary

desotocavernspark.com/Christmas-at-the-cave

Clanton

  • Christmas Wonderland

Walk through installation located at:

309 Studdard Drive

Select nights 5pm – 10pm

Facebook for all details.

Gadsden

  • Christmas at the Falls at Noccalula Falls Park

Nov. 25 – Jan. 1, 2022

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Tickets: Monday – Thursday $8 + tax

Friday – Sunday $10 + tax

Children 3 & under – Free and do not require a ticket

noccalulafallspark.com/events/christmas-at-the-falls/

Huntsville

  • Huntsville Botanical Gardens

Galaxy of Lights

Dec. 11 – Jan. 1, 2022

Prices vary. To secure your tickets log onto:

hsvbg.org/galaxy/

  • Big Spring Park

Tinsel Trail – Over 300 trees decorated for the season.

Nov. 26 – Jan. 2, 2022

Open 24/7 – Trees may not be lit during severe weather.

Free

tinseltrail.com

Montgomery

  • Governor’s Mansion Christmas Candlelight Tours

Mondays, Dec. 6, 13 & 20

5:30pm – 7:30pm

Free self-guided tour that requires a ticket to enter.

Tickets available at mansion gift shop or the Sweet Home Alabama gift shop located at 401 Adams Avenue.

Email: Mansion.Tours@governor.alabama.gov or

Call: 334-834-3022

governor.alabama.gov/governor/mansion/tours

  • Montgomery Zoo

Christmas Lights Festival

Dec. 3– 25

5:30pm-9pm

Tickets $10 general admission ages 3 & up.

Train rides $3

Santa photo $5 per picture

montgomeryzoo.com

  • Harriott II Riverboat

Holiday Dinner Cruise

Dec. 11, 17-18

Board at 6:30pm for 7pm cruise

Leaves from dock near the Riverwalk Amphitheater located at 255 Commerce Street.

Tickets $48 adults, $38 kids, $1 infants (ride only).

FuninMontgomery.com

Mobile

  • Bellingrath Gardens and Home – Theodore, AL

Magic Christmas in Lights

Nov. 26 – Jan. 5, 2022

Nightly 5pm – 9pm

Closed Christmas & New Year’s Day

Tickets: Adult - $16 + service fees

             Children 5 & up - $8

Children 4 & under - Free

www.bellingrath.org

  • Hank Aaron Stadium

Christmas Nights of Lights

Nov. 12 – Jan. 7, 2022

Drive – thru

Synchronized holiday extravaganza light show!

Open nightly rain or shine

Tickets: $8 per person (includes sales tax),

4 and under are Free

mobileseg.com/events/christmas-nights-of-lights

Opelika

  • Collinwood Luminaries

Dec. 17

5pm – 9pm

Neighborhood event with live nativity characters and animals showing the path to Christ.

Drive-thru

55th Anniversary of this family-friendly event!

Free

aotourism.com/Event/43055/Collinwood-Luminaries/

Orange Beach

  • Winter at the Wharf

Dec. 12 - 31

Prices and activities vary.

alwharf.com/events

Oxford

  • Festival of Lights Choccolocco Park – Drive Thru

Nov. 20 – Dec. 24

5pm – 10pm nightly

Prices vary depending on days and vehicle

oxfordfestivaloflights.com

Pell City

  • Lakeside Park

Lights in the Park – Drive through light spectacular

Over 70 displays

Dec. 1 – Dec. 31

Nightly Sunset – 9pm

Free

Visitstclair.com/events/lights-in-the-park-at-pell-city-lakeside-park/

Pinson

  • Bama Lights

Drive through experience located at:

8333 West Hill Road

Thanksgiving Night – Christmas Night

5pm – 9:30pm

Free, but accepting donations for Magic Moments

Prattville

  • Skating at Heritage Park

Dec. 2 – 30

Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Monday – Thursday 5pm-9pm

Friday 5pm – 10pm

Saturday 1pm – 10pm

Sunday 1pm – 9pm

$5 per person for 30-minute skating session

Fee includes skate rental

Must be 5-years-old & over

prattvilleal.gov/special-events/Christmas-ice-skating-rink.html

Tuscaloosa

  • Holidays on the Plaza

Open now – Jan. 17, 2022

10am – 10pm

Prices vary

holidaysontheplaza.com

Warrior

  • Wonderland Under Warrior at Rickwood Caverns State Park

Now – Jan. 2, 2022

2pm – 8pm

Reservations recommended

$12 per person ages 5 & up

alapark.com/parks/rickwood-caverns-state-park/wonderland-under-warrior

To connect with the author of this story, or to comment, email amanda.pritchard@1819News.com.  

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