14 Best places to see Christmas light displays in Central Alabama

Oh, holy LIGHTS! Seeing all the beautiful and bright displays of Christmas lights is one of the best activities to do during the holiday season. If checking out all the lights is a part of your family’s traditions, we recommend gathering the family together and checking out these 14 best places to see Christmas light displays in Central Alabama. (The listing is in random order. )

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(Source: The Birmingham Zoo Facebook)

1. ZooLight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo

Check out ZooLight Safari for another magical holiday season as twinkling lights illuminate the Zoo for a dazzling 19 nights!

When

December 7 – 9
December 14 – 23
December 26 – 31

Time

5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Where:

The Birmingham Zoo

Get Tickets Here

Christmas light displays
(Source: Tandi Glenn Smith)

2. Peppertree neighborhood in Trussville

This house is the crown jewel of Christmas Lights in Trussville. It is located in the Peppertree Subdivision. The whole neighborhood goes all out.

When

All December long!

Time

The best time to go is after dark. Obviously!

Where

Peppertree Subdivision in Trussville.

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(Source: Bayer Properties)

3. The Summit

If you’ve never paid attention to the adorable Christmas decorations and beautiful lights at The Summit, you’re missing out. The display of over-sized presents and holiday decor is absolutely beautiful.

When

All December long!

Time

Early evening and at night are prime times.

Where

The Summit

Holiday Events

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(Source: Gilley's Christmas Lights Facebook page)

4. Gilley’s Christmas Lights in Ball Play

Gilley Christmas Lights were started many years ago by J.C. Gilley, all made by him. When he passed away, his children continued the tradition. It’s free and some night they offer hot chocolate as an added bonus!

When

The lights started on Thanksgiving and will run through the entire month of December.

Time

Nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Weather permitting.

Where

913 Gilley Road Gadsden, AL 35903

See their Facebook page

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5. Bama Lights in Pinson

Tune your car radio to 88.1 FM and come enjoy the non-interactive light display in Pinson! There is no charge to see the lights, but they take donations for Magic Moments. Bonus: Santa will be there on December 8 & December 15 from 6-8 p.m.

When

Now through December 25.

Time

Nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. Weather permitting.

Where

8333 West Hill Road, Pinson, AL. 35126

See their Facebook page

Christmas light displays
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6. The Cloutier Christmas Lights

The Cloutier Christmas Lights a house in Chelsea that puts on an AMAZING light display synchronized to music. They have a parking pad so you can get out and see the lights. Plus, they hand out candy canes, have a mailbox to Santa and sometimes you might even score a free hot chocolate. The song play list changes each night so you can check them out a few times and see a different show! Tune your car onto 97.1 FM to hear the music.

When

December 1 – TBD

Time

Nightly from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Weather permitting.

Where

5703 Highway 39, Chelsea, AL 35043

See their Facebook page

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7. The Preserve in Hoover

The gorgeous houses in The Preserve neighborhood always have a beautiful display of Christmas lights. Grab your family and get your ready to cruise through this subdivision to gaze at the sparkly lights.

When

The whole month of December!

Time

Nightly beginning at dusk.

Where

The Preserve neighborhood in Hoover

Christmas light displays
(Source: Christmas at the Falls Facebook)

8. Christmas at the Falls

Enjoy millions of lights throughout the park with spectacular views from the paved walking trails or from the vantage of a ride on the park’s train. During your visit to see the light displays, including several new features, you can stop for activities such as cookie decorating, petting zoo, and hot chocolate. While at Christmas at the Falls don’t miss a visit with Santa Claus, take a picture, and even drop a letter to the North Pole in Santa’s special mailbox. You can also meet the Grinch every Saturday from 5 – 9 p.m. Tickets are only $6.

When

November 22 – December 23, December 26-30

Time

5 to 9 p.m.

Where

Noccalula Falls Park and Campground

Learn more on Facebook

Christmas light displays
(Source: Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland Facebook)

9. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

This year, a new theme of displays will allow guests to see Santa and his pals like you’ve never seen them…on vacation! The all-new SANTA’S MOUNTAIN theme is guaranteed to delight everyone from young to old! The 3.25-mile route is a delightful trip, as guests tune in their radios and prepare to be amazed by hundreds of thousands of brilliant LED lights perfectly dancing to music. Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a unique experience, taking light shows to a whole new level. It has been touted as “the most immersive drive-through Christmas experience on earth.”

When

Now through January 6.

Time

Nightly from 6 to 10 p.m.

Where

Birmingham Greyhound Racing

Learn more on Facebook

Christmas light displays
(Source: Tandi Glenn Smith)

10. Toy Shop on Magnolia (Trussville)

Bill and Trisha Latham handmade all the decorations at this beautiful display of lights and decorations. The house is absolutely adorable and made to look like Santa’s toy shop. We just love it!

When

All December long!

Time

Nightly starting at dusk.

Where

211 Magnolia Street, Trussville, AL 35173

Christmas light displays
(Source: Desoto Caverns)

11. Christmas at the Cave at DeSoto Caverns

Join DeSoto Caverns for the most magical time of the year. Walk in a Winter “Underland” for a family-fun event for all ages. With park fun attractions, holiday treats, classic Christmas movies, caroling and sing-a-long shows, as well as a special visit from St. Nicholas himself, Christmas at the Cave at the majestic DeSoto Caverns is the best way for you and your family to spend the most wonderful time of the year. Read why, here.

When

Friday, December 14
Saturday, December 15
Friday, December 21
Saturday, December 22

Time

5 to 8 p.m.
The gift shop will close at 8:30, so you can stop by after your experience in the cave!

Where

DeSoto Caverns

Learn more

Christmas light displays
(Source: Clay Chalkville Animal Clinic Facebook)

12. Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic

Clay Chalkville Animal Clinic, a veterinarian’s office in the Clay Chalkville area is a beautiful sight to see around the Christmas holiday! The entire building is decked out in lights, decorations, and a beautiful sign that reads “Jesus Reigns Supreme”. Every year, Dr. Hart and his team make stopping by their office a pure treat for children and adults alike!

When

All December long!

Time

It’s best to see all the beautiful lights and decorations at night.

Where

Clay-Chalkville Animal Clinic

Christmas lights display
(Source: WBRC)

13. Christmas Fantasy Land

If Calera is a bit of drive from your house, Christmas Fantasy Land is definitely worth the drive! This Shelby County family lights tradition has been awarded the Power Express Award” for their Christmas lights. The decorations are an annual tradition for the Phillips, and over the years they’ve acquired a stockpile. Each year the family tries to add about 5,000 more lights.

When

Now through Christmas Day.

Time

Nightly from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Where

441 Waterford Cove Trail in Calera

Learn more on Facebook

Christmas lights display

14. GraysonValley Lights

Tune your radio to 106.1 FM and get ready to see a display of beautiful pixel lights at GraysonValley Lights! Santa and Mrs. Claus make appearances, weather permitting. The Burns family is also collecting stuff animals new or gently loved stuff animals for Cops We Care.

When

Now through December 30.

Time

Sunday – Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Where

2170 Cheshire Dr. in Grayson Valley

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