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 places to see Christmas light displays in Central Alabama. (The listing is in random order. )

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(Source: Magic of Lights - Oxford, Al Facebook)

1. Magic of Lights

Magic of Lights is a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience to celebrate the season. Pile everyone into the car and experience Magic of Lights in Oxford from the comfort of your own car as you wind through the sparkling path. At every turn, the magical route is overflowing with spectacular light displays that bring your favorite holiday themes and characters to life. Tickets for standard vehicles are $20 Monday-Thursday at the gate, $25 Friday-Sunday, or $17 in advance.

When

November 27 through January 4

Time

Nightly from 5 until 10 p.m.

Where

Choccolocco Park
954 Leon Smith Pkwy Oxford, AL

Get Tickets

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2. 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 6-8
December 13-23
December 26-30

Time

5 – 9 p.m.

Where:

The Birmingham Zoo

Get Tickets Here

Christmas light displays
(Source: Tandi Glenn Smith)

3. 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)

4. 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)

5. 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 start 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

Christmas light displays

6. 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 13, 14, and 21 from 6-8 p.m.

When

November 28 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
(Source: Felicia Rylee)

7. 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. This year, they’ve added 15,000 pixels that include a new 40’ mega tree that has a 8’ star!

When

December 2 through January 5

Time

5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. during the week
5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Where

5703 Highway 39, Chelsea, AL 35043

See their Facebook page

christmas light displays

8. 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)

9. 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. Tickets include train ride, visit with Santa, petting zoo, letters to Santa and millions of Christmas lights. Tickets are $8 Monday-Thursday and $10 Friday-Sunday. Kids ages 3 and under are free.

When

November 28 – January 5

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)

10. Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland

Welcome to the home of Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland in Birmingham. Prepare to be dazzled by a Christmas light spectacle the likes of which you’ve never seen! A visit to one of the shows is all you need to truly let go of every day stresses and let your spirit fly as your senses are tickled with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights dancing harmoniously with some fantastic Christmas tunes.

Simply drive up, tune in your car’s radio, and let the Christmas spirit take you away!

When

November 15 through January 5.

Time

Nightly from 6 to 10 p.m.

Where

Birmingham Greyhound Racing

Learn more on Facebook

Christmas light displays
(Source: Tandi Glenn Smith)

11. 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

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(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

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(Source: Christmas Fantasyland Facebook)

13. Christmas Fantasyland

The Blackmon’s have been displaying their holiday lights for nearly 29 years! You can drive through to see the lights, but to get the full effect you need to walk around! On the weekends, you can expect a few extra fun surprises with various characters. Be sure to add Christmas Fantasyland to your list of places to check out.

When

November 28 through Christmas Day.

Time

Weeknights from 4:30 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Where

640 County Rd. 128 in Calera

Learn more on Facebook

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

14. Calera's Christmas Wonderland

Calera’s Christmas Wonderland is a stunningly beautiful walk-through Christmas Lights attraction. Enjoy over 30,000 lights and see Santa, Mrs. Claus, his elves, Rudolph, and other characters on select nights. Plus, you can have your picture made with all characters! They always have large bowls of candy for kids, and Santa gives candy canes ALL FOR FREE! You will not be disappointed!

When

November 13 through Christmas Eve.

Time

5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Santa visits from 6-9 p.m.

Where

409 East Milgray in Calera

Learn more on Facebook

christmas at waterford

15. Christmas at Waterford

The Landry family pulls out all the stops at their beautiful display “Christmas at Waterford” in Calera. You can expect to see a traditional display of over 50,000 lights. It’s definitely worth adding to your list of places to check out each year.

When

November 28 through December 25

Time

Nightly from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Where

441 Waterford Cove Trl. in Calera

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