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. 2020 has been a challenging year so getting out to see Christmas lights and displays will to bring a little joy to your life.

If driving around to see lights is a part of your family’s traditions, it might best to get only your immediate family together this year.

The listing is in random order. If you have a suggestion on a place we should add, please email jenna.wood@wbrc.com.

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

1. 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 and Mrs. Claus. Sanitizer will be available to use before your visit. You can have your picture made with Santa safely as he will be wearing a mask – just cannot sit on his lap, rather next to him in the sleigh. They always have large bowls of candy for kids, and Santa gives candy canes ALL FOR FREE! You will not be disappointed!

If you’d like to give a donation to help with the expenses of putting on such a fabulous show, there will be a donation box.

When

November 23 through Christmas Eve

Time

5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Weather permitting.
Santa visits from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 23-29

Where

409 East Milgray in Calera (Southern Hills subdivision)

Learn more on Facebook

Christmas light displays

2. Bama Lights in Pinson

Tune your car radio to 88.1 FM and go enjoy the non-interactive light display in Pinson! There is no charge to see the lights, but they take donations for Magic Moments.

When

November 26 through December 25

Time

Nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Weather permitting.

Where

8333 West Hill Road, Pinson, AL 35126

See their Facebook page

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

3. Christmas at the Falls

Enthrall yourself in millions of dazzling lights, a spectacular musical light show at the Covered Bridge, and seeing Santa at the General Store/Post Office at Christmas at the Falls. Attractions include a train ride, a gorgeous stroll through the lights, hopping animal habitat, concessions, and more! There will be no cookie decorating this year. Santa will be there Nov. 27 – Dec. 23.

Tickets are $8 Monday-Thursday and $10 Friday-Sunday. Kids ages 3 and under are free.

When

November 26 – January 2 (Closed Dec. 24 and 25)

Time

Tickets are sold by specific dates and time slots. See website for details.

Where

Noccalula Falls Park and Campground

Purchase tickets here

Christmas light displays
(Source: Tandi Glenn Smith)

4. 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

(Source: Christmas Fantasyland Facebook)

5. Christmas Fantasyland

The Blackmon’s have been displaying their holiday lights for nearly 29 years! Christmas Fantasyland will have several attractions that include a rotating carousel a play on train and a rotating Ferris wheel. Visit Elsa’s castle, Whoville, and the North Pole!

When

November 26 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: Tandi Glenn Smith)

6. Peppertree neighborhood in Trussville

Many of the houses in the Peppertree subdivision of Trussville go all out for the Christmas holiday. Take a leisurely drive through the neighborhood to see some really nice light displays!

When

All December long!

Time

The best time to go is in the evenings after dark.

Where

Peppertree Subdivision in Trussville.

bearden christmas lights

7. Bearden Christmas Lights

Bearden Christmas Lights is a large drive-through display with two radio synced shows, one on 90.1 FM and the other on 88.7 FM. The Bearden’s also have numerous scenes set up along their driveway. Everybody is everyone is welcome to come out and it’s FREE!

When

November 26 – December 28

Time

Nightly from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Where

Bearden Lane West Blocton Al, 35184

Visit on Facebook

christmas at the jenkins

8. Christmas at The Jenkins

Go see the Christmas light display at 4928 Stonecreek Way in Calera, “Christmas at The Jenkins”! Every year the Jenkins add more to their display and this is their biggest display to date! Enjoy over 20,000 lights to include beautiful bright arches and a 20 ft. mega Christmas tree!

When

Now through December 31

Time

Nightly from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where

4928 Stonecreek Way in Calera

glow wild birmingham zoo

9. Glow Wild at the Birmingham Zoo

Get ready for the Birmingham Zoo’s new larger than life illuminated experience, Glow Wild: An Animal Lantern Celebration! Guests will be captivated by visually stunning lantern creations of wildlife from around the world. Watch the Zoo come alive with hundreds of marvelous animal shapes of all sizes – from pandas, elephants, cheetahs, polar bears, and whales – soaring up to 30 feet high! Spend all winter long with your Birmingham Zoo and glow wild into the new year!

When

Now – January 18, 2021

Time

Wednesday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Select nights)

Glow Wild is a limited socially-distanced event with timed tickets issued in 30-minute blocks.

Where

2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham 35223

Get Tickets

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

10. 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

Visit Website

wacky tacky

11. Wacky Tacky Light Tour

The Wacky Tacky Light Tour is a guided bus tour of the best of the worst of Birmingham’s holiday lights. Your ticket includes a two-hour guided bus tour of a carefully curated route of the best of the worst of Birmingham’s holiday lights including Santa’s Trailer Park, the Hanukkah House, Dueling Neighbors and Star Wars Christmas. New this year: Saddle Up Santa and Xmas on a Limb. Wear your tackiest sweater. Prepare to laugh out loud. You can bring a soft pack cooler on the bus, just nothing red can be in it: Red wine, Doritos or Cheetos.

When

December 8
December 9
December 10

Time

Buses run every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where

Tropicaleo, 4426 4th Ave S, Birmingham

Learn More

(Source: Palisades Park Facebook)

12. Palisades Park

Palisades Park in Oneonta sparkles each year with thousands of glowing lights. The public is invited to drive through to see the Christmas light extravaganza. Local businesses, churches, civic groups, individuals, and park staff create numerous displays of thousands of twinkling lights. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

When

December 1 through 31
Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Time

Nightly from 5 until 9 p.m.

Where

1225 Palisades Pkwy in Oneonta

See website for more info

Christmas Laser Light Show at DeSoto Caverns

13. Christmas Laser Light Show at DeSoto Caverns

Celebrate the season with the amazing Christmas Laser Light Show at DeSoto Caverns!

When

November 27-December 31

Time

Opening hours 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Check availability here.

Where

5181 Desoto Caverns Pkwy, Childersburg, AL

Visit Website

christmas light displays

14. 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

waterford lights

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

Now through December 25

Time

Nightly from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. (They’ll stay on later during the week of Christmas)

Where

441 Waterford Cove Trl. in Calera

Lynn and Doris Cuzzort's lights

16. Lynn and Doris Cuzzort's Lights

Lynn and Doris Cuzzort’s lights are beautiful and unique. Each piece is made by the Cuzzorts! They add to the collection each year when a new idea comes to mind. Lynn’s enjoyment is seeing cars slow to see their creations. The best present is hearing a child squeal or when a car turns around for another look.

When

Now through December 25

Time

At dusk

Where

1136 Kornegay Rd. in Oneonta

smith lights trace circle

17. Smith Family Lights

You can’t miss this house if you’re in the Hidden Trace Subdivision of Trussville. The glowing star upon the nearly 50 ft. tree will grab your attention from several streets away. The Smith family started decorating in 2014 and have grown their lights collection by adding something new each year. Several of the decorations, including the star, cross, and arches, are handmade by the couple. The Smiths love making everyone smile with their beautiful lights.

When

Now through December 31.

Time

Nightly from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Where

3212 Trace Circle in Trussville

waltchack vestavia house

18. The Waltchack House

If you’re in the Vestavia Hills area, go check out the Waltchack House! Tune your car radio station to 100.9 enjoy the light show. Hot cocoa is available for $2 on most weekend nights. LED bracelets that synchronize to the show will be available for purchase and can be used all season long. Just don’t forget to turn them off when you leave to save the battery life. Bracelets are $4 each or 3 for $10. Cash and Venmo are accepted.

When

Now through December 25.

Time

Daily from sundown until 9 p.m.
Weekends until 10 p.m.

Where

2445 Chestnut Road in Vestavia

christmas at the park

19. Christmas at the Park (Guthrie Smith Park)

Christmas at the Park located at Guthrie Smith Park is a drive-thru of Christmas lights and has become a family favorite regional event for many people. There is no cost by donations are accepted. Unfortunately this year there will be no hot chocolate or train rides.

When

November 26 – December 31

Time

5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Where

Guthrie Smith Park

Visit Website

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