If you’re looking for the best place to see Christmas lights in and near Birmingham, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a list of the top places to see Christmas lights in Birmingham
8333 W Hill Rd
Pinson, AL 35126
Bama Lights is kicking off the holiday season with a Thanksgiving night light show. The popular Pinson holiday attraction will have decorations synched to music played on 88.1 FM, and Santa (and his elf Jingles) will visit families on select dates throughout December. The lights are open from 5 to 10 every night until the season ends.
West Blocton, AL 35184
The Bearden Christmas Lights are a holiday tradition in West Blocton, and this year is no different. The lights will be on from 5 until 11 each night, so tune in to the radio stations posted by each display to get the entire show.
1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, Al 35904
This holiday event features millions of lights winding throughout the park with decorations, bringing Christmas cheer to everyone. Celebrate the holiday season at Noccalula Falls with Gadsden and City Christmas at the Falls. Enjoy the sparkling lights throughout the park, with spectacular views from the paved walking trails or the vantage of a train ride. Be sure to visit Santa while you are there. You may stay if you like until closing at 10 PM. Tickets can only be purchased online.
500 County Road 128
Calera, AL 35040
If you’re looking for a place to go and see Christmas lights, check out the Christmas Fantasyland in Calera. In the park, you can drive through or walk around, and with so many fantastic displays and a rotating carousel, it’s hard not to get lost in all the wonder. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a different world. The lights are on from 5:30 to 9 in the evening on weekdays and 5:30 to 10:30 in the evening on weekends.
309 Studdard Drive
Clanton, AL 35045
Come to Christmas Wonderland, where you’ll find a walk-through attraction filled with lights that will get you in the holiday spirit! You can visit this attraction every day from 5 to 10 in the evening, and on select nights you can catch Santa Claus himself! The lights and parking are behind the house on Studdard Drive.
5703 Highway 39
Chelsea, AL 35043
The Cloutier Christmas Lights are a holiday tradition in Chelsea. Each year, the Cloutier family decorates their house with lights, changing the playlist that accompanies the lights every night. They compete in the 10th season of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight. You can watch them on ABC on December 12 at 9 PM.
2630 Cahaba Rd
Birmingham, AL 35223
The lights will be on select nights from 5 until 9 in the evening during November, December, and January. Watch the Zoo come alive with larger-than-life, jaw-dropping wild animal and sea life lantern creations brilliantly lighting up the night! Take a ride on the Red Diamond Express Train or go for a spin on the Protective Life Carousel. The price is between $8 for children and $10 for adults. It will be much higher in price when purchased at the gate. Order your ticket here.
1225 Palisades Pkwy
Oneonta, AL 35121
If you’re looking for a way to start your holiday season this year, check out the Christmas lights displays in Palisades Park. Local churches and businesses have put together an incredible light display this year to put you in the spirit of the season. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. Tune in nightly to WCRL 95.3 for Holly and Jolly Holiday tunes. They’ll be open throughout December except for 24 and 25, from 5 to 9 in the evening.
Birmingham, AL 35253
Birmingham Race Course is proud to present Lights of Noel this holiday season, an all-new drive-thru light show from November 18 – January 2. With nearly 2 miles of modern LED lights and tunnels, LED walls, and holiday decorations synchronized to your favorite holiday music, Lights of Noel is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. They are open nightly from 5 to 12 midnight.
211 Magnolia Street
Trussville, AL 35173
The family-owned house on Magnolia Street in Trussville is known as the Toy Shop because of its impressive light display and collection of Christmas characters. Among them are Santa’s reindeer, the Abominable Snowman from The Christmas Story, and Ralphie from A Christmas Story.
1701 Valley View Dr
Birmingham, AL 35209
Vulcan Park and Museum will be turned into a delightful wonderland filled with holiday lights and special guest appearances. The admission fee is $6 for ages 13 and up, $4 for kids ages 5-12, and children under four are free and can be purchased through the website or on Eventbrite. Admission fee includes access to the park grounds, Observation Tower, Museum, and Photos with Santa. Every night in December from 6 to 8 PM.
3069 Brookhill Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242
The lights at Meadowbrook are beautiful, and every light installation has a story behind them. One of the most popular streets is Brookhill Dr., with lights synced to their FM music station. The lights are open every night from December 1 to 25, rain or shine.
5242 Peppertree Circle
Trussville, AL 35173
The Peppertree neighborhood is another great place to see Christmas lights near Birmingham. Nearly every house in the subdivision has some holiday decorations, including several large lights shows and the neighborhood’s iconic Santa’s House display. Park and take a stroll!
1813 Arrow Drive
Alabaster, AL 35007
The Richardson Family Christmas Light Show has been a holiday tradition in the area. It’s an incredible display of lights and music that will take you back to your childhood in Alabaster. This year, the show will be open Sunday to Thursday from 5:30 to 9:30 and Friday to Saturday until 10:30 in the evening. The Richardson Family Christmas Light Show team is always looking for new volunteers to help with setup and canned food drives. Contact them if you’re interested in participating in this great community event.
Gardendale, AL 35071
The Rocket Around the Christmas Tree Trail Fundraiser is an event sponsored by the Dick Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund, which is a registered non-profit. Tree sponsors get a 6 to 7-foot Christmas tree set up on the Gardendale Civic Center lawn facing Gardendale High School. A sign will identify your business or sponsorship. You or your team will decorate your tree to promote your business or organization. The displays are free to the public every night from December 6 to January 1.
Alabama Safari Park
1664 Venable Rd
Hope Hull, AL 36043
The Alabama Safari Park will offer its popular Safari of Lights event nightly throughout December. During this event, visitors can drive their cars through thousands of luminous displays spread throughout the park. Afterwards, they can walk through a Candy Cane Forest and visit farm animals in a designated petting area. Santa Claus will appear at the park on select days during this period.
616 Preserve Pkwy
Hoover, AL 35226
The Preserve in Hoover is known for its extravagant Christmas decorations. The community’s homes, businesses, and townhomes are lit up with colorful lights and blinking decorations to create a festive atmosphere throughout the season.
4500 5th Ave S Building C
Birmingham, AL 35222
The Wacky Tacky Light Tour is a two-hour bus ride celebrating holiday lights in Birmingham. Join Fresh Air Family as they seek out the wackiest light displays in and around the city. See the Hanukkah House with its Joy to the World (minus the “j”), Santa’s Trailer Park, Dueling Neighbors, Star Wars Christmas, the Reindeer Playground, and more. The bus will start touring on December 13, 15, 20, and 22 every 15 minutes from 6 to 7:45 in the evening. Purchase a single ticket for $45 or plan a party bus by calling 205-747-7410 for a reservation.
Check out other holiday events in the area by visiting our Birmingham Parent Guide.