October 27, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Tourism Department

Alabama’s Holiday Light Festivals

Montgomery, Ala. Alabama’s gardens, trails and parks light up for the holiday season. Catch the spectacular display of lights at these 10 Alabama Tourism recommended Holiday Light Festivals:


Arab —  Christmas in the Park

For the 13th consecutive year, the City of Arab will offer a dazzling display of nearly 2 million holiday lights in the park. Enjoy live entertainment by local church groups and individuals, holiday music and special decorations in the Historic Complex, which features an old church, a school and an operational gristmill. 256.586.8128, www.arabcity.org. November 28-December 31, 2008


Bellingrath Gardens — Mobile — Magic of Christmas in Lights

Stroll through a wonderland of more than three million twinkling lights and 600 custom-designed holiday displays during Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile. Tour the historic Bellingrath Home decorated in its holiday finery, enjoy nightly entertainment and visit with Santa. 251.973.2217, www.bellingrath.org. November 28-December 31, 2008


BirminghamLights Up at the Summit

The holiday season officially begins in Birmingham November 8 when more than one million lights come alive on the rooftops and Santa throws the switch at Saks Plaza to light the Christmas tree. Also enjoy a spectacular fireworks display and holiday music. 205.967.0111, www.thesummitonline.com/birmingham. November 8, 2008


BirminghamZoolight Safari at the Birmingham Zoo

Ride the Zoolight Express train while enjoying a half-million twinkling lights. The spirit is festive and the tradition comes complete with hot cocoa, a light show synchronized to favorite holiday tunes, Santa and snow. 205.879.0409, www.birminghamzoo.com. December 12-23 & 26-30, 2008


DecaturAlbany and Old Decatur Historic Districts

Decatur’s historic districts are decorated with luminaries, greenery and thousands of lights. Several homes are open for tours. Refreshments are served and carriage rides are available. The tour is from 4-8 p.m. 256.350.2028, www.decaturcvb.org. December 13, 2008


Florence — Festival of Lights                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Florence businesses and Wilson Park will be decorated for Christmas. Visitors can shop while listening to music on the street corners and in the park. The jingle of bells on horses giving carriage rides adds to the festive atmosphere. 256.740.4141, www.flo-tour.org. December 5, 2008        


Huntsville Galaxy of Lights

Celebrate the holiday season with a drive or a stroll through the Huntsville Botanical Garden. This magnificent holiday light extravaganza features 600 lighted displays arranged in 125 varied holiday scenes and themes, including a Patriotic Celebration, Winter Wonderland, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Celebrations, Nursery Rhymes, Birds, Bees and Butterflies. 256.830.4447, www.hsvbg.org. November 27-December 31, 2008


MontgomeryAnimals in Lights at the Montgomery Zoo

More than a half-million lights illuminate the pathways on a leisurely stroll through the Montgomery Zoo during the city’s Holiday Lights Festival. Ride a train through the forested wonderland and see animals come alive in lighted displays. 334.240.4900, www.montgomeryzoo.com. November 26-December 31, 2008


OpelikaVictorian Christmas

Step back in time with a visit to an Ole World Christmas wonderland in Opelika. On the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour, you’ll see more than 60 turn-of-the-century homes in all their lighted glory featuring life-sized Santas, angels, toy and teddy bear displays, carousel horses and other figures. Also enjoy live holiday entertainment. 334.887.8747, www.aotourism.com. December  9-13, 2008


Valley — Rails-to-Trails Luminary Walk

Enjoy hot chocolate, sweets and more on the walk through the luminaries along the rails-to-trails. Mrs. Claus and her elves will be at the Fairfax Depot reading Christmas stories and enjoying other fun activities with the children. 334.756.5290, www.cityofvalley.com. December 5, 2008


For more information on holiday light festivals, visit the Alabama Tourism Department Web site at www.alabama.travel.



October 27, 2008

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