Magic Christmas in Lights

  • Presented By: Bellingrath Gardens & Home
  • Dates: December 1, 2023 - December 1, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring every December 1st
  • Location: Bellingrath Gardens and Home
  • Address: 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Rd., Theodore, AL 36582
  • Phone: (251) 459-8868
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
  • Price: Gardens Only: $15 for Adults, $8.50 for Kids. Gardens & Home: $25 for Adults, $15 for Kids
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Step into a world of enchantment as Bellingrath Gardens and Home celebrates the 28th year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2023! Immerse yourself in the Gulf Coast's most beloved holiday tradition, where the 65-acre Garden estate transforms into a mesmerizing wonderland of dazzling lights. Get ready to be captivated by the magic of the season!

🌟 A Made-in-Alabama Spectacle:
Magic Christmas in Lights is a true labor of love, proudly made in Alabama. Each year, our talented staff members design, weld, paint, and light up the intricate set pieces that grace the Gardens with their radiant glow. Three dedicated employees work tirelessly all year long to create this breathtaking light display, filling our hearts with joy and spreading holiday cheer.

🏆 Honored and Recognized:
Over the years, Magic Christmas in Lights has garnered numerous accolades and honors. Recognized as a 2020 Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival & Event winner, the show has also made its mark on USA Today's "10 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Light Displays" in both 2020 and 2018, thanks to the support of readers like you. Additionally, it earned a place in the prestigious American Bus Association's "Top 100 Events of 2016."

🏡 A Historic Home Adorned:
As you wander through the Gardens, don't miss the opportunity to visit the historic Bellingrath Museum Home, elegantly adorned in its holiday finery. Step back in time and experience the magic of Christmas as it was celebrated by Walter and Bessie Bellingrath long ago. Guided tours offer a captivating glimpse into their lives, and the home's 15 rooms are lavishly decorated to spread the joy of the season.

🕰️ Operating Hours:
Bellingrath Gardens and Home open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., with the last tickets to Magic Christmas in Lights sold at 9 p.m. The Bellingrath Home welcomes visitors for tours from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., and the last Home tour tickets are sold at 8:30 p.m. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are available hourly and every half hour.

🎅🍔 Food, Shopping, and Santa Land:
Indulge in holiday treats with snacks and hot chocolate available for purchase on Live Oak Plaza during your magical walking tour. Savor the festive ambiance with beer and wine available in the Magnolia Café nightly from 4 to 8 p.m. Plus, Irish coffee and a variety of hot evening meals await you in the Magnolia Café. Don't miss the chance to browse unique merchandise in the Bellingrath Gift Shop, open nightly until 9 p.m.

🎁 Group Gatherings:
Magic Christmas in Lights is the perfect setting for a festive gathering! Whether it's an employee celebration, a community organization event, or an extended family outing, our spacious Gardens can accommodate all. For group rates and reservations, please call 251-459-8986 or email

🎅 Santa's Arrival:
Experience the magic of meeting Santa and capturing precious moments in photos from November 24th to December 23rd (dependent upon weather). Santa Land promises delightful memories for all, but remember, admission tickets to the Gardens are required for all guests wishing to meet and take photos with Santa.

🌠 Wrap Yourself in Holiday Magic:
Don't miss the chance to experience the enchantment of Bellingrath's 28th Annual Magic Christmas in Lights! Join us as we weave together the beauty of nature with the spirit of the holiday season, ensuring that the magic of Christmas illuminates your heart and soul.

Embark on a magical journey at Bellingrath Gardens & Home's Magic Christmas in Lights - where cherished traditions come to life and create lasting memories for you and your loved ones!