Grab a cup of hot chocolate, turn on some Christmas music, and “stroll” through my gallery of photos from Bellingrath Gardens in Alabama. Information on how you can visit Bellingrath Gardens for its 3 million lights display is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.
Tips to Know Before You Go
Bottomline: Definitely go see the lights. I like to think of myself as a connoisseur of Christmas lights, and I have never before seen a display quite this extensive. Be aware that is very extensive…expect to walk a lot and have your head spin with how many lights there are. It was a tad bit overwhelming at times; I was definitely tired at the end of it. I didn’t do the additional tour of the Bellingrath Home, so I don’t know what it’s like, but I imagine most people would be too tired to do the lights show and the home tour.
Magic Christmas in Lights Only
Adults (13 and older): $15.00
Children (Ages 5-12): $7.00
Children 4 and Under: Free
Magic Christmas in Lights and Bellingrath Home Tour
Adults (13 and Older): $24.00
Children (Ages 5-12): $13.00
Children 4 and under: Free
Save Money: You can buy discounted tickets at participating Regions Banks and the Urban Emporium in downtown Mobile, Ala. Consider bringing your own water and hot chocolate too, as the line to get any food or drinks at Bellingrath is ridiculously long.
Time: Allot about 1 hour and 30 minutes to walk the entire place.
Hours of Operation: Open daily through Dec. 31st, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. and closed Dec. 25th. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour until 8:30 p.m.
Parking: Parking is free, but it can be extremely packed, especially if you go on a weekend. They have parking lot attendants who will direct you where to go.
What’s nearby: Um…not much. There are a few down-home, southern, mom and pop restaurants. And then some abandoned shacks. My friend and I ended up getting dinner in Mobile, which is about 30 minutes away.