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Christmas Lights at Bellingrath Gardens, Alabama

At first, I was going to write, in detail, the stories of my visit to the “Magic Christmas in Lights” show at Bellingrath Gardens with my dearest, funniest, most unique friend Cassie. But then I realized it would be better for you to see photos of the lights display to really get a feel for it.

So grab a cup of hot chocolate, turn on some Christmas music, and “stroll” through my gallery of pictures. Information on how you can visit Bellingrath Gardens for its 3 million lights display is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

giant christmas light wreath

The entrance to the building to purchase admission to Bellingrath Gardens.

water, courtyard, and lights at Bellingrath Gardens

Courtyard in Bellingrath Gardens. Such a warm, magical scene.

“The Lion and the Lamb.”
A girl getting her picture taken on a lion statue. I love the juxtaposition of her gentle expression (she looks like a cherubim!) and the lion’s vicious face.

Three swans made of Christmas lights sitting on a lake

Three swans floating atop a perfectly reflective lake.

Christmas trees made of blue and green lights

Two angels made of Christmas lights and a fountain

abstract blue and white lights hanging from a tree

Strands of lights hanging from tall oak trees.

starfish made of Christmas lights and other sea creatures

Starfish lying on the ocean floor of an “Under the Sea” themed light display.

Christmas lights in a sea theme

Walking through an ocean of lights…

Blurred Christmas lights in the shape of a heart

These lights were actually balls of lights hanging in a tree. It wasn’t apparent that they were forming the shape of a heart until I took the picture intentionally out of focus.

Blue and green Christmas trees made of lights

Multi-colored tree of lights and silhouette of a woman

My friend Cassie’s silhouette as she takes a photo of the multi-colored tree.

Mobile Alabama skyline lit up in red and green

Even the lights of the Mobile, Ala. skyline were red and green for Christmastime.

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.

Price: 

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.

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  • Cindy-Rae
    December 30, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I took my 35 year old son and teenage granddaughters to Bellingrath. They all wanted the whole experience of home and lights. We crossed the bay on the ferry, toured the home at 6:00 pm, then we walked through all the light displays, taking pictures all along the way. My granddaughters and son said they had just experiencing the best of all their Christmas adventures. When I asked them which display they liked the best, the girls all loved the inside of the home. For me, the home is the anchor to the whole experience. It, like the light display outside, is generously and meticulously planned and executed. The docents inside will either guide you through quickly or take plenty of time to answer all your questions and teach you all you want to know, and things you didn’t know to ask. All original furniture is so rare in old home tours, that this alone, was a treat. Our girls had lots of questions, so the docents stayed back with them, giving them a lot of history, which the girls loved. Having learned so much about the family and the home, it made Christmas lights display that much more special. They just seemed to reflect the care, generosity and graciousness of the family. We learned that the home and gardens, since opening to the public, has never been self sustaining. The Christmas light tours have helped, but they still rely on corporate donations. Christmas is a magical time to visit this home. I encourage everyone to do it first and then finish your walk through the light displays outside. It was not too much for this out-of-shape Granny, nor for my son and granddaughters.

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