Bellingrath Gardens and Home in Mobile, west of Gulf Shores beaches, will celebrate the 25th Anniversary Season of Magic Christmas in Lights starting the Friday after Thanksgiving 2020.

The nighttime display of holiday lights features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes set out in a walking tour path throughout the 65-acre garden estate. A new scene has been created to enhance the display in its Silver Anniversary.

The show will open at 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 27, lighting up the grounds nightly from 5-9 p.m., through Dec. 31.

A Gulf Coast tradition, Magic Christmas in Lights has become a must-see for visitors from the local area and beyond. Families enjoy strolling along the paths together, taking holiday photos, drinking cocoa on Live Oak Plaza and visiting Santa Claus in Magnolia Café.

Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama attraction. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed, welded, painted and lamped on site by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Three employees work full-time all year on the light display. 
 
The Southeast Tourism Society selected Magic Christmas in Lights as a Top 20 Festival & Event winner for November 2020. In December 2018, the show was included in USA Today’s top 10 list of “Best Botanical Garden Holiday Light Displays in America,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes. The display was also selected to the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events of 2016.”

Magic Christmas in Lights also includes choral performances on the Great Lawn on weeknights during the first three weeks of the season. In addition, the historic Bellingrath Home, which will be decorated in full holiday finery, will be open for guided tours each night until 8 p.m. The home, built in 1935, features the Bellingraths’ original antique furniture and collections.

Guests are sure to find that perfect holiday gift in our fully stocked gift shop, open until 9 p.m. nightly. Guests may also have their photos taken with Santa Claus in the Magnolia Café each night from 5:30 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 23.

Snacks and hot cocoa are available for purchase at the midway point of the tour on Live Oak Plaza. The Magnolia Café will have extended hours from 4-8 p.m. during the season.

The gardens will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s days.

Plan your holiday 2020 visit to the Alabama/Florida Gulf Coast and reserve your family’s favorite beach house or condo. If you wish to bring everyone to the beach for the holidays, consider a 5+ bedroom house, where you will find luxurious homes with amenities such as multiple kitchens, elevators, private pools, and up to 20 bedrooms.