When visiting the Gulf Coast during the holiday season, be sure to make time for a visit across Mobile Bay to Bellingrath Gardens and Home for the “Magic Christmas in Lights” holiday celebration.

Voted one of USA Today’s “10 Best Public Light Displays in America,” the family-friendly event is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit.

Bellingrath Christmas in Lights Mobile AlabamaJust after Thanksgiving, Bellingrath Gardens and Home will come alive with a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 major holiday scenes situated throughout the 65-acre garden estate.

In addition, the historic Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday best and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias.

Magic Christmas in Lights includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home Sundays through Thursday.

Drink hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza and be sure to visit with Santa while you're there.

Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas beach vacation.

Hang a Christmas wreath on the front door of your beach house, prepare a holiday meal in the kitchen of your beach condo, and relax with your friends and family in the warmth of your coastal retreat.