Bellingrath Gardens: The Best Holiday Light Show

If Bellingrath Gardens & Home is not calling your name, it’s going to shortly. Here is where you will find the best holiday light show in the United States.  Plan your visit to the Magic Christmas in Lights Show as soon as possible. With more than 3 million lights and 1,100 set pieces, visitors will not be disappointed. This historical setting is located in Theodore, Alabama, along Alabama’s Coastal Connection.

*Thank you to Bellingrath Gardens and Visit Alabama Beaches for hosting me in December.

The Best Holiday Light Show In The United States: Bellingrath Gardens & Home

Visitors can expect to be inspired now- January 4, 2023, nightly from 5 to 9 pm. Bellingrath Gardens is now offering Magic Christmas in Lights, it’s 28th season. Note: They are closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. 

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Bellingrath Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens
Bellingrath Gardens

Christmas is magical in Alabama

I had the honor of visiting the garden during the best holiday light show last year and it was a magical experience. Once I got out of my car, I could hear the sounds of the season. With choral performances throughout the gardens and magical lights throughout the property, you will be sure to be in the holiday spirit shortly after entering the grounds.

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Breathtaking holiday light displays

The holidays are extra special when it comes to the magic of these gardens. Visitors stroll the 65 acres of gardens, all dressed up for the holiday season. The 1936 historical home is also all decked out during the holiday festivities. Each step you take, will offer beauty unlike anything you have ever experienced. Bring your children and connect in a way that you never knew was possible. The reflection of Christmas is abundant with a lake and gardens nearby.

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Bellingrath Gardens best holiday light show
best holiday light show

From flowers of the season to the carols, there’s truly something for everyone. Here’s a sight you will not forget!

One of the best tips that I can give you, is to bundle up for the outdoors. There is a lot of walking, so wear a good pair of walking shoes. The nights can be chilly, so dress accordingly. If you are not in the holiday spirit after your visit, I’m not sure you ever will be.

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Bellingrath Gardens is not only magical during the daylight, but it is extra magical after the sun goes down during the months of November and December. I hope you are now planning your visit to the Gulf Coast and have Bellingrath Gardens on your itinerary. As I said earlier, Gulf Shores is worth a visit, as is the Mississippi Gulf Coast. You will not want to miss the exceptional artwork in Ocean Springs, Mississipi.

How To Get To Bellingrath Gardens & Home

Bellingrath Gardens & Home is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road Theodore, Alabama 3658

I happen to love spending time in Gulf Shores, Alabama, which is a short drive from the gardens. If weather and time allow, hop on the Mobile Bay Ferry to visit the gardens in the late afternoon. Drive back to Gulf Shores on I-10 and take Highway 59 south and into Gulf Shores. The Mobile Bay Ferry schedules can be found here. I would highly recommend booking a stay at Turquoise Place in Gulf Shores, as you can relax in your personal hot tub, upon returning from the best holiday lights show in the country.

If you are traveling on I-10 from New Orleans, take Exit 13 to US Highway 90. Turn right on US Highway 90 and then left onto Bellingrath Road. Go 6 miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road at the Bellingrath billboard. Travel south for 6 more miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road.

If you are coming from Pensacola on I-10, take Exit 15A to US Highway 90. Go 2 miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road at the Bellingrath Billboard. Go south 6 miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road.

If you are traveling from Montgomery, Alabama, travel south on I-65 until it merges with I-10 west. Take Exit 15A to US Highway 90. Go 2 more miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Road at the Bellingrath Billboard. Go south for 6 miles and turn left onto Bellingrath Gardens Road.

Purchase your tickets ahead of time, to save time in line. I hope you have the time of your life at Bellingrath Gardens this upcoming holiday season.

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Sara is a travel enthusiast that resides in North Iowa. You can find her traveling where the plane, train, ship, or car will go. Are you looking to take a road trip? Sara has solutions for you!

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