Magical lights, holiday music and more in Can’t Miss Alabama

Magical lights, holiday music and more in Can’t Miss Alabama
Christmas Village on the Square in Talladega (Contributed).

 ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

Enjoy Briarwood’s Choir and Orchestra

The 100-voice Briarwood Choir and Festival Orchestra will present “How Great Our Joy!” Sunday, Dec. 18 at 6 p.m. A program of sacred choral and instrumental music. The concert will include classics by Mendelssohn, Handel and John Rutter, as well as newer arrangements by Mack Wilberg, Bradley Knight, and others. Whether your favorite is the “Hallelujah Chorus” or “Here With Us,” there’s wonderful music of the season for all to hear! No admission fee.

Kick off the Christmas season with an animated light show

The Huntsville Botanical Garden will feature Galaxy of Lights’ Driving Nights through Saturday, Dec. 31, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. A magical twinkling icicle forest, holiday village and other exhibits offer live entertainment for the entire family. Click here for the complete schedule. Click here for ticket information or visit the website. The Huntsville Botanical Garden is at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave.

Magical holiday light display in Theodore

Celebrate Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home through Saturday, Dec. 31 (except Christmas Day). More than 3 million beautiful lights are on display on the 65-acre garden estate. The event includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace. To learn more about Bellingrath Gardens and for ticket information, follow this link.

Don’t miss Andalusia’s Christmas Candyland 

Christmas in Candyland, one of south Alabama’s most popular holiday season events, is back. The family-friendly event is every weekend through Saturday, Dec. 31 (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Attendees will enjoy a 60-foot Christmas tree, Candyland cottages, snow machines, retail shops and restaurants. See Santa Saturday, Dec. 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Andalusia Court Square. For the complete list of Candyland activities, follow this link.

Winter Wonderland at Sloss Furnaces

Birmingham’s Sloss Furnaces will showcase holiday tours through Sunday, Dec.18, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The tours include specialty scenes from “Penguin Land,” “North Pole” and more. Enjoy holiday movies and photos with Santa. Pets are welcome. Admission is $12.50, and children younger than 2 are admitted free. For more information, visit

Ice skating comes to the Magic City

Railroad Park presents Birmingham’s Winter Wonderland through Monday, Jan. 16. The new outdoor skating rink will be open on Christmas and New Year’s Day. The rink will offer a variety of entertainment for birthday and holiday parties, corporate events and more. Click here for the complete schedule. To learn more about the skating rink, follow this link. Get ticket information here. Railroad Park is at 1600 First Ave. S. in Birmingham.

Celebrate the holiday season at the Birmingham Zoo

The Birmingham Zoo will feature its annual Zoolight Safari Dec. 16-23 and 26-31 from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. The safari will offer a variety of entertainment, including carousel and train rides, photos with Santa and live music. Get the complete schedule of events here. Follow this link for ticket information. The Birmingham Zoo is at 2630 Cahaba Road.

Enjoy a community festival of trees and wreaths

More than 40 holiday Christmas trees and wreaths are on display at the Guntersville Museum through Jan. 1. Community volunteers decorated the trees for the annual Festival of Trees. For a complete list of entertainment, follow this link. The event is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. During the weekend, the event is open from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, visit the website. The Guntersville Museum is at 1215 Rayburn Ave.

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 country craft show is in Boaz

The 22nd Annual Marshall County Craft Club Christmas Show will feature more than 40 artists through Friday, Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Each handcrafted gift can be personalized. Admission is free. The show is at Billy B. Dyar Boulevard in Boaz. For more information, visit Facebook.

Holiday Spectacular at the Red Mountain Theatre Company (Contributed).

Christmas music extravaganza

Join the Red Mountain Theatre Company for its Holiday Spectacular through Sunday, Dec. 18. Holiday performances by Red Mountain’s conservatory students and other local artists offer entertainment for the entire family. Call 205-324-2424 or click for tickets. For more information, visit the website.

Check out Montgomery’s 25th Annual Christmas Lights Festival

Spend a part of the holiday season at the Montgomery Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum’s 25th Annual Christmas Lights Festival. The festival at the zoo is Dec. 15-31 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event includes train rides, sky lifts and more. Enjoy live entertainment and a visit from Santa. Click here for directions and ticket information. Follow the Montgomery Zoo and the Mann Wildlife Learning Museum on Facebook.

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