Christmas can be such a magical time of the year. There’s so much joy and anticipation in the atmosphere, and it’s thrilling to see excitement on children’s faces as they take in the season. There are few things more enjoyable as a parent than creating moments of excitement for my children. One of my favorite traditions is dressing our littles in their Christmas pajamas (I mean, is there really anything cuter?) and loading them into our van before bedtime to drive around and look at Christmas lights in Birmingham. Even adults can enjoy the wonder of Christmas lights during the season!
If you’re interested in starting your own family tradition of viewing Christmas lights or just want to continue your old one, here are my top recommendations to light up your night.
Where to See Christmas Lights in Birmingham
If you enjoy Hallmark Christmas movies as much as I do, then this neighborhood is for you! Enjoy a small town feel as you cruise through the Preserve in Hoover. Better yet, have a date night with your honey at one of their two restaurants and take a festive stroll down the neighborhood sidewalks lined with lit trees.
The Richardson Family reminds others of the reason for the season as they use their holiday decor in Alabaster to host a canned food drive for those less fortunate. Don’t forget to bring your contribution when you come view their synchronized light show which runs from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day.
Homewood’s Edgewood subdivision hosts lots of lights to brighten your night. Start at Barry Avenue to be dazzled with its light show. Then, be sure to also check out Edgewood Boulevard, East Hawthorne Drive, and West Hawthorne Drive for more fun lights and sights.
Make a visit to “Santa’s House” in Trussville’s Peppertree neighborhood. While it has lots of fun lights for the family to enjoy, it’s Santa’s sleigh that’s the main attraction. If you’re lucky, you may catch jolly old St. Nick himself waiting to pose for photos in his sleigh.
I love music and Christmas lights, so knowing that these neighborhoods found a way to combine the two definitely put them on my list of places to visit. Take a trip to the Biltmore Estates and Mountain Woods subdivisions of Vestavia to see some lights synchronized with music.
For those who love tradition, you’ll be satisfied with a visit to Lake Drive in Mountain Brook. As one of the first streets in the area to decorate their trees, you’ll enjoy seeing Santa and his reindeer. If their lights return this year, the Beech Hill subdivision is an Auburn fan’s Christmas delight. Finally, take a trip to Spring Rock Road for an abundance of blow-up decorations that your kids will adore. This area is sure to please every light viewer in your car!
There’s always something festive and magical about a lit pathway. Throughout Meadowbrook’s neighborhood in Inverness, you’ll find luminary lined paths helping Santa find his way this season. Be sure to also visit Brookhill Drive for some lights synced to their own FM station.
The resort is beautiful, but the neighborhood itself is fun and festive around the holidays. Start at the main entrance with all the new shops and restaurants to enjoy a treat. Then, wind your way around each area to see the white-lit trees on the terraces, inflatables, and more fun decor the residents display for all to enjoy.
Hoover Commons Chick-fil-A
If you don’t have time for a full light tour in Birmingham, then this stop is for you. Sure to be a crowd pleaser as you pick up dinner, this Chick-fil-A decorates their drive-thru with a light tunnel that will definitely keep your kids entertained.
When all else fails, just drive around your neighborhood and see what lights you can find. Remember, some of the best adventures are spur of the moment and come unscripted. The most important thing is to enjoy the thrill of lights while making sweet memories with your loved ones.