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Magic Christmas in Lights: November 27-December 31, 2020

Click the portal below to purchase tickets to Magic Christmas in Lights! (Please note that our online tickets are sold for one-hour time slots because of precautions related to Covid-19 requirements.)

2020 Ticket Procedures: Frequently Asked Questions

Q. May I purchase tickets when I arrive? 

A. Tickets will also be available to purchase in the Entrance Building when you arrive. However, we’re encouraging everyone to purchase online ahead of time so that we will be able to streamline the entrance process. Our Covid-19 guidelines emphasize social distancing and crowd control. For details on our Covid-19 safety precautions, please click here.

Q. How strict are the time stamps?

A. On the busier nights of the Magic Christmas in Lights season, time stamps will be implemented. The online ticket portal makes it easy for ticket holders to change their time stamps if their plans change. We hope to be able to offer flexibility on the nights when we have fewer guests (Sundays through Thursdays).

Q. Are there capacity limits for ticket sales? If we arrive without prepurchased tickets, is there a chance that we won’t be able to get in?

A. We anticipate that there may be capacity limits on the traditionally busy nights of the Magic Christmas in Lights season. We will announce any capacity limits ahead of time on bellingrath.org and on our social media platforms, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We encourage our guests to check these sites before coming to the Gardens if they choose not to purchase tickets ahead of time. We want to assure our guests that we will make every effort to allow everyone to come and enjoy Magic Christmas in Lights. However, during the pandemic, our safety precautions may lead to situations in which we reach crowd capacity.

Q. What are the best nights to plan our visit in order to avoid crowds?

A. Traditionally, the most popular nights of the season are Friday and Saturdays and the dates closest to Christmas. We advise our guests to plan their visit during the first three weeks of the Magic Christmas in Lights season.

Magic Christmas in Lights Fast Facts

  • Dates and times: November 27 – December 31, 5 to 9 p.m. nightly (closed December 25)
  • Tickets: Timed tickets are available for purchase from the ticket portal above; tickets are nonrefundable
  • The Tour: Magic Christmas in Lights is a walking tour of the Gardens and takes about an hour to complete
  • Wheelchairs and wagons: Available for a $5 rental fee on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Group Rates: Available for groups of 20 adults or more; details below
  • Parking: Free; complimentary shuttle rides available in parking areas only
  • Food and beverages: Hot cocoa and snacks available for purchase on Live Oak Plaza; hot evening meals available in the Magnolia Cafe nightly from 4 to 8 p.m.; beer and wine available for purchase in the Magnolia Café nightly from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Live Oak Plaza on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Guided tours of the Bellingrath Home: Open evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with tours every 30 minutes; guests may also tour the Home during the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with tours on the hour

Details about Magic Christmas in Lights

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 25th year of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2020! In this Gulf Coast holiday tradition, guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre Garden estate. In addition, the Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias.

Magic Christmas in Lights is a made-in-Alabama production. Each year, the set pieces for the holiday lights are designed, welded, painted and lamped by members of Bellingrath’s staff. Three of our employees work full-time all year on the light display.

Magic Christmas in Lights has received numerous honors over the years. The show is a 2020 Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Festival & Event winner. The display was also ranked on USA Today’s 2018 list of “10 Best Botanical Garden Holiday Light Displays,” which was compiled with readers’ online votes, and selected to the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events of 2016.”

Magic Christmas in Lights is a family-friendly event for all ages. It’s guaranteed to get everyone into the holiday spirit!

Hours

Magic Christmas in Lights opens Friday, November 27, 2020, and continues nightly, rain or shine, through December 31, 2020 (closed Christmas Day). Magic Christmas in Lights is open each night from 5 to 9 p.m. Tours of the Bellingrath Home are every hour and half hour; the final tour begins at 8 p.m.

Tours of the Bellingrath Home

Visit the historic Bellingrath Museum Home and see it in its holiday finery!  The 15-room Home features its original furnishings and is lavishly decorated for the Christmas season. Guided tours allow a glimpse into the lives of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath and the way that they celebrated the holidays so long ago. Home Tour tickets may be purchased in the Admissions Building or as part of your online ticket package. The last ticket for the Home Tour is sold at 7:30 p.m. for the final tour of the night, which begins at 8 p.m.

Food and shopping

Snacks and hot chocolate are available for purchase on Live Oak Plaza at the midway point of the walking tour. Beer and wine are available for purchase in the Magnolia Café nightly from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Live Oak Plaza on Friday and Saturday nights. In addition, the Magnolia Café is open nightly from 4 to 8 p.m., serving hot evening meals.

Browse through the unique merchandise in the popular Bellingrath Gift Shop, open nightly until 9 p.m.

Group Rates

Special group rates are available for Magic Christmas in Lights. Call 251-459-8986 or email bellingrath@bellingrath.org for information and rates.

Please note that tickets are nonrefundable.