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Magic Christmas in Lights Hours & Tickets

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Magic Christmas in Lights begins at dusk and is open nightly, rain or shine, from November 27, 2020, to January 3, 2021 (closed on December 25 and January 1, Christmas and New Year’s Days). Please note that our online tickets are sold for designated entry times because of precautions related to Covid-19 requirements. These appointments DO NOT limit our guests to any length of time for their visit.

Tickets are nonrefundable.

Magic Christmas in Lights 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 appointment times?

A. On the busier nights of the Magic Christmas in Lights season, appointment times will be implemented. The online ticket portal makes it easy for ticket holders to change their appointment times 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. If my plans change, how may I change the date and time on my online ticket?

A. Here is the process to change your online ticket on the Eventbrite website:

  1. Open EventBrite.com on your web browser and create an account.
  2. Do a search for Magic Christmas in Lights to open the ticket portal.
  3. Select the “Tickets” button on the lower right.
  4. Select your order.
  5. Look for the pull-down window to the right of your account. Right-click on it and pull down to “transfer attendee.”
  6. Follow the prompts to select the correct date and time for each ticket. For example, if you purchased 4 tickets, you will have to repeat the process three more times.
  7. Review the Transfer Summary, then choose “Continue Transfer.” The transfer summary should reflect your new event, ticket, or seat.
  8. Click here to view additional pointers from Eventbrite.

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.

Q. My plans have changed. May I get a refund?

A. Before you purchase your tickets, please be aware that tickets are nonrefundable. We appreciate your understanding.

Regular Season Hours & Tickets

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The last tickets are sold at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and the last tickets are sold at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Bellingrath Home is open for tours from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tours are held each half hour and are limited to five people. Tour tickets are sold for specific tour times. The last Home tour tickets are sold at 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Bellingrath Gardens and Home’s normal operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Gardens are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.

For information about our Covid-19 precautions, please click here.

Additional Information on Tickets and Discounts

 AdultsChildren (ages 5-12)Children (ages 4 and younger)
Gardens & Bellingrath Museum Home Package$22.00$14.00Free
Gardens-Only Package$14.00$8.00Free
Magic Christmas in Lights & Bellingrath Museum Home Package$25.00$14.00Free
Magic Christmas in Lights Gardens-Only Package$16.00$8.00Free

During the months of January and February, Gardens-and-Home combination tickets are discounted to $19.00 for adults (regular fee: $22) and $13.00 for ages 5-12 (regular fee: $14). This discount is also available during the month of August.

Each year on Mr. Bellingrath’s Birthday, August 6, residents of Mobile and Baldwin Counties are admitted to the Gardens at no charge.

Military Discounts: A 10% discount on Gardens-only tickets is offered to military personnel and their immediate families on Mondays throughout the year.

A 50% discount on Gardens-only tickets is offered to military personnel and their immediate families on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Please note that our tickets are nonrefundable.

Photography Policy

During your visit, you may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by a Gardens employee or contract photographer. Your attendance serves as permission for the use of your image by the Gardens and its constituents.

Group Rates

  • Special group and tour agency rates are available. Call 251.459.8986 for information and rates.
  • For the group rate, we require a minimum of 20 people who are 5 years of age or older.
  • Tickets must be purchased in one payment via cash, organizational checks or major credit card.
  • Reservations must be made at least 8 days in advance.
  • Prices are subject to change unless guaranteed with a reservation.
  • Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour date.