Festive lights are as much a part of the holiday spirit as Santa Clause, Christmas Trees and Aunt Martha's festive yule log!

Neighborhoods in Tuscaloosa are lined with sparkling Christmas lights, the Tuscaloosa Tinsel Trail can be seen shining bright from the banks of the Black Warrior and downtown business have already started to decorate in anticipation of the holiday season.

The rest of the great state of Alabama is no different as events are being planned and lights are going up from Florence to Fairhope.

Here's a list of 5 Towns in Alabama to take the family this year to see the sights of the season.

  • Birmingham Zoo/Facebook
    Birmingham Zoo/Facebook

    ZooLight Safari at Birmingham Zoo


    The Birmingham Zoo comes alive for 17 nights of holiday fun at ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo! Be amazed by over one million lights, listen to holiday music and delight in festive snowfalls every night! Enjoy a ride on the Candy Cane Train, go for a spin on the Jingle Bell Carousel, experience the thrill of the over 100 foot Yuletide Slide, ride the Santa Rollers and so much more. Take in the beauty of a decorated tree reaching nearly 30 feet tall in Trails of Africa as you dance and boogie to special entertainment each night! Santa will be seated from 5:30-6:30 for photos in the Safari Peak, and will be available for meet and greets the remainder of the night in Trails of Africa.

  • Huntsville Botanical Garden/Facebook
    Huntsville Botanical Garden/Facebook

    Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Gardens


    Galaxy of Lights is a holiday light extravaganza featuring larger-than-life animated light displays. See Santa soaring over a delightful winter village. Nursery rhyme characters dance and frolic among traditional scenes of the season. And, best of all, experience the magic of the twinkling icicle forest. Galaxy of Lights is the perfect holiday treat for the young and young-at-heart.

  • Montgomery Zoo/Facebook
    Montgomery Zoo/Facebook

    Christmas Lights Festival at Montgomery Zoo


    See the Montgomery Zoo transformed into a Winter Wonderland sparkling with thousands of lights and festive decorations. Take a leisurely stroll, a brisk train ride or see the lights from atop the Zoofari Skylift Ride. Visit Santa, enjoy the live nightly entertainment and no winter's night would be complete without some warming hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies. Make sure you check out the list of extra activities below.

  • Bellingrath Gardens and Home/Facebook
    Bellingrath Gardens and Home/Facebook

    Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home


    Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 21st edition of Magic Christmas in Lights in 2016! The holiday tradition lets guests stroll through a dazzling display, which features more than 1,000 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. The event also includes nightly choral performances on the South Terrace of the Home Sundays through Thursdays.

  • Holiday Spectacular Park/Facebook
    Holiday Spectacular Park/Facebook

    Holiday Spectacular Park


    Over 14,000,000 lights illuminate a spectacular walk-through family park with multiple scenes,
    Santa Claus, petting zoo and a life-size Nativity scene. They'll also have a fireworks show on Christmas Eve as well as a New Year’s Eve celebration with a concert and a fireworks show.

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