The Alabama Department of Tourism has again provided us with a list of holiday themed events across our great state for 2016.

Events include everything from the Galaxy of Lights Tour at the Huntsville Botanical Garden to the lighting of the Christmas tree at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. The Governor's Mansion will also be open for special Christmas candlelight tours on the first three Monday nights in December.

More than 60 historical homes in Opelika will be part of the Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour and Christmas on the River in Demopolis will feature the Alabama State Championship BBQ cook-off.

Birmingham - Christmas at Arlington
Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens celebrates the holiday season on Dec 3-4 with decorations of Christmas past by local floral designers.

Decatur - Christmas Tour of Homes
Decatur's historic districts will be decorated and several homes will be open for tours during the Christmas Tour of Homes on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Demopolis - Christmas on the River
Christmas on the River is Nov. 30-Dec. 1.  The event will feature musical performances, the Alabama State Championship BBQ cook-off, a lighted boat parade on the Tombigbee River and fireworks.

Dothan- Victorian Christmas
Celebrate a Victorian Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 11 at Landmark Park.  Sample turn-of-the-century desserts, sip hot chocolate or cider and try your hand at making traditional Christmas decorations.

Fairhope - New Year's Eve Celebration
Spend New Year's Eve on the Eastern Shore and enjoy Fairhope's annual New Year's Eve Celebration. There will be live music, children's entertainment, a lighted ball drop and midnight fireworks.

Gulf Shores and Orange Beach - Christmas lighted boat parade
Enjoy a lighted Christmas boat parade along the intercostal waterway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Huntsville - Galaxy of Lights Tour
The Galaxy of Lights Tour is Nov. 24-Dec. 31 at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.  Experience North Alabama's largest holiday light extravaganza with a two-mile driving tour of the garden.

Montgomery - Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
The annual Capitol Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is Friday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Alabama State Capitol.  The ceremony will feature Gov. Robert Bentley, Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey, Secretary of State John Merrill, Treasurer Young Boozer and special musical guests The Secret Sisters. The tree will be decorated with more than 40,000 lights and 67 stars, one representing each of Alabama's counties. The tree-lighting ceremony will be followed by a Capitol Open House from 6-7 p.m. There will be refreshments, photos with Santa Claus and a canned goods collection.

Montgomery - Candlelight Tours at the Governor's Mansion
The Governor's Mansion will be open for special Christmas candlelight tours on the Monday nights of Dec. 5, 12 and 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The historic 1907 Governor's Mansion will be aglow with holiday lights and decorations. Admission for the tours is free.

Montgomery - Hank Williams Anniversary Memorial
The Hank Williams Anniversary Memorial at Oakwood Cemetery is Jan. 1 and will be followed by special entertainment at the Hank Williams Museum.

Opelika - Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour
The Victorian Front Porch Christmas Tour is Dec. 7-11.  Sixty historic homes in downtown Opelika will be transformed with colorful, nostalgic reminders of Christmas past.

Theodore - Magic Christmas in Lights
Bellingrath Gardens and Home presents Magic Christmas in Lights from Nov. 25-Dec. 31.  Bellingrath will be ablaze with poinsettias, Christmas mums, snapdragons, and more. Stroll through 3 million sparkling lights and more than 950 displays throughout the 65 acre garden estate.

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