Christmas lights in Birmingham – Bringing out the “Clark Griswold” in all of us

Christmas Lights Birmingham Alabama

Earlier this week, my family watched the holiday classic Christmas Vacation.  The main character – Clark Griswold inspired us.

Last night, we were on a quest. We looked for Birmingham’s Clark Griswold “Christmas Vacation” house.

There were some pleasant surprises.

We found a house with a massive number of lights with the words “War Eagle” on its roof. In Vestavia, we saw an awesome light show synchronized to music. And in another neighborhood, we saw an airborne Santa on a motorcycle.

We didn’t quite find a light show that took out Chicago’s electrical grid like in the movie Christmas Vacation, but some came close.

Santa on a motorcycle etc... at 929 Beech Lane, Mountain Brook
Santa on a motorcycle in the sky, on the beach in a hammock, etc… at 929 Beech Lane, Mountain Brook
IMG 7214 Christmas lights in Birmingham - Bringing out the "Clark Griswold" in all of us
Light show in Homewood – 1648 Barry Ave
Christmas Lights Birmingham Alabama
War Eagle! with the movie Frozen – 214 Beech Street, Mountain Brook
Christmas Lights 2 Christmas lights in Birmingham - Bringing out the "Clark Griswold" in all of us
Synchronized light show in Vestavia Hills. They even have a radio channel you can play along with the light show (87.9) – 2445 Chestnut Rd, Vestavia Hills

Got pictures of Christmas light shows in Birmingham?  

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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