Don’t miss “Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience” Christmas show at Vulcan Park December 12-23

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The Vulcan statue will be lit up with a sound-to-light Christmas show this year! Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum

This will be the first year of Vulcan Park and Museum’s sound-to-light Christmas show, and you don’t want to miss it. The shows will run from December 12th through the 23rd with free hot chocolate while supplies last.

What is a “sound-to-light” show? 

The show will feature beloved Christmas songs, and the lights on Vulcan will dance to in harmony with the music. It’s truly a sight for eyes and the ears as you watch the lights dance around on the iconic Vulcan statue to the tune of your favorite Christmas songs.

Catch the show at the top of each hour, beginning at 5pm and ending at 9. Shows will run for 15 minutes and each night will consist of four shows — 5-5:15, 6-6:15, 7-7:15, 8-8:15 and 9-9:15.

Now is the perfect time to get your special Christmas ornament from The Anvil at Vulcan Park and Museum! Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Joe Saling, Director of Visitor Service Experience, is thrilled to provide the community with a gathering place to enjoy the holiday season.

“We anticipate this becoming a holiday tradition for the entire family. Since we are the ‘Magic City’, it is only fitting to have a magical light show.”


Opening Night Festivities Feature Photos With Santa V 

On opening night, Santa V will be on hand for photos that are sure to be perfect for this year’s Christmas card! Santa V is Vulcan’s mascot, V, dressed with a Santa hat. He will be available for photos from 5 – 7pm on opening night, December 12th. The photos will be free, so get the whole family together for Christmas fun!

Free hot chocolate and photos with Santa V are waiting for you at Vulcan Park and Museum this Christmas! Photo via Vulcan Park and Musuem

Why Do A Light Show?

With this event being the first Christmas event Vulcan Park and Museum has put on, it begs the question: why a light show? According to LaShana Sorrell, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, the idea originated with an email from a nurse at Children’s of Alabama:

“We received an email from a staff member at Children’s of Alabama thanking us and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham for the light shows. This nurse informed us that the kids gather around and watch the current lighting effects and shows. This letter was so heartfelt, we realized we had to do something special not only for the children who would miss being at home for the holidays, but for all of Birmingham during this great season of giving and remembrance. Marc Brickman and his team did not hesitate to create this 15-minute show with all of the classic holiday songs such as Jingle Bell Rock and many others.”


This amazing show is made possible through the generous support from Kiwanis of Birmingham and their gift of the dynamic lighting package.

Red Dot Sale at The Anvil

Give a gift from The Anvil this holiday season! Photo via Vulcan Park

The Anvil is Vulcan Park and Museum’s gift shop, and it will stay open late for those attending the show. The shop is full of locally-made goods, Vulcan Park merchandise and more! Shop the Red Dot Sale while you warm up inside for deals up to 30% off.

Check out our full story on The Anvil here.

Pick up a hand-blown glass Vulcan ornament from The Anvil for your tree! Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Event Details: 

  • Magic of Lights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience and Santa V’s arrival:  Dec. 12 from 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m. (Santa V appearance premiere night only)
  • Shows Nightly: Dec. 12 to  Dec. 23 (5p | 6p | 7p | 8p | 9p)
  • The Museum and The Anvil will have extended hours until 9:00 p.m. for any last minute shopping, including red dot sales in The Anvil up to 30% off.
  • Admission is $5 for 13 and up, $4 for kids ages 5-12 and children under 4 are free.

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