Drive this way to holiday lights around Birmingham

Peppertree, Trussville
Holiday lights make driving so much fun. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

Holiday lights provide all the magical Christmas feels. While we’ve created some fabulous guides to where you can find them this season, this specific guide is perfect for leisurely driving around the Greater Birmingham Area while listening to holiday tunes. So check out the list and get ready to roll. 🚘


Cloutier Christmas Lights

The Cloutier Christmas Lights
Now THAT’S a display! Photo via The Cloutier Christmas Lights’ Facebook

For the ultimate home holiday display this December, you have to check out the Cloutier Christmas Lights in Chelsea. This year, the home is more spectacular than ever before—and with good reason.

On December 13, the owners of the home announced on Facebook that their extravagant holiday house is going to be a contestant on season 10 of The Greatest Christmas Light Fight on ABC that’s airing in 2022.

If it’s worthy of TV, it’s definitely worthy of a visit.

Where: 5703 HWY 39, Chelsea, AL 35043
When: Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10PM | Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:30PM (weather permitting)

Chelsea Park Neighborhood

Last-minute holiday shopping at The Summit is the perfect reason to take a drive down Highway 280 to the City of Chelsea. 

Pass the Chelsea Publix and turn right off the highway at the Chelsea Park neighborhood and find house after house decked in Christmas lights from sweet and simple to imaginative and bold.

When: Throughout December 2021
Park View Dr, Chelsea, AL 35043


18th Street South

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The Homewood Star. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Star light, star bright… this well-known holiday display lights your drive along Homewood’s 18th Street South. Let it lead the way to more cool light installations in Soho Square and streets like English Circle.

When: Throughout December 2021
Where: Homewood star – 18th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209 | Soho Square – 29th Ave S, Homewood, AL 35209 | English Circle Homewood, AL 35209


The Preserve

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Beautiful lights at The Preserve. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Think you like The Preserve in Hoover? Wait until you see it in lights! From small to enormous displays, you’ll be ensconced in the holly jolly spirit no matter which street you turn down.

When: Through December 2021
Where: 616 Preserve Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35226

Chick-fil-a at Hoover Commons

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Like you need another reason to “Eat Mor Chikin”. Photo via Jessica Broom for Bham Now

Need another excuse to eat Chick-fil-a? The Hoover Commons location has you covered. Here you’ll find their drive-thru decked out in a tunnel of lights. Now that’s the perfect way to tame your hangry.

When: All December
Where: 1609 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, AL 35216

For more displays in Hoover, check out:

Mountain Brook

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Euclid Ave in Crestline Village. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Mountain Brook is charming year-round, but during the holidays, it becomes truly enchanting. From English Village to Euclid Avenue leading into Crestline, you’ll discover trees decked in white lights, houses adorned with beautiful decorations and more.

When: Throughout December 2021
Where: English Village, Mountain Brook, AL 35223 | Euclid Avenue, Mountain Brook, AL 35213

More Mountain Brook streets to check out: Bethune Drive and Locksley Drive.


Peppertree Neighborhood

The ultimate Home Alone set up WITH scavenger hunt. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

Get ready to wear your sunglasses at night, because the Peppertree neighborhood is the holy Mecca of Christmas lights. Nearly every house is dripping with blinking lights, Santas, blow ups characters, Grinches and more.

Be sure to check out the house with a Home Alone theme on Peppertree Lane. Not only does it have character displays from the movie, but you’ll also find a scavenger hunt sign with a QR code that you can scan for some extra holiday fun.

Turn down Peppertree Circle for the ultimate pit stop during your drive for an over-the-top home display that features everything from a ferris wheel in lights to Pac Man Ghosts. Santa’s Sleigh is also there for the perfect photo op.

When: Through December 2021
Where: Peppertree Lane, Trussville, AL 35173

Toy Shop on Magnolia

Adorable, right? Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

Oh, sweet Christmas. While driving through Trussville, make a stop at my all-time favorite holiday house—the Toy Shop on Magnolia Street. From flying reindeer, a Santa-themed mailbox and a countdown to Christmas, this display is just delightful.

When: Through December 2021
Where: 211 Magnolia St, Trussville, AL 35173

While you’re in Tville, be sure to swing by Standard Oil Products Museum to see Santa in a festive vintage truck and through the up-and-coming Entertainment District filled with lights and all the potential to come in 2022.


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Chestnut Road in Hoover. Photo via Jessica Broom for Bham Now

If you love over-the-top holiday home displays, a trip to Chestnut Road in Vestavia is a must. Here you’ll find one of the most popular places to check out each year during the holidays, so be sure to slow your car down to a crawl to take in all it has to see.

When: Through December 2021
Where: Chestnut Rd, Vestavia Hills, AL 35216

While in Vestavia, head toward Tanglewood off Rocky Ridge Road for more must-see lights.

Which neighborhood do you think is the best for a drive-by holiday lights adventure? Let us know by tagging @bhamnow.

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