Where to drive to find spectacular Christmas lights in Birmingham

The Cloutier Christmas Lights
Christmas lights in Birmingham are such a big deal that one family is making a debut on TV. (The Cloutier Christmas Lights / Facebook)

‘Tis the season for beautiful Christmas lights in Birmingham. Whether you want to go for a joy ride around a neighborhood or see an extravagant house light show, Birmingham has it all. Keep reading to find out where to go this 2022 holiday season.


1. Hoover | The Preserve

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Get in the holiday spirit when you drive through The Preserve. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

The beautiful houses at The Preserve get even more magical during the holiday season. Experience the winter wonderland magic as you drive through the streets.

2. Trussville | Pepper Tree Neighborhood

I can’t help but smile when I see Christmas lights in Birmingham. (Patience Itson / Bham Now)

Trussville, one of Birmingham’s neighboring towns, has some can’t-miss lights for display. The Pepper Tree neighborhood has some of the best. Grab some hot chocolate, turn on your favorite Christmas music and drive through the neighborhood.

3. Vestavia Hills | Chestnut Road

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Merry and bright! (Jessica Broom / Bham Now)

From the Grinch to Charlie Brown, Chestnut Road in Vestavia has some impressive Christmas lights in Birmingham. Neighbors light up their houses each year to spread some holiday cheer.

Individual Christmas light shows

1. Hoover Commons | Chick-fil-a

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Get a great meal + see some great lights. (Chick-fil-a Hoover / Facebook)

Chick-fil-a’s Christmas lights in Hoover are just another reason to get yourself a chicken sandwich. They have fun dangling lights in the drive-thru and decorations all around the front.

2. Chelsea | The Cloutier Christmas Lights

The Cloutier Christmas Lights
A Christmas light show big enough to be featured on TV. (The Cloutier Christmas Lights / Facebook)

For many years the Cloutier Christmas light show has been a must-see in Birmingham. They have even caught the attention of The Great Christmas Light Fight show on ABC. Whether you see them in person or on TV, you won’t be disappointed!

Tune into The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC on Monday, December 12 at 8PM central to see the Cloutier Christmas Lights shine.

3. Hoover | The Mello Family Light Show

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Photos can’t do justice for this amazing light show. (The Mello Family Light Show / Facebook)

Choreographed Christmas lights to your favorite songs? Sign me up for the Mello Family’s light show. They have a brand new light show this year that’s tons of fun for the whole family.

4. Chelsea | Crazy Pete’s Used Tree Lot

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Hear from Mickey and the rest of the gang by tuning into their radio station. (Justin Poe / Facebook)

Make sure to add the Poe family Christmas lights to your holiday drive. You will be in awe when you see their electric light show and your kids will be filled with joy when they hear from Mickey and his gang.

5. Pinson | 2022 Bama Lights

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Do you believe in magic? (Bama lights / Facebook)

Bama Lights are giving back this holiday season. Although it is free to watch their spectacular light show, donations are encouraged as they will all go back to Magic Moments, a charity that helps turn children’s dreams into reality.

BONUS: Santa will be at the light show Friday, December 9 and Friday, December 16 from 6:30-8PM.

6. Vestavia | Lights on Ridgely Drive

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Thousands of lights and tons of fun. (Lights on Ridgely Drive / Facebook)

With almost 40,000 lights and a rotating playlist of your favorite Christmas tunes, you will want to stop by this house. Each light show lasts about thirty minutes and synchronizes with the music. Make sure to check out their Facebook to see video clips for a sneak peek of their Christmas lights in Birmingham.

The Villages

Personally, I always thought The Villages look like tiny Christmas towns, but now with the lights along the roofs and trees make it even more festive. You will instantly be filled with Christmas joy driving through The Villages.

1. Mountain Brook Village

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The Mountain Brook village square is beautiful at night. (Libby Malcom)

While you’re in the Mountain Brook Village make sure to stop for a sweet treat at Mountain Brook Creamery.

2. Crestline Village

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Euclid Ave in Crestline Village hosts beautiful Christmas lights in Birmingham. (Jacob Blankenship / Bham Now)

Eat dinner at La Paz and then walk around the Crestline Village square. I recommend taking a picture next to the clock tower with the lights all around it.

Christmas light show events

1. Lights of Noel

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The largest Christmas light show in Birmingham. (Lights of Noel / Facebook)

Grab some hot chocolate and come experience Alabama’s largest drive-thru animated light show, Lights of Noel. The lights are synchronized to Christmas music making it a must-see when it comes to Christmas lights in Birmingham.

2. Birmingham Zoo: Glow Wild

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Some of the best Christmas lights in Birmingham can be found at the Zoo. (Birmingham Zoo / Facebook)

The Birmingham Zoo’s Glow Wild event is the perfect place to mix fun and education for your kids. The vibrant colors and bright glow of the lights and lanterns make this a must-see for anyone in Birmingham.

BONUS LIGHTS: Check out Tuscaloosa for their Tinsel Trail.

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