Delight of Lights

Our favorite glowing holiday extravaganza sizzles your season.

Carolanne Griffith Roberts
Delight of Lights
At Bellingrath Gardens, holiday lights shape into lotus blossoms in front of a pagoda.
Cary Jobe

Trip Notes

Here's what you need to know to go; the feeling of joy comes for free.
• Bellingrath Gardens and Home is located at 12401 Bellingrath Gardens Road in Theodore, Alabama (20 miles from downtown Mobile); for more information visit, or call (251) 973-2217. Admission for the Magic Christmas in Lights: $10 adults, $5.50 ages 5-11. You can visit early in the day and return for the light display on the same ticket. There is also a guided home tour available on every hour and half hour until 8 p.m. Tickets for both the lights and home tour are $18 adults, $11 ages 5-11.

• Magic Christmas in Lights is open 5-9 p.m. from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve (check the daily paper for sunset time). Home and gardens hours are 8 a.m.-9 p.m. (closed Christmas Day).

• Local entertainment takes place nightly on The South Terrace. Have lunch or dinner in the Magnolia Café (11 a.m.-3 p.m., 4-8 p.m.). The gift shop is open 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

• Magic Christmas in Lights hotel packages are available at The Battle House, A Renaissance Hotel in Mobile; Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel (also in Mobile); and the Grand Hotel Marriott Resort Golf Club & Spa (in nearby Point Clear). For more information on these hotels or to make a reservation, visit, or call 1-888-236-2427.

"Delight of Lights" is from the Home for the Holidays 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.