Family holiday and Christmas events in Birmingham 2017
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The holiday season is a great time to take the family out to enjoy Christmas lights and special events in Birmingham, Alabama. The entire family will be delighted to see the festive decorations and the festive seasonal events in 2017.

Zoo Lights Safari
Dec. 8-10, 15-23, & 26-31 @ 5 p.m.
Birmingham Zoo, 2630 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham, AL 35223

The Birmingham Zoo comes alive for 18 nights during the holiday season for ZooLight Safari presented by Wells Fargo. The family will be amazed at the sight of over one million lights and will enjoy the holiday music and festive snowfalls. Enjoy the ride on the Shipt Candy Cane Ride, the Jingle Bell Carousel, and the Yuletide Slide, and more. Singing Santa will be at the festive event through Dec. 23. Tickets are $10/person, plus there is an additional $10 fee for an unlimited attraction wristband for rides.

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland
Nov. 17-Jan. 7
Birmingham Race Course, 1000 John Rogers Dr., Birmingham, AL 35235

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland is a holiday light show, featuring 3.25 miles of custom-made holiday displays dancing to the lively music that you can play on your car radio. The entire family will have fun watching the delightful show of lights. Admission is $25/Carload.

 Winter Wonderland at Railroad Park
Nov. 25-Jan 1 (Closed 12/25)
Railroad Park, 1600 1st Ave. S., Birmingham, AL 35233

Winter Wonderland at Railroad Park will be open through New Year’s Day. The entire family will have fun ice skating at the rink for a holiday event you can enjoy together.  Red Diamond Coffee and Tea and house-made hot chocolate will be for sale in the Boxcar Café. Tickets, which include skate rental, will be $12/Adults, $10/Children 12 and under.

Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Garden
Nov. 24-Dec. 31 @ 5:30 p.m. Driving Nights
Huntsville Botanical Garden. 4747 Bob Wallace Ave., Huntsville, AL 35805

The Galaxy of Lights at Huntsville Botanical Gardens is a festive drive-through holiday lights show. Kids and adults will be amazed by the larger-than-life animated light displays, including Santa, a winter village, nursery rhyme characters, and a sparkling icicle forest. Admission for Driving Nights will be $25/carload (up to 10 people).

Let It Snow and Festival of Trees
Nov. 11-Dec. 31 for Festival of Trees
Nov. 11- Jan. 31 for Let it Snow
Imagination Place, Hardin Cultural Arts Center, 501 Broad St., Gadsden, AL 35901

The Hardin Center a children’s play area with fake snow at Let It Snow. The fun will include a slide, skating in their socks on the plastic ice rink, and more. The Festival of Trees is a display of 34 Christmas Trees, decorated with the theme “National Parks and National Monuments.” Admission is $8/person, Free for children 24 months and under.