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“Christmas Wonderland of Lights”

Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Theodore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Enjoy 65 acres of year-round floral pageantry in a Southern estate garden with blooms and beauties every day of the year. It is our passion at Bellingrath Gardens and Home to preserve and enhance the 65-acre garden and grand estate home of Walter and Bessie Bellingrath.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed December 10, 2012

What a delightful place Bellingrath Gardens is. In summer, spring fall or winter there is always something beautiful to see. In Winter, although there may not be an abundance of flowering blooms to delight, they make up for it by putting up Christmas lights everywhere turning the gardens into a wonderful fairy like experience. Where ever you turn there are magical sparkling lights transforming the trees and bushes into a wonderment for the eyes. When you follow the path through the gardens to the center, you'll also be able to purchase hot Chocolate and popcorn. As you stroll along the path taking in the beauty of the Christmas light you will hear Christmas music and songs. and this year there is a quartet of musicians playing jazzed up Christmas songs. If you want to take the family out for a special treat. go out to Bellingrath Gardens.
If you want to walk around while it's not so crowded get there early around 4 30pm , after 6pm it gets really crowded and although there is a lot of parking it's very congested. be careful when driving on the road into the park , it's not very well lit and traffic is bad.

Thank kanukgirl
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Reviewed December 6, 2012

The gardens at Bellingrath are beautifully decorated at Christmas. We went the last weekend in Nov. to avoid the heavy crowds later in the season.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

We decided to go to Bellingrath to see the Christmas lights display. I'd heard great things about it, and it's hard to find things to take a two year old and a four year old to. I must say, I was not disappointed.
The lights were stunning! The little ones enjoyed it, but I think the adults did more. It took us about two hours to take the tour (we didn't tour the house, with two small kids I was afraid they might break something), so make sure to wear something really comfortable.
If you are anywhere near the area during the holidays, it really is a must see. I will definitely be going back next year!

Thank srtisdale
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

This was truly a wonderful experience. The gardens were magnificent. You don't want to miss going here. It does take time so plan on a few hours. Great gift shop.

Thank whimisical
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Bellingrath's Magic Christmas in Lights is an enchanting display of the Christmas spirit. The grounds of the home are transformed with thousands of light displays ranging from traditional Christmas trees to animals and sea creatures. The lights around the lake are especially stunning. You can also tour the home during the evening opening hours, but the gardens and lights are the real attraction.
TIP: Go early (3 to 4 p.m.) and tour the gardens and chrysanthemum displays in the daylight and you can stay until dark to see the lights. You'll miss the worst of the crowds this way also.

Thank blnavarremary
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