The South's Sensational Christmas Lights Displays

November 30, 2017

Grab your favorite cup of coffee or hot chocolate, gather your loved ones and friends and get ready for lots of laughs and holiday cheer as you admire the craziest and most festive Christmas lights displays in the south. 

 

From thousands of twinkling lights, to zany holiday inflatables and synchronized dancing lighted trees and special Christmas nativity scenes, these amazing Christmas lights displays are unforgettable. A festive holiday tradition is in the making with a visit to these sensational Christmas lights displays! 


Richardson Light Show - (Madison, MS)

Voted 3rd best private light display in the nation by USA Today Readers' Choice in 2014, the Richardson Light Show is a spectacular display that began 17 years ago as a small residential display in Madison, Mississippi. Each year the display has continued to grow with over 250 inflatables, over 100,000 LED lights, hundreds of lighted wireframe characters and messages and a 23 foot animated tree.

The Richardson Light Show's lights are synchronized to music broadcasted by radio on the station 99.9 FM. Many nights children can enjoy live appearances by Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty the Snowman! The Richardson Light Show hopes to provide great holiday entertainment and sharing the true meaning of Christmas with beautiful nativity displays to share the message of the birth of Jesus Christ.

 

Christmas in Cotton Plant - (Blue Mountain, MS)

Featured on TLC's My Crazy Obsession television show, Christmas in Cotton Plant showcases on a 13 acre property the largest collection of Christmas inflatables in America. This Christmas inflatable spectacular display is nestled in over 300,000 lights and began as simply decorations for the family's boys to enjoy.

The festive inflatables come in all shapes and sizes from Superman Santa to Uncle Sam and unique and unforgettable ones from Europe, Mexico and ones that you will only see at this Mississippi Christmas display. Every evening from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day, more than 2,000 visitors wander through the 1-mile pathway of inflatables that are arranged into themed sections. Christmas in Cotton Plant features prominently a Christian section of inflatables with a 15-foot Jesus as a spotlight to the real meaning of the Christmas season.

 

Gulfport Harbor Lights - Winter Festival (Gulfport, MS)

The 2017 Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival is a magical wonderland experience for the entire family with over 1,000,000 lights on more than 140 holiday displays throughout Gulfport’s Jones Park. Festival-goers can enjoy a full evening of non-stop Christmas music that will bring joyful smiles and laughter with their incredible dancing Christmas tree light show!

The 2017 experience has grown to feature 18 nights of live entertainment and 30 nights where you can visit and snap your photo free of charge with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Santa’s Big Wheel returns this year to light the sky along with many other exciting activities and rides for the entire family! 

 

Bellingrath Gardens and Home - Magic Christmas in Lights (Theodore, Alabama)

Bellingrath Gardens and Home is celebrating the 22nd year of Magic Christmas in Lights and made USA Today’s 2014 list of “10 Best Public Light Displays in America.” 

Guests stroll through a dazzling light display that features more than 1,100 set pieces, 3 million lights and 15 scenes throughout the 65-acre garden estate. The Bellingrath Home is decorated in its holiday finery and enhanced with beautiful poinsettias and guests may purchase hot chocolate on Live Oak Plaza to enjoy while looking at the dazzling Christmas light display.

 

Chad's Winter Wonderland (Lebanon, Tennessee)

 

One of the nation’s largest displays of Christmas lights with nearly 2 million Christmas lights in a variety of displays, Chad's Winter Wonderland features an actual drive-thru Santa house. 

Children can bring their letters for Santa and place them in a special mailbox just for him as he gives out candy canes. Chad's Winter Wonderland features a beautiful drive through nativity with live animals and light displays. Enjoy the 350 plus pieces of Christmas scenery, a Christmas train, and illuminated light tunnels with 90 arches and synchronized lights.

 

{Blog by: Jenny Cox Holman}

 

Would you like to see more great ideas for road trips, vacations and fun travel ideas? Visit our Lifestyle | Travel section

 

For directions, hours and information on sensational Christmas lights displays:

Richardson Light Show - (Madison, MS)

Christmas in Cotton Plant - (Blue Mountain, MS)

Gulfport Harbor Lights - Winter Festival (Gulfport, MS)

Bellingrath Gardens and Home - Magic Christmas in Lights (Theodore, Alabama)

Chad's Winter Wonderland (Lebanon, Tennessee)

 

 

 

 

 

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