Bellingrath Gardens is tops in Christmas lights in the Mobile Bay

Santa and his sleigh fly over the lake at the Bellingrath GardensSanta and his sleigh fly over the lake at the Bellingrath Gardens
Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens on the Mobile Bay

Christmas lights at Bellingrath Gardens on the Mobile Bay

From the frozen north to the balmy south a favorite Christmas tradition is decorating trees, houses, and most anything that doesn’t move (and a few that do) with colored lights.  Some flash, change colors, and even play music.

After the lights are up, families will pile in the car and ride around and look ast their neighbors homes, and if lucky, the city park and other public locations will have more elaborate ones for their viewing.

Santa and his sleigh fly over the lake at the Bellingrath Gardens

Santa and his sleigh fly over the lake at the Bellingrath Gardens

On the Mobile Bay, just outside the city of Mobile, is a beautiful display in the Bellingrath Gardens.  Not only is it tops in the Mobile Bay area, it is on the USA Today’s top 10 public light displays.  The display has over three million fashioned into over 1,000 displays from Santa’s and sleighs to swans and sea creatures.

Swans a swimmin' on the lake at the Bellingrath Gardens

Swans a swimmin’ on the lake at the Bellingrath Gardens

It is spread out over the 65 acres of the historic Walter Bellingrath estate in the trees, bushes, along the paths, and even floating in the lake.  Visitors will want to make sure they view the aquatic areas, as the reflections add an extra dimension to their beauty.

The Bellingrath Gardens is definitely worth the trip if you can get there between now and January third of 2015, but if not, check out the photos as well as the video with some of the garden lights put to the Christmas songs of the award-winning Los Angeles band, Eyeshine.

The jury is still out on who will be number one so to give them your support, pop over to the USA Today’s top 10 list and give them a vote once a day until the voting is over.

John N. Collins is a writer/photographer/videographer who recently spent a few days in preparation for Mardi Gras 2015 in Mobile, Alabama where Mardi Gras was first celebrated in the America’s.  Check back for more photos and fun from this trip and his next stop in Biloxi, Mississippi when he will be !

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