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County kicks off holiday season with lights and movies

November 26 – Thanksgiving weekend marks the start of the real Christmas season for many, and in Cullman that means the holiday lights will be on until the end of December at Winter Wonderland at Sportsman Lake Park.

The nighttime drive-thru attraction is back and bigger than ever this year, with over a million Christmas lights to light up spirits throughout the winding tour of the park, which also includes elaborate Christmas displays and inflatable structures. From 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every night, the park not only comes alive with lights, but also with activities and attractions for anyone who wants to stop, go out and take in the views after dark. night.

Those leaving the limits of their cars can visit Santa with the kids at the Winter Wonderland photo booth, board the Christmas train for a different view of the park, grab hot chocolate and other goodies at the concession stand. , and even play among the falling flakes, thanks to the nearby snow machine. Some evenings families can even get into the “Sleigh Ride” spirit with horse and carriage rides through the park.

Sportsman Lake Park and Winter Wonderland are operated by Cullman County Parks and Recreation. Although daytime entry to the park is free year-round, there is a $ 10 per car entry to Winter Wonderland each evening starting at 5 p.m. posting, visit the ministry’s Facebook page @CullmanCountyParks.

Drive-in movie nights at the nearby Cullman County Fairgrounds will also debut in December, with a month-long selection of Christmas-themed movies from the 70s, 80s and more. Presented by Throwback Outdoor Cinema in partnership with Kernel Kullman Popcorn, the fun begins on the weekend of December 4-5, when the series kicks off with screenings of Elf on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

Until December 23, drive-in patrons can also watch a wide variety of favorite holiday movies, from Home Alone to A Christmas Story to It’s a Wonderful Life and many more. Find the event page on Facebook and search for “Throwback Outdoor Cinema” on for tickets (admission is $ 25 per vehicle) as well as the full schedule of driving movies, as well as parking rules and viewing tips.