There’s this thing about Christmas lights that manipulates our moods simply by viewing them. They bring us joy, each ray adding its own magnitude until all that’s left is a peaceful awe. For a brief moment, all is right with the world… Unless the lights are chaotic.

If one section in solid white is connected to a string of solid colorful lights, which are connected to a string of colorful blinking lights, or if the lights are droopy and appear to be hung with minimal effort, they almost bring a sense of sadness as you empathize with the person who had a desire to put on a magnificent display, but they just weren’t able.

When lights are done professionally, they’re attention-grabbing and able to hold one’s interest until the glow of the last bulb fades into the distance. Though out of sight, the inertia of happiness remains until another force comes against it.

This is why many enjoy light shows.  It could be a neighbor’s display which has been synchronized to music or the work of a facility which aims to facilitate the Spirit of Christmas. Whatever the case, light shows are some of the season’s most popular features; and one of central Alabama’s most popular light shows has announced its dates of operation this year.

Vulcan Statue, Birmingham, 1970s
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Vulcan Park and Museum will hold its 3rd Annual Magical Nights: Vulcan’s Holiday Light Experience on Dec. 3-6, 10-13, and 17-23 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

In addition to dancing lights, choreographed to holiday music, guests will enjoy games and music in a safe outdoor, socially-distanced space with timed tickets issued in one-hour blocks. Vulcan Park & Museum will also have limited attendance. So, advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended to ensure availability, according to a recent press release.

Here's a glimpse of what you can expect.

For more information about this event, click here.

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