Oxford’s Lights Festival


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Be ready for this year’s Oxford’s Lights Festival. Read on to find out more about this breathtaking festival of lights.

Oxford Christmas Lights festival
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About the Festival

Oxford Lights Festival in Alabama is an enchanting drive-thru experience that welcomes visitors to witness the magic of the holiday season from the comfort of their vehicles. As you meander through the illuminated pathways, you’re treated to an awe-inspiring array of lights and installations. Designed to captivate audiences of all ages, this festival is more than just a display of twinkling lights. It’s a celebration of joy, unity, and the spirit of the holidays.

Whether you’re a local resident or a visitor, Oxford Lights Festival offers a captivating journey that lets your holiday spirit shine bright. With an assortment of vibrant light displays, including fairy lights and curtain lights, each turn is a new surprise that will leave you spellbound.

So, load up the car, tune into some holiday tunes, and prepare for an unforgettable evening at this glowing spectacle. The Oxford Lights Festival is not just another holiday light show; it’s a tradition that lights up hearts and fills the night with wonder.

Festival Dates (2023)

Oxford lights will be happening from November 17 to December 24, 2023. This is a one-month event that everyone shouldn’t miss. This is the best time to charge yourself with a positive mood and get rid of those stress and pressures.

Festival Where About

The event will be happening at 954 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford, AL 36203. This is one mile away from the lodging, dining, and shopping malls. The place serves as a recreational area for locals and a place for guests from all over the state, region, and nation.

What makes this place very special is that it is not just a sports and recreation venue but also hosts athletic events of all levels, types, and sizes. They are something you cannot find anywhere else park, nature, heritage, history as well as the community.

How to Get to Oxford

There are many ways to reach Oxford, such as:

By Air:

The nearest major airport to Oxford is Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM), located about 55 miles west of Oxford. Upon landing, you can rent a car or use a ride-sharing service to make the roughly one-hour drive to Oxford.

By Car:

If you’re hitting the road, Oxford is conveniently located off Interstate 20. Whether you’re coming from the East or the West, simply take Exit 185 to merge onto AL-21 S/US-431 S toward Oxford/Anniston, and you’ll be in the heart of the city in no time.

By Bus:

Several bus lines operate in and out of Oxford, providing service to nearby cities like Birmingham and Atlanta. Check the schedules and availability for your travel dates.

By Train:

While Oxford doesn’t have a train station, Anniston, which is just 5 miles away, does. Amtrak’s Crescent service stops in Anniston and connects to major cities like New Orleans, Atlanta, and New York. From the Anniston train station, a quick cab or ride-share will have you in Oxford in a jiffy.

If you liked this festival, you might want to check out these other amazing lights festivals as well:

Oglebay Festival of Lights

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Festival Hours

The show will start from five in the afternoon to ten in the evening. You can check the official website for more information and changes about festival hours.

How Much it Costs to Visit the Festival

The ticket price is $25 at the gate Monday through Thursday and $30 at the gate Friday through Sunday for vehicles of up to 8 persons. For vehicles of up to 9 to 15 passengers, the ticket price is $30 at the gate Monday through Thursday and $35 at the gate Friday through Sunday. For limo and bus, ticket price is $50 at the gate Monday through Thursday and $55 at the gate Friday through Sunday.


In Oxford, the cool season lasts for almost 2.9 months, starting from the month of November to February, with an average daily high temperature below 61 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually, the coldest months of the year are December and January, with an average low of 35 degrees Fahrenheit and a high of 54 degrees Fahrenheit.

Fleece, sweatshirts as well as sweaters; all these will work as the middle layer. It must be snug but not extremely tight down coats also a good middle layer in the coldest weather or temperature.

When it comes to the outer, this is less about keeping yourself warm ( keep in mind the first two layers must be doing that) and more about obstructing the rain and wind.

Where to sleep nearby the festival

There are many hotels in Oxford that offer amazing services without spending more of your money. Below are just some of the best hotels to stay in in Oxford.

Quality Inn Oxford I-20 Exit 188

This is an outdoor access hotel property that consists of 62 rooms available. They offer smoking and non-smoking rooms, 2 double beds, and king beds. They serve free hot breakfast in the morning as well as coffee 24 hours and 7 days a week. Other amenities offered to take account of a gym room, outdoor pool as well as a business station.

Property amenities

  • Free parking
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Free breakfast
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog and Pet Friendly )
  • Pool
  • Non-smoking hotel
  • Fitness Center with Gym
  • Workout Room
  • Business Center with Internet Access

Room Features

  • Housekeeping
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioning
  • Refrigerator

Room Types

  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Smoking rooms available

Super 8 by Wyndham Oxford

This is also one of the best places to stay in Oxford while witnessing the festival of lights. What makes this hotel apart from the rest is the cleanliness of the area; the location is easily accessible, the service is superb, and the rate is cheap and will not break your bank account. The Motor Inn is just south of the Oxford center, at the junction of I-20 and State Route 21.

Property amenities

  • Free parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Free breakfast
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Pool
  • Babysitting
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / and Pet Friendly )
  • Business Center with fast Internet Access

Room Features

  • Flatscreen TV
  • Air conditioning
  • Microwave

Room types

  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms

Home2 Suites by Hilton Oxford

Another amazing hotel. This is a good choice for travelers. Visitors of this hotel can easily experience the most popular landmark of the place since it’s close to the Coldwater Covered Bridge. The rooms offer a flatscreen television, air conditioning as well as a kitchenette offering superb comfort and convenience, and visitors can keep in touch with friends as they offer free internet access.

Property Amenities

  • Pool
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Free parking
  • Free High-Speed Internet (WiFi)
  • Karaoke
  • Kids stay free
  • Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)

Room Features

  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Air conditioning
  • Safe
  • Refrigerator
  • Flatscreen TV

Room Types

  • Suites
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Family rooms

What to eat in Oxford

Moe Southwest Grill

All is welcome at this amazing restaurant. With over twenty incredibly fresh ingredients such as all-natural chicken, organic tofu, grass-fed steak to make superb meals. Moe’s has everyone covered, from tree huggers to meat lovers to flexitarians and vegetarians. This restaurant is renowned for awesome burritos; the menu also features kids vegetarian as well as low-calorie options- all served with free salsa and chips.

Panda Express

The mouthwatering new wok-seared steak and shrimp comes with Angus sirloin steak as well as big marinated shrimp, which is wok tossed with red bells, sugar snap peas, onions as well as crispy chunks of potatoes.

Garfrerick’s Café

They offer meals made of fresh ingredients. This is why you enjoy and taste each food and a combination of amazing flavors. The menu varies with the seasons, highlights the freshest vegetables, fruits, herbs as well as meats from certified organic farms. Beef, chicken, and fish are fresh and 100 percent natural, meaning minimal processing and without hormones, fillers as well as coloring.

More Things to Do in the Area

Choccolocco Park:

This place has been inhabited for almost 12,000 years. This amazing park features an interpretive trail that tells stories of ancient settlers all through the many different time periods.

Down by the lake, details can be seen detailing structures and artifacts found by archeologists following the Civil War as well as Industrial eras. This also serves as a new recreational area for visitors and residents alike.

Cheaha Mountain

This place is surrounded by green forest and is the highest point in the area. At more than 2,000 feet above sea level, it’s named Cheaha after the term Chaha a Creek Indian word meaning a High Place. Set on the corner of the forested mountain is an amazing lodge with a restaurant where you can take pleasure in the countryside as well as sunset views from a balcony.


1. Where Can I Park?

Parking is available near the entrance of the drive-thru light festival. Please follow the signage and the guidance from parking attendants to ensure a smooth flow of traffic. Parking is usually free, but it’s best to arrive early as spots fill up fast.

2. Is Smoking Allowed?

Smoking is strictly prohibited throughout the festival area, including in your vehicle while in the drive-thru. This is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all guests.

3. Can I Bring My Pet?

Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at the Oxford Lights Festival for the safety and comfort of all attendees. Service animals, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are, of course, permitted.

4. What Time Does the Festival Start and End?

The festival typically opens at dusk and runs until about 10 PM. However, the timing can vary depending on the day of the week, so it’s advisable to check the official festival schedule.

5. Is There a Fee for the Festival?

Yes, there is an admission fee for vehicles to enter the drive-thru light display. Prices can vary, so it’s best to check the festival’s official website for the most current information.

6. Are There Food and Beverages Available?

While the festival is a drive-thru event, there are often food trucks or stalls near the parking area for those who’d like to grab a bite before or after experiencing the lights.

7. Can I Get Out of My Car to Take Photos?

For the safety of all attendees, exiting your vehicle is not permitted during the drive-thru. However, there are designated “photo-op” areas where you can safely park and capture memories.

8. Is the Festival Accessible for People with Disabilities?

Yes, the festival is accessible and complies with ADA regulations. If you have specific concerns or requirements, it’s best to contact the festival organizers in advance.




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