Christmas Lights in Decatur
By: Melea Hames
The holidays can be a stressful time for many. With all the shopping and events and just plain hustle and bustle of the season, Christmas can be a little overwhelming. But in the middle of the busyness, make sure you pause to enjoy this magical season.
One of my favorite ways to do this is very simple: run through your fave drive through and grab some hot cocoa, turn on the all-Christmas music station, and ride around looking at Christmas lights and decorations. Some people go all out to make their homes the epitome of the holly jolly Christmas season: twinkling multi-colored lights outlining their houses, huge Santa blowups, and other Christmas characters that create a whimsical feel. Others are more elegant in their decorations: wreaths on doors and windows, white lights wound up trees and around bushes, and lights that focus on the beauty of their homes. Whichever you prefer, all those lights and decorations with festive Christmas music as your soundtrack make us smile and help us to find that Christmas joy.
The older parts of Decatur, like the Albany Historic District or Bank Street-Old Decatur Historic District, are a couple of perfect places to drive up and down the streets to see enchanting Christmas lights and decorations. These old, historic homes are beautiful to begin with, and when they’re decorated for Christmas they’re even more gorgeous!
Some of the best streets are Gordon, Sherman, Jackson, and Grant streets in the Albany District, and in the Bank Street District the best streets are Canal, Oak, Line, Ferry, Lafayette, and Vine streets.
So if you’re looking for the perfect (and inexpensive) way to slow down and savor the season, jump in the car and seek out the pretty Christmas lights and decorations.
About Melea Hames
A 1995 Auburn University graduate, Melea has been a social media manager in the tourism industry since 2010 at Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. At AMLA, she manages the Visit North Alabama Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest pages. Prior to working for AMLA, Melea received her Masters at UNA in Secondary Education and taught middle school English and coached middle school cheerleaders for three years. She also taught English at Calhoun Community College for 8 1/2 half years. Prior to that she worked in public relations for an advertising agency in Atlanta, a minor league baseball team in Columbus, Georgia, and for Auburn University in the development office. She loves to write, travel, walk in the park, go to Auburn games, and read books about WWII.