Christmas at the Falls Makes the Perfect Holiday Road Trip

  • Located at 1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden
  • November 23 - December 31, 2023 (Closed December 24 & 25)
  • Admission: $10 - $15, Ages 3 & Under are free.
A baby in a blue button down shirt with Christmas tree suspenders and a knit Santa hat sits in Santa's lap at Christmas at the Falls.
A father and son stand in front of a gum-drop themed display at Christmas at the Falls.
A family sits aboard the train at Noccalula Falls Park during Christmas at the Falls.
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A father and son stand in front of a gum-drop themed display at Christmas at the Falls.

Growing up in Etowah County, Christmas at the Falls has been a holiday tradition for most of my life – even during my college years. This year with it being my son Oliver’s first Christmas, we knew we had to make the hour and a half drive to Noccalula Falls in Gadsden to continue the tradition.

What to Expect at Christmas at the Falls

When pulling up at Christmas at the Falls, you’ll instantly be greeted with multi-colored lights as far as the eye can see. Guests of all ages will love the displays that feature a gum-drop forest, zoo animals, flowers, icicle branches and more. In addition to the lights, visitors can hop on the miniature train ride through the park, enjoy a synchronized light show set to music, and a visit with Santa.

This year, the park has also partnered with area vendors to bring hot cocoa, kettle corn, fudge, and other holiday treats and gifts to Christmas at the Falls. Be sure to bring cash, as some of the vendors did not have card readers.

The lights feature colorful displays with themes that include zoo animals, flowers, and more.

Activities to Enjoy at Christmas at the Falls


If you’ve ever wanted to embrace your inner Buddy the Elf, you have the chance to go through the seven levels of the candy cane forrest on your way to see Santa. Towards the back of the park (past a candy decorated section of trees) Jolly old Saint Nick has taken up residence in the replica pioneer post office for the season. Have your phone charged and ready, Santa’s shop is decorated with lit presents and a tree that make the perfect backdrop for pictures. Santa will be on site until December 23.

Continuing the holiday magic, you can hop aboard the park’s very own Polar Express with their miniature train ride through the park. The ride is included with admission, but a fast pass can be purchased for an extra fee to skip the line on busier nights. Although on the smaller side, the cars seat two adults and toddlers can ride in their parent’s lap.

Another can’t miss section of Christmas at the Falls is the light show. Under a covered bridge over a small pond, a series of arches and Christmas trees light up in tune with various holiday songs. The covered bridge also makes a great photo spot.

Guests can also stop by the fire pit area to warm up or shop local and regional vendors during their visit.

A family sits aboard the train at Noccalula Falls Park during Christmas at the Falls.
The train ride gives guests a relaxing vantage point of the entire park.

Plan Your Visit

Location: 1500 Noccalula Road, Gadsden (Map)

Dates: November 23 – December 31 (Closed December 24 & 25)

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Children 3 and under are free.
Monday – Thursday: $10 per person
Friday – Sunday: $15 per person
Express Train Pass: Available daily for $10 – includes 2 people per pass. Children 3 & under are free, but must ride in their parent’s lap.
All tickets must be purchased online. Tickets are NOT available at the gate. 

Restrooms are available at the gift shop building at the park’s entrance with changing stations. There are also porta-potties interspersed throughout Christmas at the Falls and outside the gates.

Bring cash if you plan to enjoy some of the concessions or shop the vendors, as some do not take card.

Phone: 256-549-4663

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