“The outdoor Christmas lights, green and red and gold and blue and twinkling, remind me that most people are that way all year round―kind, generous, friendly and with an occasional moment of ecstasy. But Christmas is the only time they dare reveal themselves.” ― Harland Miller 

Nearly synonymous with the holiday season are holiday lights displays. Whether it is a giant tree that is decorated and lit annually with much fanfare, homes that are elaborately adorned, or a simple string of lights strung around a window or patio balcony, these lights bring color, joy, and a sense of nostalgia to so many. With the global pandemic changing so many things about this year, holiday lights, hanging them, or making a special trip to see them, offer a brief respite and simple happiness.  

This week we share the history of holiday lights, the best places around the country and the world to see them, and how to recycle them after the holiday season. For those looking for a not-so-festive, yet socially distanced, immersive experience, we also share a few drive-thru art exhibits.  

“Untangling the History of Christmas Lights” 

“A Brief History of Christmas Lights” 

“NOAA/NASA Satellite Sees Holiday Lights Brighten Cities” 

“How To Recycle Your Old Christmas Lights” 

“Here’s How You Can Recycle Christmas Lights” 

Sustainable Christmas Lights 

Holiday Light Displays + Drive-Thru Art Exhibits: 

Window Wonderland”, a virtual holiday NYC window display experience with Google 

“The World’s Most Spectacular Holiday Light Displays” 

“The Best Christmas Lights in Every State” 

Immersive Van Gogh Drive-in – Toronto, Ontario 

Area 3 – Dallas, Texas 

In Alabama: Magic Christmas in Lights at Bellingrath Gardens and Home 

@ Alabama Chanin  

Made-to-order machine-sewn styles are able to be ordered for holiday delivery through December 16th. Find these styles in our Collection and Core Essentials.  

Shop in-stock gifts and ready-to-ship designs arriving just in time for the holidays.  

@ The School of Making  

DIY Sewing Kits are able to be ordered for holiday delivery through December 16th. Find the cut, stenciled, and ready-to-sew project designs here.  
Discover in-stock gifts from The School of Making featuring DIY kits, maker tools and supplies, and essential sewing notions to celebrate and inspire the craft of hand-sewing.  

@ The Factory  

The Factory Store is open for the holiday season, allowing our guests to visit to view the Collection firsthand, work with our team on your holiday gift selection, and experience Alabama Chanin in-person.   

On Saturday, December 19th, we will be hosting Kat Wolle of Wild Artifact and local artisan Lily Rausch from 10am – 2pm. 

Kat Wolle is the owner of Wild Artifact and a designer based in Nashville who will be showcasing her accessories and jewelry made from stone, minerals, and crystals.

Lily Rausch is a local artisan who will be featuring naturally dyed goods, canvas bags, tea towels, and more. Lily will be available to embroider on select Alabama Chanin pieces.  

Monday by appointment only
Tuesday – Friday | 10am – 5pm
Saturday | 10am – 2pm  (December 19th only) 
Sunday Closed    

Visit us at:
462 Lane Drive
Florence, Alabama 35630    

Contact our store team: 
Catherine Counts
+1.256.760.1090 x 114  

Carlisle Sandy 
+1.256.760.1090 x 105 

Please note: Due to COVID, guests are required to wear face masks throughout the duration of their time at The Factory and we have masks available, if needed. Until further notice, we will be checking temperatures for all guests, team members, and anyone entering The Factory. Should you have any questions about our safety procedures, please reach out during our store hours.   

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