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Enjoy a Christmas Holiday Magical Experience Underground

Decatur, Ala. – The spirit of the holiday season arrives at Rickwood Caverns State Park beginning Nov. 23, 2019. Santa believers and those in the Christmas spirit can take a whimsical journey to the North Pole at Santa’s Underground Workshop. Returning for the third year, Santa’s Underground Workshop is open Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m.  

Held at Rickwood Caverns State Park, Santa’s Underground Workshop is a magical experience, transforming the already magnificent cave into a beautiful underground winter wonderland. Visitors come to see over 100,000 twinkling lights, whimsical figurines and to visit with Santa, all underground. Walk the Christmas path among the stalactite, stalagmites and other unique geological formations. 

The cave is around 62 degrees all year long making it the perfect temperature to enjoy even on cold days. The gift shop will be decorated for the occasion and offer unique gifts, ornaments, snacks and hot cocoa to purchase. The nature center will have holiday movies playing, crafts and Santa letters for the children to fill out. The 110 steps at the end of the regular tour will not be included during this time which makes the walk easier for anyone with mobility issues. There will be about 30 steps and a mile walk in the cave.  

Dates and hours are November 23rd to December 30th (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas and Christmas Day), 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for ages 3 and up. 

Following a brief closure in 2016 due to the state’s budget shortfall, Rickwood Caverns has rebounded as a top attraction for the State of Alabama. What makes Rickwood Caverns State Park unique is its massive network of underground caverns that features intriguing geological formations, underground pools and rare blind cavefish. In 2018, it held its second annual Santa’s Underground Workshop where over 10,000 people came to see over 100,000 twinkling lights, whimsical figurines and to visit with Santa underground. 

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About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)
AMLA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion and development of the travel industry within the 16 northernmost counties of the state. It is supported by 500-plus members consisting of chambers of commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureaus, attractions, campgrounds, festivals, communities, counties, golf courses, restaurants, tour operators, accommodations, vendors, financial institutions and individuals. Counties included within the AMLA region are Blount, Cherokee, Colbert, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Franklin, Jackson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan and Winston. Additional information on North Alabama destinations, accommodations and special events is available by calling 800.648.5381 or by visiting