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Rickwood Caverns Celebrates the Holiday Season with Wonderland Under Warrior

Decatur, Ala. – Rickwood Caverns celebrates the holiday season with a magical underground experience like no other. Beginning Nov. 20, 2021, Wonderland Under Warrior welcomes guests for a unique experience that celebrate the sights and sounds of Christmas and the natural beauty of the cavern.

Held at Rickwood Caverns State Park, Wonderland Under Warrior is a whimsical journey underground, transforming the already magnificent cave into a special holiday experience. Visitors come to see over 100,000 twinkling lights and to walk the lighted path among the stalactite, stalagmites and other unique geological formations. 

The self-guided tour takes visitors into the cave through different themed rooms such as dancing lights, glacier ice caverns, elf villages and more. Plenty of photo opportunities with different characters including the mascot Ricky the Bat will be available. Santa Claus will arrive the day after Thanksgiving and be available through December 23rd to welcome visitors and to pose for photos. The gift shop will be decorated for the occasion and offer unique gifts, ornaments, snacks and hot cocoa to purchase. 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. The walk is about a half mile underground and a half mile back out.

Hours for Wonderland Under Warrior are 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. on the following dates:
Nov. 20-24, Nov. 26-28, Dec. 1-5, Dec. 8-12, Dec. 15-23, Dec. 26-30, 2021, and Jan. 1-2, 2022.

Santa hours are as follows: 
2:00 to 8:00 p.m. Nov. 26-28, Dec. 4-5, Dec. 11-12, Dec. 18-23
5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dec. 1-3, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-17

General admission for Wonderland Under Warrior is $12 per person for ages 5 and up. 

Preview day for members of the media is Friday, November 19, 2021, 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Media tours begin in the Nature Center immediately upon arrival.

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.  

Rickwood Caverns is located at 370 Rickwood Park Road in Warrior, Ala. For more information on Wonderland Under Warrior, visit or call 205-647-9692.

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