Best Holiday Light Displays Around Atlanta and Beyond
Where to see the brightest and most beautiful holiday Christmas lights in Atlanta this season.
Holiday Lights of Hope. Hobgood Park. Walk-through light display and animated displays, maze, visit with Santa and more. Through Dec. 23. Nightly from 6-10 p.m. 6688 Bells Ferry Rd., Woodstock. 678-504-6388. Adults, $10; ages 14 and younger, free.
Country Christmas Nights. The Rock Ranch. Hop on-board The Rock Ranch Christmas Express Train featuring falling snow, snowflake tunnel and a dancing Christmas lights show. Dec. 22-23. 5:30-9:30 p.m. 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock. 706-647-6374. $5-$12.
Pettit Creek Farms Christmas Lights. Pettit Creek Farms. More than one mile of light displays, reindeer, Santa visits, petting zoo, live nativity and more. Through Dec. 30. Sun.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m. Fri. and Sat. 6-10 p.m. 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville. 770-386-8688. $15 per car; $10 per person for hayride.
Lights of Life. Life University. Tons of holiday lights on display around the campus. Pony rides, train rides and petting zoo. Through Dec. 31. Mon.-Thurs. 6-9 p.m. Fri.-Sun. and Dec. 15-31. 6-10 p.m. 1269 Barclay Cir., Marietta. 678-331-4342. $5-$10 per car.
Magical Nights of Lights. Lanier Islands. Celebrate 25 years of magical holiday lights by driving through this large display. See set ups such as the North Pole Express, Wizard of Oz and back this year, The 12 Days of Christmas. Also visit Santa in the Holiday Village. Through Jan. 3. 5-10 p.m. Admission begins 4:30 p.m. 7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford. 770-945-8787. $45 per vehicle.
Enchanted Garden of Lights. Rock City. Make your way through one million holiday lights with over 30 different scenes from the North Pole to Magic Forest and Yule Town. Through Jan. 6. Daily 6-9 p.m. Closed Dec. 24. 1400 Patten Rd., Lookout Mountain. 706-820- 2531. Adults, $19.95-$22.95; ages 3-12, $11.95-$12.95.
Fantasy in Lights. Callaway Gardens. Drive through more than eight million twinkling lights and a garden decorated for the season. Through Jan. 6. Opens at 6 p.m. 17800 US Hwy. 27, Pine Mountain. 844-512-3826. Adults, $21-$28; ages 6-12, $10.50-$14; ages 5 and younger, free. callawaygardens.com
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Atlanta Botanical Garden. Countless bulbs light up the garden with Nature’s Wonders, Orchestral Orbs Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains. Through Jan. 7. Fri. and Sat. 5-11 p.m. Sun.-Thurs. 5-10 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. Adults, $19.95-$39.95; ages 3-12, $14.95- $34.95. See atlantabg.org for tickets and pricing.
The Lighting of Avalon. Avalon. Christmas tree lighting, opening of Avalon on Ice and the arrival of Santa Claus. Nov. 19. 1-8 p.m. 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000. Free.
Light Up Dunwoody. Cheek Spruill Farm House. Meet Santa and watch the lighting of the tree and menorah at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 19. 3-6 p.m. 5455 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody. 770-817-8100. Free.
Lighting of Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station. Holiday lights, Santa visits, kids’ activities and musical entertainment. Nov. 18. 1-9:30 p.m. Activities during the day, followed by the tree lighting at 8:30 p.m. 1380 Atlantic Dr., Atlanta. 404-410-4010. Free.
Macy’s Great Tree Lighting. Lenox Square Mall. Lighting of the large tree, concerts and fireworks show set to holiday music. Nov. 19. 7 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta. 404-231-2800. Free.
Tree Lighting. Mall of Georgia. Live entertainment, tree lighting, Santa appearance and kids’ activities. Nov. 18. 3-7 p.m. 3333 Buford Dr., Buford. 770-271-9458. Free.
Lighting of the Great Tree. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse. Live entertainment, a parade, photos with Santa and kids’ activities. Nov. 23. 5-8 p.m. 185 West Crogan St., Lawrenceville. 770-822-5450. Free; some activities and food for purchase.
Festival of Trees and Tree Lighting. Marietta Square. Live music and choirs, tree lighting, Santa arrives and more. Nov. 30. 4-7:50 p.m. 50 N. Park Sq., Marietta. 770-794-5601. Free.
Christmas Tree Lighting. Vinings Jubilee. Enjoy holiday music, train rides, face painting, pictures with Santa and more. Nov. 30. 6-8 p.m. 4300 Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta. 770-434-2400. Free.
Decatur Christmas Tree Lighting. Decatur Square. Annual lighting of the giant tree with music and Santa in Decatur Square. Nov. 30. 7 p.m. East Court Square, Decatur. Free.