Winter WonderLights

You won’t want to miss the newest additions to the Atlanta holiday scene. They’re destined to become family traditions.

Twinkling Lights and Delicious Bites

Spend a few hours exploring Holiday Road at the Bouckaert Farm in Chattahoochee Hills and all this larger-than-life illuminated experience has to offer. The trail itself is a self-guided walking tour with holiday scenes presented as light displays, including the North Pole, an Elf Village, Gingerbread Lane, light tunnels, Christmas tree forests and more. Families can also enjoy food from area food trucks and the souvenir shop. Through Dec. 26.

Winter Wonderland on The Beltline

The Illuminarium – a sensory experience of a safari that combines laser projection, sound and smells – has transformed to “Winterland.” You’ll begin your journey surrounded by windows filled with animated vignettes and hand-crafted scenes that depict holiday traditions. Then, cross through the portal to a fully interactive winter paradise, including an original musical score, animals that respond to movement, a frozen waterfall and more. Santa will even be making a surprise appearance! Through Jan. 2.

Lanterns Light the Way

IllumiNights at Zoo Atlanta features more than 80 animal lanterns – some up to 20 feet tall – portraying some of Earth’s coolest creatures. Each lantern is hand-crafted by Chinese artisans. Be sure to come before dark so you can see the real animals who often go inside their habitats once it’s dark outside. Unique eats that complement the festival will be available for purchase for the whole family to try. Through Jan. 16.

Winding Down the Festive Trail

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia has transformed into a glittering wonderland of lights to create the magic of the holidays. Winter WonderLights is a walk-through light show extravaganza featuring 11 illuminated displays, colorful decorations and a mesmerizing multi-colored light tunnel. Through Jan. 9.

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