Give me all the lights! Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like millions of twinkling lights set to holiday music.
If you are wondering, ‘Where can I find the best Christmas lights near me?’ — then look no further! We have a perfect list.
Find out where to see free holiday light displays that are professionally done, paid attractions that have Christmas light displays, and residential holiday light displays too.
Read on for a list of places to see beautiful Christmas light displays in the Atlanta area.
Know of others, even if it’s just a neighbor’s awesome set up? Please leave a comment, or email us the deets so we can add them!
Be Merry and Bright at These Local Attractions
These Christmas light displays are some of the best in the southeast!
Candy Rush at Six Flags White Water
250 Cobb Parkway N #100 | Marietta
When: Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
NEW FOR 2020! One of this holiday season’s best new additions? The world’s largest drive-through animated light show, World of Illuminations, debuts Candy Rush! Drive through millions of lights at the new Candy Rush at Six Flags White Water.
This Christmas and candy-themed attraction features lights that are fully synchronized to holiday music. There are also amazing light displays, including a 40-foot tall trio of candy canes!
Drive through a 500-foot long tunnel of light, that doubles as Santa’s magic portal. You’ll see a gingerbread village, sugar plum fairies, and more beloved holiday characters. (And there will be snow! Well…simulated snowfall. But still!)
This is one holiday event that is completely COVID-friendly, since you will be in your cars the entire time. Online reservations are required.
Atlantic Station Lights
1380 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-410-4010
When: Begins Nov. 21, 2020
View 250,000 lights within an 8-block radius at Atlantic Station. This is a wonderful FREE light display, and I love that you can walk around to see them all up close!
Enjoy in-person Celebration at the Station lightings every evening beginning on November 21, 2020 when you visit in person!
While you’re there, gather around Atlantic Station’s grand 50-foot tall Christmas Tree, and experience the magic of a realistic snowfall Sunday-Thursday at 6:00pm and Friday and Saturday 6:00-9:00 pm at the top of each hour. (Snow is weather permitting.)
This year, you can also gather your family with a cup of cocoa and cozy clothes and enjoy Light the Station from the comfort of your living room. The first-of-the-season tree lighting, Parade of Lights and fireworks show is coming to you ONLY on a special episode of ATL & Co. on 11Alive, Saturday, November 21st at 7 p.m.
The best part of the Atlantic Station holiday lights (other than the lights and the snow) is there is a TON to do. Visit the ice skate rink, do a little shopping, or enjoy dinner at one of 17 restaurants, visit Santa’s Cottage in Central Park.
Atlantic Station: Drive-Thru Atlanta Festival of Lights
Atlantic Station | Pinnacle Lot
When: Dec. 4, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021
On Dec. 4, the Pinnacle Lot will light up as Atlantic Station partners with Atlanta Beer and Wine Festivals for “Atlanta Festival of Lights,” the inaugural drive-thru light show experience and the only one inside the Perimeter this season.
With colorful displays, beautiful twinkling lights and holiday tunes filling up the car, guests can enjoy a cheerful ride through the destination.
The magical drive-thru will be open for festive guests through Jan. 18. The cost to attend is $25 per car Sunday through Thursday and $35 per car on Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased here.
Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859
When: Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 16, 2021
Atlantans know — Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is one of the most beautiful holiday light displays in the city.
Once you see the orchestral orbs with 14 million different colors dancing to holiday music, or witness the 25 foot tall Ice Goddess – a vision of wintry radiance with twinkling lights weaving through her tresses — you’ll want to make this a holiday tradition!
Check out the new twist on “Nature’s Wonders” – the high-tech display of thousands of vertical strings of lights synchronized with music and sound effects to create the illusion of nature’s phenomena, such as outer space, a rainstorm, a fire, a tornado and snowfall.
New in 2020, the Red Queen joins the White Rabbit and Phoenix in a glowing cast of larger-than-life sculptures twinkling with holiday cheer.
Advanced, online reservations are required.
The Lights at INOLA Blue Ridge 9265 Blue Ridge Dr | Blue Ridge | 678-431-9270
When: Canceled for 2020.
The Annual INOLA Holiday Festival and ice skating rink has been canceled for 2020. The colonial-style village was built in the 1980s, and includes historic building replicas found in Williamsburg, Virginia. They will open the festival with tree lighting and fireworks on November 27th, and will continue through Monday, January 5th. Step back in time as you take a leisurely INOLA stroll. Or take a spin on the ice at the INOLA ice skating rink! Food trucks will be available on the Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. At sunset, INOLA will dazzle as holiday lights twinkle throughout the village.
Lights of Life at Life University
1269 Barclay Cir | Marietta | 770-426-2600
When: Nov. 26, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2020
Take a drive through the dazzling Lights of LIFE at Life University!
More than 100 pieces with a holiday theme are displayed throughout the 1.5 mile long drive through the campus. The display of Santa and his sleigh stands over 65 feet high, making it the tallest in the Southeast!
They don’t just have lights! They also have a petting zoo, pony rides, and a train ride offered every day for a small fee. (The petting zoo is weather dependent.)
Please note that this year, they will not have a visit with Santa offered due to COVID-19.
Each year the display is a little different, making each experience unique. With more than one million LED bulbs, combined with the low cost, Lights of LIFE is the most affordable, quality light display in the metro area.
The admission price is $10 for cars and trucks and $20 for buses.
Lakeside Lights Spectacular
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. | Buford | 678-304-3120
When: Nov, 20, 2020 – Jan 5, 2021, then weekends only through Feb. 21, 2021
Kick start your holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s all-new Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. After over 25 years, the Magical Nights of Lights has come to a close, and the Lakeside Lights Spectacular is taking its place this year.
The Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music. Great for the whole family!
Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights
17800 US-27 | Pine Mountain | 844-512-3826
When: Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 4, 2021
Discount Tickets: Save up to 42% off single day tickets to Fantasy in Lights
Eight million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical night. Fantasy In Lights is not only the South’s most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler.
With more than a dozen larger-than-life lighted scenes, Fantasy In Lights remains unique in that its scenes are custom-designed especially for Callaway Gardens. They celebrate not only the joy of the season, but the wonder of nature in an idyllic setting.
A Stone Mountain Christmas
1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770-498-5690
When: Nov. 14, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
Discount Tickets: Save up to 42% off single day tickets to Stone Mountain Christmas.
There are more than two million twinkling lights ablaze at Stone Mountain Christmas!
Each day of Stone Mountain Park, you can enjoy park attractions including Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and more! Then, immerse yourself in holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters.
Catch favorite experiences including the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade and the NEW Christmas Lasershow! They’ll also have an outdoor movie experience: The Polar Express.
See Angelina the Snow Angel, visit with Santa Claus, and journey through the musical Frosted Forest of lights.
Daily capacity will be limited.
Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday in the Park
275 Riverside Parkway Southwest | Austell | 770-739-3400
When: Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021 on select days
This festive celebration transforms the park into a winter wonderland with dazzling Christmas light displays, exclusive holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides.
Six Flags Over Georgia extends its season with the inclusion of Holiday in the Park. The holiday classic will include sparkling lights, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory.
Guests can enjoy the park’s most popular rides including Goliath, as well as rides for the entire family to enjoy.
Holiday in the Park will be topped off with its most iconic image at the historic Riverview Carousel, which will create a glowing light and walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta and the Southeast region.
Pettit Creek Farms Christmas Lights
337 Cassville Rd. | Cartersville | 770-386-8688
When: Thanksgiving Day – Dec. 30, 2020
Pettit Creek Farms has everything you need to celebrate the holiday season! Take a lovely drive or hayride through more than a mile of beautiful Christmas lights!
Afterwards, visit the petting zoo, take a picture with Santa Claus, and visit his reindeer — Comet and Cupid! (Santa is there Thursdays-Sundays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.)
They also have a Live Nativity on Saturdays from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
There is a concession stand with hot chocolate, warm cider, marshmallows for roasting and s’more kits. Patio heaters and campfires will be available to keep you warm, but bring a blanket for the hayride!
You can also get your Christmas Tree while you’re there.
Chehaw Park’s Festival of Lights
105 Chehaw Park Rd | Albany | 229-430-5275
When: Weekends starting Dec. 4 – Dec. 21, 2020
Families will be laughing all the way at Chehaw Park’s Festival of Lights in Albany, located off I-75 and I-10 in southwest Georgia.
Crank the Christmas tunes and drive through more than 1,000 sparkling holiday light fixtures. Every glowing piece is handcrafted in the park’s welding shop, making this a truly one-of-a-kind spectacle.
You can also enjoy a hot cocoa and roast marshmallows by the socially distant fire pits.
Holiday Lights of Hope
6688 Bells Ferry Rd | Woodstock | 770-591-3577
When: Dec. 3 – Dec. 23, 2020
The Holiday Lights of Hope is a Christmas celebration benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Five hundred families are helped by the center annually.
The annual event at Hobgood Park in Woodstock features a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and so much more!
In 2020, you can expect all of your favorites, plus additional displays and even more lights!
Lighting of the Ruins at Barnsley Resort
597 Barnsley Gardens Road | Adairsville | 770-773-7480
When: Nov. 29, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
The holiday lights at the Barnsley Resort ruins, gardens and village shine with more than 1,000,000 twinkling lights.
On November 25, 2020, the property will host an official Lighting of the Ruins event, exclusively for resort members and overnight guests, with festive holiday entertainment, refreshments, and holiday decor. A limited number of day passes will be available for purchase from November 29 – January 3, 2021.
Tickets can be purchased via the property’s event calendar. As always, it is recommended to call in advance to confirm availability for the date you wish to visit.
Access to the Manor House Ruins and Gardens may be limited on weekends and holidays due to private events. Due to COVID-19 policies, access is limited on weekends and some holidays for visitors who are not staying overnight at the resort.
Light Up Blue Ridge
241 Depot St. | Blue Ridge | 877-413-8724
When: Begins Nov. 27, 2020
Due to COVID-19, Light Up Blue Ridge will be scaled back — but there is still a lot of holiday happenings!
Light Up Blue Ridge day will be held on Nov. 28, and will be full of Christmas cheer, strolling Christmas entertainment, food vendors, and Santa in the park.
The Gingerbread Village will be open from Nov. 27 – Dec. 13, so you can see all of this year’s Gingerbread House Contest entries!
Not free, but worth every penny, you can also ride the Santa Express or the Night Train to Santa’s Pavilion on the Blue Ridge Railway.
I love the shops in Blue Ridge for holiday presents, too!
Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City
1400 Patten Rd | Lookout Mountain | 706-820-2531
When: Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 2, 2021
It’s a Chattanooga holiday tradition and a winter wonderland.
Walk through Enchanted Garden of Lights at night and view custom Christmas lights, creating a magical experience you’ll always remember.
Marvel at this award-winning holiday lighting extravaganza! Music, food and our magical decorations in the Christmas Village are but a few reasons to SEE ROCK CITY this holiday season.
“Deck the Hollow” Holiday Light Show at Bear Hollow Zoo
293 Gran Ellen Dr | Athens | 706-613-3580
When: Dec. 4-6 and Dec. 11-13, 2020
The Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens will be illuminated in lights from December 4-6 and 11-13, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
In light of COVID-19, they will have ticketed times every half hour for 50 participants per time slot. Masks are required. Advance ticket purchae is encouraged.
Nighttime Hayrides at Scottsdale Farms
Scottsdale Farms | Milton
When: Friday, Nov. 27, 2020
Bring the whole family to witness Christmas come alive with lighted nighttime hayrides at Scottsdale Farms in Milton.
Walk through their barn to see thousands of beautiful Christmas lights, wonderful decorations, angels, snowmen, nutcrackers and much more! Bundle up to hop on your hayride and finish up with a cup of hot cocoa while the little ones leave their letters for Santa.
Mountain Country Christmas In Lights
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds | Hiawassee | 706-896-4191
When: Nov 26-Dec 26, 2020
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights 2020, is a holiday treat for the entire family at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee, along the shores of beautiful Lake Chatuge in the Northeast Georgia mountains.
The fairgrounds will be transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with special Christmas music provided by local churches, art & craft vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, and of course — a visit and pictures with Santa!
Show runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday starting Thanksgiving Night. (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.)
Cartersville Christmas Laser Light Show
Sam Smith Park | Cartersville
When: December 3-6, 2020
For $25 per car, you and your family can enjoy The Christmas Drive-In Laser Light Show at Sam Smith Park in Cartersville.
Pile in to the safety of your own vehicle and come out for a fantastic drive-in Christmas Laser Show. There will be two shows per night — either 7 p.m. or 10 p.m.
The family-friendly laser show include your favorite Christmas music, lasers, and Christmas-themed graphic effects.
They will have a dedicated tailgate seating area for every vehicle. You can bring your own chairs, blankets, and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
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PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park
Woodruff Park | Atlanta
When: Dec. 5, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2021
PRISM: Winter Lights is returning to Woodruff Park this year! This 2-month-long exhibition includes light-based, water-inspired works by artists from around the country.
PRISM: Winter Lights is a FREE and public light experience. The exhibition will include three light-based sculptures installed on the park’s main lawn. Additionally, Arts & Entertainment Atlanta will pilot of projection mapping effort that will showcase the animated artwork of local artists.
Everyone is invited to explore the park either day or night, during park hours. Social distancing must be maintained.
The Village Green, Smryna
Fuller Street SE | Smyrna | 770-434-6600
When: Begins Dec. 1, 2020
The Village Green area in Smyrna is around the Library, Community Center, and the Veterans Memorial, and it’s decked out in beautiful holiday lights through New Year’s Day.
The Big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony happens on December 1, with Santa and lots of holiday festivities to enjoy. Catch the spirit of the season and delight in choral performances by local schools, community and church groups.
Don’t miss the annual parade with Santa and the very special way he lights the giant Christmas Tree in Smyrna’s downtown, kicking off the holiday season of lights in downtown Smyrna on the Village Green.
Light Up Athens
Downtown Athens, GA
When: Events on Fridays and Saturdays in December; Lights every night in December
New in 2020! The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announced a new holiday tradition — the inaugural “Light Up Athens” in downtown this December.
The holiday program will light up downtown Athens storefronts with lights and decorations. Event activities will take place Fridays and Saturdays in December from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Lights will be illuminated each night in December.
Activities include, the community Christmas tree, holiday character appearances, an official Santa’s mailbox for children to drop off their wish lists, holiday music, and s”ELF”ie spots.
(Note: The Downtown Athens Parade of Lights has been canceled for 2020 because of COVID-19 — so this is a great alternative!)
Light The Night
Nations Church | 8780 Macon Highway | Athens
When: Lights will run Nov. 27 – Dec. 31, 2020; Christmas Experience will be held Dec. 4, 11, and 12, 2020.
Come see 130,000 Christmas Lights dancing to your favorite Christmas songs! Light the Night, a fun, family event brought to you by Nations Church in Athens, is a Christmas Light show for the whole family!
The light show and Christmas Experience will be Dec. 4, 11, or 12th, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. It’s free for the whole family.
The lights show will run continuously from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night from Nov. 27-Dec. 31, 2020.
The Battery Atlanta
800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta | 404-494-1150
Visit The Battery Atlanta to see the gigantic Christmas tree in Sun Park Plaza and lights throughout this entertainment district.
Be sure to visit Santa and get a free digital photo.
Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega
When: Nov. 27, 2020 – Jan. 18, 2021
Bedecked in thousands of twinkling lights, a show-stopping two-story Christmas tree on the square and a new-for-2020 Festival of Trees with 10-12 brightly decorated Christmas trees on display in Hancock Park, the town of Dahlonega looks and feels like a holiday wonderland.
For 2020, an extended season through January 18, 2021 (Martin Luther King Weekend) gives visitors two extra weeks to experience the town’s Hallmark-esque ambiance encouraging people to spread visits out and keep traffic and crowds to a minimum. For an insider tip – visit during weeknights!
Economy House (Stone Mountain) 1833 Smokerise Summit, Stone Mountain, GA. 30087. (Note: Nothing has been announced yet for 2020. The following information is from 2019.) The Economy family welcomes you to see their home decorated with thousands and thousands of Christmas lights. In 2015 the family began collecting donations for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In addition to Make-a-Wish, the Tucker High School’s Habitat for Humanity carols one night for donations. In past years, Santa Claus has been present on Saturday and Sunday evenings in his sleigh.
Ashebrooke Night of Lights (Cumming) (Note: Nothing has been announced yet for 2020. The following information is from 2019.) The Ashebrooke Subdivision in Cumming hosts a Night of Lights. Residents of Ashebrooke subdivision light up their streets and their homes with luminary bags & candles to put on a great display of lights in an effort to help raise money for a worthy cause. This year’s beneficiary is to be two families that live in the neighborhood. Both families have had a difficult year and the money raised will really help them out. In addition to the lights, they’ll have a live nativity.
Red Hawk Christmas (Dawsonville) An Animated Christmas Light Show in North Georgia. This year they have 12,000+ lights timed to several Christmas Carols. The show is free and any donations will benefit KARE for Kids. A local non-profit who gives local children in need the Christmas they deserve.
Christmas in Castille (Alpharetta) (Note: Nothing has been announced yet for 2020. The following information is from 2019.) Weather permitting, the show runs from Nov 29th through Dec 22 between 6pm – 9pm on Thursday – Saturday. The neighborhood is gated so when the gates close for the night, the show ends. When you drive up, tune your radio to 89.9FM.
Christmas in the Grove (Decatur) The show begins on Thanksgiving night and runs through January 1 from 6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday and 6:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Friday – Sunday, weather permitted. Our show has evolved from simple animation in 2010, to a light show, choreographed to some of the greatest Christmas music ever! The sound from our show can be heard in our yard and is also broadcast on 87.9 FM so that you can listen from the comfort of your car.
We were sad to learn of the death of Tony Paradowski in 2018. Christmas in the Grove will be missed. We offer our thoughts and condolences to his family during this trying season.
Christmas on Amberwood (Lawrenceville) 2 yards of lights, 70 inflatables, 23 trees, and much more. Santa and Mrs Claus will be out every Friday and Saturday night to take pictures and collect donations for daffys pet soup kitchen. Vinyard Christmas (Lawrenceville) Let the show begin, the lights are on! They run from 5:30pm – 10pm weekdays and until 11pm on weekends every night though New Years.
Christmas on the Hill (Flowery Branch) This is the Hathcock family’s way of spreading Christmas cheer via animated light show which you can stop by and see at 6711 Willowbrook Trl. from 6-10 PM.
Holly Springs Lights (Holly Springs/Canton) (Note: Nothing has been announced yet for 2020. The following information is from 2019.) The light show changes throughout the week. See the Facebook page for a schedule. Lights start at 6:00 and then every half hour until 10:00 or later. Cost is $5.
Mint Julep Christmas (Ball Ground) Weather permitting (no downpours), the show runs every evening through New Year’s Eve. Sun-Thur 6pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 6pm-11pm. We have 40,000+ lights that are synchronized to music with over 20 songs and the entire show lasts just under an hour. The display is absolutely free, but donations are graciously accepted and ALL funds go to the Sibley Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
Felix Family Christmas Lights (Dallas) The Felix Family Christmas Lights run from Thanksgiving to New Years and are a national award winning display. The house has been featured on various websites and recognized as one of the 25 best decorated homes in America.
Ludy Christmas (Columbus) The Ludy’s have been on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light fight with over 150,000 lights that dance in sync to music. All of the displays are handmade by the creator!
Lights on Linstone (Grayson) They are fairly new, but offer a very festive light display for Halloween and Christmas! New this year is the Pixel Matrix that goes along with the Pixel Mega Tree.
Duluth’s Christmas House (Duluth) Due to the impact of COVID-19, they will not have their walk-through display, but they will still have the drive-by option going!
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