Nothing gets you 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 where to see free holiday light displays that are professionally done, paid attractions that have Christmas light displays and residential holiday light displays.
So read on for a list of places to see beautiful Christmas light displays near Atlanta. Know others, even if it’s just a neighbor’s awesome set up, then leave a comment and let us know.
Atlantic Station Lights
1380 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-410-4010
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, vs. having to drive through.
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)
The best part of the Atlantic Station holiday lights (other than the lights and the snow) is there is a TON to do. Go ice skating, do a little shopping, enjoy dinner at one of 17 restaurants, visit Santa’s Cottage in Central Park or shop the authentic German Christkindl Market for gifts from Germany – and German bratts, too!
The Lighting of Atlantic Station
The season begins with the lighting of Atlantic Station on Nov. 17, 2018. This is a fun festival with a parade, Santa, activity village for kids, live reindeer, and live music, all culminating with the lighting of the Grand Christmas Tree in Central Park. The event is 12 – 9 pm with the parade at 8 pm and the tree lighting around 8:45 pm.
Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta: Local Attractions
Atlanta Botanical Gardens: Garden Lights, Holiday Nights
This is one of my favorite places to see lights. It’s a botanical-inspired light display throughout the 20-acre Midtown attraction. Visitors meander among garden displays – including giant snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees and a towering “praying Santa Mantis” while sipping hot drinks and listening to strolling carolers. The Earth Goddess transforms into Ice Goddess – a vision of wintry radiance with twinkling lights weaving through her tresses. Red and white stripes turn the towering Cobras into hypnotic Candy Cane Cobras.
Lights at Christmas at Callanwolde
The joy of the holiday season begins with The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House– an Atlanta holiday tradition for over 40 years! Visitors of all ages will enjoy a self-guided tour of the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market, and themed events for all ages. Every room inspires and captures the spirit of the season. By evening, see the 12 acre campus of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in a new light- buildings on the grounds will shine with professional lighting of the buildings and trees by Illuminating Design. Discount Tickets Here.
Life College Lights of Life
More than 100 pieces displayed throughout the 1.5 mile drive through campus. The display of Santa and his sleigh stands over 65 feet high making it the tallest in the Southeast. There is a petting zoo, pony rides and train rides for a fee. You can also have your picture taken with Santa for an additional fee. You can also run the Lights of Life to benefit the Boys and Girls Club.
Magical Night of Lights
A seven-mile drive through tour of animated, festive, holiday light displays. At the end of your tour, the Holiday Village awaits with carnival rides and games, pony rides and numerous holiday treats. (Some activities require an additional fee) Warm up with a hot cup of cocoa or step inside Santa’s Workshop for some holiday shopping and a visit with Santa. Also included with daily admission is access to the live nativity. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE.
Callaway Gardens 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–to celebrate not only the joy of the season but the wonder of nature in this idyllic setting. DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE.
A Stone Mountain Christmas
More than two million twinkling lights. While you’re there, watch live entertainment shows, Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas in 4-D, watch a festive Christmas Parade, a special fireworks show and more. Here is a post on Stone Mountain Christmas (includes photos, video and tips for a great experience). Stone Mountain Christmas features, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® and Bumble™ the Abominable Snow Monster. Kids of all ages can meet these two heartwarming characters or catch them in the nightly Christmas parade! DISCOUNT TICKETS HERE.
Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday in the Park
More than one million LED lights will turn on at once, as Santa Claus and his reindeer ride their sleigh for the first time to Six Flags Over Georgia for the debut of Holiday in the Park®. This all-new celebration transforms the park into a winter wonderland with dazzling Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides.
Pettit Creek Farms Christmas Lights
Over one mile of Christmas Lights to drive through in Cartersville Ga. Includes a petting zoo and live reindeer (Comet & Cupid) Santa Claus is scheduled Thursday-Sunday. The Live Nativity can be seen on weekends! 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. 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. Or, catch the jolly scenery aboard a train ride. Every glowing piece is handcrafted in the park’s welding shop, making this a truly one-of-a-kind spectacle.
Lighting of the Ruins at Barnsley Resort. The holiday lights at the Barnsley Resort ruins, gardens and village light Nov 25.
Light Up Blue Ridge. Kids will enjoy the petting zoo, pony and train rides, and more. There’s a gingerbread house and window decorating contest, and the lighting of the Great Tree. 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!
Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta: Free
Centennial Olympic Park Holidays in Light
Due to the ongoing major renovations of the park, the annual holiday lights in COP will be on hiatus for 2017. Learn more about the exciting changes coming to the park here.
Celebrate the Season with Atlantic Station
We already mentioned Atlantic Station above, but it’s worth repeating. View 250,000 lights within an 8 block radius. While you’re there, gather around Atlantic Station’s grand 50-foot tall Christmas Tree and experience the magic of a realistic snowfall, weather permitting.
The Village Green, Smryna
The Village Green area around the Library, Community Center, the Veterans Memorial – along with the Market Village are dressed in lights and holiday cheer through New Year’s Eve/Day.
The Rock Ranch: A Country Christmas in Lights
The Rock Ranch invites families to drive through more than a mile of magical Christmas lights on the farm. This tradition started seven years ago when the late S. Truett Cathy, Founder of Chick-fil-A and The Rock Ranch, purchased a truck load of lights from Lowes and Home Depot during an “After Christmas” sale. He thought folks would enjoy an affordable opportunity to drive through beautifully lit Christmas scenes. This growing lights display gets better and better each year. Note: the drive-thru option is not available on select days, but wagon rides, train rides, Santa’s workshop, dinner and much more will be available for families to enjoy.
“Deck the Hollow” Holiday Light Show at Bear Hollow Zoo
The Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens will be illuminated in lights, offer live music, animal encounters and photo opportunities on December 7-10 and 14-17 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Concessions, including hot chocolate and s’mores will be available for purchase. Cost is $3/person (cash only).
The Downtown Christmas Parade of Lights
This popular annual event gives viewers and participants the opportunity to enjoy an evening parade in Downtown Athens while it is decorated for the holiday season. On December 7, dozens of floats, bands and groups will wind through downtown streets awash in twinkling lights. The parade begins on the corner of Dougherty and Pulaski Streets at 7 p.m. and ends in front of City Hall for the traditional tree lighting ceremony hosted by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Residential Christmas Light Displays Near Atlanta
Economy House (Stone Mountain) 1833 Smokerise Summit, Stone Mountain, GA. 30087 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.
Ashbrooke Night of Lights (Cumming) 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. For more information on lights near Cumming, visit Cumming Local.
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) Weather permitting, the show runs from Nov 30th through Dec 23rd 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. Please check the Facebook page for inclement weather updates.
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.
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.
Holiday Magic Christmas Lights (Atlanta, near Piedmont Park) “HOLIDAY MAGIC” is a FREE nightly holiday light show featuring 30,000+ LED dancing Christmas lights synchronized to over 50 minutes of holiday music. Each evening the MAGIC of the Season takes center stage as thousands of sparkling lights and special effects light up the night. The 54 minute show can be enjoyed from the sidewalk via speakers in the yard, or by tuning your radio to 102.1FM.
Holly Springs Lights (Holly Springs/Canton) 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.
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