33+ SPARKLING CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS NEAR ATLANTA (+ 2021 RESIDENTIAL LIGHTS SHOWS!)

Give me all the lights!  Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like millions of twinkling lights set to holiday music. 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 if you’re wondering, “Where are Christmas lights near me?” 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!

33+ SPARKLING CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS NEAR ATLANTA (+ 2021 RESIDENTIAL LIGHTS SHOWS!)

DRIVE THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR ATLANTA

LIGHTS OF LIFE AT LIFE UNIVERSITY

1269 Barclay Cir | Marietta | 770-426-2600
When: Nov. 25, 2021 – Dec. 31, 2021

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.

CALLAWAY GARDENS FANTASY IN LIGHTS

17800 US-27 | Pine Mountain | 844-512-3826
When: Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022

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.

WORLD OF ILLUMINATION

Six Flags Whitewater in Marietta AND Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton
When: Nov. 12, 2021-Jan. 2, 2022

NEW FOR 2021! After the massive success of this drive-through light show in 2020, World of Illumination will be held at two Georgia locations in 2021 — in both Marietta and Hampton.

In Marietta, World of Illumination will offer a Rockin’ Christmas theme this year. Last year was all about Candy Rush, but this year’s theme will be a full-throttle musical extravaganza.

In this mile long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. Featuring millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a mesmerizing event sure to rock your holidays.

The theme for the Hampton location this year will be Arctic Adventure. Here you’ll meet Sunny, a 32-foot-tall snowman, and all of his tundra-bound friends. You’ll be delighted by your favorite holiday music and whimsical winter characters. Nostalgic and memorable, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a storybook adventure for kids of all ages.

The experience in Hampton will also be a mile-long journey, featuring 350+ snow-themed installations and millions of animated lights.

ATLANTIC STATION: DRIVE-THRU ATL HOLIDAY LIGHTS

Atlantic Station | Pinnacle Lot
When: Nov. 11, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

ATL Holiday Lights is back at Atlantic Station with a bigger, better and longer lights display than ever before!

This year’s show features hand-crafted light displays from everyone’s favorite holiday movies, a mini neighborhood featuring some local Atlanta establishments and more.

Value Nights (Sunday – Thursday): $25/car in advance; $30 at the gate; Peak Nights (Friday – Saturday): $35/car in advance; $40 at the gate; Thursday Walking Nights: $15 per adult in advance; $20 at the gate; kids 15 and under are FREE! Tickets can be purchased HERE.

PETTIT CREEK FARMS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

337 Cassville Rd. | Cartersville | 770-386-8688
When: November 25 – December 30, 2021 (Closed Mondays)

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.

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STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770-498-5690
When: Nov. 13, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

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! 

See Angelina the Snow Angel, visit with Santa Claus, and journey through the musical Frosted Forest of lights.

In 2021, the park recommends guests purchasing Attractions Passes do so in advance as daily capacity will be limited due to social distancing requirements.

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS: GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859
When: Nov. 14, 2021 – Jan. 15, 2022

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!

While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return in 2021, guests can expect new twists, including a colorful Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk, oversized flowers leading to Ice Goddess, and lighted sculptures from SUPERnatural: Glass Art by Jason Gamrath. Advanced, online reservations are required.

ILLUMINIGHTS AT ZOO ATLANTA

Zoo Atlanta | 800 Cherokee Ave SE | Atlanta
When: Nov. 22, 2021-Jan. 16, 2022

Get ready to celebrate at a breathtaking new addition to Atlanta’s holiday traditions. The all-new IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival opens to the public at Zoo Atlanta in November 2021.

In spring 2021, Zoo Atlanta announced plans to partner with Hanart Culture on presenting the experience, which will invite guests into a nighttime wonderland celebrating the beauty of the natural world. Awe-inspiring vistas will feature more than 80 larger-than-life lanterns – some up to 20 feet tall – based on animals and other elements of nature.

Each lantern is made and hand-painted by Chinese artisans, therefore representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally-friendly LED lights.

LIGHTS AT THE LANDING

Dallas Landing Park | 5120 Allatoona Drive | Acworth
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022 (Note: Closed December 6-8 and 13-15)

Lights at the Landing is a walk-through holiday lights experience at Dallas Landing Park in Acworth, GA.

Join in for a fun and festive holiday lights experience while walking through the park. Entry will be timed to reduce wait times, so please purchase your ticket on the half hour you would like to arrive and please arrive on time. Tickets can be purchased HERE.

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA HOLIDAY IN THE PARK

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest | Austell | 770-739-3400
When: Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022 on select days

More than one million LED lights will turn on at once at Six Flags Over Georgia, as Santa Claus and his reindeer ride their sleigh to Six Flags Over Georgia for another year of Holiday in the Park.

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.

With 10 decretive destinations, such as, Candy Cane Lane, Merry Masquerade, or the North Pole in all its glowing glory, there is no shortage of a merry mood to be had!

HOLIDAY ROAD AT THE HORSE MANSION AT BOUCKAERT FARM

The Horse Mansion @ Bouckaert Farm | 10045 Cedar Grove Road | Fairburn
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

NEW IN 2021! Experience thousands of lights and larger than life installations at Holiday Road at The Horse Mansion at Bouckaert Farm in Fairburn.

This immersive walking trail is full of lights and holiday scenes. While you’re there, you can get a bite to eat at the area’s best food trucks, or enjoy a seasonal cocktail from their Holiday Bar. Expect to see some larger than life holiday displays, thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Elves, countless candy canes and all of your favorite holiday cheer!

Holiday Road will open at 5:00 pm and close at 11:00 pm., and they have designated time slots starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:30 pm. Advanced ticket purchase is required.

CELEBRATION AT THE STATION AT ATLANTIC STATION

1380 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-410-4010
When: Nov. 20, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

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 when you visit in person!

Set to the soundtrack provided by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, they’ve integrated the holiday tree lights, cafe lights surrounding Atlantic Green, all-new custom jumbotron animated video, and snow shows into one spectacular celebration that occurs every hour from 5-9 p.m. Monday – Sunday this holiday season. 

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, enjoy dinner at one of their many restaurants, or visit Santa’s Cottage in Central Park.

MARGARITAVILLE’S LAKESIDE LIGHTS SPECTACULAR AT LAKE LANIER ISLANDS

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. | Buford | 678-304-3120
When: Nov. 24, 2021 – Jan 5, 2022; then weekends only through Feb. 27, 2022

Kick start your holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. After over 25 years, the Magical Nights of Lights came to a close last year, and the Lakeside Lights Spectacular opened in its place.

Instead of drive-through lights, these are walk-through lights! 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!

WINTERLAND AT ILLUMINARIUM

Illuminarium Atlanta | 550 Somerset Terrace NE | Atlanta
When: November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

At Illuminarium’s Winterland event, visitors begin their journey in a luxurious winter palace surrounded by windows filled with animated vignettes depicting classic winter scenes, holiday traditions and moments of joy: from a train ride through a snow-filled valley to an urban winter carnival.

The choreographed immersive experience continues as visitors pass through a portal into an enchanted winter paradise, with an original musical score featuring vocals from the local non-profit Atlanta Young Singers choir. The show’s magical landscape includes a frozen waterfall that transforms into the Northern Lights, the feeling of ice cracking underfoot, and majestic forest creatures that walk around the space with you.

Afterwards, stop by the shop for a souvenir or the café for some hot chocolate. Tickets for Winterland, are on sale now at Illuminarium.com/atlanta

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF HOPE

6688 Bells Ferry Rd | Woodstock | 770-591-3577
When: Dec. 2 – Dec. 23, 2021

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, pictures with Santa and so much more!

In 2021, you can expect all of your favorites! Kids 14 and under are free, all others are $10/person.

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND WINTERFEST TOUR OF LIGHTS

Virginia Highland neighborhood
When: December 3, 2021

This one is a little different — because it’s for one night only!

This winter, they’re decking the halls of Virginia Highland with a prime tour of the neighborhood’s finest holiday houses! At the Winterfest Tour of Lights, you will get a map of homes with the most extravagant decorations, along with a commemorative mug. Some homes will be offering treats and beverages, and a few will even be showing off their backyards for participants.

The Tour of Lights will be on Friday, December 3 from 5:30 to 9 pm, and tickets are $25. These homes won’t be lighting up until this evening, so you will be the first to see what they have in store!

Buy your ticket to the Tour of Lights today to be the first to enjoy these neighborhood holiday gems! Tickets can be purchased HERE.

LIGHTING OF THE RUINS AT BARNSLEY RESORT

597 Barnsley Gardens Road | Adairsville | 770-773-7480
When: Nov. 24, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

The holiday lights at the Barnsley Resort ruins, gardens and village shine with more than 1,000,000 twinkling lights.

On November 24, 2021, 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. 

Visitors (including those who aren’t staying at the resort) can visit during the holiday season to see all the lights decorating this beautiful resort.

Tickets can be purchased via the property’s event calendar. Garden fees must be paid in advance, online.

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, 2021

Light Up Blue Ridge is full of holiday happenings.

Light Up Blue Ridge day will be held on Nov. 27, and will be full of Christmas cheer, strolling Christmas entertainment, a Christmas parade, food vendors, and Santa in the park.

The Gingerbread Village will be open from Nov. 26 – Dec. 12, 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. 19, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

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.

WINTER WONDERLIGHTS

State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA | Athens
When: Dec. 1, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

Experience the magic of the holidays as the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens transforms into a glittering winter wonderland of lights during Winter WonderLights!

The inaugural walk-through light show extravaganza features 11 illuminated displays along a half-mile path that is certain to delight and inspire. Meander with your family and friends and create magical memories among twinkling displays, colorful decorations and a mesmerizing multi-colored light tunnel.

DECK THE HOLLOW HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW AT BEAR HOLLOW ZOO

293 Gran Ellen Dr | Athens | 706-613-3580
When: Dec. 3-5 and Dec. 10-12, 2021, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Bear Hollow Zoo in Athens will be illuminated in lights in December.

The community is invited to celebrate the holidays in lights. They will have ticketed times every half hour for 50 participants per time slot. Tickets must be purchased in advance — no tickets will sold at the gate this year!

The admission fee is $5/person, and children under the age of 2 are FREE.

MOUNTAIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds | Hiawassee | 706-896-4191
When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2021

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights, 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.) $6 for adults, kids 12 and under are FREE.

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HOLLY JOLLY JEKYLL

Jekyll Island
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

It’s the best time of the year! A time filled with lights, festive fun, and lots of cheer. Holly Jolly Jekyll is a great way to celebrate the season is by visiting beautiful Jekyll Island and driving through to see the lights all over the island.

Drive through the Historic District to see the lights and The Great Tree. Jekyll Island is home to more than half a million lights during the Holly Jolly Jekyll season. The Great Tree alone has more than 35,000, which is more per square foot than the NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.

Visitors can also enjoy the Twelve Days of Christmas light displays that run from Great Dunes Beach Park to the Historic District, along Shell Rd. Count the days until Christmas in this coastal wonderland! You can drive through and see the lights for free from your own vehicle, or you can take a tour with Holly Jolly Light Tours for a fee.

DECEMBER NIGHTS & HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT COASTAL GEORGIA BOTANICAL GARDENS

2 Canebrake Rd | Savannah
When: Select dates Nov. 26 – Dec. 24, 2021

Each fall, the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah experiences a magical metamorphosis. Millions of twinkling lights are strung across 5 acres to transform our beautiful botanical garden into an enchanted wonderland.

This year’s event will again be held as a drive thru beginning Friday, November 26th and continuing on select nights through Christmas Eve.

Prefer to walk the Holiday Lights? Join them on Saturday, November 20th for the Holiday Lights Launch Festival. This is a family-friendly event that includes live music, a “Merry Market” featuring local artisans and vendors. Kids (young and old) can enjoy smores stations, arts and crafts and a special visit with Santa Claus.

Tickets are $25 per carload.

LOCKERLY IN LIGHTS

Hwy 441 South, 1534 Irwinton Road | Milledgeville
When: Saturdays, Nov. 20 – Dec. 18, 2021

Enjoy the holidays at Lockerly Arboretum in a safe and socially distanced way!  A family-friendly event, Lockerly in Lights in Milledgeville allows guests to drive through a winter wonderland filled with shimmering lights and festive, holiday cheer.

The one mile holiday lights display has emerged as a new seasonal favorite by offering guests a rare opportunity to experience Lockerly amid the moonlight.

The cost is $10 per car.  Check or cash only.

MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA

Downtown Macon
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

Witness a colorful canopy of 500,000+ lights moving in time to Christmas music on the city streets of Macon with a visit to the Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza! The best part? It’s FREE!

Hear your favorite Christmas carols but with a new twist! Christmas lights are synchronized to music arranged and produced by Macon Pops, an innovative, high energy, and world class orchestra that performs with orchestral musicians from around the southeast and across the country.

Lights are on nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and each show lasts about 45 minutes. Shows begin at the top of the hour at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, & 9:00pm.

The Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza spans 4.5 city blocks in the center of downtown Macon. Nightly shows are completely open and FREE to the public. You can catch the lights in Downtown Macon on Poplar Street from First Street to MLK Jr. Blvd. and on Third Street from Poplar Street to Cherry Street.

CHEHAW PARK’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

105 Chehaw Park Rd | Albany | 229-430-5275
When: TBD

Note: Information has not yet been released for 2021. The following is from 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.

LIGHTS ALONG THE RIVER

Earle Boat Basin | Bainbridge
When: Nov. 27 – 31, 2021

Join Bainbridge each night in December at the Earle May Boat Basin for their Lights Along the River Drive Through Lights Display.

Stay in your vehicle, tune to 99.3 FM for some holiday music and drive through close to a mile of Christmas lights and themed displays celebrating the season. From elves to reindeer, trees to wisemen, and more than their fair share of Santas, they have it all to get you in the holiday spirit.

Opens November 27, 2021 and runs through December 31!

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PRISM: WINTER LIGHTS AT WOODRUFF PARK

Woodruff Park and Peachtree Center | Atlanta
When: Dec. 4, 2021 – Jan. 31, 2022

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.

This year, PRISM has expanded to a second Downtown location and will have artwork installed at Peachtree Center (225 Peachtree St) in addition to Woodruff Park (91 Peachtree St).

Everyone is invited to explore the park either day or night, during park hours.

THE LIGHTING OF AVALON

400 Avalon Blvd | Alpharetta
When: Nov. 21, 2021, 1-8 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family at The Avalon in Alpharetta!

From the annual opening of Avalon on Ice to the magnificent tree lighting, and an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, there’s something exciting for all to enjoy on Sunday, November 21, 2021.

Take the family for a stroll along Avalon Boulevard for face painting, balloon art and photo booth fun from 1-4 p.m. Celebrate the opening of Avalon on Ice with a magical ice skating performance at 1 p.m. Enjoy a live DJ spinning holiday tunes as well as seasonal performances throughout the day. At 7 p.m., help Santa countdown to the lighting of the magnificent 40-foot tree!

THE VILLAGE GREEN, SMYRNA

Fuller Street SE | Smyrna | 770-434-6600
When: Nov. 30, 2021 thru the holiday season

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 November 30, 2021, 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.

SPARKLE VILLAGE IN SANDY SPRINGS

City Springs | Sandy Springs
When: Dec. 5, 2021 – Jan. 1, 2022

The Sparkle Sandy Springs Parade returns to kick off the holidays at City Springs on Dec. 5 — and brings with it lots of lights!

In addition to the traditional menorah and tree lighting, this year’s event will include a holiday concert featuring The Glow Band and the Sparkle Holiday Gift Market. The event ushers in the Sparkle Village, a month-long display of miniature lit homes. These six-foot-tall wooden houses are decorated by local businesses, schools, and nonprofits.

LIGHT UP DUNWOODY (AND MORE)

Cheek Spruill Farmhouse | Dunwoody
When: Light Up Dunwoody: Nov. 21, 2021; Holiday lights at Brook Run Park: Dec. 1, 2021; Ravinia’s Holiday in Lights: Dec. 16

Dunwoody has three fun holiday lights events planned for 2021!

Dunwoody will kick off the holiday season with the return of its most anticipated festive holiday event, Light Up Dunwoody. Taking place on Sunday, November 21 from 5-6 p.m., locals and visitors can gather at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse to ring in the season with an afternoon celebration leading up to the lighting of the Christmas tree and Menorah.

Holiday lights will also return to Brook Run Park with three times as many lights as last year. From December 1-27, visitors can view the “Hollywood Holidays”-themed display featuring more than 75,000 lights forming decorations inspired by popular holiday movies. The opening festival will take place on Wednesday, December 1, with hot cocoa and appearances by popular holiday characters.

Friends and families can gather at Ravinia’s second annual Holiday in Lights on Thursday, December 16 from 5-8 p.m. to experience the holidays with lights galore. Visitors will enjoy live music, a 360-degree photo booth with Santa, a hot chocolate bar, a kids’ game area and more as they celebrate the season. Those that attend are encouraged to bring a donation for the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Children’s Holiday Wish List program or drop off a donation anytime between November 18 and December 16. While the event is free to the public, ticket reservations are required and can be found through the Facebook event page starting Monday, November 29.

LIGHTS OF ATHENS AT CHICK-FIL-A

Chick-fil-A | 3637 Atlanta Hwy. | Athens
When: Nov. 1, 2021 – January 2022

This is not your average business light display, y’all!

Locals have known for awhile that the Atlanta Highway Chick-fil-A’s lights are something special, and now people are coming from neighboring towns just to see the thousands of lights that literally cover the restaurant! It really is amazing.

This is the perfect stop during the Christmas season. Don’t forget to get a peppermint shake!

LIGHT THE NIGHT

Nations Church | 8780 Macon Highway | Athens
When: Lights will run Nov. 26 – Dec. 31, 2021; Christmas Experience will be held Dec. 3, 10, and 11, 2021.

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!

NEW IN 2021: Your kids will love pushing the big red button that will wake up Ralphie and Zuzu (talking Christmas trees who have stories to tell) or using their feet to create a light show of their own!

The light show and Christmas Experience will be Dec. 3, 10, and 11th, 2021 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. 26-Dec. 31, 2021.

THE BATTERY ATLANTA

800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta | 404-494-1150
When: Nov. 27, 2021 – January 2022

Visit The  Battery Atlanta to see the gigantic Christmas tree in Sun Park Plaza and lights throughout this entertainment district.

Kids can visit Santa every Friday through Sunday Nov. 26-Dec. 24. Parents can take pics of their kids with the Big Man in Red, while children can share their holiday wish lists.

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS IN DAHLONEGA

Dahlonega
When: Nov. 26, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

Bedecked in thousands of twinkling lights, a show-stopping two-story Christmas tree on the square, the town of Dahlonega looks and feels like a holiday wonderland.

Take a carriage ride through the Dahlonega Historic District, visit Santa Claus on the square in front of the Christmas tree, stop by the Christmas Holiday Market (Dec. 3, 4, 10, and 11), walk through Hancock Park and enjoy the Festival of Trees (Dec. 4-31), or catch a holiday-themed show at the Holly Theater.

This town really knows how to do Christmas right.

RESIDENTIAL CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS NEAR ATLANTA
Courtesy: A Whole Lot of Christmas

CHRISTMAS LIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR ATLANTA

Economy House: A Whole Lot of Christmas (Stone Mountain) 1833 Smokerise Summit, Stone Mountain, GA. 30087. The Economy family welcomes you to see their home this holiday season! Decorated with thousands and thousands of Christmas lights, their house is lit up from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. everyday. In 2015 the family began collecting donations for the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and have raised thousands of dollars for them. 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. BEGINS: November 25, 2021

Ashebrooke 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.  Two families will be the recipients of the money raised this year. The NOL effort not only provides financial assistance, but builds the community during the holiday season and beyond. Ashebrooke raises money within the neighborhood by selling simple sand luminaries and placing them along the streets and driveways. Over the years, the event has grown to add a hot chocolate station, a live Nativity, a North Pole with Santa Claus himself, and spectacular holiday light displays! DATE: Dec. 19, 2021

Christmas in Castille (Alpharetta) 4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 30004. Stop by this awesome, synchronized light display in Alpharetta and get in the holiday spirit! Weather permitting, the show runs from Dec 12th – Dec 26th 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 on Amberwood (Lawrenceville) 371 Amberwood Drive, Lawrenceville, GA. Tons of lights, 100 inflatables, 23 trees, and much more can be seen at this Lawrenceville home. Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates!

Holly Springs Lights (Holly Springs/Canton) The Holly Springs Lights Show is held at First Baptist Church of Holly Springs each holiday season. The show runs nightly from 6:00-11:30 starting every half hour. Please dim your headlights and tune your radio to 103.7FM. Monday – Thursday nights tend to be less crowded or any day after 9:00. It’s free to attend, but donations are appreciated. BEGINS: December 1, 2021

Felix Family Christmas Lights (Dallas) 224 Oliver Overlook, Dallas, GA. 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. Their home is covered with 1000’s of lights that move to Christmas music.

Ludy Christmas (Columbus) 5784 Ironstone Drive, Columbus, GA. 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! Open from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, 6-10 p.m. (10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights).

Lights on Linstone (Grayson) 2250 Linstone Lane, Grayson, GA. 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) 2929 Mockingbird Circle, Duluth, GA. This house gets completely decked out for the season, and in 2021, they’re adding even more items to their Christmas lights display! DATES: Nov. 25-Dec. 29, 2021

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.

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.

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. 2019 was their last year.

Christmas on the Hill (Flowery Branch) This is the Hathcock family’s way of spreading Christmas cheer! You can stop by and see it 6711 Willowbrook Trail from 6-10 p.m.

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. Their last year was in 2016.

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