37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ 2023 Residential Lights Shows)

Give me all the lights! Nothing gets us into the holiday spirit like millions of twinkling lights set to holiday music.

There are so many events in and around Atlanta during the holidays. You’re probably wondering, “Where are the best Christmas light displays near me?” We’ve got the answers!

Whether you’re looking for professionally done, paid attractions, or just looking to drive by an awesomely decorated neighborhood home — we’ve got a great list of awesome Christmas light displays.

Ready to get started? Here are 33+ Christmas light displays in the Atlanta metro area and Georgia that you don’t want to miss!

37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ 2023 Residential Lights Shows)

CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS NEAR ME: DRIVE THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR ATLANTA

GLOW LIGHT SHOW & FESTIVAL AT COOLRAY FIELD (LAWRENCEVILLE)

Dates: November 17 – December 31, 2023

Get in the holiday spirit with a trip through the Glow Light Show & Festival at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville.

The Glow Light Show is drive-through adventure that takes you through a wonderland of synchronized light displays with fun archways and illuminated installations that guests of all ages will love. We had a chance to drive through this new display last year to see it for ourselves — and it’s amazing! You’ll definitely want to add a visit here to your holiday bucket list. You’ll see over one million LED lights from the comfort of your own car. The Glow Light Show will take place 7 days a week from 6pm-10pm. Tickets for this adventure are per car.

Additionally, this year they’re offering Jolly Trolley tickets! Take a ride in the trolley and enjoy hot chocolate and a holiday glow stick. Jolly Trolley tickets are offered Thursdays-Sundays from 5:30pm-10pm and are per person.

NEW IN 2023! A new holiday festival will be available Thursdays-Sundays from 5:30pm-10pm. At the festival, you’ll find food, rides, and activities. Admission to the festival is FREE. You’ll find food and beverage vendors, photo installations, games, and fun rides for the kids.

LIGHTS OF LIFE AT LIFE UNIVERSITY

1269 Barclay Cir | Marietta | 770-426-2600
When: Nov. 23 – Dec. 31, 2023

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.)

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. We’ve been to Lights of Life a few times, and every time we cannot believe how amazingly well-done it is. It’s truly awesome.

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. 17, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024

Ten million lights. Seventeen dazzling scenes. One magical night. Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens 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.

We love Fantasy in Lights and go every year. If you don’t want to drive-through in your own car, you can also ride through in the open-air Jolly Trolley at no extra cost. (My kids love the Jolly Trolley best! Bring a jacket!)

Read More: Callaway Gardens Lights: Everything You Need to Know about Fantasy in Lights

WORLD OF ILLUMINATION

Six Flags White Water | Marietta
DATES: November 15 – December 31, 2023

Trek over land, sea and air to hear the jingle of the jungle at Enchanted Safari produced by World of Illumination at Six Flags White Water in Marietta.

A host of exotic animals will be there to great you from peacocks to piranhas. Soar among the clouds as you fly with reindeer then outrun a T-Rex whizzing past a land lost in time. Come face to face with the King of the Jungle and beware of the Tunnel of Tentacles where you’ll fend off sharks and jellyfish trying to steal your holiday spirit. Your journey ends at Santa’s Bazaar, where all your new animal friends will be decking the halls! Be sure to buckle up- it’s a jungle out there.

Who knows, you may even catch Santa and his elves making your present this year…if you’ve been nice!

Read More: World of Illumination: World’s Largest Drive-Through Animated Light Show Is Back in 2023

LIGHTS OVER ALPHARETTA

Ameris Bank Amphitheatre | Alpharetta
When: November 24 – December 30, 2023

Lights Over Alpharetta is coming to Ameris Bank Amphitheatre from Friday, November 24, to Saturday, December 30, 2023. This drive-through light display is new for 2023, and will feature thousands of twinkling lights.

In addition to the drive-through nights, they’ll also have nights that you can walk through the displays, as well as nights when the kids (and adults!) can get their photo with Santa.

PETTIT CREEK FARMS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

337 Cassville Rd. | Cartersville | 770-386-8688
When: November 23 – December 30, 2023 (Closed Mondays). Open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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!

Capture holiday memories and visit Santa and his reindeer, Comet, and Cupid, at Santa’s Cottage. Pictures with your camera are included with admission! Santa is there Thursdays through Sundays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Experience a nativity (animals on Saturday) and meet the animals at the petting zoo. You might even get a grateful kiss from a camel if you feed it a treat!

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.

ATLANTA-AREA WALK THROUGH CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR ME

37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ 2023 Residential Lights Shows)
Courtesy of Zoo Atlanta

STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain | 770-498-5690
When: Select Days Nov. 11, 2023 – Jan. 2, 2024

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 NEW World’s Largest Christmas Light Show and the Christmas Parade! See Angelina the Snow Angel, visit with Santa Claus, and journey through the musical Frosted Forest of lights.

Read More: Stone Mountain Christmas: Your Complete Guide to All the Holiday Fun

ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDENS: GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS

1345 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta | 404-876-5859
When: Nov. 18, 2023 – Jan. 14, 2024

Atlantans know — Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden 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 return, guests can expect new twists, including the return of White Rabbit to the Skyline Garden pond, the first glimpse of the Garden’s Alice’s Wonderland mosaiculture exhibition, which returns with new installations in 2024.

Read More: Atlanta Botanical Garden Lights: Brilliant Holiday Fun

ILLUMINIGHTS AT ZOO ATLANTA

Zoo Atlanta | 800 Cherokee Ave SE | Atlanta
When: Nov. 16, 2023 – Jan. 14, 2024

Atlanta’s newest holiday tradition is back and better than ever. IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival opens to the public at Zoo Atlanta in November 2023.

Stroll the Zoo after dark to be inspired by more than 80 nature-inspired lanterns depicting some of Earth’s most amazing and charismatic flora and fauna, both real and imagined. 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. 

Read More: Everything You Need to Know about IllumiNights at the Zoo: Atlanta Chinese Lantern Festival

SIX FLAGS OVER GEORGIA HOLIDAY IN THE PARK

275 Riverside Parkway Southwest | Austell | 770-739-3400
When: Select days Nov. 18, 2023 – Jan. 3, 2024

More than 1,000,000 LED lights will turn on at 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.

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!

Read More: Six Flags Over Georgia: Beat the Lines, Discounts, and More Tips

CELEBRATE THE STATION AT ATLANTIC STATION

1380 Atlantic Dr NW | Atlanta | 404-410-4010
Begins: Nov. 19, 2023

View 250,000 lights within an 8-block radius at Atlantic Station‘s Celebrate the Station event. This is a wonderful FREE light display, and I love that you can walk around to see them all up close!

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, or enjoy dinner at one of their many restaurants. Celebrate the Station runs through December 31, 2023.

Read More: Atlantic Station Ice Skating Tips and Tricks for 2023

MARGARITAVILLE’S LAKESIDE LIGHTS SPECTACULAR AT LAKE LANIER ISLANDS

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. | Buford | 678-304-3120
When: Nov. 22, 2023 – Jan 3, 2024; then weekends only through Feb. 15, 2024. (Closed Nov. 27-30.)

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 in 2020, 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!

Read More: Lake Lanier Lights: Lakeside Lights Spectacular Returns

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF HOPE

6688 Bells Ferry Rd | Woodstock | 770-591-3577
When: November 24 – December 30, 2023 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

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!

Kids 14 and under are free, all others are $10/person. Santa is there nightly from open to close. You are welcome to take pictures with your own phone/camera.

VIRGINIA HIGHLAND WINTERFEST TOUR OF LIGHTS

Virginia Highland neighborhood
When: December 8, 2023

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. 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 8 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!

LIGHTING OF THE RUINS AT BARNSLEY RESORT

597 Barnsley Gardens Road | Adairsville | 770-773-7480
When: Nov. 22, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024

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

On November 22, 2023, the property will host an official Lighting of the Ruins event. Celebrate the start of the festive season with a family-friendly holiday celebration, counting down to the official lighting of the Barnsley Resort Village. Enjoy visits with Santa, seasonal refreshments, hands-on crafts for kids and live music surrounding the center of the village.

The Lighting of the Ruins event is complimentary for resort guests and members, and requires a $60 parking pass for all others.

Visitors can visit during the holiday season to see all the lights decorating this beautiful resort.

LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE

241 Depot St. | Blue Ridge | 877-413-8724
When: Begins Nov. 25, 2023

Light Up Blue Ridge is full of holiday happenings.

Light Up Blue Ridge day will be held on Nov. 25, 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. 20 – Dec. 17, 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 Scenic Railway.

I love the shops in Blue Ridge for holiday presents, too!

Read More: 23 Spectacular Christmas Train Rides in Georgia & the Southeast in 2023

ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS AT ROCK CITY

1400 Patten Rd | Lookout Mountain | 706-820-2531
When: Select days Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 6, 2024

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.

Reserved timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance.

Read More: Your Guide to Rock City Christmas: Enchanted Garden of Lights

WINTER WONDERLIGHTS

State Botanical Garden of Georgia at UGA | Athens
When: Select nights Nov. 22 – Dec. 30, 2023

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 winter light show, presented by the UGA Office of the President, follows a half-mile fully accessible trail down Candy Cane Lane, past creatures stirring and shimmering snowflakes, through a tunnel of multicolored lights, through a cone tree forest and into a holiday market.

Along the way, visitors can roast marshmallows for s’mores over an open fire, and enjoy rich hot chocolate or cold refreshments.

Don’t leave without buying a Condor Chocolates Winter WonderBar, created especially for Winter WonderLights, with a portion of the proceeds going toward education and conservation programs at the State Botanical Garden.

DECK THE HOLLOW HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW AT BEAR HOLLOW ZOO

293 Gran Ellen Dr | Athens | 706-613-3580
When: Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10, 2023, 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.  Take a walk through this small zoo and enjoy the lights, live music, animal encounters, and more!

The admission fee is $5/person, and children under the age of 2 are FREE. Tickets will be sold at the gate.

MOUNTAIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS

Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds | Hiawassee | 706-896-4191
When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, Nov. 23 – Dec. 9, 2023, then open everyday Dec. 14-23, 2023

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.) $8 for adults, kids 12 and under are FREE.

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS BEYOND ATLANTA

37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ 2023 Residential Lights Shows)
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DOWNTOWN ATHENS PARADE OF LIGHTS

Downtown Athens
When: December 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and Athens Downtown Development Authority are proud to present the Downtown Parade of Lights.

Entries will compete for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme,” and “Best Use of Lights.”  The best overall float will receive the “Mayor’s Award.”  

The parade includes the traditional tree lighting ceremony at City Hall hosted by none other than Santa.

HOLLY JOLLY JEKYLL

Jekyll Island
When: November 24, 2023 – January 7, 2024

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 by visiting beautiful Jekyll Island and seeing 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. This year Jekyll actually has over one million total light bulbs, 350 + light displays and 45,000+ lights on the Great Tree, 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.

We attend this every year and love it! We drive through it first, then park and walk through it again.

Read More: Jekyll Island GA: Protected Coastal Beauty with Resort Fun

DECEMBER NIGHTS & HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT COASTAL GEORGIA BOTANICAL GARDENS

2 Canebrake Rd | Savannah
When: Select nights November 24 – December 23, 2023

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

Newly created themes this year include Alice in Wonderland, Once Upon a Time (with a real fire-breathing dragon), Octopus’s Garden and Carnival of Color. Holiday Lights is a walking event and tickets must be purchased in advance.

This is a family-friendly event that includes live music and a “Merry Market” featuring local artisans and vendors. Kids (young and old) can enjoy s’mores stations, arts and crafts, and a special visit with Santa Claus.

LOCKERLY IN LIGHTS

Hwy 441 South, 1534 Irwinton Road | Milledgeville
Dates: Fridays and Saturdays from November 17 – December 23, 2023

Enjoy the holidays at Lockerly Arboretum!  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. This year, they are offering both drive-through nights and walk-through nights.

Friday nights are drive through only, 6pm – 9pm.  Tickets $15 per car, cash only.  Tickets are not available in advance for drive through nights.

Saturday nights are walk through only and advance tickets are required. Tickets can be purchased for 6:00pm or 7:30pm entrance time.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Read More: 17+ Undeniable Reasons Your Family Should Visit Blissful Milledgeville, GA

MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA

Downtown Macon
When: November 24, 2023 – January 3, 2024

Witness a colorful canopy of 1,000,000+ 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.

Shows occur nightly November 24, 2023 through January 3, 2024 from 6pm to 10pm at the top of each hour. The lights will stay on nightly from 10 to 11pm. Show 1 takes place at 6pm and 8pm, and Show 2 takes place at 7pm and 9pm. Each show lasts for about an hour. Stick around to catch both shows to hear all the merry sounds of the season!

The Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza spans 5.5 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.

Read More: Your Complete Guide To The Best Things To Do In Macon, Ga

WILD LIGHTS AT CHEHAW PARK

105 Chehaw Park Rd | Albany | 229-430-5275
When: December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2023 from 6-9pm

NEW IN 2023! See Chehaw Park and Zoo in Albany in a whole new light as you stroll through their brand new Wild Lights! This walk-through path allows you to travel portions of the zoo path by foot. Make sure to stop by the Kids Zone for crafts, games, and activities.

Before you leave, stop by the Sugar Shack for hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, and s’mores by the fire. Coffee bar, beer, wine, and concessions also available. Around every corner, you’ll find great photo ops!

LIGHTS ALONG THE RIVER

Earle Boat Basin | Bainbridge
When: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2023

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.

WILD ADVENTURES CHRISTMAS WILD & BRIGHT

Wild Adventures Theme Park | Valdosta
Dates: Select days Now through Dec. 31, 2023

Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta debuts its reimagined holiday attraction: Wild Adventures Christmas Wild & Bright. 

Step into a magical winter wonderland of 2 million lights, blending the charm of traditional Christmas themes with the thrilling outdoor adventure that Wild Adventures is known for. Featuring immersive experiences with beloved holiday characters, twinkling trails with views of exotic animals, escapes to the Gingerbread Village and a stand-out musical Christmas tree light show at the park’s center, this is a must-visit holiday experience.

Additional experiences include Foam Snowstorm Parties, Brunch with Santa, a plethora of holiday-themed treats and more! Guests can begin visiting the attraction NOW on select days until Dec. 31 (see full calendar HERE). Starting for as little as $29.99 per person, additional tickets and season passes are available for purchase at WildAdventures.com. Plus, guests who bring one wrapped gift to the theme park will receive 50% off of their ticket. This special will benefit Toys for Tots.

SEE THESE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR FREE

37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ 2023 Residential Lights Shows)
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LIGHTS OF JOY

1510 Ben King Road NW | Kennesaw
When: Nov. 27, 2023 through Jan. 1, 2024

You have GOT TO visit Lights of Joy in Kennesaw — it’s the Largest Residential Christmas Light Display in Georgia with more than 850,000 lights. I mean, it was a 2019 ABC’s Christmas Lights Fight Contestant! It’s an amazing walk-through Christmas lights display that you will have to see to believe.

The most prominent feature of the display is the lighting of the landscape. There are over 230 trees with lights in them. The trunks of the pine trees are wrapped in colored lights and the hardwood trees are filled with white lights. One tree has over 20,000 lights in it and there are three additional trees with approximately 15,000 lights each. And there are nine musical trees. It’s truly spectacular.

Lights of Joy is FREE, and donations are accepted. They encourage you to park across the street at the Influencers Church and walk to see the lights. The inside circle was new in 2018. It now contains 400,000+ lights and you cannot see it with a drive by. No pets, please!

PRISM: WINTER LIGHTS AT WOODRUFF PARK

Woodruff Park and Peachtree Center | Atlanta
When: TBD (The following is from 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: November 19, 2023 from 2:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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

A celebration for the season you won’t want to miss! Get in the holiday spirit with festive music and free activities for the whole family. From the annual opening of Avalon on Ice to the magnificent tree lighting and an appearance from Jolly Old Saint Nick himself, something is exciting for all to enjoy. 

  • 2-5pm: Activity Row: Take the family for a stroll along Avalon Boulevard for face painting, balloon art, photo booth fun, and more!
  • 2-9pm: Avalon On Ice: Avalon on Ice kicks off with a magical ice skating performance at 2pm and the rink officially opens to the public at 3pm.
  • Starting at 2pm: Enjoy seasonal performances from local entertainment throughout the day!
  • 5:45-7:30pm: Bogey and the Viceroy: Bogey and the Viceroy is BACK with another spectacular holiday performance you won’t want to miss!
  • 7pm: Tree Lighting Celebration

THE VILLAGE GREEN, SMYRNA

Fuller Street SE | Smyrna | 770-434-6600
When: Begins Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023

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.

There will be a big Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with Santa and lots of holiday festivities to enjoy. Catch the season’s spirit 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
Begins: November 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Explore the Sparkle Village, a month-long display of miniature homes, decked out in decor & twinkling lights. The Sparkle Village is perfect for a seasonal evening stroll or a family photo spot for your holiday cards!

Visit the Village from November 24, 2023 – January 1, 2024!

LIGHT UP DUNWOODY (AND MORE)

4537 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road,| Dunwoody| 770-434-6600
When: December 1-31, 2023

Dunwoody will kick off the holiday season with the return of its most anticipated festive holiday event, Light Up Dunwoody. Santa Photos, Reindeer, Holiday Dancers, Choral and Musical Performances, Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting!

Holiday lights will also return to Brook Run Park with three times as many lights as last year. The 3rd Annual Holiday Lights theme is Brook Run Sweet Shoppe!  Brook Run will come to life in 85,000 sugarcoated lights, complete with a chocolate volcano, candy castle, ice cream land, and more! On Opening Night (Dec. 1), you’ll find FREE hot cocoa and popcorn carts open at 4:00 p.m, and lights turn on at 6:00 p.m.

LIGHTS OF ATHENS AT CHICK-FIL-A

Chick-fil-A | 3637 Atlanta Hwy. | Athens
When: November 1 – December 31, 2023

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. When we go, we always get our food and eat it from the back of the pick-up truck in the parking lot — that way we can really enjoy eating under the lights!

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

LIGHT THE NIGHT AT NATIONS CHURCH

Nations Church | 8780 Macon Highway | Athens
When: November 24 – December 31, 2023

The Nations Church Christmas Light Show in Athens is a musical Christmas experience for the whole family! With over 130,000 Christmas lights dancing to a rotation of your favorite Christmas tunes the light show has become a holiday tradition in the community.

The show runs rain or shine every night from 6pm to 10pm.

You can choose to drive through the campus or park and walk around to view the lights up close. My kids love to get out and dance here!

THE BATTERY ATLANTA

800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta | 404-494-1150
When: Begins Nov. 25, 2023

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

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: November 24 – December 31, 2023

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, and stroll around the historic district with its twinkling lights, holiday music and good cheer. Most shops extended their hours during the Christmas Season and offer specials and unique gift options!

This town really knows how to do Christmas right.

REINDEER FLIGHT SCHOOL

101 Sportsmans Club Road Northeast | Milledgeville
When: December 13 – 25, 2023

Walk through a winter wonderland in Baldwin County’s largest lights display! Reindeer Flight School cannot be completely seen from the road, so plan to park and walk around through over 40,000 lights on trees, additional lights on snowflakes, wreaths, flying reindeer and more on display.

Photo opportunities are abundant and be sure to climb atop a life-size wooden reindeer. Santa sightings are possible nightly, but he typically appears on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. 

Bring the kids and family for a fun night out…Santa wants to see You! Admission is free to all but donations are greatly appreciated! 

The Reindeer Flight School is off 441, near Serenity Spa. Turn on Old Sportsman Club Road then the third street on the left. You cannot miss it! Lights and Santa do not appear in the rain. 

CHRISTMAS LIGHT NEIGHBORHOOD NEAR ATLANTA

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ECONOMY HOUSE: A WHOLE LOT OF CHRISTMAS (STONE MOUNTAIN)

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.

ASHEBROOKE NIGHT OF LIGHTS (CUMMING)

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. 

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!

TAUZIN LIGHTS (SANDY SPRINGS)

Tauzin Lights (Sandy Springs)  210 Grogans Lake Pointe, Sandy Springs, GA. Tauzin Lights at a home in the Grogan’s Bluff neighborhood in Sandy Springs features an elaborate light show that’s synchronized to music. The musical light show plays at the top of each hour (the first 20 minutes), and an animated light show follows.

If you arrive after the show, you can follow the remote falcon link and select the next songs to play! The show plays Sunday-Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. After Christmas, they’ll have a New Year Show too!

RILEY’S ROCKIN’ CHRISTMAS (KENNESAW)

Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas (Kennesaw) 2008 Palladium Drive NW, Kennesaw. Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas is a residential light display that has over 60,00 LED lights synchronized to more than 55 minutes of holiday music including Frozen, Polar Express, and many other holiday favorites.

Listen to the music from the warmth of your car by tuning in to 101.3 on your radio. They are accepting donations this year for the Children’s Burn Foundation. Donations can be made in the red Santa’s mailbox located to the right side of the driveway. Not every night is an animated show night, so check their website before heading out.

CHRISTMAS ON AMBERWOOD (LAWRENCEVILLE)

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)

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 are less crowded or any day after 9:00. It’s free to attend, but donations are appreciated.

FELIX FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS (DALLAS)

Felix Family Christmas Lights (Dallas) 224 Oliver Overlook, Dallas, GA. The Felix Family Christmas Lights run from Thanksgiving to New Year and are an award-winning national 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 thousands of lights that move to Christmas music.

LUDY CHRISTMAS (COLUMBUS)

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)

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’s Christmas House (Duluth) 2929 Mockingbird Circle, Duluth, GA. This house gets completely decked out for the season, and they’re always adding even more items to their Christmas lights display!

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