37+ Free Christmas Events Near Me: Ring in Holiday Cheer in Atlanta in 2023

Looking for FREE Christmas events in Atlanta? We’ve got them!

Christmas can be so expensive — the gifts, the decorations, the food, the events — it can really add up. Anytime there is opportunity to enjoy Christmas festivities for free, we’re all over it.  You may be wondering, “Where are free Christmas events near me?” We’ve got some awesome options for you.

Atlanta, Georgia, has so many great budget-friendly options this holiday season. Here are 37+ free Christmas events in Atlanta that we know you and your crew will adore.

37+ Free Christmas Events Near Me: Ring in Holiday Cheer in Atlanta in 2023

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS NEAR ME: ATLANTA OPTIONS

37+ Free Christmas Events Near Me: Ring in Holiday Cheer in Atlanta in 2023
Ponce City Market courtesy of Jamestown

PONCE CITY MARKET

Ponce City Market offers several free and fun options this holiday season!

  • Misfit DIY Wrapping Co.:  Come one, come all and stop by Misfit DIY Wrapping Co. to jazz up gifts for giving! Open from noon-7pm on Saturdays and Sundays December 2-17 plus December 21-23, guests will be able to wrap gifts purchased at PCM with a misfit assortment of paper, ribbon and doo-dads at Ponce City Market’s do-it-yourself wrapping and decorating factory on the second floor of the Central Food Hall. It’s free, but suggested donations will benefit RoleCall Theater, a non-profit, independent theater located at Ponce City Market. The theater produces and exhibits plays, films, and live comedy acts in its indoor and outdoor theater spaces at the community hub. Dates: Saturdays & Sundays, Dec. 2-17 & Thurs.-Sat., Dec. 21-23, Noon-7pm
  • Letters to Santa with Archer Paper Goods: Naughty or nice, Archer Paper Goods will welcome all who believe in Santa to write letters to the jolly man himself! Printed letters can be picked up at shops throughout Ponce City Market, including Paradiso Plant Shop, Collier Candy Co., and Archer Paper Goods, filled out then mailed to the North Pole. There will be a mailbox for letters to Santa at Archer Paper Goods, located in the West “Peace Passage” from December 1-16.
  • Selfie Saturdays with Santa: Dash over to The Yard at Ponce City Market for a selfie with the jolly man in the red suit! Guests are invited to bring their own cameras to snap a photo with Santa in his sleigh and enjoy yard games. If the weather is frightful, he’ll be spreading holiday cheer on the second floor of the Central Food Hall next to The Village Retail and Bar Vegan. DATES: Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, Noon-3pm

LIGHT THE STATION AT ATLANTIC STATION

Date: Nov. 18, 2023 from 5-9:30pm

On Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023, the community is invited to watch the lighting of the 50-foot Christmas tree on Atlantic Station’s central greenspace, Atlantic Green.

Light the Station is a FREE event that includes lots of holiday fun for kids, live music, special performances, characters and more! At 7pm, make sure to check out the Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade that will lead in to the Tree Lighting at the Green.

CELEBRATE THE STATION AT ATLANTIC STATION

Dates: Nov. 19 – Dec. 31, 2023

Following Atlantic Station’s Light the Station event (above), you can 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. 

MIGHTY MO AND MORE AT THE FOX THEATRE

DATE: December 19, 2023 at 7pm

This festive and FREE event at the Fox Theatre features the iconic Mighty Mo organ, a lively performance by Pepe Lopez Mariachi, and the beloved holiday film Home Alone, hosted by Wendell Scott. Tickets are FREE, but you must reserve your tickets here.

This year, The Fox is proudly supporting PROJECT LIVE LOVE’s ‘THREE-OH-WE-GO’ program, which is aimed at helping those in need during winter. They encourage guests to ‘bring their socks to the Fox’ as part of a sock drive to make a meaningful impact this holiday season.

While the main event is complimentary, exclusive access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus is available for purchase, offering a premium holiday experience with festive dining, encounters with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear, and specialty drinks.

TOUR THE GOVERNOR’S MANSION

DATES: December 4-12, 2023

Celebrate the holidays with a free tour of the Governor’s Mansion on West Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta.

The holiday tour is a hybrid of a guided and self guided tour.  They have docents stationed in each room to teach you about the collection, but you may go from room to room at your own pace.  Many of the docents have volunteered at the Governor’s Mansion under several Governors and are as much a part of the tour as the collection itself.

Monday through Saturday tours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Sunday tours are 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. All visitors need to be registered to attend.

HOLIDAY SPIRIT AT OAKLAND CEMETERY

DATES: December 2-3, 2023

Indulge in the seasonal spirit at Oakland Cemetery! Holiday Spirit, a unique seasonal open house, will feature holiday activities for the whole family! And it’s free!

Enjoy photos with Santa, decorated mausoleums, live holiday music, a wreath sale, a holiday gift market, a pop-up shop, photo ops, a family craft area, and snacks and hot drinks for purchase.

No tickets are required for this FREE event.

Read More: 6+ Sensational Reasons to Visit Oakland Cemetery Before You Die

HOLIDAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION AT THE POINT

DATES: December 9 (adults) and December 10, 2023 (kids), 1-4pm

The Point, located in the Druid Hills area of Atlanta, comprises 120,000 square feet of unique restaurants and lifestyle offerings. This year, The Point hosts various FREE events to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.

During the Holiday Weekend Celebration at The Point, enjoy the hot cocoa or apple cider bar, wreath making, cookie decorating, crafts, letters to Santa, dreidel crafting, cocktails, and even an appearance from Santa on Sunday from 1-2:30pm.

HOLIDAY EVENTS AT BUCKHEAD VILLAGE

This holiday season, Buckhead Village will celebrate the merriest time of year as it transforms into an abstract winter wonderland decked with illuminated sparkling globes in trees, fresh eucalyptus garlands, oversized pastel ornaments and larger-than-life floral sculptures.

Don’t miss these at Buckhead Village:

  • German Christkindl Market. This holiday market will be located on the corner of East Paces Ferry and Peachtree Road and feature over 50 vendors offering food and beverage treats and items to shop, family-friendly entertainment, Santa Claus, plus live music and entertainment on the weekends. Admission is FREE. DATES: November 17-19 and November 24-December 24, 2023
  • Après-Ski Event Series: Trading in its Parisian-inspired aesthetics for ski lodge chic, Buckhead will toast the winter spirit this season. Snow enthusiasts everywhere are invited for a lively blend of adventure and relaxation as The Veranda and streets of Buckhead Avenue are transformed into an “Après-Ski”-themed winter retreat, transporting guests slopeside. You’ll find a live DJ, pop-ups, a kids zone, and a roaming Santa. Dates: Every Saturday this holiday season (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 & 16), Noon-7pm
  • Fire Pits: Buckhead Village invites guests to stop by and cozy up beside complimentary fire pits in The Plaza. DATES: All season long.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA AT THE BATTERY ATLANTA

DATES: Weekends Nov. 24-Dec. 24, 2023

Santa Claus is once again setting up shop at his Post Office in The Battery Atlanta!  From Friday, November 24 to Saturday, December 24, Santa will continue the time-honored tradition of greeting local children in the Truist Community Corner, located at the corner of Power Alley and Battery Avenue.

Families are invited to bring their handwritten letters to Santa – postage not required – at his official Atlanta outpost. Santa’s helpers will take care of the rest! This free opportunity allows parents and guardians to take their own photos of their children interacting with Santa as he listens to their wish lists.

Read More: Pictures With Santa Near Me: 25+ of the Best Places To Take Pictures With Santa in Atlanta (2023)

MARIETTA HISTORY CENTER POP-IN

Date: December 16, 2023 from 10am-4pm

The Marietta History Center will be hosting its monthly Pop-In event on Saturday, December 16th from
10am-4pm. This is a monthly event that takes place on the 3rd Saturday of every month, and gives kids a chance to make holiday crafts.

Pop-Ins provide children and their families the opportunity to interact with the museum through themed activities and crafts. Join them in December for crafts and activities geared towards aviation. The program is FREE for all to enjoy.

FREE HOLIDAY OFFERINGS AT PHIPPS PLAZA

Dates: Various

Phipps Plaza announced its 2023 lineup of holiday events, where visitors can ring in the holidays at the reimagined mixed-use center with exciting new offerings including candlelight concerts, a visit with the holiday-favorite Grinch, and additional stops on the popular Livable Buckhead Hot Chocolate Crawl

  • Phipps Plaza’s new Candlelight Concert series called Twilight Sips & Serenades features local band performances every Saturday from Nov. 25 through Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Guests can cozy up by a firepit and enjoy festive cocktails provided by Citizens Market while enjoying local artists including Lilac Wine, Ruby Velle Duo and The Jazz Legacy Project. It all happens on the festive Phipps Plaza GREEN adorned with twinkling globes, trees and reindeer – located outside the first level of the center in front of Citizens Market.
  • A visit with the mischievous Grinch will provide fun for the whole family – including your furry pets – on Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. on the Phipps Plaza GREEN. Treat yourself to lunch and a festive drink at Citizens Market while snapping selfies and pet photos with the iconic Dr. Seuss character.
  • Livable Buckhead’s Annual Hot Chocolate Crawl takes place Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “Crawlers” can sip hot chocolate and specialty cocktails from Citizens Market, Alon’s Bakery, the A/C Hotel and NOBU Hotel & Restaurant, while enjoying fire pits, live music and carolers on the GREEN. Outside the main entrance of sister property Lenox Square, attendees can enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, appetizers, a free memento and live music.

FREE CHRISTMAS EVENTS IN THE ATLANTA METRO AREA

Check Out the Free Santas Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Atlanta (2023)
Courtesy of Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s

FREE ADMISSION & HOLIDAY MARKET AT CHATTAHOOCHEE NATURE CENTER

Date: Saturday, December 2, 2023 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

We absolutely adore the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell, and we consider it a “Top 10” Atlanta attraction. Each year, they offer a holiday gift to everyone — free admission!

On this special day you can enjoy the CNC, and also visit their Back To Nature Holiday Market. Explore the goods of local artisans who have made unique, handmade, and/or eco-friendly gifts for the holiday season. Art, jewelry, candles, children’s gifts, food, and much more are offered.

Admission is free, but reservations are requested. However, they may be able to accommodate walk-ups on the day of the event.

Read More: Chattahoochee Nature Center: 19+ Reasons Why You’re Going To Love It

TUBA CHRISTMAS

Music lovers won’t want to miss the annual Tuba Christmas! What began in 1974 as a tribute to artist/teacher William J. Bell has continued around the country over the years and is now one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions. This local favorite is back again for an outdoor show by adults and children of all ages!

  • Blue Ridge Depot (Blue Ridge): Saturday, November 25, 2023 at Noon
  • Peachtree Road United Methodist Church (Atlanta): Friday, December 8, 2023 at Noon
  • Historic Gym Performance Space (Porterdale): Sunday, December 10, 2023 at 3pm
  •  Patio of Courtyard by Marriott Rome (Rome): Inaugural Event! Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 1pm
  • Glover Park Stage (Marietta): 15th Annual Celebration! Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 3pm

FESTIVAL OF TREES AT TOWN CENTER AT COBB

DATES: November 10 – December 26, 2023

Enjoy the beautifully decorated trees and support local nonprofits at the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees at Town Center Mall in Kennesaw!

Trees will be on display in the Belk wing from November 10 – December 26, 2023 during mall hours.  Each tree will have information displayed and flyers to let you know how to support them.

DUNWOODY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

DATE: November 11, 2023, 9am-3pm

The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Holiday Festival is a one-day, indoor event that features a juried show of beautiful arts and crafts items by talented artisans, in addition to a wide variety of other venues. They offer an Artist Market, Photos with Santa (fee), a Kid’s Outdoor Play Zone, Food Trucks, live musical performances from their choirs, concessions, and a drop-off Kid’s Craft Corner, so you can shop on your own.

Their 85+ talented participating artists have been carefully selected from a long list of applicants for the Artist Market.

All proceeds from the festival benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity.

RAVINIA HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

DATE: December 14, 2023 from 6pm – 8:30pm

The Ravinia corporate campus and gardens play host to a holiday light display and special holiday event that’s worth a visit.

Visitors can expect a holiday light display, 360-degree photo booth with Santa, free hot chocolate bar, keepsake ornaments, live music, and the cutest llamas on Earth. Tickets are free but are required for entry.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATIONS IN ALPHARETTA

Spend the most wonderful time of the year in Alpharetta by planning a relaxing Alpharetta holiday retreat to get you and your crew in the joyous spirit. Here are some of the great and FREE events they’re offering in 2023.

  • Tree Lighting (Saturday, November 18, 2023): Kick off the holiday season with a 50 ft. tree lighting in Downtown Alpharetta on Saturday, November 18 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. It’s a perfect event for the whole family! Enjoy live music, snow flurries, vignettes from Metropolitan Ballet’s The Nutcracker, and even more holiday cheer. And, to top it all off, Santa Claus himself will be there!
  • The Lighting of Avalon (Sunday, November 19, 2023 from 1pm-8pm): 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, there’s something exciting for all to enjoy.
  • Alpharetta City Band (November 24, 2023 from 2-3pm): Enjoy a live musical performance in Center Court at North Point Mall. Audiences delight in the band’s diverse repertoire, which includes patriotic marches, Broadway classics, jazz standards, traditional concert band arrangements and holiday favorites.
  • Free Photos with Santa (December 2, 2023 from 10am – Noon): The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting a Free Pictures With Santa event on Saturday, Dec. 2. Families are encouraged to stop by for a complimentary individual or family photo with Santa Claus. A photo will be printed onsite and emailed instantly to each person, so it can be shared with family and friends.
  • Snow Day at ACC (December 9, 2023 from Noon – 3pm): Alpharetta City Center (ACC) will turn into a Winter Wonderland this December as its inaugural Snow Day at ACC event ushers in the holiday season with family friendly festivities. On Saturday, December 9th from noon to 3 p.m., attendees can enjoy live music at a snow-filled ACC and discover several surprises and delights throughout the property. The event will feature snow machines on the Town Green, allowing guests to experience a rare “snow day” in the South.
  • Flicks and Flurries on the Town Green (December 16, 2023 from 6-8pm): Experience the enchantment of winter in Downtown Alpharetta during the holiday season. Take a leisurely stroll past decorated storefronts, twinkling lights, and snow flurries on Town Green. Catch one of the rotating holiday shorts on the big screen, complete with an inflatable snow globe for photos and Brewable’s hot cocoa available for purchase. Snow flurries will appear every 15 minutes between 6-8 p.m. – the perfect opportunity to capture those precious moments.

SANTA’S WONDERLAND AT BASS PRO SHOPS AND CABELA’S

DATES: Nov. 4 – Dec. 24, 2023

During Santa’s Wonderland event at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations, you can pose with Santa and receive a photo for FREE!

There are also games, activities and crafts, and much more. Families can also enjoy the amazing aquariums and wildlife displays found in every Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s store. Online reservations recommended.

Read More: Santas Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Atlanta (FREE)

THE LIGHTING OF AVALON

DATE: November 19, 2023 from 2-7:30pm

The Lighting of Avalon in Alpharetta is 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.

  • 2-5 pm: 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!
  • 5:45-7:39 pm: Bogey and the Viceroy: Bogey and the Viceroy is BACK with another spectacular holiday performance you won’t want to miss!
  • 7 pm: Tree Lighting Celebration

HOLIDAY MARKETS

DATES: Various

Shop local and find unique holiday gifts for those you love at some amazing Atlanta-area Holiday Markets! No matter what you’re looking for, there is guaranteed to be a holiday market that you’ll adore.

Most of the markets offer food, beverages, and family-friendly activities too!

Read More: Your Comprehensive Atlanta Christmas Market Guide

LIGHTS OF JOY

1510 Ben King Road NW | Kennesaw
When: November 26, 2023 – January 2, 2024 from 6-11pm

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!

Check out the link below for more Christmas light displays, including some free residential light shows that are worth a visit!

Read More: 37+ Sparkling Christmas Light Displays Near Me (+ Residential Light Shows)

VISIT WITH SANTA AT SOUTHERN BELLE FARM

DATES: Saturdays and Sundays Nov. 24 – Dec. 17, 2023

Bring the kids to visit with Santa Claus as he stops by Southern Belle Farm in Henry County on Saturdays and Sundays.  He’s quite photogenic, so bring a camera for some special holiday memories. You can also visit the animals in the Animal Barn for free.

In addition to the free activities, Southern Belle Farm also hosts other great farm activities for a fee.

Read More: Southern Belle Farm : Four Seasons of Festive Fun

CHRISTMAS IN GAINESVILLE

DATE: Saturday, November 18, 2023

The Jingle Mingle and the Lighting of the Chicken is one of the Southeast’s quirkiest, fun, family-friendly events and is the perfect way to start your holiday season in Gainesville, GA.

This event is the perfect way to start your holiday season in the Poultry Capital of the World!

The Downtown Square will be alive with the holiday spirit, including open houses in most of the stores, live music, carriage rides, kiddie train rides, Santa and his arrival on a Gainesville Fire Engine, the Coca-Cola bear, S’more Station, entertainment and the grand LIGHTING OF THE CHICKEN! (In case you’re unfamiliar, it’s a 25-foot metal chicken sculpture on top of Main Street Market on the Downtown Gainesville Square.)

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37+ Free Christmas Events Near Me: Ring in Holiday Cheer in Atlanta in 2023
Holly Jolly Jekyll courtesy of Kate Gelsthorpe

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS IN DAHLONEGA

DATES: Nov. 24, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024

Visit Dahlonega in the North Georgia mountains this Christmas season for their annual Old Fashioned Christmas. A town that is literally straight out of a Hallmark movie!

On Friday, Nov. 24th, the magic and charm of Christmas in Dahlonega begins with a day filled with Christmas music and activities. Live music will be performed by Radford Windham from the Visitor Center balcony and the Square and Tree will be lit at 6:00pm!  Christmas lights will remain lit every evening through January 7th.

LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE

DATES: Nov. 24-25, 2023

Light Up Blue Ridge is now a two day event!

Blue Friday will be held on November 24, 2023, and will include downtown merchants store discounts, Christmas holiday cheer, food vendors and strolling entertainment.

Light Up Blue Ridge will be held on Saturday November 25, 2023, and is a day to welcome in the Christmas season. Stroll through Main Street and take in the Christmas entertainment beginning at noon. The parade starts at 5.30 pm and runs down E. Main from Church to Mountain, down Mountain and back up W. Main to Depot. Lighting of the Great Tree will be right after the parade, approximately 7 p.m.

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!

Don’t miss the Gingerbread Village that will be open to the public at noon on November 24th and will be open anytime the Arts Center is open until December 17. There are supposed to be 65 houses in their village this year!

Read More: 50+ Best Adventurous Things To Do in Blue Ridge GA

CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE IN BLAIRSVILLE

DATE: Dec. 2, 2023, 3-8pm

If you’re looking for a fun day to get into the Christmas spirit in Blairsville, the first Saturday of December is definitely for you! Truly an event that the entire community gets behind, Christmas on the Square is a great way to spend an evening and is sure to create memories for years to come.

From 3 until 5 p.m. there will be photos with Santa at the Historic Courthouse on the Square, activities for kids like ornament painting and games, caroling and the tree lighting, and their night-time parade starting at 6 p.m.

CHRISTMAS IN CLAYTON

DATE: Nov. 24, 2023

Thanksgiving weekend you can get Christmas day shopping done in one evening in Downtown Clayton, GA! On Black Friday, shops will be open until 8pm during their Christmas in Clayton event, with door prizes and special sales. Clayton will have music to get everyone in the holiday spirit!

Restaurants will be cooking up some fabulous food, and in the evening there will be luminaries lining the streets, too!

VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS IN THOMASVILLE

DATES: December 14-15, 2023 from 6-9 pm

Journey into the past as the turn-of-the-century Downtown Thomasville ushers you into the spirit of Christmas long ago during their Victorian Christmas event.

Both nights include: Carriage Rides – Jefferson Street next to First Baptist Church, Live Nativity, visits with St. Nick, arts and crafts for kids, marshmallow roasting by local Boy Scouts and Trail Life Kids, performances by school bands, street musicians, strolling carolers, delicious food, blacksmith demonstrations, live reindeer, pet adoptions by the Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society, live entertainment on The Ritz Amphitheater Stage and beautiful, larger than life photo ops including snowflakes, wreaths, Santa’s sleigh, and more!

HOLLY JOLLY JEKYLL

DATES: 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 event every year and it truly is the most magical experience! The kids love walking through the Historic District and seeing all the lights up close. We highly recommend a visit!

(Note: There is a fee required to enter Jekyll Island.)

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

MAIN STREET CHRISTMAS LIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA IN MACON

DATES: November 24, 2023 – January 3, 2024

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.

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

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37+ Free Christmas Events Near Me: Ring in Holiday Cheer in Atlanta in 2023