8 Atlanta Holiday Light Displays That Will Make Your Season Bright

Callaway Gardens' "Fantasy in Lights" runs Nov. 17 through Jan. 6.
“March of the Toy Soldiers” is one of the scenes visitors can see at Callaway Gardens’ “Fantasy in Lights.” Photo courtesy of Callaway Gardens.

They twinkle, they blink, and they shine bright in the night.

Holiday light displays are a highlight of every holiday season, and Atlanta skies are aglow this year with millions of bulbs in creative displays all over town.

Whether you want to drive or walk, there are options open now through the new year, and most events include concessions to munch on and familiar holiday characters to mingle with.

Some even offer discounts for tickets purchased in advance, so plan ahead for the best deals.

Here are eight must-see holiday light displays to attend this holiday season:

Fantasy in Lights

When: Nov. 17 through Jan. 6

Where: Callaway Gardens

Tickets: Free to $28 (Price varies by night)

What to Expect: Drive through in your own vehicle or hop on the Jolly Trolley to enjoy 8 million lights in 15 dazzling scenes at Callaway Gardens. Afterwards visitors can see holiday characters up close, play and shop in the Christmas Village, and even extend the stay overnight to enjoy more fun at “Fantasy in Lights.”

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

When: Through Jan. 7

Where: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Tickets: $14.95 to $39.95 (Price varies by night)

What to Expect: The seventh annual “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” extravaganza features spectacular light displays throughout the Garden, including the new high-tech Nature’s Wonders. It illuminates the world’s natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. Explore the Walk of Flames and Tunnel of Light along with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains.

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More than 1,000 strings of lights hang over the Storza Woods bridge at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Virginie Kippelen.
More than 1,000 strings of lights hang over the Storza Woods bridge at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Virginie Kippelen.

Holiday in the Park

When: Nov. 18 through Jan. 3

Where: Six Flags Over Georgia

Tickets: $48.99 to $68.99

What to Expect: More than 1 million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees create a magical atmosphere this holiday season for Six Flags Over Georgia’s “Holiday in the Park.” In addition to riding the park’s most popular rides, visitors can enjoy festive shows, tasty culinary treats and greetings from Santa Claus himself. Buy tickets online ahead of your visit for a discount.

Holiday Lights of Hope

When: Dec. 7 through 23

Where: Hobgood Park, Woodstock

Tickets: Free to $10

What to Expect: This annual event in Woodstock features a huge walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2 million lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and more! “Holiday Lights of Hope” is a Christmas celebration benefiting the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. Kids ages 14 and under get in free!

Lights of LIFE

When: Nov. 23 through Dec. 31

Where: Life University

Tickets: $5 to $10 per car (Price varies by night)

What to Expect: Lights of LIFE” is a magical 1.5 mile drive-through light display. Cruise through the lights then park the car for holiday vignettes, a petting zoo, train rides, pony rides and concessions. Activities are not included in cost of admission.

Magical Nights of Lights

When: Nov. 17 through Jan. 3

Where: Lake Lanier Islands

Tickets: $35 per car in advance, $45 per car at the gate

What to Expect: Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the “Magical Nights of Lights” twinkling holiday lights tour includes hundreds of impressive displays spread over a seven-mile drive. Refurbished after a two-year hiatus, the 12 Days of Christmas display returns this year to join Santa’s Elves at Work, the North Pole Express, Jack & The Beanstalk, Wizard of Oz and more. After driving through, stay to shop, eat and visit Santa at the Holiday Village inside LanierWorld. New this year is a 65-foot universal Christmas tree at the clock tower roundabout.

Stone Mountain Christmas

When: Nov. 11 through Jan. 3

Where: Stone Mountain Park

Tickets: $29.95 to $34.95

What to Expect: Have a holly, jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park! Enjoy the glow from more than 2 million colorful lights, festive music, and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters. Join in to help the Snow Angel light up the tree, and stop by the 4D theatre to see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” on the big screen. Purchase tickets in advance for a discount.

Christmas at Callanwolde

When: Nov. 24 through Dec. 12

Where: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

Tickets: $20 to $25

What to Expect: One of the big draws of Callanwolde’s annual holiday event is the house itself, which is decorated elaborately for the holidays. In the evenings visitors can see the 12-acre campus of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in a new light with every building on the grounds shining with professional light displays by Illuminating Design.

The Callanwolde mansion is covered in outdoor light displays this year. Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
The Callanwolde mansion is covered in outdoor light displays this year. Photo courtesy of Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.

For more Atlanta holiday events check out Atlanta PlanIt’s special holiday section.

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