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Top Holiday Light Displays in Metro Atlanta

Ursula & Associates
Dec 19 7 minutes read

The holiday season is speeding by and so are the number of evenings you have to take the family to enjoy the many amazing holiday light displays in metro Atlanta. But its not too late! We have gathered together an amazing list to put you in the Christmas spirit!

Holiday Lights of Hope

Dec. 6th - 23rd Open nightly at 6 pm. Put on by the Anna Crawford Children’s Center, this hometown Christmas tradition is right in your backyard at Hobgood Park. It features 2 million LED lights and is known for its perfect family friendly atmosphere. The event includes a mixture of traditional holiday lights with animated displays, including a 30-foot Christmas tree.  There will be a children’s area, vendors, concessions, live music and  pictures with Santa.  Visit the Home Depot field as they compete for the best holiday village.  The Holiday Lights of Hope has grown to include all four fields at the park.  The cost is just $10/person, with kids 14 and under getting in free. Proceeds go to benefit children of child abuse.  

Holiday Lights at Veterans Park

Nov. 23rd - Dec. 31st A massive, drive-thru Christmas light attraction made its debut at a Cherokee County park in Canton and is lighting up the holidays; inviting visitors to pack their cars full and enjoy the decorations.  Cherokee residents now won't have to stray too far from home to see one of this caliber.

Admissions fee is $20 per car and features a 2 mile drive-through light show.  The light show also benefits the Anna Crawford Children's Center as well as Papa's Pantry, Skills USA, the new Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency's Play it Forward, and Homeless Veterans of Cherokee County.

The organizers ask folks to come out and support the event, support the causes and help them grow this event into an even bigger event in future years.

The show starts at 6 pm and admission is accepted on site at 7345 Cumming Highway.  For more information visit Holiday Lights at Veteran's Park here.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Nov. 17th - Jan. 6th More than 1.5 million LED lights decorate the 30-acre garden. Displays like The Walk of Flames, the new high-tech Nature's Wonders, and the Tunnel of Light, join other classic displays such as Radiant Rain forest, Orchestral Orbs, Model Trains and Glittering Galaxy.  Tickets are priced based on date categories such as "Peak Nights", "Regular Nights", and "Value Nights". Advance tickets recommended, all general admission tickets are 5$ more at the door. Discounted tickets are available online before 4 pm on the day of the show.  Parking: $10 ($5 for vehicles with four or more)

1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta.

Lights of Life 

This is one of those best-kept secrets of Cobb County. It is also one of the least expensive, mega-light displays in metro Atlanta. Life University has been doing this annual lights display for decades. Conveniently located just off Cobb Parkway in Marietta on Barclay Circle, it includes millions of lights and more than 100 displays spread out along the 1 ½ mile drive through the Life University campus. The display of Santa and his sleigh stands over 65 feet high, making it the tallest in the Southeast! Thanksgiving Evening through New Year's Eve. 6-10 p.m, rain or shine. Cars: $10 Fridays-Sundays and Nov. 22-25, Dec.14-31; $5 all other nights. Vans and buses: $20 nightly. Additional fees apply for petting zoo, train and pony rides, photos with Santa.  The concession stand offers seasonal drinks and snacks for purchase.

Pettit Creek Farms Christmas Lights

Located in Cartersville, it features more than a mile of holiday displays to drive through and enjoy. It costs $20/carload (under 9 people) or there’s a hay ride experience that is $10/person. Check out the petting zoo, which temporarily houses a couple of live reindeer as well. A Live Nativity can be seen on weekends. A concession stand with hot chocolate, warm cider, marshmallows for roasting and s’more kits as well as patio heaters and campfires are available. Nightly from Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 30 and Santa will be on hand Thursdays-Sundays until Christmas. Find out larger carload and van pricing on their website.

337 Cassville Road, Cartersville.

Lake Lanier Magical Nights of Lights

Display will be lit through December 31.  At the end of the 7 miles of festive lights is the Holiday Village, complete with bonfire for roasting marshmallows, pony and amusement rides. Photos with Santa are also available as is a live nativity scene.  

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford.  You can buy tickets here. Base carload prices at the gate: $49, advance online purchase $43.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia 

This event is back for its 5th year, and the amusement park is decorated with more than 1 million low-energy LED lights. Select rides (including Goliath, Dare Devil Dive and Georgia Scorcher) will be running, sections of the park will have distinct themes and the train has been transformed into North Pole Express. Select nights, Nov. 17th through Jan. 6th. 

275 Riverside Parkway SW, just off I-20 in Douglas County.

Stone Mountain Christmas

Gives you a walk-through experience at Crossroads Village, which is illuminated with 2 million lights. Admission includes live holiday shows, film “Rudolph The Red-Nosed-Reindeer 4-D,” Singalong Train ride around the mountain,  the nightly Christmas parade winding through the village, with Snow Angel flying over Crossroads for the finale just before a fireworks display. Nov. 10th-Jan. 6th (closed Dec. 25).  Various combo packages, including Snow Mountain, are available, so check the website.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain is about 70 miles south of Atlanta and is somewhere every Georgian should check out at least once for the more than 8 million Christmas lights! The display is in its 26th year and features scenes like Christmas Tree Lane, Enchanted Rainbow Forest and Snowflake Valley. There’s also a 10-minute light and music show at Robin Lake Beach.  This is one of the world's "Top Ten Places to See Holiday Lights"  as named by National Geographic Traveler. Visitors can ride in an open-air trolley or in their own vehicle. Nov. 16th - Jan. 5th. Tickets bought in advance are discounted, you can see those prices on their website.  Age 5 and under free, ask for free child tickets when ordering in advance.

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