Here's Where To See Holiday Lights In Atlanta

Illuminate your holiday spirit at one of these Atlanta light shows.
  • Everything is magic at Six Flags' Holiday in the Park. (Gene Petriello for Six Flags)
    Everything is magic at Six Flags' Holiday in the Park. (Gene Petriello for Six Flags)
  • Everything is toasty at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. (Joey Ivansco)
    Everything is toasty at Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. (Joey Ivansco)
  • Stone Mountain Park sheds light on the holidays.
    Stone Mountain Park sheds light on the holidays.
  • It's a Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens.
    It's a Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens.

Need to know where to get your holiday light fix in Atlanta and the surrounding area? Here’s a good list to get you started.

  • Garden Lights Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
    Open through Jan. 7, 2018, this event celebrates its 7th season with a new high-tech attraction, Nature’s Wonders, described as countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high above the garden’s Storza Woods. Returning attractions include the Walk of Flames, Tunnel of Lights, Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and the popular model trains. Ticket prices vary depending on the package you choose and the day you want to go. Prices range from $19.95 up to $39.95. It’s great for families, date night and girls’ night. Enjoy marshmallow roasting for kids or hot toddies for adults. (Personal note: I went one year in pouring rain, and it was wonderful even when I was dripping wet.)

  • Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia
    Dozens of Christmas trees and more than 1 million LED lights transform the amusement park into a holiday spectacle that will zap the Scrooge right out of you. At Six Flags’ historic Riverview Carousel, walk through a glowing experience that includes 94,000 lights, 1,350 feet of garland, 1,200 ornaments and 200 luminary candles. Whiff the aroma of peppermint in the candy and winter wonderland known as Peppermint Plaza. Look up, up, up at the 130-foot-tall Christmas tree in front of Dare Devil Dive, and stroll along the entryway promenade that has been transformed into a Main Street Christmas. Open Nov. 18 through Jan. 3, 2018.    

  • Stone Mountain Christmas
    Whew! Where to begin? First of all, there are 2 million lights and, of course, music. You can see “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” in 4D and, later, you may attend  Rudolph’s Little Meet and Greet. Skylights Spectacular features thousands of lights, projections, special effects and photo opportunities (be sure to arrive with your phone charged). There are plenty live performances plus the Singalong Train (where you’ll hear both stories and songs). Stroll through Wonderland Walk on your way to Snow Angel Palace. And, to top it all off, there is a nightly Christmas parade. (Santa, too.) Open Nov. 11 through Jan. 3, 2018.

  • Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
    Named one of "National Geographic Traveler’s" Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights, Fantasy in Lights is a light and sound show sure to put you right in the holiday spirit. While you’re there, do some shopping in the Christmas Village, which features gifts sent straight from the North Pole. Santa poses for photos nightly, and Mrs. Claus tells stories on weekend afternoons. Open Nov. 17 through Jan. 6, 2018.

  • Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier World
    Drive through seven miles of holiday lights displays then stop at Holiday Village to visit Santa or pick up a gift or two. See the 13 displays in the returning "12 Days of Christmas" attraction plus other displays including Santa’s Elves at Work, the Poinsettia Candelabra and the Icicle Tunnel. Don’t miss the 65-foot-tall Christmas Tree. Nov. 17 through Jan. 3, 2018.

Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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