Seven Places to see Holiday Lights in Atlanta

Look no further! Here are seven places to see all the holiday lights you could ever want. Lights on lights on lights.

  • Garden Lights Holiday Nights, photo by Joey Ivansco
    Garden Lights Holiday Nights, photo by Joey Ivansco
  • Garden Lights Holiday Nights is an annual event of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Joey Ivansco.
    Garden Lights Holiday Nights is an annual event of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Joey Ivansco.
  • Garden Lights Holiday Nights will run through early January. Photo by Joey Ivansco.
    Garden Lights Holiday Nights will run through early January. Photo by Joey Ivansco.
  • Visit the North Pole Express at Six Flags Over Georgia.
    Visit the North Pole Express at Six Flags Over Georgia.
  • You never know who you will see at Six Flags Holiday in the Park.
    You never know who you will see at Six Flags Holiday in the Park.

*This post was updated Dec., 2016.

The holiday season keeps creeping up on us sooner and sooner. If you’re like me, sometimes it’s a struggle to get in the spirit of things, but there is one holiday activity that never fails to help me rid myself of my inner Scrooge. Holiday lights! I love them, love looking at them. Put them to music and I’m even happier. There are tons of Christmas and holiday events in Atlanta, but it’s the lights that do it for me.

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 the Atlanta Botanical Garden
    This is a holiday light extravaganza that actually sells out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance. With more than 1.5 million LED lights, the Atlanta Botanical Garden has transformed the attraction into a winter wonderland. Each section of the garden has a different light scheme and the fun never ends. It’s great for families, date night and girls’ night. They have marshmallow roasting for kids, and for adults, there is a selection of hot toddies.

  • Six Flags Holiday in the Park
    This is the first year Six Flags Over Georgia has opened during the holiday season, so you know they are going to blow it out. The experience includes more than a million LED lights, rides, special shows and more to help create memories for friends and family.

  • Centennial Olympic Park Chinese Lantern Festival
    The former Olympic gathering spot transforms for the Chinese Lantern Festival, featuring 25 handcrafted lanterns, a three-story pagoda, and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Dress warm and head downtown for a night of gazing at amazing holiday lights.

  • Stone Mountain Christmas
    Walk through the Wonderland Walkway, a dazzling tunnel of lights, and be guided to the Snow Angel Palace where you can have your photo taken with the Snow Angel and her toy soldiers. There is also a nightly Christmas parade with whimsical floats and the arrival of Santa Claus. New for 2014 at Stone Mountain Christmas is a 4-D film, "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas." The in-theater effects will transport you back to the Ice Age. Brrr!

  • Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights
    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. The light show features more than a dozen scenes full of cheer. Don’t forget to do some shopping in the Christmas Village, which features gifts sent straight from the North Pole.

  • Life University Lights of Life
    This holiday tradition began in 1989 and continues to grow each year. Drive through the light display in the warm comfort of your vehicle, but don’t forget to stop and check out all the extras. There is a petting zoo, Santa photos, a train and pony rides. Lights of Life is a winter wonderland playground for kids of all ages. Even kids in, say, their 30s.

  • Lanier Islands Christmas
    Lanier Islands Christmas is much more than lights, but we’ll start there. Drive through this twinkling town of Christmas fun and then stop in for ice skating. Roast marshmallows and take photos with Santa, and don’t forget to check out the live nativity scene.

  • Bonus: Atlanta Motor Speedway
    See one of the area's largest Christmas light parks, enjoy carnival rides, visit Santa (naturally) and watch great holiday movies. There's even a 5K to Run Through the Lights on Dec. 5th.

Born and raised in Alabama, Ashley O'Dell has lived in Atlanta since 2008. She has a love for all things culinary and enjoys writing about Atlanta restaurants and events. When she's not writing, Ashley can be found exploring Atlanta's neighborhoods, restaurants and live music venues. You can find her on Twitter at @AshleyOAtlanta.

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