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10 Holiday Light Displays in Georgia

Spend holiday nights under festive lights at these dazzling displays.

  • Garden Nights, Holiday Lights

    Photo Credit: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Below are 10 of the biggest and brightest holiday light displays in Georgia. Load everyone in the car, turn on the holiday tunes and hit the road for these spectacular sights! Find many more stunning displays across the state on the ExploreGeorgia.org events page.

  • Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

    Nov. 12 – Jan. 7: This Garden Lights, Holiday Nights adventure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden thrills all of your senses! Orchestral Orbs glow harmoniously with holiday tunes. A Tunnel of Light from the radiant Ice Goddess to the Glittering Galaxy embraces visitors in enchanting light. Named one of the top 10 holiday light shows in the country by USA Today, this monumental event in the heart of Midtown Atlanta is one you don't want to miss.
  • Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park

    Nov. 12 – Jan. 4: Millions of lights, Christmas shows and Rudolph create a night to remember at Stone Mountain Christmas. Don’t miss a five-mile excursion on the Singalong Christmas Train, featuring a satellite message from Santa’s elves and a track-side show about the first Christmas. Watch the new live children's show, The Littlest Christmas Tree, and end your night at Stone Mountain Park with the magic of the Snow Angel flying high to create snow and fireworks.

  • Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

    Nov. 12 – Jan. 7: Bundle up for a Jolly Trolley ride, or drive your own car through more than 8 million lights at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. Named one of the "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights" by National Geographic Traveler, Callaway Gardens glistens with custom-built scenes. Inside the Christmas Village, shop for gifts from Georgia crafters and specialty treats. 

  • Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park

    2016 (Dec. 9 - Jan. 15): Each evening, visitors to downtown Atlanta can stroll in the 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park, relishing thousands of lights that illuminate the cityscape. This year, the park will be decorated with 25 handcrafted lanterns, a three-story pagoda, and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon at the Chinese Lantern Festival! 

     

    While you are there, take a spin on the outdoor ice skating rink. 

  • Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City Gardens

    Nov. 18 – Dec. 31: Tour Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights, aglow with holiday scenes encompassing more than 1 million lights. Stop in the pavilion for nightly entertainment, gingerbread cookie decorating and to warm up by the fire. Special VIP tickets are available for Dinner with Santa and early garden entrance.
  • Holiday Light Spectacular at Atlanta Motor Speedway

    Nov. 25 – Dec. 30: See Atlanta Motor Speedway lit up for the season with Holiday Light Spectacular. The drive-through display of more than 3 million lights includes a Santa's Village with carnival rides, dining and the chance to take a picture with Santa. Special event nights include a 5K Run Through the Lights, and movie nights Dec. 10 and 17.

  • Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands

    Nov 18 - Jan. 3: Drive through larger-than-life holiday light displays at Lanier Islands while you hear songs of the season on your radio or smartphone. Enhance the experience with the companion app, and be sure to stop at the Holiday Village to visit Santa, shop for gifts, and ride carnival rides. 

  • Christmas at The Rock Ranch

    Various dates Nov. 24 – Dec. 31: Drive-Thru Christmas Lights at The Rock Ranch to see a mile-long display of thousands of lights, all strung by volunteers and ranch hands of the property. Bring the family by Truett's Barn for hot cocoa and apple cider, soups and other treats. On select days, families can dine with Santa and pose for a keepsake.
  • Light Up the Holidays at Barnsley Resort

    Nov. 24, 2016 – Jan. 8, 2017: Visitors to Barnsley Resort (including those who are not staying overnight) are welcome to view more than 1 million lights and festive décor in the historic 1800s manor house ruins, surrounding gardens and English-style village. There is a small fee for the self-guided tour. 
  • Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show

    Nov. 25 – Dec. 30: Bring a blanket and snuggle on the trains as they make their way along a 1.25-mile rail at the Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show in Waycross, filled with thousands of lights. Walk through the park and enjoy a meal or snacks (including gator tail) at the Peach Pit Snack Shack. Tickets go on sale after 4:30 p.m. each evening and are first-come, first-served.
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