- Mary Caldwell For the AJC
As the holiday season gets underway, the hustle and bustle can quickly overtake you as you rush to get everything done.
Take some family time to drive or walk through Georgia's many magical light displays. They'll get you into the holiday spirit while making fond family memories.
The following are nine of the most delightful holiday light displays in Georgia:
Visit four uniquely themed "realms of wonder" in the Enchanted Garden of Lights and enjoy other Christmas-themed activities, such as decorating a gingerbread cookie with Mrs. Claus.
Nov. 17 to Jan. 6 (closed on Christmas Eve). Tickets range from $11.95 to $19.95 Monday through Thursday and from $12.95 to $22.95 Saturday and Sunday.
Stone Mountain will be aglow with more than two million lights this season, joining many other holiday-themed activities. A new tree lighting ceremony features a Snow Angel lighting up the town and you can climb aboard the Singalong Christmas Train to hear holiday music and the story of the first Christmas.
Nov. 11 to Jan. 3. Tickets range from $31.95 to $54.95 for adults, children under age 2 are admitted free. Online ticket prices are cheaper.
Enjoy light displays throughout the garden, with favorites such as the Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy and Radiant Rainforest, plus new features.
Nov. 11 to Jan. 7. Tickets start at $19.99 (but can vary by date). Discounts are available for members.
Chick-fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy started this display with a truckload of lights bought at after-Christmas sales, and it's grown to a mile-long display of thousands of lights. You can also take part in holiday-themed events like cookie-decorating and ornament decorating.
Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day. Admission is $5 per car.
Drive through seven miles of lights at the 25th anniversary of Lake Lanier Islands' Magical Nights of Lights. The 12 Days of Christmas display returns after a two-year hiatus, joined by favorites such as Santa's Elves at Work, the Icicle Tunnel and more.
Nov. 17 to Jan. 3. Admission is $45 per car.
Callaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights illuminates the park with over eight million lights. Drive through the illuminated forest in your vehicle or ride in an open-air trolley to see favorite scenes such as Snow Day and Skating Party.
Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. Tickets range from$21 to $28 for adults, $10.50 to $14 for kids 6 to 12 and free for kids 5 and under.
Holiday in the Park comes to Six Flags, with over one million lights and dozens of Christmas trees decorating the park. The Riverview Carousel will be covered in nearly 94,000 lights, 1,200 ornaments and more than 200 luminary candles.
Select dates from Nov. 18 to Jan. 3. Tickets range from $48.99 to $58.99, children under 2 are free. Parking is $25.
Lights of LIFE is billed as "more than just a magical light display." In addition to plenty of lights, you'll find pony rides, train rides and a petting zoo.
Nov. 23 to Dec. 31. Admission is $10 per car on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from November 23 to 26 and December 15 to 31; rates drop to $5 per car Monday through Thursday (except for the dates previously listed).
More than two million lights brighten Holiday Lights of Hope, which benefits the Anna Crawford Children's Center. Walk through the sparkling lights and animated displays and take time to roast s'mores, listen to carolers and shop in the general store. You can also work your way through a mile-long lighted maze.
Dec. 7 to 23. Tickets are $10, children under 14 are free.View full experience