Your guide to holiday lights around metro Atlanta

Here’s where to catch some of the best holiday light displays in metro Atlanta.
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Holiday nights are meant to be spent under festive lights. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest and brightest holiday light displays in metro Atlanta, so pack up the car and hit the road for these spectacular sights!

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From hidden gems to free, popular holiday light displays, find your favorite here:

Neighborhood light displays

Who doesn’t love the holidays? It’s a time to be with family, celebrate traditions and enjoy the season.

One of my favorite memories from when I was a child was getting in the car with my family at Christmas time, listening to festive tunes like Chuck Berry’s “Run Rudolph Run” and driving around looking for our favorite houses decorated for the holidays.

This is still one of my favorite traditions, and if it rings true to you too, there are tons of homes decorated all out for Christmas, including a must-see private home in Decatur at 2464 Fontaine Circle. The family has been bringing joy to the neighborhood for over 30 years and is definitely worth checking out. It’s not the only home in East Atlanta that goes all out! Drive through Avondale Estates any night to see their incredible lights, or stop by on Dec. 11 to also enjoy their Holiday Market.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights adventure is back and better than ever this holiday season. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features return (including its stunning light displays, dozens of permanent pieces of art and more), guests can expect new twists like an all-new exhibition in the Anne Cox Chambers Garden by French artist Cédric LeBorgne. It’s a winter wonderland everyone will want to experience this season! Now through Jan. 14, 2023.

Location: Midtown - 1345 Piedmont Ave NE; Website: atlantabg.org

IllumiNights Chinese Lantern Festival

With more than 80 nature-inspired lanterns and a variety of activities for kids, this Chinese lantern festival at Zoo Atlanta is just what the holiday season ordered. The festival runs from Nov. 21 through Jan. 15, 2023.

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Location: East Atlanta - 800 Cherokee Ave SE; Website: zooatlanta.org

The Lighting at Colony Square

If you love the holidays and live music, you’re going to want to check out Colony Square’s The Lighting celebration.

There will be live entertainment, Santa, and activities for the whole family. The event is on Dec. 2 from 5-7 p.m. and Dec. 3 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come back for more from Dec. 6-25 when lights and music come alive on the tree each hour from 5-8 p.m.

Location: Midtown - 1197 Peachtree St NE; Website: colonysquare.com

Celebration at the Station

At Atlantic Station, you can see over 200,000 lights in an 8-block walkable area. In addition, every night from 5-9 p.m., gather in front of the Christmas tree on the Atlantic Green to witness a spectacular celebration. Did we mention it’s completely free? Nov. 19 through Jan. 4, 2023.

Location: Midtown - 1380 Atlantic Dr NW; Website: atlanticstation.com

Holiday Lights at Brook Run Park

Ever dreamed of going to Candyland? At the Brook Run Sweet Shoppe, you can!

This free holiday display features 85,000 magical lights, a chocolate volcano, a candy castle, ice cream land and more. It’s the perfect place to take your children (or yourself!) for an evening of fun this holiday season. A kickoff lighting event on Dec. 1 from 5-8 p.m. features free cocoa, popcorn and special surprises. The display runs Dec. 1-31.

Location: Dunwoody - 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338; Website: dunwoodyga.gov

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lanier Islands

Great for the whole family, the Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a holiday stroll through an enchanting winter wonderland of lights, trees and displays. Then grab a drink and sweet treat at Santa’s Tiki Bar or grab some grub at LandShark Bar & Grill. Nov. 23 through Jan. 16, 2023.

Location: Gwinnett - 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy, Buford, GA 30518; Website: margaritavilleresorts.com

Stone Mountain Christmas

Stone Mountain is the place to go when you’re looking for the most Christmas-y experience imaginable! With millions of lights, an all-new 20-minute light show, a Sing-along Train, and Rudolph, Clarice and Bumble arriving from the North Pole, there’s no way you won’t be feeling jolly. Now through Jan. 1, 2023.

Location: DeKalb - 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA 30083; Website: stonemountainpark.com

World of Illumination’s Reindeer Road

The holidays are here, and that means it’s time to grab your sled — err, car — and head down Reindeer Road at Six Flags White Water! It features the most spectacular drive-through light ice caves, winter forests and Santa’s workshop. Now through Jan. 1, 2023.

Location: Cobb - 250 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta, GA 30062; Website: worldofillumination.com

Lights of Life at Life University

From Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy the most affordable drive-thru display in metro Atlanta. It’s just a 1.5-mile drive around the Life University campus in Marietta. It features more than one million lights, pony rides, a petting zoo and more for the whole family. Nov. 24 through Dec. 31

Location: Cobb - 1269 Barclay Cir, Marietta, GA 30060; Website: life.edu

A Country Christmas at Pettit Creek Farms

If you’re looking for a place to make some family memories this holiday season, look no further than Pettit Creek Farms! With beautiful Christmas lights, pictures with Santa AND his reindeer, and so many more family-friendly activities to choose from, Pettit Creek Farms is sure to become your favorite spot this season. Nov. 24 through Dec. 30.

Location: Cartersville - 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, GA 30120; Website: pettitcreekfarms.com

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort and Gardens

If you’re looking for something to do this holiday season that’s a little farther out of town but still totally worth the drive, head to Callaway Resort and Gardens, just over an hour’s drive from Atlanta.

The Garden’s Fantasy in Lights is one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the World, and it’s sure to bring your family and friends together over Christmas cheer. You can walk through the lights, drive through them, or even ride on a trolley as you explore all of the magic it offers.

Location: Pine Mountain - 17617 US-27, Pine Mountain, GA 31822; Website: callawaygardens.com

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