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Here’s Where To See Holiday Lights In Atlanta

Where are the best places to see holiday light displays in and around Atlanta? Here are several great choices.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Oversized lighted flowers will lure you to Cascade Garden, where you’ll also find the Ice Goddess. (Photo courtesy Atlanta Botanical Garden)

There’s plenty of room to glow during the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 12th annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights extravaganza, Nov. 12 through Jan. 14, 2023. New this year is an installation of illuminated large metal sculptures of birds flocking to the recently renovated Anne Cox Chambers Garden. The sculptures by French artist Cedric Le Borgne include birds, ranging up to 10 feet wide and 16 feet long, perched among the hardwoods. Three of the massive sculptures from the current exhibition Origami in the Garden remain, dramatically lit for the holiday season. They are: the giant “Hero’s Horse” near the Great Lawn; the towering floral bouquet “Scents of Gratitude” in the Skyline Garden pond; and the “Ghost Deer” in front of Longleaf restaurant. Displays making an encore, include Storza Woods’ vertical-moving curtain of light “Nature’s Wonders” with an all-new sound track; the Flower Walk’s “Glowing Grove” of trees programmed to change colors; and “Ice Goddess” and the “Orchestral Orbs,” two perennial crowd pleasers from the show’s earliest days.

IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival

Zoo Atlanta will be all dressed up with lights for the holidays. (Photo courtesy Zoo Atlanta)

More than 80 lanterns will be part of the all-new IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival, opening Nov. 17 and running through Jan. 15, 2023. Stroll the Zoo after dark to be inspired by more than 80 nature-inspired lanterns depicting some of Earth’s most amazing and charismatic flora and fauna, both real and imagined. Each lantern is made and hand-painted by Chinese artisans, therefore representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally friendly LED lights. 

World of Illumination at Six Flags White Water

World of Illumination brings a holiday light show, Reindeer Road, to Six Flags White Water. The show is a uniquely themed one-mile drive-through filled with hundreds of sparkling, animated light installations. You are invited to crank up the volume on your car stereo and get down to your favorite music synced to millions of lights. Reindeer Road opens Nov. 16 and runs through Jan. 1, 2023.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia

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Light shows. Carolers. Letters to Santa. It’s all happening at Six Flags Over Georgia. (Photo courtesy Six Flags Over Georgia)

Holiday in the Park will celebrate the season Nov. 19 through Jan. 1, 2023 (select days). Celebrate the holiday season with a symphony of music and dancing lights. See the Christmas Tree, The Grand Fir, come to life with an animated light show. Stroll through a tunnel of dancing lights on Merry Lane and sing along to your favorite Christmas classics. Enjoy a holiday revue of classics in the historic Crystal Pistol Music Hall. See a Christmas revue that looks back on some classic holiday traditions, set to your favorite Christmas songs.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

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Callaway Gardens has added more things to do to its annual light show. (Photo courtesy Callaway Gardens)

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens opens Nov. 18 and runs through Jan. 2, 2023. New this year is Celebration Lake, a floating spectacular featuring 30 dancing trees honoring 30 years of Fantasy In Lights. Fantasy In Lights has been named one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the World. Step out of your car and into the all-new Callaway Christmas Village. Wander through an immersive Winter Wonderland where you’ll explore a forest of twinkling lights and larger-than-life Christmas scenes featuring towering nutcrackers and gigantic snowflakes. Stroll through a forest of perfectly decorated trees on Christmas Tree Lane and stop for seasonal snacks and character meet-and-greets at the Christmas Market. The classic drive-through experience features a Tunnel of Lights. Enjoy the music when you visit the seven-mile Fantasy In Lights Enchanted Forest, where the Magical Field of Lights returns.

WildWoods AGLOW at Fernbank Museum of Natural History

WildWoods AGLOW is a new outdoor experience at Fernbank Museum of Natural History. (Photo courtesy Fernbank Museum of Natural History)

WildWoods AGLOW, a new seasonal attraction at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, highlights the complex, connected and sometimes-hidden stories that flourish in the forest. This experience brings together the natural environment with the latest innovations in immersive design and technology. Illuminations, large-scale projections and original music compositions beckon you into a nighttime wonderland of biodiversity. The experience reveals the wonder of nature through a range of glowing, interactive and panoramic scenes. 

Lights of Life at Life University

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For more than 30 years, Atlantans have flocked to Life University for its annual lights display, Lights of Life. Drawing a half million visitors each holiday season, the show opens Nov. 24 and runs through Dec. 31. In addition to the lights, enjoy pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo and a concession stand.

Midtown Bright

Midtown Bright lights two miles of Peachtree Street with holiday cheer. The festive display includes more than 200,000 LED lights and more than 100 trees wrapped in colors. That’s not all. Also on view are 22 Moravian stars ranging from 3- to 23-feet tall. The lights are on from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., and will remain through early 2023. Take a walk down Peachtree Street in Midtown; it’s a winter wonderland.

Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park

Stone Mountain Christmas brings out the joy. (Photo courtesy Stone Mountain Park)

Get immersed in the magic of the holidays at Stone Mountain Christmas, Nov. 12 through Jan. 1, 2023. In addition to what Stone Mountain park calls the world’s largest Christmas Light Show, expect the Christmas Parade, Santa’s Big Flight, Santa’s office window visit, a musical frosted forest, carolers and a funny retelling of “A Christmas Carol.”

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier Islands

The Lakeside Lights Spectacular takes you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music. Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular runs nightly at 5 p.m. Nov. 19 – 27; Dec. 2 – Jan. 4, 2023 and weekends only through Jan. 16, 2023. Santa’s Tiki Bar, located at the beginning and end of the walk, enables you to get your drink to sip while you stroll through the lights or to meet up with friends before or after. The bar serves specialty cocktails and craft beers along with popcorn, cotton candy and sweet treats. Refill midway through at the Tipsy Elf. License to Chill Snow Island features a 575-foot-long snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play, holiday shopping and Santa.

For more holiday things to do, check our Christmas page.

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

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