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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 10 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 11th annual Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, Nov. 13 through Jan. 15, 2022. Several favorite features will return, including the Great Lawn’s Orchestral Orbs, Storza Woods’ “Nature’s Wonders” and Cascade Garden’s Ice Goddess. You also will find some new sights: The Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk leading to Skyline Garden will be adorned with trees programmed
to change colors and create subtle motion; an invasion of Brilliant Bugs infests the Camellia Walk with many more added to last year’s swarm; oversized lighted flowers will lure you to Cascades Garden – as if Ice Goddess weren’t a big enough draw. Don’t forget s’mores, model trains, live music from deejays and dinner at Longleaf restaurant.

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. 22 and running through Jan. 16, 2022. After dark, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., you will find the zoo transformed – full of awe-inspiring vistas highlighting the wonder, beauty and diversity of the natural world – from the savanna to the sea to the skies, and from the depths of the rainforest to the lights of the Arctic Circle.

The lanterns, some up to 20-feet tall, are handmade and hand-painted, representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally friendly LED lights. The Endangered Species Carousel will be open during IllumiNights. Select gift shops plus food and beverage locations will also be open for purchase of festival-inspired items. Advance timed reservations are strongly recommended and are available now on the Zoo Atlanta website. 

World of Illumination at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Six Flags White Water

World of Illumination brings two holiday light shows to Atlanta: Arctic Adventure at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Rockin’ Christmas at Six Flags White Water. Each 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. Rockin’ Christmas opens Nov. 12 and runs through Jan. 2, 2022. Arctic Adventure opens Nov. 17 and runs through Jan. 2, 2022.

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. 20 through Jan. 2, 2022 (select days). See the Christmas tree come to life as an animated light experience featuring three shows choreographed to holiday classics. Stroll through a tunnel of dancing lights on Merry Lane. Board the Holiday Express to explore how cultures around the world celebrate the season. Send a letter to Santa, visit the North Pole and get your photo with Santa. Ride the Candlelight Carousel, visit holiday neighborhoods and munch on a s’more.

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)

Named one of the Top 10 light displays in the world by National Geographic, Fantasy in Lights is a light and sound show sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Callaway Gardens invites you to step out of your car and into the 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 decorated trees on Christmas Tree Lane and stop for seasonal snacks and character meet-and-greets at the Christmas Market. The drive-through experience features a Tunnel of Lights. Journey through the seven-mile Fantasy in Lights Enchanted Forest, where festive music fills the air. The show opens Nov. 19 and runs through Jan. 3, 2022.

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. 25 and runs through Dec. 31. In addition to the lights, enjoy pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo and a concession stand.

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. 13 through Jan. 22, 2022. In addition to what Stone Mountain park calls the world’s largest Christmas Light Show, expect the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade, Santa’s Big Flight, Santa’s office window visit, a musical frosted forest, carolers and a funny retelling of “A Christmas Carol.”

ATL Holiday Lights at Atlantic Station

ATL Holiday Lights is back with a bigger and longer displays. This year’s show features hand-crafted light displays from everyone’s favorite holiday movies, a mini neighborhood featuring some local Atlanta establishments and more. ATL Holiday Lights opens Nov. 11 and runs through Jan. 22, 2022.

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier Islands

Kick start the holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier Islands. The show takes you on a magical walk through a lighting extravaganza complete with seasonal music. Lakeside Lights opens Nov. 24 and runs through Feb. 27, 2022. 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. S’mores kits are available at Rudolph’s Landing. License to Chill Snow Island features a 575-foot-long snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play, holiday shopping and Santa.

PRISM: Winter Lights

 PRISM: Winter Lights is a two-month art exhibition displaying light-based works by national and local artists. This year, PRISM has expanded to a second Downtown location and will have artwork installed at Peachtree Center (225 Peachtree St.) in addition to Woodruff Park (91 Peachtree St.). These free and public art experiences will be displayed from Dec. 4 through Jan. 31, 2022.

You are invited to an opening night event at Woodruff Park on Dec. 4 from 6 to 9 p.m. Featuring live performances, the event will offer food and drinks available for purchase. Artwork will be located in the north end of the park, near the International Peace Fountain.

Winterland at Illuminarium

This holiday season, Nov. 26 through Jan. 2, 2022, Illuminarium transforms into Winterland. Discover a winter palace where windows open onto scenes that remind us of the traditions that make the holidays special. Continue into the enchanted village of Winterland, a snowy paradise. Witness the magnificence of the Northern Lights, be delighted by whimsical forest creatures darting through the snow-covered landscape and surround yourself in an original orchestration that brings the magic of Winterland to life.

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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