Atlanta Holiday Guide :: Atlanta Holiday Light Displays

Atlanta Holiday Lights

Looking for some great light displays in the Atlanta area? Whether you are looking for major attraction light displays or more local neighborhood/house displays, we have created a must-see list for you of some of our favorites. 

Atlanta Holiday Guide :: Atlanta Holiday Light Displays

Atlanta Attraction Light Displays

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ATL Holiday Lights at Atlantic Station

November 11th – January 2nd
Atlantic Station

ATL Holiday Lights is back with a bigger, better, and longer lights display than ever before! 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. They offer walking and driving tours.

World of Illumination Rockin’ Christmas

November 12th – January 2nd
White Water Park

A FULL-THROTTLE MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA, WHERE YOUR FAVORITE TUNES COME TO LIFE! Turn up the holiday spirit with World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas. In this mile-long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. Featuring millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a mesmerizing event sure to rock your holidays.

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular

November 24th – February 27th
Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands 

Kick start your holidays with a visit to Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular for a night of nostalgic wintry fun. The Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music. Great for the whole family!

There are several additional activities available as well, including; Blizzard Mountain, Ice Skating, Snow Play Area, S’mores, and Visits with Santa. 

Lights of Life

November 25th – December 31st
Life University

This is one of my family’s favorites. We used to live really close to Life University so it became an easy go-to, but even after we moved farther away we still make it over there every year. There is a truly Magical lights display along with other activities such as pony rides, petting zoo, train rides, etc… and it is only $10 per car!

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

November 13th – January 15th
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Take a stroll through Atlanta Botanical Gardens and see it like you’ve seen it before. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features will return, guests can expect new twists, including a colorful Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk, oversized flowers leading to Ice Goddess, and several lighted sculptures from the 2021 summer exhibition SUPERnatural: Glass Art by Jason Gamrath.

In 2020, Garden Lights was again voted the best holiday event in metro Atlanta by readers of the AJC. 

Holiday in the Park

November 13th – January 15th
Six Flags over Georgia

Holiday in the Park is back! ‘Tis the season for glittering lights (over a million LEDs!), festive performances (carolers, sing-alongs, holiday dancers, etc…), holiday treats (warm hot chocolate, s’mores), and plenty more. Plus there are also all of the amazing Six Flags rides to enjoy while you are there.

Illuminights at the Zoo

November 22nd – January 16th
Zoo Atlanta

Wildlife lights the night at the all-NEW IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival. Stroll the Zoo after dark to be inspired by more than 80 animal lanterns – some up to 20 feet tall – depicting some of Earth’s most charismatic creatures. 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.

Holiday Road

November 22nd – January 16th
The Horse Mansion @ Bouckaert Farm

Get everyone together and gather around to celebrate the season! Enjoy the sights of our immersive walking trail. Get a bite to eat at the area’s best food trucks. For the grown-ups, enjoy a seasonal cocktail from our Holiday Bar. Don’t forget to get yourself a keepsake from the souvenir shop.

Neighborhood Light Displays

Atlanta Holiday Light Display - Santa

The Village Green in Smyrna has an amazing light display that is presented every year with a light path around their pond, plenty of lighted characters around, and a giant tree right in the middle of the town circle. It is a great place to just walk around and enjoy some really wonderful holiday lights.

2800 King St SE, Smyrna

Holiday Lights are BACK! This year’s theme: Hollywood Holidays. Enjoy sets from Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and A Christmas Story at Brook Run Park. On Wednesday, December 1st they will be kicking everything off with a lighting ceremony from 5-8 pm, complete with hot cocoa and character appearances. Lights turn on at 6 pm!
4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody

An annual tradition in our house! This is just one house in a random neighborhood, but they go ALL OUT. Just a few of the fabulous displays include; an animatronic Santa Band, huge “elf find”, full Christmas story will light up displays, and so much more. On most nights they also have train rides around the block also. On top of all of this, they also run a huge toy drive where they collect hundreds of toys for Toys for Tots.
405 Waverly Hall Drive, Roswell

With more than 100,000 lights, a fire-breathing dragon, a 30-foot Grinch inflatable, tons of eye-catching Christmas movie scenes, a 35-foot Frosty the Snowman and SO MUCH more, this house has to be on your list to visit this year. They welcome visits every night and shining later on Friday and Saturday.
20 Valley Dr, Hiram

A fantastic light display in Duluth, including a full North Pole scene, nativity, lots of inflatables, a much much more. They will be collecting pantry items and donations for First Baptist Church of Duluth’s food pantry.
2929 Mockingbird Cir, Duluth

This house is more than light displays, it is a full light show experience. Drive up to listen and watch the synchronized light show with all of your favorite Christmas music. Added bonus, they serve free hot chocolate and cookies every Saturday from 6-8pm!
3699 Autumn Dr, Acworth

A drive thru light display like you have never seen before. The Gaddy family has been at it for over 20 years and gets better and better every year. So much to see as you drive through light tunnels and by a huge Ferris Wheel. They also collect donations for Toys for Tots and The March of Dimes through Dec. 17. 
898 Sandy Creek Rd, Fayetteville

So many lights! Over 750,000 actually… Plus they have 5 musical trees that sync with Christmas Music. The road front of the property is about 700 feet long, so plenty of space drive or walk around and see everything.
1510 Ben King Rd NW, Kennesaw

Christmas in Castille is a FREE animated Christmas light display showing more than 57,000 lights synchronized to music in Alpharetta GA. This is a super fun show that you do not want to miss this year.
4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta

Over 300 houses in this neighborhood participate in one of the most amazing neighborhood displays there is. This is a great drive through idea any time during the holiday season, but there is also a special one night event where you will see some great extras, including live participants, nativities, and maybe even Santa walking around and waving. 
5020 Luke Dr, Cumming


Did we miss any of your favorite light displays in the Atlanta area? Let us know in the comments so we can add them to the list!

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Jessica is an adventure-loving, over-committing, and previously organized mother of 2! She and her husband (high school sweethearts) moved to Atlanta in 2006 after graduating college, ready to start their life in the “real world”. They have experienced so many wonderful life milestones while in Atlanta – lived in Buckhead pre-kids, bought a house in great Smyrna neighborhood, had their first child in 2011 (a spunky little girl, Vivian), welcomed their second child exactly 18 months later in 2012 (a creative and crazy little boy, Harrison), and most recently added a Golden Doodle named Winston into the mix. Jessica and her family have since moved to the burbs of Milton where you now find them past 2 horse farms on the right. Jessica has always loved being part of a community, so when the opportunity to join the Atlanta Mom executive team presented itself it was a no brainer! She loved it so much, in fact, that in 2021 she and Natalie joined forces to lead the team and continue connecting with awesome moms across the ATL!