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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Shine Light ShowShine Light Show

November 18th-January 1st
Coolray Field

Ready for the holiday season? We sure are! Making its debut at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville this holiday season, Shine Light Show is a brand-new drive-thru light show that opens November 18th and we have the exclusive scoop on the magical show!

Guests are invited to stay in their cars and tune their radio to a designated radio station and immerse themselves into a wonderland of over +1M synchronized lights to holiday music. Experience the festive magic of the lights as you sing along! With each turn you take, a surprise awaits. Drive through the show’s path and unwrap the festive cheer!

The best part? Only ONE ticket is required per vehicle so load up the car with all your friends and family!

World of Illumination Reindeer Road

November 16th – January 1st
White Water Park

Grab your sled and join World of Illumination on a trek down Reindeer Road. Whiz through mountainous terrain, traverse glacial peaks, explore the northern ice caves and make your way through the northern forests to the heart of it all – Santa’s Workshop – the world’s largest animated toy shop. Be dazzled by reindeer, snowmen, and toys galore as you witness the most spectacular drive-through light forest on this side of the Arctic. Who knows, you may even catch Santa and his elves making your present this year…if you’ve been nice!

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular

November 19th – January 16th
Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands 

Visit 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 24th – December 31st
Life University

This is one of my family’s favorites. We used to live 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 12th – January 14th
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Timed tickets are on sale now to Garden members and the public for Garden Lights, Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as most dates are likely to sell out quickly. While plenty of the show’s fan-favorite features return, guests can expect new twists, including an all-new exhibition in the Anne Cox Chambers Garden by French artist Cédric LeBorgne and three massive sculptures from the spring/summer exhibition, ORIGAMI IN THE GARDEN.

Save with Value Night Tickets & Membership.

Holiday in the Park

November 19th – January 1st
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 17th – January 15th
Zoo Atlanta

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.

Winter West Wonderland 

November 29th – December 2nd
University of West Georgia

Feel like walkin’ in a winter wonderland this holiday season? You’re in luck, as the University of West Georgia will host the inaugural Winter West Wonderland from Nov. 29 through Dec. 2 in Carrollton, just one hour west of Atlanta. This community event – free and open to everyone – will feature numerous opportunities to get in the holiday spirit, including lighted displays of student-built sculptures, a holiday market, and an opportunity to meet and take pictures with Kris Kringle and Winter Wolfie, UWG’s mascot.

Neighborhood Light Displays

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Smyrna Market Village

2022 Information TBA

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 wonderful holiday lights.

2800 King St SE, Smyrna

Holiday Lights at Brook Run Park

Brook Run will come to life in 85,000 sugarcoated lights, complete with a chocolate volcano, candy castle, ice cream land, and more!

 4770 N Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody

Santa’s Village of Roswell

2022 Information TBA

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, a 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. They also run a huge toy drive where they collect hundreds of Toys for Tots.

405 Waverly Hall Drive, Roswell

Portland Family Christmas Lights

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 must be on your list to visit this year. They welcome visits every night and shining later Friday and Saturday.

20 Valley Dr, Hiram

Smoot Family Christmas Light Show

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 your favorite Christmas music.

3699 Autumn Dr, Acworth

Gaddy Family Christmas Light Extravaganza

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. Open nightly from Thanksgiving thru January 1, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

898 Sandy Creek Rd, Fayetteville

Lights of Joy

Timing and additional information for 2022 TBA

We welcome all visitors to our lights, young and old, of any race religion, or nationality; all are welcome!

You may drive by and see the lights from your car, or you can park across the street at Influencers Church and walk. In order to see the inside circle with 250,000+ LED lights you must walk.

Tune your radio to 99.1 FM for our musical light show.

1510 Ben King Rd NW, Kennesaw

Ashbrooke Night of Lights

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!