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 Displays

Glow Light Show & Festival

November 17th-December 31st
Coolray Field 

Glow Light Show & Festival is Atlanta’s brand-new premier holiday event! Glow has three different captivating experiences the whole family can enjoy. Drive through an immersive light show synchronized to music from the comfort of your car or climb aboard the Jolly Trolley, paired with hot cocoa and glowsticks to ride in style! Don’t forget to stroll through the holiday festival — free to enter this year — for an all-new experience of lights and bites featuring photo ops, food, rides and games. You’ll be sure to have a “glowing good time!”

World of Illumination’s Enchanted Safari

November 15th – December 31st
Six Flags White Water Park

Gear up for one wild holiday adventure with your host, Toukie Toucan! Trek over land, sea, and air to hear the jingle of the jungle at Enchanted Safari produced by World of Illumination. A host of exotic animals will be there to greet you from peacocks to piranhas. Soar among the clouds as you fly with reindeer then outrun a T-Rex whizzing past a land lost in time. Come face to face with the King of the Jungle and beware of the Tunnel of Tentacles where you’ll fend off sharks and jellyfish trying to steal your holiday spirit. Your journey ends at Santa’s Bazaar, where all your new animal friends will be decking the halls! Be sure to buckle up- it’s a jungle out there.

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular

November 22nd – January 15th
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 such as the 575-foot-long adrenaline-spiking snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play, and holiday shopping.

Lights of Life

November 23rd – 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 18th – January 14th
Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Timed tickets are on sale now to Garden members and the public for Garden Lights, and Holiday Nights presented by Invesco QQQ. Guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as most dates are likely to sell out quickly. Experience all-new music and choreography for the world’s largest curtain of light.

Save with Value Night Tickets & Membership.

Holiday in the Park

November 18th – January 3rd
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 16th – January 14th
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 28th – December 1st
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. 28th through Dec. 1st 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.

Winter Lantern Festival

November 10th – January 2nd
Gwinnett County Fairgrounds

Step into a dazzling world of light with over 1000 Chinese lanterns; all handmade by artisans with decades of experience. A whimsical walk-through experience to light up and warm up the holiday season!

Lights Over Alpharetta

November 24th – December 30th
Ameris Bank Amphitheater

Experience the magic of the holiday season like never before at our enchanting holiday walking and drive-thru light display! Immerse yourself in a world of twinkling lights, dazzling decorations, and festive cheer.

Magic of Lights Woodstock

November 17th – December 31st
Dixie Speedway

Magic of Lights, a unique and dazzling drive-through holiday lights experience, is bigger and brighter than ever with more than a mile of spectacular light displays that bring to life your favorite holiday scenes and characters. Don’t miss the larger-than-life sparkling Holiday Barbie™ display, the supersized Bigfoot® Monster Truck, and life-sized dinosaurs of Prehistoric Christmas! Pile everyone into the car and experience more at the same low price! One carload, one price for the entire family.


Neighborhood Displays

Atlanta Holiday Light Display - Santa

Smyrna Market Village

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

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 2023 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

Ashebrooke 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!