The Best Holiday Christmas Lights Displays Around Atlanta

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Everyone loves the Holiday Season. The hustle and bustle of shopping. All of the great Holiday Traditions that you get to share with your family. One of my favorite things to do is see all the Light shows and decorated house that light up our Georgia sky.

Here is a list of things to do and Light Shows you aren’t going to want to miss around the city!

Atlanta Botanical Gardens – Garden Lights, Holiday Lights

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights, open nightly from November 16 through January 4, 5-10pm, showcases enormous botanical-inspired light displays throughout the 30-acre Midtown attraction, known for its innovative exhibitions. Unlike other area holiday light displays, this spectacular event allows visitors to meander among garden displays — including giant snowflakes, fleeting bumblebees and a towering “praying Santa mantis” – while sipping hot drinks and listening to strolling carolers.

Stone Mountain Park – A Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain

This is a must see event for Atlantians. Stone Mountain Christmas is an all evening event that features some top picks like The Polar Express 4D experience, the new show Toyrific, a Christmas parade and Cookie Decorating. The evening ends with a magic snowfall and firework display with the Snow Angel. It is great fun!

Snow Mountain is also a must for snow in Atlanta. Transforming the large Laser Lawn into Atlanta’s only snow park, Snow Mountain’s signature attraction, a 400-foot long tubing hill, features more tubing lanes and two moving sidewalks this year. There are Snow areas for all ages, even a Little Angels section for children 3 and under. Climb through the tunnels of Fort Snow before roasting marshmallows at SnoFire Pit.

Lake Lanier Islands – Magical Nights of Lights

Magical Nights of Lights is another great drive through Lights show. The 20th annual Magical Nights of Lights will feature new and improved holiday entertainment and attractions along with its traditional driving tour through more than seven miles of illuminated characters and scenery that comprise millions of twinkling lights. Children and adults alike will be dazzled by the festive splendor. Before leaving you can check out the Holiday Village for some great shopping and Hot Chocolate.

Fernbank Museum- Winter Wonderland

Skip the cold! Head to Fernbank and stay warm with the Dinosaurs. With their amazing Winter Wonderland exhibit you and your family will get to see amazing imported ornaments that are handmade in different countries. My personal favorite was the tree featured from Chili. Two levels of trees to see from all over the world. Its a great way to share with your children how people in other countries celebrate Christmas and other Winter holidays differently than we do.

Atlanta Motor Speedway- Gift of Lights

A fairly new show at Atlanta Motor Speedway Gift of Lights. Drive through 1.5 miles of LED lights. More than one million lights and hundreds of individual light displays will light up Atlanta Motor Speedway, and this drive-through experience will become a beloved tradition for family and friends to enjoy together.

Callaway Gardens – Fantasy in Lights

Head further south out of the city, or just grab the whole family and stay in the amazing cottages down in Pine Mountain to see one of my favorite Light displays, Fantasy in Lights. Fantasy in Lights features 8 million lights stretching more than five miles, creating 14 larger-than-life holiday scenes. Visitors experience the light and sound extravaganza on the “Jolly Trolley” or by driving through the lighted scenes in their personal vehicle. There is also a Christmas Village to snap a picture with a fantastic Santa and do some shopping from some local vendors.

Global Winter Wonderland

Global Winter Wonderland features giant illuminated lanterns depicting creatures and scenes that include a Christmas holiday village, animals real and imagined, and people and scenes from around the world. Highlights include recreations of some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, including the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The family event of the holiday season also features numerous carnival rides and games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and celebrations of holiday traditions and various cultures from around the world.

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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