Best Christmas Lights Near Atlanta 2020

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Wondering where to see Christmas lights near Atlanta this holiday season? Read on for a complete list of the best Christmas lights near Atlanta, updated for 2021.

There’s something magical about going to look at Christmas lights, especially when you have children. If you are searching for the best Christmas lights in the Atlanta area, you’ll love this list!

From big annual favorites, like the Lights of Life at Life University and Garden Lights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, to small neighborhood residential Christmas light displays, this list has it all!

I’ve split it up into area of town, and then sorted each area alphabetically by city to make it easy to find.

Listed below you will find a list of open Christmas light displays near Atlanta.

The Best Christmas Lights Near Atlanta

The list of Atlanta Christmas light displays are divided into 5 sections to make it easier to navigate:

  • Atlanta Favorite Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Lights Within 1 Hour of Atlanta
  • Northwest Christmas Lights
  • Northeast Georgia Christmas Lights
  • Christmas Lights South of Atlanta

Many of the neighborhood Christmas lights listed here were originally compiled into one list by Courtney Harvey, and is being re-shared here with her permission. Thank you Courtney!

This list is by no means exhaustive, and details are subject to change at any time (especially for the Atlanta neighborhood Christmas light displays). For events that need tickets, please be sure to double check with that website before you head out!

For more family fun this holiday, be sure to also check out 35 Easy Christmas Cookie Exchange Recipes and DIY Christmas Crafts for Toddlers.

Read on for an extensive list of places and neighborhoods to see beautiful Christmas light displays in the Atlanta area.

Atlanta Favorite Christmas Lights & Events

Here’s where to see Christmas lights in Atlanta. The following are some of the best Christmas lights near Atlanta, year after year. These displays and events are a staple of the Atlanta holiday season, and this year includes a few new ones!

The ones included on this list have been confirmed to be open this year; however, please be sure to double check each website on ticketing information and social distancing guidelines and regulations in place.

ATLANTIC STATIONS LIGHTS

Cost: Free

When: Begins November 21

This free display is a wonderful walking options! Atlantic Station is adorned with 250,000 lights within an 8-block radius. Tree lightings every night, with a “snowfall” every Sunday-Thursday at 6pm, and on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-9pm, weather permitting.

1380 Atlantic Dr NW, Atlanta GA

DRIVE THRU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT ATLANTIC STATION 

Cost: Sun-Thurs $25 per car, Fri-Sat $35 per car (purchase tickets here)

When: Dec 4th- Jan 18th, 6:00pm-11:00pm

This inaugural drive-thru light show experience is the only one inside the Perimeter this year! The Atlanta Festival of Lights includes colorful displays, twinkling lights and holiday tunes filling up the car, and you can easily park and wander through the free lights in the rest of Atlantic Station after.

165 16th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30363 (Pinnacle Lot)

CALLAWAY GARDENS FANTASY IN LIGHTS- Pine Mountain

Cost: Limited capacity each night. Buy tickets in advance here.

When: Nov 20 -January 4

Callaway Gardens isn’t just one of the Atlanta area’s best Christmas light displays, it’s been named one of the world’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights,” as named by National Geographic Traveler.

With eight million lights and 15 dazzling scenes, Fantasy In Lights is an Atlanta Christmas light staple. This year’s celebration includes a brand new scene that is nearly two-football fields long, featuring a Christmas tree made of lights over 10 stories tall (which makes it the tallest Christmas tree in the South)!

17800 US-27 | Pine Mountain, GA

WORLD OF ILLUMINATION CANDY RUSH AT SIX FLAGS WHITEWATER – Marietta

Cost: $45 per vehicle (online reservations required in advance)

When: Nov 20th – Jan 3rd, 6:00pm- 9:30pm 

Drive through millions of lights at this new Christmas light extravaganza at Six Flags White Water in Marietta. (Just a note: you remain in your car the entire time.)

250 Cobb Parkway N #100, Marietta GA (Whitewater parking lot)

GARDEN LIGHTS AT THE ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN – Atlanta

Photo Credit Atlanta Botanical Garden/Jason Getz

Cost: $24.95-$44.95 for adults, ages 3-12, $21.95-$41.95; ages 2 and younger, free; parking, $5-$10. (advanced online reservations required)

When: Nov. 14-Jan. 16, 5-10 p.m.

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” is an Atlanta tradition for many families, including ours! The Garden transforms into a shimmering, twinkling wonderland, and is an event you don’t want to miss.

1345 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta GA

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK AT SIX FLAGS – Austell

Cost: Tickets start at $34.99, and can be purchased in advance here.

When: Nov 21- Jan 3

This festive celebration transforms Six Flags into a winter wonderland! With dazzling Christmas light displays, fun holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides, this is an Atlanta favorite. Six Flags Over Georgia extends its season with the inclusion of Holiday in the Park, which turns the park into a winter wonderland! With dazzling Christmas light displays, fun holiday shows, Santa and many of the park’s most popular rides, this is an Atlanta favorite.

275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell GA

LAKESIDE LIGHTS SPECTACULAR- Lake Lanier Islands, Buford

Lake Lanier Lights Ends - Welcome Lakeside Lights Spectacular
Photo from Lake Lanier Islands

Cost: Tickets start at $9.99 and can be purchased on their website in advance.

When: Everyday Nov, 20, 2020 – Jan 5, 2021

After more than 25 years, the Magical Nights of Lights that we all know has come to a close. Launching this year is Margaritaville’s all-new Lakeside Lights Spectacular. This event allows you to walk through a beautiful lighting extravaganza, perfect for the whole family.

In addition to your Lakeside Lights Spectacular admission, you can visit License to Chill: Snow Island for snow tubing, for an extra fee.

7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy. Buford, GA

LIGHTS OF LIFE- Marietta

Cost: Free to drive thru; $10 to park and walk. For more details visit their website here.

When: Nov 26th- Dec 31st, Sun thru Thurs 6:00pm- 9:00pm; Fri thru Sat 6:00pm- 10:00pm 

Life University does an amazing job creating this holiday wonderland each year. More than 100 holiday scenes are displayed over the 1.5 mile long drive through Life University’s campus. There is also a 65 foot tall display of Santa and his sleigh, which is the tallest in the Southeast!

There is also a petting zoo, pony rides and train rides for an extra fee and dependent on weather.

1269 Barclay Cir SE, Marietta GA 30060

PETTIT CREEK FARMS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Cartersville

Cost: $20 per car , $10 Hayride. Reservations are not required, but you can purchase tickets in advance here if you would like.

When: Nov 27th-Dec 27th

Tues-Thurs 6:00pm-9:00pm; Fri-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sun 6:00pm-9:00pm 

337 Cassvile Rd Cartersville, GA 30120

Includes more than a mile of Christmas lights, accessible to drive or on their hayride. Pettit Creek also has a petting zoo, photos with Santa Claus and his reindeer (there Thursdays-Sundays from 6 pm to 9 pm) and a Live Nativity on Saturdays (6pm-9pm).

STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Tickets | Stone Mountain Park
Photo courtesy of Stone Mountain Park

Cost: $31.95; ages 3-11, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free. Limited capacity each day, so advance ticket purchases are encouraged.

When: Nov 14- Jan 3

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA

Enjoy Stone Mountain park attractions during the day, and then, immerse yourself in holiday magic with evenings full of 2 million dazzling lights, festive music and spectacular shows. Be sure to check out the Stone Mountain Christmas website for all safety details.

Christmas Lights within 1 Hour of Atlanta

The following Christmas light displays are within about an hour’s drive of Atlanta, which makes for a quick and easy family adventure! These are listed in alphabetical order by city, and include some of the best Christmas lights in Atlanta.

HROCKIN HRANICKY CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – Acworth

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4th-Jan 1st, Sun – Thurs 6:00pm-10:00pm; Fri-Sat 6:00pm-11:00pm

This light display features amazing moving lights and precision synchronization to the music streaming at 107.7 FM.

3848 Rivers Run Trace NW Acworth, GA

SMOOT FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – Acworth

Cost: Free

When: Dec 2nd- Dec 26th, 6:00pm-9:00pm

One of the biggest neighborhood displays: over 70K Commercial LED Christmas Light Show with an interactive display. Tune to 99.1 FM to listen to the synced music.

3699 Autumn View Dr NW Acworth, GA 30101

ATLANTA DRIVE THRU FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS AT ATLANTIC STATION – Atlanta

Cost: Sun-Thurs $25 per car, Fri-Sat $35 per car

When: Dec 4th- Jan 18th, 6:00pm-11:00pm

165 16th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30363

GARDEN LIGHTS AT THE ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN – Atlanta

Cost: $24.95-$44.95 for adults, ages 3-12, $21.95-$41.95; ages 2 and younger, free; parking, $5-$10.

When: Nov. 14-Jan. 16, 5-10 p.m.

1345 Piedmont Ave, Atlanta GA

CHRISTMAS IN CASTILLE – Alpharetta

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4th- 27th , Thurs-Sat 6:00pm-9:00pm

4220 Tivoli Way, Alpharetta, GA 

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK AT SIX FLAGS – Austell

Cost: Tickets start at $34.99

When: Nov 21- Jan 3

275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell GA

This festive celebration transforms Six Flags into a winter wonderland! With dazzling Christmas light displays, fun holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides, this is an Atlanta favorite. Be sure to check out the Six Flags website for details around social distancing and other protocols.

NICHOLS FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW- Carrollton (a little over an hour)

Cost: Free 

When: Nov 28th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

504 Horsley Mill Rd Carrollton, GA

FELIX FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Dallas

Cost: Free

When: Dec 1st-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

This year includes a Whoville display from “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” Tune your radio to 100.9 FM for the holiday tunes as you drive through.

224 Oliver Overlook Dallas, GA 30132

RED BUD CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Dallas

Cost: Free

When: Nov 27th – Dec 27th, 6:00pm-9:30pm 

10 Red Bud Ct Dallas, GA 30132

Atkinson Family Christmas Lights – Dallas

Photo courtesy of the Atkinson Family Facebook Page

Cost: Free

When: Through Dec. 31. Sun.-Thur. 5:30-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 5:30-10 p.m.

This two-home display includes more than 40,000 lights, 15 foot trees, a sleigh giant four-foot snowflakes and more. Tune your radio to 99.1 FM to listen along to the 12-minute accompanying music and show.

18 Riverwood Lndg., Dallas

THE POWER OF CHRISTMAS – Dallas

Cost: $5 per car 

When: Dec 11th, 12th, 18th, & 19th , 6:00pm-9:30pm

455 Jimmy Campbell Pwky Dallas, GA

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT BROOK RUN – Dunwoody

Cost: Free

When: Dec 12 – Dec 28

4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, GA

DULUTH’S CHRISTMAS HOUSE – Duluth

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

Display includes zoo animals, a North Pole, a nativity scene, inflatables and more! Their display will only be drive-by this year.

2929 Mockingbird Circle Duluth, GA 30096

LIGHTS ON LINSTINE CHRISTMAS – Grayson

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 4th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

2250 Linstone Lane, Grayson GA

LIGHT UP THE LOT- Hiram

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 11th – 13th , 6:00pm – 9:00pm

2056 Hiram Douglasville Hwy, Hiram GA 30141 

PORTWOOD FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Hiram

Cost: Free 

When: Nov 26th – Dec 26th, 6:00pm – 10:00pm 

Drive by or walk the lighted pathway. More than 100,000 lights and a 35- foot Frosty the Snowman!

20 Valley Dr Hiram GA, 30141

CALUMET WEST CHRISTMAS HOUSE – Kennesaw

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 4th- Jan 3rd, 5:30pm-10:00pm

1010 Token Way Kennesaw, GA 

RILEY’S ROCKIN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Kennesaw

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 1st-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

More than 50,000 LED lights are choreographed to 13+ song show that includes holiday favorites and more playing at 101.3 FM as you drive by!

2008 Palladium Drive Kennesaw, GA 

LIGHTS OF JOY – Kennesaw

Cost: Free 

When: Now through Jan. 1. Dec. 1-20 and Dec. 26-Jan. 1, 6-11 p.m.; Dec. 21-25, 6-11:30 p.m.

With more than 218 trees wrapped with lights, four musical trees, 60 holly bushes and more, this lighted landscape has over 750,000 lights!

1510 Ben King Rd Kennesaw, GA 30144

CANDY RUSH AT SIX FLAGS WHITEWATER – Marietta

Cost: $45 per vehicle 

When: Nov 20th – Jan 3rd, 6:00pm- 9:30pm 

250 Cobb Parkway N #100, Marietta GA (Whitewater parking lot)

CHRISTMAS COMES ALIVE – Marietta

Cost: Free

When: Dec 11th- Dec 13th, 6:00pm-10:00pm 

4385 Lower Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30068

LIGHTS OF LIFE- Marietta

Cost: Free to drive thru; $10 to park and walk

When: Nov 26th- Dec 31st, Sun thru Thurs 6:00pm- 9:00pm; Fri thru Sat 6:00pm- 10:00pm 

1269 Barclay Cir SE, Marietta GA 30060

CHRISTMAS ON BOILINGBROOK DRIVE – Marietta

Cost: Free

When: Nov 27th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

4151 Boilingbrook Drive Marietta, GA 30062

WOODRUFF FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS -Powder Springs

Cost: Free

When: Dec 1st- Jan 1st, 6:00pm-11:00pm

Tune in to 102.1 FM to follow along.

5268 Seamus Way Powder Springs, GA 30127

SANTA’S VILLAGE – Roswell

Cost: Free 

When: Nov 27th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-9:00pm

405 Waverly Hall Dr Roswell, GA 30075

STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS

Cost: $31.95; ages 3-11, $29.95; ages 2 and younger, free.

When: Nov 14- Jan 3

1000 Robert E Lee Blvd, Stone Mountain, GA

Enjoy Stone Mountain park attractions during the day, and then, immerse yourself in holiday magic with evenings full of 2 million dazzling lights, festive music and spectacular shows. Be sure to check out the Stone Mountain Christmas website for all safety details.

THE DEERING NEIGHBORHOOD TOUR OF LIGHTS  – Temple

Cost: Free

When: Dec 1st- Dec 31st, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Crider Creek Rd Temple, GA 30179

WINTER WONDERLAND TRAIN RIDE  – Villa Rica

Cost: $12 per person

When: Dec 2nd- 23rd, 6:00pm- 9:00pm

1881 Stockmar Rd, Villa Rica GA 30180 

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW – Woodstock

Cost: Free

When: Dec 5th-Dec 24th , 6:00pm-10:00pm 

550 Molly Lane Woodstock, GA 30189

DRIVE THRU BETHLEHEM EXPERIENCE – Woodstock

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 11th – 13th , 6:00pm – 9:00pm 

6659 Bells Ferry Rd Woodstock, GA 30189

HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF HOPE -Woodstock

Cost: $10 per adult (15 & up) 

When: Dec 3rd- 23rd, Sun thru Thurs 6:00pm-9:00pm, Fri thru Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm

6688 Bells Ferry Rd Woodstock, GA 30189

This annual event at Hobgood Park features a giant walk-through Christmas light display with more than 2,000,000 lights, concessions, vendors, Santa and so much more.

Northwest Georgia Christmas Lights

Some of the best Christmas lights near Atlanta are in North Georgia! These Christmas light displays are located in Northwest Georgia (heading up 75/575 North). These are listed in alphabetical order by city.

LIGHTING OF THE RUINS AT BARNSLEY RESORT- Adairsville

Cost: Adults $20, Children (6-12): $10

When: Nov. 29, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

The holiday lights at the Barnsley ruins and gardens have more than 1,000,000 twinkling lights. A limited number of day passes will are available for purchase through their web their event calendar

597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville, GA

HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT VETERANS PARK  – Canton

Cost: $20 per car 

When: Nov 23rd – Dec 31st

Sun thru Thurs 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Fri thru Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm

7345 Cumming Hwy Canton, GA 30115

PETTIT CREEK FARMS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Cartersville

Cost: $20 per car , $10 Hayride

When: Nov 27th-Dec 27th

Tues-Thurs 6:00pm-9:00pm; Fri-Sat 6:00pm-10:00pm; Sun 6:00pm-9:00pm 

337 Cassvile Rd Cartersville, GA 30120

Includes more than a mile of Christmas lights, accessible to drive or on their hayride. Petite Creek also has a petting zoo, photos with Santa Claus and his reindeer (there Thursdays-Sundays from 6 pm to 9 pm) and a Live Nativity on Saturdays (6pm-9pm).

HOLLY SPRINGS LIGHTS – Holly Springs

Cost: Free

When: Dec 5th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-11:00pm

2632 Holly Springs Pwky, Holly Springs, GA 30115

DRIVE IN LIVE NATIVITY -Jasper

Cost: Free

When: Dec 11th – 13th, 7:00pm-8:30pm

3681 Highway 515 S Jasper, GA 30143 

NETTLES FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS – Rockmart

Cost: Free

When: Nov 27th-Dec 31st, 6:00pm-11:00pm

2540 Cedartown Hwy Rockmart, GA 30153

TAYLOR’S LIGHTS ROME -Rome

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4- Jan 1st , 6:00pm-11:00pm

208 Valley Brook Dr Rome, GA 30161 

Northeast Georgia Christmas Lights

These Christmas light displays are located in Northwest Georgia (heading up 85/985/400 North). These are listed in alphabetical order by city.

CHRISTMAS ON LUNSFORD FARM – Bowman

Cost: Free

When: Dec 1st- Dec 26th, 6:00pm-9:00pm 

2730 Sand Hill Rd Bowman, GA 30625 

MARGARITAVILLE LAKESIDE LIGHT SPECTACULAR – Buford

Cost: 8+ $13 per person, 3+ $10 per person

When: Nov 26th- Jan 1st, 5:00pm-10:00pm

7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy Buford, GA 

ASHEBROOKE NIGHT OF LIGHTS – Cumming

Cost: Free

When: One night only: Dec 20th, 6:00pm-10:00pm

This one-night event includes more than 300 participating homes!

5020 Luke Drive Cumming, GA 30040

BLAGG FAMILY LIGHTS – Cumming

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4th- Dec 31st, 5:30pm-11:00pm

5910 Bridge Stone Ct, Cumming, GA 

OPERATION GRISWOLD – Cumming

Cost: Free 

When: Dec 4th- Jan 1st, 6:00pm-11:00pm 

104 Wolf Creek Court, Cumming, GA 

COWART CHRISTMAS  – Dawsonville

Cost: Free

When: Dec 4th- Dec 25th, Sun-Thurs 5:30pm-10:00pm; Fri-Sat 5:30pm-11:00

9 Rand Way, Dawsonville, GA 

MOUNTAIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS – Hiawassee

Cost: $6.00 (children under 12 free) 

When: Every Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, Nov 26th – Dec 26th, 6pm-9pm 

1311 Music Hall Rd Hiawassee, GA 30546 

FANTASY IN LIGHTS – Pine Mountain

Cost: Mon-Thurs :Adult $20; 3+ $15; Fri & Sun : Adult $30; 3+ $20; Sat: Adult $35; 3+ $25 

When: Dec 1st- Jan 4th, 6:00pm-8:30pm 

17800 US Highway 27 Pine Mountain, GA 31822

Christmas Lights South of Atlanta

The following Christmas light displays are located south of Atlanta.These are listed in alphabetical order.

CHEHAW PARK’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS- Albany

Cost:

When: Weekends December 4- Dec, 21.

105 Chehaw Park Rd, Albany GA

DEXTER PRODUCE CHRISTMAS MARKET – Dexter

Cost: Free

When: Dec 10th -13th & 17th-20th, 5:00pm-8:00pm

105 S. Green Street Dexter, GA 31019

BURTON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS  – Fayetteville

Cost: Free

When: Nov 27th-Dec 27th, 5:30pm-9:30pm

165 Stafford Ct Fayetteville, GA 30215

GADDY FAMILY CHRISTMAS LIGHTS EXTRAVAGANZA -Fayetteville

Cost: Free 

When: Nov 27th-Jan 1st, 6:00pm-10:00pm

The Gaddy family has hosted a drive-thru Christmas display with light tunnels and blow-up Christmas décor for over 20 years.

898 Sandy Creek Rd Fayetteville, GA 30214

CHRISTMAS LANE – Thomaston

Cost: Free

When: Dec 7th- Dec 27th, 6:00pm-9:00pm 

R street Thomaston, GA 30286

I hope this list of the best Christmas lights near Atlanta is helpful for you this holiday season! Am I missing any you love? Be sure to tell me in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Best Christmas Lights Near Atlanta 2020”

  1. You missed Hillbrooke Neighborhood, Johns Creek, GA
    The whole neighborhood is Fantastic, but Gladewood Drive is known as the Christmas Street. We make the news yearly. Free

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