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11 Holiday Light Exhibits To Check Out In Atlanta

By Rachel George

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Every holiday season, neighborhoods and parks are filled with millions of lights, holiday-themed attractions, and colorful displays. Families get into the Christmas spirit by walking through rows of bright lights or driving through miles of displays featuring Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the rest of their reindeer family.

If you’re in Atlanta, grab your family and friends to see just how the city celebrates this holiday season at one of these attractions.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

Schedule a magical date night under the lights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens in Midtown Atlanta. See the world’s largest curtain of synchronized lights, make s’mores, or share a kiss at the Kiss Me Arch in the Perennial Garden. Ticket prices vary by day and off-site parking and shuttle use are highly recommended. The exhibit will run until Jan. 11 in Midtown. 

Stone Mountain Christmas

Brings the kids to sing and dance alongside your favorite holiday characters and stroll through the all-new Musical Frosted Forest at Stone Mountain Park. The festivities begin each night at 6 pm with Santa flying in over a 36’ tall Christmas tree. Angelina, the Park’s own Snow Angel, also steps away from her snow palace for the Snow Angel Parade

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia

Six Flags has become a popular year-round destination for festive holiday shows, attractions, and rides. Stroll through thousands of sparkling lights, lush Christmas trees, and decorations on the North Pole Express. They look best atop rides like the Georgia Scorcher and Marvel’s Goliath. With every purchase, Six Flag will donate a free holiday bear to a child at the Children’s Hospital in Atlanta. 

Six Flags Magic Mountain’s float at the 74th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade. (Getty Images)

Light the Station

Atlantic Station’s annual tree lighting is one of the most highly anticipated traditions of the year. Visitors will be able to get a few laps around the ice rink at Skate the Station, take photos at Santa’s Cottage, and experience other fun holiday activities. 

PRISM: Winter Lights

Residents and visitors are invited to experience a free, three-month celebration of PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park. This six-acre art exhibit spans across the park featuring light sculptures, enhanced landmarks, jewelry-inspired installations, and work from artists all around the world. 

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resorts & Gardens

Sneak away to Callaway Resorts & Gardens, voted one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the world, and travel through the Enchanted Rainbow Forest or the Christmas Tree Lane. Every Saturday and Sunday, guests can come for the breakfast buffet with Frosty and the Gingerbread Man.  

Magical Nights of Lights at Margaritaville at Lanier Islands

Over the last 26 years, residents of Atlanta have enjoyed the carnival rides, nighttime bonfire, and light displays “with a Margaritaville state of mind,” suitable fun for all ages.  Lanier Islands also offers winter family fun packages including lodging accommodations for overnight stays. 

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Lanier Islands: Facebook

Holiday Lights at Veterans Park

Celebrate with a cause this holiday season on a two-mile drive through animated displays and over a million lights at Veterans Park. The park charges $20 per car and proceeds benefit various charities such as Skills USA, Veterans of Cherokee County, and the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. 

International Winter Wonderland and Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park

Enjoy the beautiful view of Atlanta’s skyline from SkyView Atlanta and the Chinese Lantern Festival or take in the holiday magic at the International Winter Wonderland, presented by the Georgia World Congress Center for $27. There will be live entertainment, cultural food, handcrafted lanterns of endangered species of animals, nutcrackers, and interactive winter-friendly activities to explore.

Chinese traditional dragon lantern

Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza

Imagine the photos you’ll be taking under this beautiful attraction. This year’s display took two months of preparation and planning. Now through January 3rd, you’ll find four city blocks near Macon, Georgia, draped with synchronized holiday lights and music too. The lights stay on between 6 and 10 pm, and it’s FREE for everyone!

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Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza Facebook

The Lights at INOLA Blue Ridge

Wear some good walking shoes and dress for the cold while venturing through this colonial-style village. There will be horse and carriage rides, hot chocolate, the illuminated maze, and cozy stories with Mrs. Claus by Wetherburn’s fireplace.

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