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Holiday Lights and Attractions in Atlanta

Holiday Lights and Attractions in AtlantaHoliday Lights and Attractions in Atlanta

The holiday season is underway in the Atlanta area. Christmas songs on the radio and in stores, elves readying spots for Santa’s arrival at Atlanta malls and shopping centers. So, now is the time to gather up the family and head out to take in the beautiful colors and sounds of Atlanta’s Christmas lights attractions and events. We’re sharing a six-pack of fun places to enjoy the season’s lights and special events. We hope that you enjoy this Holiday Lights and Attractions in Atlanta post. 

Holiday Lights and Attractions in Atlanta

Atlanta Botanical Garden

With thousands of twinkling lights dancing to synchronized holiday music, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights offers a wonderful way to celebrate the season in Atlanta. The family-friendly event at the Atlanta Botanical Garden runs 5-11 p.m. daily through Jan. 11, including Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Enjoy warm beverages and refreshments as you stroll through 30 acres of holiday fun, including attractions such as the Ice Goddess, Tunnel of Light and Orchestral Orbs, as well as others. During your visit, check out larger-than-life plants from “Imaginary Worlds: Alice’s Wonderland” at the Skylight Lounge. Parking is limited, since the Atlanta Botanical Garden is adjacent to Piedmont Park. If parking isn’t available, garden officials recommend waiting a few minutes as traffic flows in and out quickly. Shuttles are offered Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7, 13-14 and 20-28. 

Life University

With more than a million lights, Lights of LIFE is one of the most popular Christmas displays in the Atlanta area; this one is in Marietta, Georgia. The 30-year-old event will attract carloads of visitors nightly Nov. 28-Dec. 31 on the campus of Life University. With a per-vehicle admission fee, the attraction makes for a fun group or family outing Sunday-Thursday until 9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday until 10 p.m.. After you take in the beautiful light displays, visit the visitors area where Santa Claus will visit with children and pose for photos. Lights of LIFE also includes pony rides, train rides and a petting zoo.

Callaway Gardens & Resort

Featuring 8 million colorful lights covering more than 2,500 acres, Callaway Resort & Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is a drive-thru holiday event running nightly through Jan. 4. With more than a dozen holiday scenes, the event has been recognized as one of the best holiday light displays in the world by  National Geographic. Open at 4 p.m., you can explore Christmas Village, where you can shop and enjoy dinner before heading out for the holiday festivities, While at Christmas Village, children can explore the season’s playland. With the light show starting at 6 p.m., enjoy the experience via your vehicle or on an open-air trolley. Callaway Resorts & Gardens also offers additional events, including special breakfasts and activities. You may also want to consider a package reserving a room at a resort and make it a weekend experience with tickets included as well.

Six Flags Over Georgia

With thousands of festive lights shining brightly, Holiday in the Park celebrates its sixth year at Six Flags Over Georgia with exhibits, rides, shows and unique attractions. Visitors to the amusement park turned winter wonderland can explore 14 attractions, such as Peppermint Plaza, with red and white lights creating a fun atmosphere. After attending the nightly Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m., head over to S’mores Village where you can create your own tasty treat. Carolers roam the park sharing the season’s songs. Besides stage shows, treats and other fun activities, Holiday in the Park features Magic of the Season – a tunnel light show – and a ScreamPunk Christmas, where you journey through steampunk-inspired time encountering a world of metallic trees and crafts created from gears. Holiday in the Park is open Nov. 24-27, Nov. 29-Dec. 1, Dec. 7-8, 14-15, 20-23 and Dec. 26-Jan. 5. 

Holiday Lights and Attractions in AtlantaStone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park turns into Christmas Central with its annual Stone Mountain Christmas, which runs through Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 2-5, 9-12 and 25). With the Snow Angel’s Parade kicking off the evening’s events, you can explore the park’s attractions and rides. Visit with classic holiday characters such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and his friends from the North Pole, and spend time with Santa Claus and Angelina, the park’s very own snow angel. With seasonal drinks and other refreshments available, enjoy the holidays as you stroll through the park taking in the sights and sounds, including carolers and light displays. Experience park attractions such as Summit Skyline and Scenic Railroad. 

Centennial Olympic Park

Centennial Olympic Park brings an international flavor to this year’s holiday season with its International Winter Wonderland Nov. 22-Jan. 5.

Atlanta Christkindl Market

 Atlanta Christkindl Market, the area’s largest holiday market based on the world-famous German markets of the 1600s. With the market open Nov. 23-Dec. 24 (closed Thanksgiving), the Christkind – a blond-haired child who delivers presents to the family Christmas Eve – will visit the Christkindl Market for the grand opening. Santa Claus will also visit the market to visit with children. This Atlanta market features dozens of vendors offering season gift ideas and ornaments, as well as other arts and crafts. You can enjoy a taste of Germany at one of the food vendors with ethnic delights such as pretzels and bratwursts. 

Chinese Lantern Festival

Featuring a unique attraction for the holiday season, Centennial Olympic Park hosts a Chinese Lantern Festival Nov. 22-Jan. 5. With dozens of illuminated displays in various shapes, such as lanterns, vases and birds, the festival offers a different spin on holiday lights.

With at least half a dozen holiday light attractions and displays, the Atlanta area is a wonderful area to celebrate the Christmas season. Enjoy a hot chocolate or cider with cookies as you visit the beautiful exhibits, taking in the season’s sights and sounds. May the holiday spirit be with you and yours as you celebrate the special season. We hope that you are inspired by this Holiday Lights and Attractions in Atlanta post. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

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