Best Places to see Christmas Lights in Atlanta and Surrounding Cities


Even Scrooge and the Grinch would have to agree, nothing can get you into the holiday spirit the way Christmas Lights can. Whether you’re looking for a holiday event with millions of twinkling lights, Santa Claus and hot chocolate, or you just want see some neighborhood Christmas displays, this list has you covered.

We’ve included both residential holiday displays that would make Clark Griswold proud (or even a bit jealous!) and some paid attractions that are sure to set tiny tots and their parents eyes all aglow.

It’s a Winter Wonderland Atlanta Style

(Source: Atlanta Botanical Garden)


Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta

Back for its seventh year, the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights” features a variety of spectacular light displays throughout the garden. As a highlight to their walk in the garden, visitors can see 1,600 strings of lights with 70,000 color changing LED light pixels hanging above the Canopy Walk while they take in the ambiance of the garden and listen to choreographed music complete with sound effects. The Atlanta Botanical Garden offers both General and Premium tickets, as well as Night Light tickets after 9 p.m. that are offered at a reduced price. Visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s website for pricing and ticket availability.

The Austin House
1010 Token Way, Kennesaw

The homeowners have decorated this house with Christmas lights for over 10 years. Visitors are encouraged to turn off their car’s headlights if they park in front of the house, or if the prefer, they can park on the side of the road and walk up and down the sidewalk to view this fantastic display.

Felix Family Christmas Lights
224 Oliver Overlook, Dallas

A fully animated home Christmas light display located in Paulding County, this home is covered with 1000s of Christmas lights that move in time to Christmas music. The Felix family typically keeps the lights on each night until New Year’s, but do turn them off if there are thunderstorms in the area, so check the weather before you decide to make the trip.

Holiday Magic – The Woodruff Family Christmas Lights
87 Wren Walk, Hiram

Created in 2014, “Holiday Magic” is a free, residential, nightly holiday light show that features 50,000+ dancing Christmas lights that synchronize with over 70 minutes of holiday music. In addition to the festive holiday tunes, the Woodruff Family Christmas Lights is paying tribute again this year to the music legend Prince. This special feature in the nightly show features a 10 minute audio mix of Prince’s music and a custom-made 3-foot Prince symbol along with a stunning Purple Rain finale that displays purple rain over the Woodruff house.

Hrockin Hranicky Christmas Lights
3848 Rivers Run Trace NW, Acworth

The Hranicky family invites visitors to “Believe in the Magic of Christmas.” The display features a variety of characters, including Snoopy, angels, a train, mice, dogs, and others. It even includes a sleigh pulled by four Husky dogs and big paw footprints on the roof. The show runs about 45 minutes and contain 22 different songs. On Friday and Saturday, visitors can see the show until 11 p.m.

JAMJ Christmas Lights
4940 Willow Cove Way, Marietta

The JAMJ Christmas display features 15,000 animated lights that move to Christmas music. There are also multiple blow-ups placed throughout the yard. The JAMJ Christmas lights are on nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.


LIFE University Christmas Lights
1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta

Although mostly known as a drive thru Christmas lights display, the Lights of LIFE bills itself as “more than just a magical light display.” Life University also offers pony rides, train rides, and even a petting zoo. The light display runs from November 23 to December 31. Admission prices vary during the week. Visit the Life University website for details.

Meckley Family Xmas
4291 Edgewater Drive NW, Kennesaw

This home display features 30,000+ lights and plays a selection of 5 to 7 songs to accompany them. The Meckley’s ask that visitors take care not to block their neighbor’s driveway when they park their cars to view the show.

Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road, Cartersville

With over a mile of Christmas Lights to drive thru each season, Pettit Creek Farms offers visitors a magical holiday season experience. Not only can visitors see real live Reindeer, there’s a petting zoo, hayride, and visits with Santa each Thursday through Sunday until Christmas. The Christmas Lights, hayride, and Reindeer will remain available nightly until December 30. Visit Pettit Creek’s website for prices and information.

Ryan’s Lights
1128 Cool Springs Drive, Kennesaw

Ryan’s lights reportedly began back in 2015, when Ryan asked his father to put up a Christmas Lights display. That first year began with 15,000 Christmas lights and featured a Star Wars theme song. The rest as they say – is history. Since then, more strands have been added each year helping to create a larger and more bright brilliant display of lights.

(Source: Six Flags Over Georgia)


Six Flags Over Georgia
275 Riverside Pkwy SW, Austell

Six flags has turned itself into a winter wonderland for the holidays. Visitors can enjoy millions of colorful twinkling lights hanging from trees, wrapped around attractions, and lined across the rooftops of the park’s buildings throughout the park. Even the historic Riverview Carousel is decorated, providing park goers with a chance to experience one of the largest glowing light walk-through experiences anywhere in Atlanta. The “Holiday in the Park” festival runs on selective dates from November 18 to January 3. Visit their website for more information and ticket prices.

Smoot Family Christmas Lights for Lupus
3699 Autumn View Drive, Acworth

The Smoot family Christmas Lights feature over 75,000 commercial grade LED lights, which are set to a variety of holiday tunes. The Smoot family says to just set your radio to 99.1 FM and enjoy the show. They even provide visitors with free hot chocolate and cookies on Saturday nights. All donations go to the Lupus Foundation, Georgia Chapter in honor of Jeremy Smoot’s mother, who passed from complications of Lupus back in the year 2007.

Are you hanging lights on your home this holiday season? If so, I’d love to see them. Take a picture and share it on my Facebook page. Happy Holidays!