christmas background, defocused lights reflect in the tableHere’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Georgia!

The Peach State has a number of outstanding displays including the nationally recognized shows at Callaway Gardens and Stone Mountain. You will find information on these and other displays below.

If you are aware of outstanding community, commercial or residential displays that we should add to our list, please let us know!

 

GEORGIA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR 2016

 

Atlanta

Garden Lights *
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
November 12, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Millions of lights woven into the beautiful setting of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m., nightly
Cost:  Varies by Night.  See link below for more information.
NOTE:  The number of tickets sold nightly is limited. Reservations are recommended!
More Information & Reservations: http://atlantabg.org/visit/events/garden-lights

Gift of Lights*
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, Georgia
November 27 – December 30, 2016
More than 1,000,000 lights and hundreds of individual light displays, stretching for 1.5 miles.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday
Cost:  $15 (Monday – Thursday); $20 (Friday – Sunday and Holidays)
More Information:  www.holidaylightspectacular.info

Holiday in Lights*
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W. NW
Atlanta, Georgia
December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Thousands of lights plus a fantastic Chinese Lantern Festival will run from 12/9 – 1/15 featuring a three-story pagoda and a 200 foot long Chinese dragon. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:     See website.
For more information: https://www.gwcca.org/park/

(Also see Stone Mountain)

Augusta

(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).

 

Bainbridge

Christmas Lights*
Downtown
Bainbridge, Georgia
Willis Park and the downtown area are in lights for the season.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free

A Woodham Christmas: The Lights of River Oaks*
195 River Oaks Drive
Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Thanksgiving – January 5, 2017
Tens of thousands of lights make up this residential display! Tune your car radio to 103.7 FM to hear the music while driving past.
Hours:  5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:45 pm. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:    Free
More information: www.gwoodams.com/christmas.html

 

Boston

Downtown Christmas Celebration
Downtown
Boston, Georgia
December (all month)
The charming South Georgia city of Boston puts on one of the best small town Christmas
celebrations in the South. The downtown area is in lights as the city joins with businesses and
residents to celebrate the season.
Hours:        Nightly

Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 18, 2016 – January 7,  2017
Featuring eight million lights and 15 dazzling scenes, Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is one of
the 10 best lighting displays in the nation.  There are trolley rides, activities, entertainment and
more.
Time:  Opens nightly at 6 p.m.
Admission:  Varies according to date. See link below for specifics.
More Information:  www.callawaygardens.com

Cartersville

Pettit Creek Christmas Light Display*
Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road
Cartersville, Georgia
November 25, 2016 – December 30,  2017
Over one mile of Christmas lights that can be viewed from your own car or by hayride.   Live
reindeer!
Hours:  Lights come on nightly at 6 p.m.
Cost:  $15 to view by car; Hayride is $10 per person (Kids under 2 admitted free)
More Information: http://pettitcreekfarms.com

 

Columbus

The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular *
5784 Ironstone Drive
Columbus, Georgia
Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve
Over 100,000 lights in place for 2014 in this remarkable residential display. The lights are all
sequenced to music that you can hear on FM 90.1 as you pass. Donations benefit the Make A Wish
Foundation.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m., weekdays; 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., weeknights.
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Make A Wish)
More Information:  http://www.ludychristmas.com

 

Donalsonville

Seminole Nights of Lights *
Seminole State Park
7870 State Park Drive
Donalsonville, Georgia
November 25, 2016 – December 26, 2016
Festive light displays create a winter wonderland. Some reflect off Lake Seminole!
Hours:      6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        $5
More Information: http://www.gastateparks.org/Seminole

 

Grovetown

Lights of the South (Not confirmed for 2016)
633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, Georgia
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 20 – December 30, 2014 (Closed Christmas Day)
Over 5 million lights displayed in a 100 acre forest, storybook characters come to life, Santa Claus,
world’s largest American flag made with Christmas lights, train, more. Wheelchair accessible.
Hours: 6 p,m, – 10 p.m., 7 days per week (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: $8.95 each for Adults, $5.95 each for Kids (ages 4-17), Free for 3 and under.
More Information: http://www.lightsofthesouth.com

 

Hampton

Gift of Lights*
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, Georgia
November 27 – December 30, 2016
More than 1,000,000 lights and hundreds of individual light displays, stretching for 1.5 miles.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday
Cost:  $15 (Monday – Thursday); $20 (Friday – Sunday and Holidays)
More Information:  www.holidaylightspectacular.info

 

Jekyll Island

Holly Jolly Jekyll*
Historic District
Jekyll Island, Georgia
All through December
The Historic District is decked out for the season. There will be numerous events and tours.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:     See website
More information:         http://www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/holly-jolly-jekyll/

 

Lake Lanier Islands (Buford)

Magical Nights of Lights *
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, Georgia
November 18, 2016 – January 3,  2017
Miles of lights, ice skating, Christmas Village and a wide variety of other activities.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  Follow link for more information.
More Information: http://www.lanierislands.com/calendar/specialevents/magical-nights-of-lights

 

Marietta

Lights of Life *
Life University
Barclay Circle off Highway 41/Cobb Parkway
Marietta, Georgia
November 24 – December 31, 2016 (Rain or Shine)
Hundreds of thousands of lights in one of the most beautiful displays in the Atlanta area. Also
features pony rides, train rides, petting zoo and more on weekends and a concession stand seven
days a week. New displays every year.
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per car (Fri-Sun)
$5 per car (Mon-Thurs), $20 per van/bus (all dates)
More Information:  http://www.life.edu/events/lights-of-life/

 

St. Marys

Christmas Lights in Historic St. Marys *
Osborne Street & the Riverfront
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Downtown St. Marys and the Riverfront are ablaze with thousands of Christmas lights in celebration
of the season. Numerous special events are planned.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Some events require admission)
Event: White Lighting Ceremony Nov 29 5:30-8:00pm

St. Marys Christmas *
(Chapman Family Lighting Display)
208 East Dillingham Street
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Huge residential lighting display with more than 55,000 synchronized lights.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Camden House)
More Information:  http://stmaryschristmas.com/

 

Savannah

December Nights and Holiday Lights*
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, Georgia
11/25 – 11/27; 11/30 – 12/4; 12/7 – 12/11; 12/14 – 12/24. Last night is Christmas Eve
A self-guided walking tour through gardens illuminated with more than 1,000,000 lights!
Hours:  Evenings
Cost:     $10 per person ages 13 and up; $5 per person for youth aged 3-12. Children 2 and under are admitted free. (Thursday nights are Family Nights with all admissions reduced to $5)
For more information:   http://www.coastalgeorgiabg.org/holidaylights.html

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series*
Westin Savannah Harbor
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia
November 28 – December 25
Lighted grounds, Gingerbread Village & Competition, Holiday treats, Story Time with the Ice Queen & more.
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:     $5 per person ($10 on nights of major events)
More information: http://www.savannahharborfoundation.com

 

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas *
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Select Dates from November 12 – January 4
More than 2,000,000 lights, named one of the Top Ten places in America to visit with Santa!
Time & Admission:  Follow the link below for details.
More Information: http://www.stonemountainpark.com/Activities/Shows-Entertainment/Skylights-Spectacular

 

The Rock

Country Christmas in Lights *
The Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway
The Rock, Georgia
December 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 (NOT Open on Sunday)
Over one mile of Christmas lights for families to enjoy driving through.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Cost:  Varies (Follow the link below for more information).
More Information:  http://therockranch.com/christmas-at-the-rock-ranch/

 

Thomasville

Christmas in Lights Drive-Thru Display*
Flowers Corporate Headquarters
1919 Flowers Dr. (off Hwy 19 S)
Thomasville, Georgia
Dazzling display of trees, angels, deer and the Nativity. Enter through the main entrance on Hwy 19.
November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:     Free
More information:  http://www.thomasvillega.com/Calendar/ShowEvent/6/Event/2016/12/2/19893

(Also be sure to visit the downtown and Historic District area for lights and more!)

Waycross

Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show*
Okefenokee Swamp Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd.
Waycross, Georgia 31503
November 25 – December 28, 2016
A wilderness light show that you can tour by train along a 1.25 mile long route. Activities for kids, food (including gator tail!) and much more.
Hours:  Friday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:     Adults $8 – $10; Children $6 – $8.
More information:  http://www.okeswamp.com/

 

 


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