Here’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Georgia! Things are looking very bright for 2018!
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 2018
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
November 12, 2018 – January 7, 2018
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
Holiday in Lights (Cancelled for 2017 due to construction).
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W. NW
December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2019
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.
Cost: See website.
For more information: www.gwcca.org/park/
Macy’s Great Tree Lighting
November 19-January 1.
Special Event: Tree Lighting on Nov. 19, 2018, at 7 p.m.
(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).
Willis Park and the downtown area are in lights for the season.
A Woodham Christmas: The Lights of River Oaks
195 River Oaks Drive
Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Thanksgiving – January 5, 2018
Tens of thousands of lights make up this residential display! Listen to the music at 103.7 FM on
your car radio.
Hours: 5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:45 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
More information: www.gwoodams.com/christmas.html
Downtown Christmas Celebration
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.
38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas
Friday, Dec 1 and 2, 2018
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA
5556 Us Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
See first hand how Christmas was celebrated in the 1850s on a Southern rice plantation by candlelit tours of the grounds and antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus.
Hours: 6 PM to 9 PM
Cost: $5 – $10.
More Information: http://explore.gastateparks.org/info/223740?c=13520913
Fantasy in Lights
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
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
Time: Opens nightly at 6 p.m.
Admission: Varies according to date. See link below for specifics.
More Information: www.callawaygardens.com/
Pettit Creek Christmas Light Display
Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road
November 23 – December 30, 2018
Over one mile of Christmas lights that can be viewed from your own car or by hayride. Live
reindeer are also part of this great display!
Hours: Lights come on nightly at 6 p.m.Sharp 6-9 Mon-Thurs/6-10 Fri-Sun.
Cost: $15 to view by car; Hayride is $10 per person (Kids under 2 admitted free)
More Information: http://pettitcreekfarms.com/
The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular
5784 Ironstone Drive
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
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: www.ludychristmas.com
6th Annual Tour of Lights
Seminole State Park
7870 State Park Drive
November 24 – December 26
Festive light displays put together by area families, organizations, and business create
a winter wonderland of lights like none other. Each scene is unique and some even reflect off Lake Seminole!
Hours: Nightly until 10 p.m.
Cost: Free-Donations Benefit Friends of the Park
More Information: www.gastateparks.org/Seminole
Lights of the South
633 Louisville Road
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 20 – December 30, 2018 (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: Admission charged
More Information: www.lightsofthesouth.com
Holly Jolly Jekyll
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 25 – December 31
The Historic District is decked out for the season. There will be numerous events and tours.
Cost: See website
More information: www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/holly-jolly-jekyll/
Lake Lanier Islands (Buford)
Magical Nights of Lights
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
November 17, 2018 – January 3, 2019
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: www.lanierislands.com/calendar/specialevents/magical-nights-of-lights
Lights of Life
Barclay Circle off Highway 41/Cobb Parkway
November 23 – December 31 (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: www.life.edu/events/lights-of-life/
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. There will be a parade with Santa and dance
performances on Nov 28.
Cost: Free (Some events require admission)
Event: White Lighting Ceremony Nov 29 5:30-8:00pm
St. Marys Christmas (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
(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.
Cost: Free (Donations accepted for Camden House)
December Nights and Holiday Lights
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Select evenings from November 24-December 24.
A self-guided walking tour through gardens illuminated with more than 1,000,000 lights!
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: www.coastalgeorgiabg.com/events.html
Savannah Harbor Holiday Series
Westin Savannah Harbor
1 Resort Drive
November 25 – December 25
Lighted grounds, Gingerbread Village & Competition, Holiday treats, Story Time with the Ice Queen
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person ($10 on nights of major events)
More information: www.savannahharborfoundation.com
Stone Mountain Christmas
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Select Dates from November 11, 2018 – January 3, 2018 (Select Dates Only)
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: www.stonemountainpark.com
Country Christmas in Lights
The Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway
The Rock, Georgia
See Link Below for dates and prices.
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/
Christmas in Lights Drive-Thru Display
Flowers Corporate Headquarters
1919 Flowers Dr. (off Hwy 19 S)
Dazzling display of trees, angels, deer and the Nativity. Enter through the main entrance on Hwy 19.
November 25 – December 31
Hours: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
More information: www.thomasvillega.com
December 14-15, 2018
Stroll the downtown area and enjoy this fantastic opportunity to step into the past with violinists,
carolers, pianists, magicians, carriages and more!
Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show
Okefenokee Swamp Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd.
Waycross, Georgia 31503
November 24 – December 30
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
Cost: Adults $9 – $11; Children $7 – $9
More information: www.okeswamp.com/