[Updated November 20, 2023] It’s no secret that our family truly loves Christmas Light Displays in Georgia.
Whether we’re heading out to enjoy our favorite Atlanta Christmas events or staying home to savor our beloved Christmas traditions and decorate our house with the symbols of Christmas, we tend to spend the entire month of December (and half of November) celebrating our favorite holiday.
Christmas lights are one of our favorite seasonal traditions. So naturally we adorn our home festively every year, both inside and out.
I put up so many festive lights on the house, that I’ve been called “Sparky” (after Clark Griswold) on more than one occasion.
But we also love visiting (and revisiting) the best Christmas light displays in Georgia.
When I was a young Atlanta native, the Christmas light displays near me were limited to just the Rich’s (now Macy’s) Great Tree in downtown Atlanta.
But these days there are dozens of Christmas light displays in Georgia, from Christmas lights in Atlanta to Christmas lights in Lake Lanier Islands, Callaway Gardens, Rock City, and Coastal Georgia.
No matter how old we get, we’re still delighted by the shimmering lights and spirit of the holiday season. Perhaps that’s why we continue to visit our favorite Georgia Christmas light displays every year.
Here’s a look at a few of our personal favorites, as well as numerous others all around the state.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS IN GEORGIA GUIDE
- Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Atlanta)
- Celebration at the Station at Atlantic Station (Atlanta)
- Illuminights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival (Atlanta)
- ATL Holiday Lights (Atlanta)
- Stone Mountain Christmas (Stone Mountain Park)
- Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia (Austell)
- Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular (Lake Lanier)
- Lights of Life (Marietta)
- Holiday Lights of Hope at Hobgood Park (Woodstock)
- A Country Christmas at Pettit Creek Farms (Cartersville)
- Light Up the Holidays at Barnsley Gardens (Adairsville)
- Holiday Lights at Veterans Park (Canton)
- World of Illumination White Water (Marietta)
- Lights of Joy (Kennesaw)
- Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City (Lookout Mountain)
- Light Up Blue Ridge (Blue Ridge)
- Mountain Country Christmas in Lights (Hiawassee)
- Old Fashioned Christmas (Dahlonega)
- Winter Wonder Lights at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (Athens)
- Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens (Pine Mountain)
- Macon Christmas Light Extravaganza (Macon)
- The Ludy Christmas Spectacular (Columbus)
- Chehaw Park & Zoo’s Festival of Lights (Albany)
- December Nights & Holiday Lights (Savannah)
- Holly Jolly Jekyll (Jekyll Island)
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN ATLANTA
1. GARDEN LIGHTS, HOLIDAY NIGHTS
Atlanta Botanical Garden (Nov 18 – Jan 14)
1345 Piedmont Avenue, Atlanta GA
Christmas Lights in Atlanta GA are at their most fantastical with Atlanta Botanical Garden’s 2 million colorful, energy-efficient LED light bulbs.
Named one of the nation’s Top 10 Holiday Lights Displays by USA Today, the Midtown attraction showcases botanical themes that accentuate the natural beauty of the gardens while adding a uniquely festive holiday twist.
Be sure to check out the high-tech Nature’s Wonders section, which showcases our planet’s natural phenomena through countless strands of synchronized dancing lights strung high over Storza Woods. This is Mary’s favorite Atlanta Christmas light display!
Some of our favorite returning features include Santa Mantis and her Brilliant Bugs fluttering through rows of corn in the Edible Garden; the Ice Goddess’ shimmering locks and the glistening Ice Storm Trees; and the glowing Orchestral Orbs, which dance with color and light to the sounds of festive holiday tunes.
We love the giant trees ranging from 20 feet (at the entrance to Linton’s Restaurant) to 30 feet (atop the Alston Overlook).
Be sure not to miss the countless swirling red, orange, and white lights blanketing the 100-foot-long Tunnel of Light, which leads visitors from the Cascades Garden back to the Fern Dell’s gorgeous galaxy of pulsating stars.
Unlike most of the Christmas light displays in Atlanta, the Atlanta Botanical Garden encourages people to get out of their cars and walk around, passing giant snowflakes, massive Xmas trees, and beautiful Chihuly glass sculptures while listening to strolling carolers and sipping hot cocoa or tea.
Over a decade in, this light show has become one of Atlanta’s most beloved holiday traditions. If you’re looking for a hotel near the Atlanta Botanical Garden, check out the W Atlanta Midtown. Check Hotel Rates for the W Atlanta Midtown on Booking.com.
2. CELEBRATION AT THE STATION
Atlantic Station (Nov 19 – Jan 4)
1380 Atlantic Drive NW, Atlanta GA
In the years before we launched GGT, we helped run an improv comedy company in Atlanta.
One of my favorite memories from that time was organizing a group to sing carols in Atlantic Station.
The Midtown hotspot’s annual holiday celebration has grown considerably over the years, and the holiday festivities are sure to bring about Christmas cheer.
Festivities will begin on November 19th with Light the Station, where you can watch them light their 50 foot Christmas tree and enjoy live music, performances, and mingle with different holiday characters.
You can also join Atlantic Station from November 18th to January 16th to enjoy one of only two outdoor ice-skating rinks in Atlanta, or for the amazing Cirque Du Soleil until December 24th.
Zoo Atlanta (Nov 16 – Jan 14)
800 Cherokee Avenue SE, Atlanta GA
Back for another holiday season, Zoo Atlanta celebrates the beauty of the natural world with their Chinese Lantern Festival, IllumiNights!
After dark, the zoo will be lit up by more than 80 animal lanterns that depict some of the world’s coolest animals.
Each lantern is made and hand-painted by Chinese artisans which is even more impressive when you realize some of the lanterns are up to 20 feet tall! They also feature environmentally friendly LED lights.
To see the breathtaking display, there is a wheelchair-friendly route that takes about an hour to walk through.
Gift shops and food and beverage locations will also be open along with the Endangered Species Carousel.
4. ATL Holiday Lights
(Ameris Bank Amphitheater Parking Lot A, Nov 24-Dec 30)
2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta, GA
ATL Holiday Lights returns to a new location for 2023 with even more drive-through Christmas lights than last year!
On Value Nights (most Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays) the prices are $25 per car in advance, and $35 at the gate. On Peak Nights (All Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and the week of Christmas) the prices are $35 per car in advance and $45 at the gate.
Tuesdays are dog nights, the lights become a walk-through instead of a drive-through, perfect for your furry friends. On Thursdays, the walk-through event adds live caroling making the lights come to life for the holiday season.
Please keep in mind that no large vans, RVs, Buses, or trailers, are allowed. Vehicles are limited to 9 feet or less in height. Tickets are timed to keep things moving along.
CHRISTMAS LIGHTS NEAR ATLANTA (SUBURBS)
5. STONE MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS
Stone Mountain Park (Select dates Nov 11 – Jan 2)
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain GA
Atlanta’s most popular tourist attraction is also home to one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions.
As the evening sun fades, the entire Crossroads Village sparkles with millions of lights and a gigantic outdoor Christmas tree, all while Georgia’s most famous mountainside is lit up by a holiday-themed laser show.
There are Sing-a-Long Christmas Train rides, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, a comedic rendition of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, and a live performance by the Crossroads Carolers.
In addition, guests can pose for pictures with the Snow Angel, Santa and/or Mrs. Claus, and a sweet Polar Bear.
There is also a Christmas Drone Show that will feature hundreds of drones lighting up the sky in professionally choreographed formations for twelve minutes.
Whatever you do, don’t miss the nightly Christmas parade (which features special appearances by the Snow Angel and the Clauses), as well as the magical snowfall and rousing fireworks display that close out the nightly celebration.
6. HOLIDAY IN THE PARK
Six Flags Over Georgia (Select dates Nov 18 – Jan 3)
275 Riverside Parkway, Austell GA
Holiday in the Park is back again for another Holiday season, and it is upping the ante more than ever before.
There will be a ton of thrilling rides decked out in Christmas décor, holiday-themed sections, and millions of twinkling LED lights.
One of the most unique ways to see the park’s holiday lights is from above on the Sky Buckets.
Six Flags Over Georgia’s newest holiday attraction is a festive revue of classic holiday songs that will bring joy to every age!
Be sure to embrace the romance of the holidays at Mistletoe Mansion where you will be surrounded by a woodland of garland, mistletoe, and more than 100,000 lights.
The park also features a stained-glass nativity scene, Holiday Hill, Peppermint Plaza, the North Star with meteor shower lights, holiday-themed entertainment, and seasonal treats.
7. LAKESIDE LIGHTS SPECTACULAR
Margaritaville at Lake Lanier Islands (Nov 22 – Jan 15)
7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford GA
Lake Lanier Islands Magical Nights of Lights is one of Georgia’s longest-running Christmas light displays. Trivia tidbit: It’s also the place where Mary & I kissed for the first time, on our second date nine years ago!
Unfortunately, the beloved drive-through light display was retired after almost 30 years but has been recently replaced with an extraordinary Lake Lanier Christmas Lights display now called the Lakeside Lights Spectacular!
It is a walk-through light show set in the background of joyful holiday music with hot cocoa and cocktails available along the way!
Along with the magical light show, there will be carnival rides and holiday games. Lanier Islands is also home to a 575-foot-long snow tube slide and ice skating that will entertain everyone for hours!
Be sure to check out Lake Lanier’s special holiday-themed overnight packages!
8. LIGHTS OF LIFE
Life University (Nov 23- Dec 31)
1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta GA
One of Atlanta’s oldest and most underrated Christmas light displays, Lights of Life nevertheless draws huge local crowds thanks largely to word-of-mouth.
It’s also much cheaper than most– just $10 per car and $20 per bus! During the week, Families are encouraged to visit to avoid weekend traffic and to take advantage of the lower price.
That’s a bargain for a one million LED light display that includes over 100 pieces (including a 65-foot Santa/sleigh display, the tallest in the Southeast) on the 1.5-mile drive through the college’s campus.
Each year, the display is a little different, making each experience unique.
For additional fees, there is also a petting zoo, concession stand, and train rides. Also, there are opportunities to have your photo taken with Santa.
9. HOLIDAY LIGHTS OF HOPE
Hobgood Park (Nov 24 – Dec 30)
6688 Bells Ferry Road, Woodstock GA
This Christmas light display in Woodstock is so under-the-radar, we live less than 8 miles away and had never heard of it until we were researching this piece!
But Holiday Lights of Hope is HUGE, with more than two million twinkling lights, including traditional and animated displays.
Families will enjoy walking through a mile-long Christmas maze and getting pictures taken with Santa, who will be there each night.
Grown-ups can enjoy shopping at the Santa Village and listening to Christmas carolers along the way.
Best of all, your $10 adult ticket (free for children 12 and under) benefits the Anna Crawford Children’s Center. (The event is closed on December 24th-25th)
10. A COUNTRY CHRISTMAS
Pettit Creek Farms (Nov 23 – Dec 30)
337 Cassville Road, Cartersville GA
This 80-acre farm in Cartersville has been in the Allen family since 1945 when Lake Allatoona was expanded.
Now run by the grandchildren of the original owners, the farm features over a mile of Christmas lights to drive through ($30 per car, Tuesday through Thursday, and $35 per car, Friday through Sunday. Prices vary for vans and buses. If you decide to choose the festive route and see the lights by old-fashioned hayride, it is $10 per person).
Included in the price is a visit to their petting zoo, where you can also see live Reindeer. Santa Claus makes appearances for photo ops Thursday through Sunday of every week.
Bring some extra cash along to purchase hot cocoa, apple cider, marshmallows for roasting, and kits to make S’mores by the campfire.
They also have fresh-cut Christmas trees for sale.
11. LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAYS
Barnsley Resort (Nov 22 – Jan 1)
597 Barnsley Gardens Road, Adairsville GA
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Barnsley Resort (formerly known as Barnsley Gardens) is famous for its Southern charm and gothic ruins.
The English-style garden and historic Manor House Ruins will be all lit up with colorful holiday lights for this North Georgia Christmas celebration.
Campfire storytelling, cookie decorating, gingerbread house crafting on Nov 24, harvest hayrides, and wreath-making classes on Nov 25 are just some of the many holiday-themed events held throughout the season.
Be sure to come with an empty stomach on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day to enjoy the extensive buffet from their Executive Chef in the Rice House restaurant. Check Rates for the Barnsley Resort via Booking.com
12. HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT VETERANS PARK
Canton GA (Nov 18 – Dec 31)
7345 Cumming Highway, Canton GA
This awe-inspiring light display combines patriotism and holiday magic featuring animated Christmas displays, a drive-thru pixel tunnel, and over 2 million twinkling lights throughout the almost 2-mile drive.
A quarter-mile of the drive is dedicated to veterans with displays set up as a tribute to each branch of the U.S. military.
The event costs $20 per car and includes multiple run-throughs on the same night, but your ticket goes to more than just a dazzling light display.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various charities including Papa’s Pantry, Skills USA, CRPA Play it Forward, and Veterans of Cherokee County.
Starting November 18, the drive will be available until December 31 and will open at 6 PM whether rain or shine. Opening night will begin with a 5K race, to ring in the holiday season.
13. WORLD OF ILLUMINATION
Six Flags White Water, Marietta (Nov 15 – Dec 31)
250 Cobb Pkwy N, Marietta GA
World of Illumination is the producer of the largest drive-through animated light show in the world and this year, the light extravaganza is back in Georgia.
Named Enchanted Safari this holiday season, the event is a synchronized musical experience featuring a one-mile road decorated with hundreds of animated displays and millions of dazzling lights.
The drive takes around 25 to 30 minutes to complete during which you can turn up your radio to enjoy festive music while taking in the lights.
The light show will be amazing because you get to tour with Toukie the Toucan, see Dinosaurs, soar through the sky, and fight off sharks and jellyfish as you venture through the tentacle tunnel.
Near the end of the ride, there will be an attraction called Santa’s Bazaar, where tons of new animal friends will be decking the halls.
Enchanted Safari opens on November 15 and runs Tuesday through Sunday, as well as on 12/18 AND 12/25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Ticket prices start at $39.99 per car, making it a very affordable Christmas event for the whole family.
14. Lights of Joy
Kennesaw GA (Nov 26 – Jan 2)
1510 Ben King Road NW, Kennesaw GA
Featuring over 230 lit Christmas trees filled with thousands of lights, Lights of Joy is the largest residential Christmas light display in Georgia.
Nine different musical trees are synchronized with 102.1 FM for an exciting holiday light display and 60 Christmas tree-shaped Holly bushes are illuminated with 150,000 lights. Dates will soon be announced for the Live Yule Slide Trombone Choir.
Lights of Joy is a walk-through Christmas Light display. Parking is available across the street at the Futures Church.
The event is free so bring your family and friends. Pets are not invited, and parking may have a minimal fee.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS IN NORTH GEORGIA
15. ENCHANTED GARDEN OF LIGHTS
Rock City Gardens (Nov 17 – Jan 6; Closed Dec 24)
1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain GA
Most of us who grew up in Georgia remember the famous “See Rock City!” signs, which seemed to be painted on every barn in the area. But these days Rock City is nationally known.
Now in its 29th year, the Enchanted Garden of Lights celebration was selected as a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society and was featured on the ABC talk show The Chew.
There is an array of seasonal activities to enjoy, including meeting Santa in his workshop, decorating a gingerbread cookie with Mrs. Claus, and visiting the Christmas shops to buy personalized ornaments and other festive décor.
With 7 enchanted realms and over a million LED lights, the garden can’t help but be transformed into a winter wonderland. The Enchanted Garden of Lights is arguably North Georgia’s best Christmas light display.
16. LIGHT UP BLUE RIDGE
Downtown Blue Ridge (Nov 25 – 26)
733 E Main Street, Blue Ridge GA
Blue Ridge is one of Georgia’s most lovely little mountain towns, and in recent years has emerged as a burgeoning progressive hotbed with a growing LGBTQ contingent.
Light Up Blue Ridge is one of the community’s most beloved annual celebrations, offering an array of Christmas activities and special events that the whole family can enjoy.
The action begins with Blue Friday– their small-town twist on Black Friday– on November 24. There will be killer shopping deals at many of the stores, live entertainment, and caroling in the streets.
The Gingerbread Village also opens on Blue Friday where you can visit the Arts Center to look at 95 featured gingerbread houses!
But the main event begins on Saturday, November 25, with a full day of fun festivities. These include live entertainment, food vendors, a window decorating contest, and a festive parade starting at 5:30 PM.
You will also be able to take pictures with Santa in the gazebo and send him a letter through Santa’s mailbox where you will get a handwritten reply just a few days later!
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17. MOUNTAIN COUNTRY CHRISTMAS IN LIGHTS
Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds (Nov 23 – Dec 9, Dec 14 – Dec 23)
1311 Music Hall Road, Hiawassee GA
The Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds are located along the scenic shores of Lake Chatuge in the state’s beautiful northeastern mountains.
The venue is best known as the site of the Georgia Mountain Fair and concerts by big bands such as the Beach Boys and Casting Crowns.
But the Mountain Country Christmas In Lights is a down-home holiday affair that transforms the fairgrounds with a spectacular light show.
Visitors can also enjoy Christmas music provided by local church groups, shopping for arts and crafts from local vendors at the expanded outdoor craft show, festive holiday food, and, of course, the requisite pictures with jolly old St. Nick!
Returning this year is “Cow Town,” which allows attendees a chance to milk a cow to make butter, ice cream, and soap the old-fashioned way with a variety of historic tools and machines!
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18. DAHLONEGA’S OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
Dahlonega GA (Nov 24 – Dec 31)
Dahlonega is one of the most beloved Blue Ridge Mountain towns in GA and truly comes alive during Christmastime as hundreds of twinkling lights illuminate the beautiful 19th-century buildings in the town square.
Giving you that small-town southern feeling, Old Fashioned Christmas in Dahlonega starts with the lighting of the square on November 24 and continues with an array of other events.
You can visit the Christmas Market at the Community House to do some seasonal shopping, enjoy live music, watch Elf the Musical at the Historic Holly Theater, or even take a romantic carriage ride across town.
Santa will also be in town Friday-Sunday from November 24 to December 17 so you can get your photo taken with him in front of the town’s Christmas Tree.
On December 9, the annual Christmas Parade takes place where you can watch Santa and others as they march through the streets of the Dahlonega Historic District spreading holiday cheer.
19. Winter Wonder Lights at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
2450 S. Milledge Ave, Athens GA (Nov 22- Dec 30)
Named the best local event in Athens in the Athens Banner-Herald Best of the Best Awards, the Winter Wonderlights Christmas light show illuminates the State Botanical Garden of Georgia with more than a half-million twinkling lights along Candy Cane Lane trail.
The Athens GA Christmas lights include shimmering snowflakes, a pine tree forest, and a tunnel of multicolored lights, all leading visitors to a festive holiday market.
Holiday activities include roasting marshmallows for s’mores, and drinking hot cocoa or cold drinks.
Be sure to buy a Condor Chocolates Winter WonderBar (or three or four!), with proceeds going toward education and conservation programs at the State Botanical Garden
Winder Wonderlights tickets are $15 for guests ages 4 and up. Children ages 3 and under get in free.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS SOUTH OF ATLANTA
20. FANTASY IN LIGHTS
Callaway Gardens (Nov 17 – Jan 1)
4500 Southern Pine Drive, Pine Mountain GA
Callaway Gardens’ annual Christmas celebration is the largest in the state of Georgia. It has even been recognized by National Geographic as one of the Top 10 Christmas Light Displays in the World!
The state’s most high-tech Christmas light display includes over 10 million twinkling bulbs and 17 classic themes (including “Snowflake Valley,” “Magical Christmas Garden” and “Santa’s Workshop”) stretched across a drive throughout 2,500 acres.
In the 31st year of this Christmas tradition, visitors are welcome to view the holiday spectacular via their own personal vehicle or take the “Jolly Trolley.”
Make sure to visit the Callaway Christmas Village to explore a Winter Wonderland filled with dazzling lights, massive nutcrackers, and huge snowflakes, and take a stroll through Christmas Tree Lane to see the intricately decorated Christmas Trees.
You can also stop in the Christmas Market to do some seasonal shopping and get the chance to meet classic characters like Rudolph, Bumble, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, and even Santa Claus!
For guests who want to spend the night, Callaway Gardens also offers special packages starting with added benefits such as shuttle service to Christmas Village and daily Gardens admission (a value of $25 per adult; per day).
21. MACON CHRISTMAS LIGHT EXTRAVAGANZA
Historic Downtown Macon GA (Nov 24 – Jan 3)
This Christmas light display in Macon returns hoping to draw more locals to historic downtown Macon, which is known as “the Heart of Georgia” due to its location near the geographic center of the state.
The town (which is known for giving birth to musical icons such as the Allman Brothers Band, Otis Redding, Little Richard, and half of R.E.M.) will be lit up with 1,000,000+ Christmas lights adorning practically every shop, shrub, and more.
The lights will all move in time to original music composed by the Macon Pops, with local artists featured on vocals.
The lights will be on from 6 to 11 PM nightly, with the light shows starting on the hour at 6 PM, 7 PM, 8 PM, and 9 PM, they then stay on till 11 PM.
In addition to driving through the Christmas light displays you can also stroll streets lined with candy canes, illuminated arches, and twinkling trees as you explore the shops and restaurants downtown Macon has to offer.
22. THE LUDY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR
Columbus GA (Nov 23 – Jan 3)
5784 Ironstone Drive, Columbus GA
If you’re like us and festooning your house with Christmas lights is a big part of your annual holiday traditions, visiting the Ludy’s house will provoke a mixture of motivation and envy.
Made famous by the ABC show The Great Christmas Light Fight, this Columbus family’s dedication to spreading holiday cheer would make Clark Griswold burst with joy.
From Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve, their house and lawn are covered with over 155,000 lights and decorations. The display is so elaborate, it takes nearly four months to put it up!
All of the Christmas lights are sequenced to music, so make sure you tune your radio to FM 90.1 as you enter their Cottonwood Subdivision.
Admission is free, but you can show the Ludy family some love by donating to the Georgia Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
23. CHEHAW PARK AND ZOO’S FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Chehaw Park and Zoo (TBD)
105 Chehaw Park Road, Albany GA
Located about two hours south of Macon off I-75 and I-10, Albany is most famous as the birthplace of music legend Ray Charles.
Every year at Christmastime the tiny town of about 70,000 residents comes alive with holiday spirit, with the Festival of Lights at Chehaw Park at the epicenter of activity.
This annual tradition allows guests to self-drive or ride the Wiregrass Express Train through the park, which features festive holiday songs and more than 1,000 twinkling Christmas light displays.
Each of these pieces is made by hand in the park’s welding shop, so the experience is guaranteed to be different from anything you’ll see in other Christmas light displays in Georgia.
Admission to the attraction is just $10 per vehicle (or $8 per vehicle for park members).
In addition to visiting the Festival of Lights display and having a chance to meet (and take photos with) the Clauses, premium nights also offer an opportunity to play in South Georgia’s only real snow pit, enjoy various holiday-themed arts and crafts activities, and purchase hot cocoa, marshmallows, and other tasty treats.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT DISPLAYS IN COASTAL GEORGIA
22. DECEMBER NIGHTS & HOLIDAY LIGHTS
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens (Nov 24-25, Dec 1-2, 8-9, & 15-23)
2 Canebrake Road, Savannah GA
The northern half of the state has more than its fair share of Christmas light displays, but this is a rare gem in central Georgia.
This holiday season, December Nights and Holiday Lights is bigger than ever, spanning nearly five acres and featuring new light displays and a newly constructed Children’s Garden.
Savannah’s Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens is bedazzled with over a million sparkling lights, with a driving tour allowing you to visit the various garden areas that are illuminated at your leisure.
But of course, the lights aren’t the only attraction.
Kids can get photos taken with Santa Claus, visit the Coastal Rail Buff’s miniature train display, or stop in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen for a hot beverage or baked Christmas goodies (where your purchase supports local non-profit groups).
NOTE: Because rain causes the lights to trip breakers, this display is weather-dependent.
25. HOLLY JOLLY JEKYLL
Jekyll Island (Nov 24 – Jan 7)
901 Downing Musgrove Causeway, Jekyll Island GA
Located on the beautiful Jekyll Island, the Holly Jolly Jekyll season returns with fun activities and festive décor sure to make your holiday getaway truly unforgettable.
The island will be aglow with over a million lights that can be viewed on foot or on a trolley with the Holly Jolly Light Tours for an extra fee.
While on the trolly tour, you can sit back and enjoy the historic live oaks twinkling in vibrant colors and all the light displays set in a coastal wonderland.
There will be plenty of fun activities to participate in including visiting the Mailbox on Main to drop a letter to Santa at the North Pole Express mailbox, playing a round of holiday-themed mini-golf at Peppermint Land, or taking part in the cold plunge in the Atlantic Ocean with the Georgia Sea Turtle Center fundraiser.
Spectacular Holiday Fireworks will also light up the sky on December 21 and 28, a special drive-in movie presentation of Mickey’s Christmas Carol will take place on December 20 and 27, and the Holly Jolly Jeckyl Light Parade will march across the island on December 9.
–by Bret Love; with additional reporting by Christina Maggitas, photos by Bret Love & Mary Gabbett unless otherwise noted