Best Holiday Light Displays Around Atlanta

As the evenings get darker sooner, we are drawn towards the twinkling holiday light displays that illuminate the nights. Slip on a pair of mittens, pour a thermos of hot cocoa and check out the most festive light displays in Atlanta.

ATL Holiday Lights

An Atlanta favorite, this lights show now at Ameris Bank Amphitheater lets you stay toasty in the comfort of your car as you enjoy. The twinkling light display drive-through features themes from classic holiday movies and even a miniature neighborhood featuring local ATL establishments. Tickets are available now. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta,

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

One of Atlanta’s most anticipated seasonal events, Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden, is a 30-acre exhibition full of dazzling holiday lights. This year’s show features new twists, such as oversize flowers leading to Ice Goddess, a colorful Glowing Grove along the Flower Walk and several lighted sculptures. 1345 Piedmont Ave., 404.876.5859,

Festival of Lights Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Join Ponce City Market and Chabad Intown for a traditional menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate the Festival of Lights! This year’s celebration will take place on The Yard with music, live entertainment, and refreshments. 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE,;

Celebration At The Station

Holiday tree lights, cafe lights surrounding Atlantic Green, and music provided by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra are just the beginning of this celebration of the season. This year, gather around the tree in Atlantic Green to experience the magical season. Did we mention it’s free to attend!? 1371 Market St.,

Stone Mountain Christmas

With its millions of dazzling lights and festive music, holiday magic abounds at Stone Mountain Christmas. This year’s attractions include the World’s Largest Christmas Light Show and the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade. Plenty of festive shows, such as the Enchanted Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and A Christmas Carol, will also be taking place. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain, 800.401.2407,

Illuminights at the Zoo

This holiday season, Zoo Atlanta continues the fun after dark. IllumiNights at the Zoo: A Chinese Lantern Festival features over 80 animal lanterns, with some up to 20 feet tall. Each lantern is handmade and painted with care by Chinese artisans, resulting in a stunning festive display. 800 Cherokee Ave. SE, 404.624.9453,

Holiday Tree Lighting at the Atlanta History Center

Gather around for the second annual holiday tree lighting event at the Atlanta History Center, where you and your family can relish holiday cheer while looking up at the 50-foot Christmas tree. Here you'll enjoy music, activities for the kids, a cash bar, pictures with Santa, and so much more. 130 W Paces Ferry Road NW,

Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lake Lanier Islands

The Lakeside Lights Spectacular takes you on a magical walk through a light extravaganza with seasonal music. Stroll through the new lakeside light show with a one-of-a-kind holiday lights featuring traditional holiday displays to high tech images of Margaritaville-themed scenes. Refill your cocktail or cocoa a the Tipsy Elf, which you’ll find in the middle of the light show. License to Chill Snow Island features a 575 ft long snow tube slide, ice skating, carnival rides, snow play and shopping. 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford

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