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See the best holiday lights in Atlanta

It's the most wonderful time of the year to look at Christmas lights and we've rounded up the five best displays for you

Atlanta Botanical Garden. Photo by Emma Dakin.

by Logan Hughes

Ah, the holidays. Hot cocoa, festive wrapping paper and, best of all, the twinkling lights. In the Atlanta area, there are plenty of places to see miles and miles of lights strung up in scenes depicting Santa Claus, toy soldiers and all manner of holiday iconography. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the five best places to see lighting displays in and around Atlanta this holiday season.

Callaway Gardens
Located a little more than an hour south of Atlanta, the Fantasy in Lights display transforms the gorgeous botanical garden into a world of sparkling lights. The gardens get decked-out in more than eight million lights depicting 15 different holiday scenes.

Centennial Olympic Park
Housing 21 acres of glittering holiday lights, the historic Centennial Olympic Park is a festive wonderland. Not feeling the light displays? Check out the outdoor ice-skating rink instead.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens
Just off Piedmont Avenue awaits the Garden Lights display. This holiday makeover features glowing orbs that light up along to traditional Christmas music and massive scenes of classic festivities, which can be seen from now until Jan. 7, 2018.

Stone Mountain Park
You can drive around Stone Mountain Park through Jan. 4, 2018 and view more than two million Christmas lights accompanied by holiday music. Note: check the website for specific dates.

Lake Lanier
Lake Lanier flips on its iconic light display once again. Just outside the city awaits a paradise of holiday cheer and bright, joyous lights. With carnival-type activities and dozens of options for food, Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier is a must this season.


Stay safe and stay warm this winter break. Take some time to enjoy the holiday festivities and if you get a chance to see any of these light displays, let us know what you thought. If you’ve got your own recommendations for holiday light displays, leave them in the comments below.