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Christmas Lights in Atlanta 2021-2022

Enjoy a variety of cheerful light displays

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Atlanta offers winter fun for the whole family and many Christmas light displays. Check out the one you don't want to miss and create new holiday memories with your friends and family.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden (November 14, 2020–January 16, 2021)

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is one of Atlanta’s favorite Christmas attractions. In 2020, there are new characters joining the light display: Alice, the Red Queen, and the White Rabbit giant sculptures will be twinkling for the cheer of guests. The traditional highlight is "Nature’s Wonders"—the largest curtain of synchronized light and sound in the world; this year, with new music and motions. Other famous displays include the Ice Goddess, the Walk of Flames, the Tunnel of Light, and Orchestral Orbs. Don't forget to drop by the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden and see decorated larger-than-life plant giants glowing with colorful lights. Get into the Christmas spirit roasting s’mores by an open fire and sipping warm drinks. A Christmas light show at the Atlanta Botanical Garden spans 30 acres (12 ha) and offers entertainment for all ages. This year, there will be extremely limited capacity with tickets purchased online. Social distancing with masks on is a must.

Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgia (November 21, 2020–January 3, 2021; select days)

There are many reasons to spend the most wonderful time of year at Six Flags Over Georgia. First, its annual holiday festival Holiday in the Park features more than one million LED lights. With dozens of Christmas trees, you won't find a more magical atmosphere elsewhere in Georgia. Visitors of all ages can enjoy thousands of sparkling lights, performances and shows, tasty culinary treats, and a meeting with Santa Claus. Enjoy the park's most popular rides like Goliath, as well as the historic Riverview Carousel, and the swinging Pandemonium, the tallest in the Southeast. Main Street Christmas experience features a beautiful canopy with 100,000 lights, snow machines, and a huge Christmas tree in front of the main gates. You can marvel at all this beauty from the top of the rollercoaster!

Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park (November 14, 2020–January 3, 2021; select days)

Stone Mountain Christmas guarantees the best holiday memories and Christmas magic to all visitors of the Christmas village at Stone Mountain Park. Enjoy the warm glow of over 2 million colorful lights, sip hot chocolate, listen to festive live music, and watch your favorite holiday characters. You can enjoy park attractions such as Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, watch spectacular shows, and visit Santa as well as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Bumble, and Clarice. Attend the Snow Angel Christmas Parade and watch A Wish For Snow, the fascinating story of the Snow Angel, Angelina. Visitors can also stop by the nightly Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Snowfall Celebration Finale. Other shows are Christmas In the City and A Christmas Carol, a new take on Charles Dickens’ classic.

Candy Rush at Six Flags White Water (November 20, 2020–January 3, 2021)

About a 20-minute drive from Atlanta will take you to Marietta for the Candy Rush—a 'delicious' wonderland with a gigantic gingerbread village complete with sugar plum fairies. The mile-long drive-through display features nearly 2 million lights in various forms: animated Christmas characters and lots of sweets, including a 40-foot (12-m) candy cane trio. Weekly specials like Magic Mondays with Santa when you can see the big guy or Golden Ticket Tuesdays for lottery prizes of $50–500 are a good reason to visit Six Flags White Water on a weekday. No matter what day you pick, this is probably going to the sweetest experience of the holiday season.

Lights of Life, Life University (November 26–December 31, 2020)

Life University in Marietta sparkles with thousands of lights every night from Thanksgiving to New Year's Eve. The holiday display called “Lights of Life” features more than a million lights spanning across the campus. These spectacular displays feature symbols of different cultures and religions: Christmas trees, nativity scenes, a menorah, as well as stationary and animated light displays. You can't miss the 65-foot (20-m) tall Santa, the biggest such display in the Southeast.