The Best Lighting Displays in Georgia

Here’s our annual list of the best Christmas Lights in Georgia. Things definitely look bright for 2018!

The Peach State has a number of outstanding displays this year. The internationally recognized shows at Callaway Gardens and Stone Mountain are already underway. You will find information on these and other great displays on our 2018 list. If you know of an outstanding community, commercial or residential display that we should add to our list, please let us know!

GEORGIA CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FOR 2017

Atlanta

Garden Lights *
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
November 17, 2018 – January 6, 2019
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 2018 due to construction).
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W. NW
Atlanta, Georgia
December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2017
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.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:         See website.
For more information: www.gwcca.org/park/

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting*
Lenox Square
Atlanta, Georgia
November 19-January 1.
Special Event: Tree Lighting on Nov. 18, 2017, at 7 p.m.

Stone Mountain Christmas *
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia                                                                                                                                                                            Dates from November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
More than 2,000,000 lights, named one of the Top Ten places in America to visit with Santa! Spectacular shows, and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters! New for 2018, engage your senses at The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience and marvel at the Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony each night before our famous Christmas Parade!
Time & Admission:  Follow the link below for details.
More Information: www.stonemountainpark.com

Augusta

(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).

Bainbridge

Christmas Lights*
Downtown
Bainbridge, Georgia
Willis Park and the downtown area are in lights for the season.                                                                                                                         December December 1-31
Hours:   Nightly
Cost:   Free

A Woodham Christmas: The Lights of River Oaks*
195 River Oaks Drive
Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Thanksgiving – January 5, 2019
Tens of thousands of lights make up this residential display! Listen to the music at 103.7 FM on your car radio.
Hours:   Starts at dark   5:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:45 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:        Free
More information:  www.gwoodams.com/christmas.html

Boston

Downtown Christmas Celebration (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
Downtown
Boston, Georgia
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.
Hours:   Nightly

Brunswick

38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas *
November 30 – December 1
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

Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights*
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 16, 2018 – January 5, 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 more.
Time:  Opens nightly at 6 p.m.
Admission:  Varies according to date. See link below for specifics.
More Information:  www.callawaygardens.com/

Cartersville

Pettit Creek Christmas Light Display*
Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road
Cartersville, Georgia
November 22 – 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. 6pm-9pm Mon-Thurs/6m,-10pm Fri-Sun.
Cost:  Prices vary by carload; Hayride is $10 per person (Kids under 2 admitted free)
More Information:  http://pettitcreekfarms.com/

Columbus

The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular *
5784 Ironstone Drive
Columbus, Georgia
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 Foundation.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday.
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Make A Wish)
More Information:  www.ludychristmas.com

Donalsonville

Annual Tour of Lights (Closed for 2018 due to Hurricane Michael)
Seminole State Park
7870 State Park Drive
Donalsonville, Georgia
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

Grovetown

Lights of the South*
633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, Georgia
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 16 – January 6, 2019 (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: 5:30 p,m, – 10 p.m., 7 days per week (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: Admission charged
More Information: www.lightsofthesouth.com

Jekyll Island

Holly Jolly Jekyll*
Historic District
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November – December
The Historic District is decked out for the season. There will be numerous events and tours.
Hours:        Nightly
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
Buford, Georgia
November 16, 2018 – February 24, 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

Marietta

Lights of Life *
Life University
Barclay Circle off Highway 41/Cobb Parkway
Marietta, Georgia
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/

St. Marys

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 24, December 1, Dec. 8 & Dec. 15.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Some events require admission)
Event: White Lighting Ceremony Nov 27 5:30-6:30pm

Savannah

December Nights and Holiday Lights*
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, Georgia
Saturday, November 24, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm/Friday, November 30, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm/Sunday, November 25, 2018 6:00pm – 9:00pm
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.exploregeorgia.org/savannah/events/entertainment/december-nights-holiday-lights

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series*
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia
Fireworks, lights, enchanted winter wonderland, parade, and holiday treats.
Events vary by date
More information: www.savannahharborfoundation.com

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas *
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia                                                                                                                                                                            Dates from November 10, 2018 – January 6, 2019
More than 2,000,000 lights, named one of the Top Ten places in America to visit with Santa! Spectacular shows, and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters! New for 2018, engage your senses at The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience and marvel at the Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony each night before our famous Christmas Parade!
Time & Admission:  Follow the link below for details.
More Information: www.stonemountainpark.com

The Rock

BThe 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.
Dates: Vary by event
Cost:  Varies (Follow the link below for more information). Children age two and younger do NOT need a ticket for general admission. *Wagons feature wheelchair lift.
More Information:  therockranch.com/drive-thru-christmas-lights/

Thomasville

Christmas in Lights Drive-Thru Display (Dates not yet confirmed for 2018)
Flowers Corporate Headquarters
1919 Flowers Dr. (off Hwy 19 S)
Thomasville, Georgia
Dazzling display of trees, angels, deer and the Nativity. Enter through the main entrance on Hwy 19.
November ?? – December 31
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:  Free
More information:

Victorian Christmas*
Downtown Area
Thomasville, Georgia
December 13-14, 2018
Hours: 6pm-9pm
Stroll the downtown area and enjoy this fantastic opportunity to step into the past with violinists, carolers, pianists, magicians, carriages and more!

Waycross

Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show*
Okefenokee Swamp Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd.
Waycross, Georgia 31503
November 23 – December 31 (Closed on Christmas Day & Christmas Eve)
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:  1pm-10pm throughout the week
Cost:    Adults $9 – $11; Children $7 – $9
More information:  http://okeswamp.com/your-visit/light-show-seasonal/