Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Drive through the new Magical Field of Lights at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

10 Drive-Thru Holiday Lights You Have to See to Believe

Celebrate the season in a safe way at these amazing holiday light displays in Georgia.

This season, staying safe has never looked so incredible as holiday light shows go above and beyond to spread extra cheer. With these amazing drive-thru light displays in Georgia, you can stay in your own vehicle, or in some cases hop aboard a trolley, and cruise along as music plays and colorful lights dance and dazzle in the night. Brighten up your holiday nights by adding these light shows to your must-see list.

Peppermint candy holiday lights at World of Illumination Candy Rush in Marietta

World of Illumination’s Candy Rush at Six Flags White Water in Marietta

This brand-new Atlanta-area holiday theme park is a drive-thru animated show of Christmas and candy-themed lights that are fully synchronized to holiday music. Located at Six Flags White Water in Marietta, World of Illumination’s Candy Rush showcases hundreds of animated displays along a mile-long drive, including a 40-foot-tall trio of candy canes, the largest candy-cane structure in the world. World of Illumination's Candy Rush also will have a 500-foot-long tunnel that doubles as Santa's magic portal, a gingerbread village, sugar plum fairies and lit-up treats as far as the eye can see. 

Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 24, 2021. Online reservations required; prices vary.


Atlanta Festival of Lights at Atlantic Station

Atlanta Festival of Lights at Atlantic Station

Take everyone out for an evening at Atlantic Station for a safe, drive-thru holiday lights experience at the Atlanta Festival of Lights. Entry will be timed to reduce wait times, so purchase your ticket on the half hour you would like to arrive and be sure to arrive on time. Follow on Facebook for updates and special night announcements. 

Dec. 1, 2020 - Jan. 18, 2021. Prices vary. Purchase tickets online before you arrive.

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Snowflake Alley at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain

Bundle up for a Jolly Trolley ride or drive your own car through more than 8 million lights at Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens. Named one of the "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights" by National Geographic Traveler, Callaway Resort & Gardens glistens with custom-built scenes. In 2020, a scene titled Magical Field of Lights makes its debut to mark the 29th year of this spectacular Christmas event! The Field of Lights scene is nearly two football fields long, featuring a Christmas tree more than 10 stories tall, making it the tallest Christmas tree in the South. Inside the Christmas Village, shop for gifts from Georgia crafters and specialty treats. 

Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 4, 2021. Purchase tickets in advance; prices vary. Before your trip, review Callaway Gardens Resort's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.


Penguin light display at Lockerly in Lights in Milledgeville, Georgia

Lockerly in Lights in Milledgeville

Enjoy the holidays at Lockerly Arboretum in a safe and socially distanced way! This inaugural drive-thru holiday lights display offers a rare opportunity to experience Lockerly at night. Lit trees, displays and carolers will dot the landscape, all for you to enjoy from the safety of your vehicle. 

Saturdays Nov. 21 - Dec. 19, 2020. $10 per car; check or cash only.

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Holiday lights at Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville, Georgia

A Country Christmas at Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville

Take a drive or hay ride through more than a mile of lights at Pettit Creek Farms in Cartersville during A Country Christmas. Add to the holiday lights experience by visiting the petting zoo; taking camel and pony rides; enjoying s'mores, funnel cakes, and hot chocolate; and even selecting a fresh-cut Christmas tree for your home. On weekends, you can meet Santa and his real live reindeer, Comet and Cupid, at Santa's Cottage.

Nov. 26 - Dec. 30, 2020. Closed Mondays. Car $20; Van $25; Bus $35. Purchase tickets online or at the gate.

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Lights of Life holiday lights in Marietta, Georgia

Lights of Life in Marietta

LIFE University in Marietta introduced the Lights of LIFE in 1989 as a gift to the local community, and it has now grown to be one of the most popular light shows in the Southeast, attracting nearly half a million spectators from the surrounding region. Cars, vans, and buses cruise through the spectacularly illuminated campus each year, often stopping along the 1.5-mile drive to enjoy an array of seasonal entertainments.

Nightly Nov. 26 - Dec. 31, 2020. Cars $10; buses $20. Purchase tickets on site.

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Holiday lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens in Savannah, Georgia

December Nights & Holiday Lights in Savannah

Explore Savannah's jewel of a holiday light display as you drive through more than 1 million sparkling lights across the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens during December Nights & Holiday Lights.

Select nights Nov. 27 - Dec. 24, 2020. $25. Purchase tickets on site.

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Drive-thru holiday lights on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Holly Jolly Jekyll on Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island has reimagined its holiday festivities to ensure families can feel safe while enjoying the spirit of the season. The island is home to more than half a million lights during the Holly Jolly Jekyll season. The Great Tree alone has more than 35,000, which is more per square foot than the NYC Rockefeller Center Christmas tree! Take a self-guided tour following the map in the Holly Jolly Jekyll Event Guide, or sit back and relax on Holly Jolly Light Tours. Purchase tickets online to reserve your spot on the guided tram tours that take place on select nights. Trolley riders will enjoy festive holiday beverages, music, and a one-of-a-kind tour souvenir! 

Nov. 27, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021. Before your trip, review the island's COVID-19 precautions.


Macon Main Street Christmas Lights in Macon, Georgia. Photo by @thedevogram

Main Street Christmas Light Extravaganza in Macon

Photo by @thedevogram

Experience more than 500,000 lights spanning more than four city blocks moving in time to music arranged and performed by the Macon Pops in historic downtown Macon. Each song features a local artist keeping Macon's rich music heritage alive, and each show lasts about 45 minutes starting at the top of each hour: 6, 7, 8, & 9 p.m. Nightly shows are completely open and free to the public. Bring your own chair when you visit on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, for the free Macon Pops Opening Concert at 6 p.m., and enjoy the show synchronized with the lights on Poplar Street and Third Street.

Nightly Nov. 27, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021. Free. Before your trip, review the event's COVID-19 precautions.

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Riverboat holiday light display at Lights Along the River in Bainbridge, Georgia

Lights Along the River in Bainbridge

Take a holiday drive to the Earle May Boat Basin in Bainbridge for the Lights Along the River Drive Through Lights Display. Stay in your vehicle, tune to 99.3 FM for some holiday music, and drive through a mile of Christmas lights and themed displays celebrating the season. From elves to reindeer, trees to wise men, and plenty of Santas, you'll see all your favorites to get in the holiday spirit! Along the way, you'll also enjoy a festive display of live Christmas trees decorated by local groups and families on the Southwest Georgia Tinsel Trail

Nightly Dec. 1-31, 2020. Free.

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Plus one for fun: Chick-fil-A in Athens

When you get hungry this holiday season, head to Athens to drive through the over-the-top light display at Chick-fil-A on 3637 Atlanta Highway. The location is currently open for drive-thru and online curbside orders only (note, Chick-fil-A is closed on Sundays). As you enjoy your chicken sandwich and waffle fries, drive into downtown Athens on Friday and Saturday nights in December to see Light Up Athens. You'll be treated to twinkling lights, holiday music, character appearances, an Official Santa's Mailbox for children to drop off their wish lists and S"elfie" Spots for more fun.

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Published: November 2020