World of Illumination Candy Rush holiday lights drive-through display in Marietta, Georgia

Drive through the brand new World of Illumination's Candy Rush holiday lights display in Marietta, Georgia.

10 Holiday Light Displays in Georgia

Spend holiday nights under festive lights at these dazzling displays.

Below are 10 of the biggest and brightest holiday light displays in Georgia. Pack up the car, turn on the holiday tunes, and hit the road for these spectacular sights! Find many more stunning displays across the state on the ExploreGeorgia.org calendar of events page.

World of Illumination’s Candy Rush holiday theme park at Six Flags White Water in Marietta, Georgia

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

This brand-new Atlanta-area holiday theme park is a drive-through 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. 13, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021. The park is COVID-friendly, as visitors can enjoy the shows from the safety and comfort of their cars. Online reservations are required.

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Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lanier Islands, Georgia

Margaritaville's Lakeside Lights Spectacular at Lanier Islands

New in 2020, Margaritaville's Lakeside Lights Spectacular will take you on a magical walk through an amazing lighting extravaganza with festive seasonal music at Lanier Islands. Grab a drink and a sweet treat at the Tiki Bar, play Polar Mini Golf, and add to the experience with wintry fun at License to Chill Snow Island at Margaritaville. With one of the fastest snow rides in North America, ice skating, snow play area, fire pits, and s’mores, carnival rides and more, Snow Island is one of the best Southern snow attractions and fun for all ages.

Lakeside Lights Spectacular runs daily Nov. 20, 2020 – Jan. 5, 2021, and weekends Jan. 9 - Feb. 21, 2021. License to Chill Snow Island runs daily Nov. 6, 2020 - Jan. 5, 2021, and weekends Jan. 9 - Feb. 21, 2021. Before your trip, review the park's COVID-19 precautions.

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Magical Field of Lights at Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens

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

Before your trip, review Callaway Gardens Resort's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

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Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden

This Garden Lights, Holiday Nights adventure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden thrills all of your senses! Orchestral Orbs glow harmoniously with holiday tunes. A Tunnel of Light from the radiant Ice Goddess to the Glittering Galaxy embraces visitors in enchanting light. Named one of the top 10 holiday light shows in the country by USA Today, this monumental event in the heart of Midtown Atlanta is one you don't want to miss.

The walk-through event will be held Nov. 14, 2020 - Jan. 16, 2021, with extremely limited capacity and masks/social distancing required. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Before your trip, review the garden's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

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Holiday lights on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Holly Jolly Jekyll

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, or sit back and relax on Holly Jolly Light Tours Nov. 27, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021. Purchase tickets online for 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! Before your trip, review the island's COVID-19 precautions.

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Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights in Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Enchanted Garden of Lights at Rock City Gardens

Tour Rock City Garden's Enchanted Garden of Lights, aglow with holiday scenes encompassing more than 1 million lights. Journey through the Arctic Kingdom Aurora Lights, reminiscent of the aurora borealis lights. Descend into a Magic Forest and walk through the center of a 43-foot tree. Shop for gifts in Downtown Yuletown, and treat yourself to sweets and hot drinks at the North Pole Lodge. Nov. 20, 2020 - Jan. 2, 2021.

Reserved timed entry tickets must be purchased online in advance. Masks are recommended but not required outside where physical distancing can be maintained. However, masks are required inside while traveling through any buildings and in outside areas where distancing cannot happen. Before your trip, review the garden's COVID-19 precautions.

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Sing-along train at Stone Mountain Christmas

Stone Mountain Christmas

Kids of all ages will have a holly jolly Christmas at Stone Mountain Park when it's dressed up for the holidays with millions of lights. Ride the Singalong Train, journey through the Musical Frosted Forest, see Angelina the Snow Angel, visit Santa and more. Feast your eyes on thousands of lights, projections and special effects in the Christmas Lasershow, and don't miss the Polar Express outdoor movie experience. Nov. 14, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021

Before your trip, review the park's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

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Mountain Country Christmas in Lights

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights at Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds

Mountain Country Christmas in Lights is a holiday treat for the entire family at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee along the shores of Lake Chatuge. The fairgrounds are transformed into a spectacular and magical holiday light show, with Christmas music, arts and crafts vendors, holiday food, hot chocolate, a visit and pictures with Santa! Open Thursdays through Saturdays Nov. 26 , 2020 - Dec. 26, 2020. 

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December Nights Holiday Lights

December Nights & Holiday Lights at Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Savannah's jewel of a Christmas returns with more than 1 million sparkling lights across the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens during December Nights & Holiday Lights.

This drive-through display runs select nights select nights Nov. 27 - Dec. 24, 2020. More details to come.

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Light Up the Holidays at Barnsley Resort

Holiday Lights at Barnsley Resort

Visitors to Barnsley Resort (including those who are not staying overnight) are welcome to view more than 1 million lights and festive décor in the historic 1800s manor house ruins, surrounding gardens and English-style village. There is a small fee for the self-guided walking tour.

Nov. 29, 2020 - Jan. 3, 2021. Before your trip, review the resort's COVID-19 precautions and frequently asked questions.

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Add to your holiday fun with many more events and activities in Georgia! Plan your holiday adventures on ExploreGeorgia.org/events/holidays.

Published: November 2020
Written by: Lesli Peterson