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Best Holiday Lights Shows In Atlanta

The holidays are a great time to take the family out for a break from the cooking and prepping that festivities can bring. The following light shows provide a variety of entertainment and fun. The area shows celebrate with several themes so do a little research before heading out. This is the time of year to get out and enjoy the annual experiences. Looking for the best light shows in Atlanta? Continue reading.
Candlelight Nights
Atlanta History Center
130 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
(404) 814-4000

For those looking to go back in time to enjoy traditional Southern Christmas celebrations, please visit one of the three historic houses at the Atlanta History Center. This experience embraces Southern traditional celebrations during the civil war and pioneer days. Wide-eyed guests use candles to guide their path as they walk through the trails enjoying the warm glow and holiday celebrations. Food and cash bars are available.

Stone Mountain Christmas
1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(800) 401-2407

Atlanta's magical holiday experience at Stone Mountain Park is where the essence of the season can be found. With over two million lights, lots of holiday music and several of your favorite holiday characters, this is the best place to create holiday memories. The season is known for celebrations and festivities but also for fast-paced shopping and prepping. This year, take a break from it all at Stone Mountain. Relax and enjoy quality family time while enjoying a majestically light experience. The park has several amenities; the lights are one of them. Make sure to check out the website for additional information.

Lights Of Life
Life College
1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060
(678) 331-4334

Life College is well-known for its great educational capacity, but come holiday season the campus is better known as home of one of Atlanta's best light shows. Displays include over 100 pieces throughout a mile and a half drive. Visitors will also find a petting zoo, pony rides and live reindeer - Comet and Cupid. Entertainment also includes a live action nativity and lots of concession stands with hot chocolate, warm cider and s'more kits. Visitors will stay warm with patio heaters and campfires, but feel free to bring a blanket and go on a hayride. The lights are a treat, but the food and entertainment are also fun. Make sure not to miss Life College's once a year lighting extravaganza.

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Garden Lights Atlanta Botanical
1345 Piedmont Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859

The Botanical Gardens fifth annual "electric extravaganza" is a terrific experience. The outdoor walking experience features a variety of colorful lights. Explorations take visitors through The Tunnel of Light, Orchestral Orbs, Glittering Galaxy, Radiant Rainforest and Model Trains. Advanced tickets will help a speedy entry. Everyone needs a ticket, and guest passes are not accepted. No outside food or beverages are permitted. Dinner is available for purchase at the Café At Linton's in the Garden. Reservations recommended.

Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday In The Park
275 Riverside Parkway, S.W.
Austell, GA 30168
(770) 948-9290

Six Flags Over Georgia's annual tradition "Holiday in the Park" has more than one million lights and dozens of Christmas trees creatively decorated. The 1910 Riverview Carousel is known for its magical experience. The park's ambiance includes sparkling lights, rides, shows and much more. The event brings unique culinary and entertainment experience to visitors of all ages.

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Journalist, public relations specialist and insurance agent, Spector moved to Kennesaw from Miami in 2001. Her passion for writing stems from her grandma's love of reading. Author of the "Ask Linda" column in the Sentinel and several articles. In 2012 Kennesaw State University awarded her "Best News Story Award." Goals include communicating news and helping small businesses navigate the digital global terrain. Read more on
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