This is my kids favorite time of year so I have been on the hunt for some fun, safe, activities we could do. I have come up with over 25 places and events to see all the Christmas lights and even visit with Santa!
Places to see Christmas lights around Atlanta:
Lights of Life: Open everyday through December 31st. Free to drive through, if you plan to walk around and enjoy the attractions it’s $20 for buses and $10 for cars and trucks. For more information click here.
Stone Mountain Christmas: Open select dates through January 3rd. For all information and new health guidelines click here. Reservations encouraged as daily capacity limits have been lowered.
Atlanta Festival of Lights: Located at Atlantic Station it is the only drive through light show inside the Perimeter. Open 12/4-1/18 6pm to 11pm nightly. $25 a car Sunday-Thursday and $35 Fridays and Saturdays. For more information click here.
Dahlonega’s Old Fashioned Christmas: Lights, decorations, visits with Santa, and holiday activities through January 10th. For schedule of events and more information click here.
Gaddy Family Christmas Extravaganza: Located in Fayetville this is a 7 acre drive through light show that has been around for 30 years. Admission is free but they do accept donations to toys for tots and March of dimes. Open nightly 6pm-10pm through January 1st. For more information click here.
Margaritavilles Lakeside Lights Spectacular: This is the first year that Lake Lanier is doing this all new walk through light show(it will be replacing their annual drive through show). They also have their License to Chill Snow Island open with lots of winter attractions. For more information, schedule, and pricing click here.
Winter Wonderland at Fernbank Museum: included in general admission through January 8th. Includes cultural exhibits, decorated Christmas trees, sock skating rink, and six giant snow globes. For more information click here and to see a short video from our visit click here.
Mountain Country Christmas in Lights: located at the Georgia Mountain fairgrounds in Hiawassee. It runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through 12/26(not open Christmas Eve or Christmas Day) from 6pm-9pm. For more information click here.
Candy Rush: located at Six Flags White Water this is a mile long drive through lights show. Open through 1/3 from 6pm to 10pm nightly. $35 for weekdays and $45 for weekends and holidays. For more information click here and to see a short video from our visit click here.
Lights of Joy: large residential light show that you can walk through located in Kennesaw. Open from 11/29-1/3 from 6pm to 11pm. For more information click here.
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens: open through 1/4 and the Christmas Village opens at 4pm. Prices vary depending on what evening you choose to go but each ticket also includes a complimentary admission to enjoy the gardens during the day as well(a $25 adult value). You can drive through in your own car or ride through on the Jolly Trolley. For more information and schedule please click here.
Holiday Lights of Hope: located in Woodstock at Hobgood Park. Open 12/3-12/23 at 6pm. This is a walk through event with more than 2 million lights! Santa will also be there every night until close. 14 and under is free and everyone is $10. For more information click here.
Holiday Lights at Veterans Park: located in Canton at Veterans Park and open everyday until 12/31. Sunday-Thursday 6pm to 9pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm to 10pm. $20 per car. For more information click here.
Southeastern Railway Museum Festival of Trees: on display through 1/3 and included in the price of admission. For more information click here.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Gardens: open through 1/16. Pre-purchase tickets required due to capacity limitations. For pricing, hours, and reservations click here.
Petit Creek Farms: drive through lights, petting zoo, live nativity, visits with Santa and more. Please click here for pricing and times.
Places To Visit Santa:
Santa’s Wonderland at Cabelas/Bass Pro Shop: now through 12/24. Reservations are required and this is a contactless visit with Santa. Parents are allowed to take pictures with cell phones and are also given one free print out picture and may purchase additional. Click here for more information.
Santa’s Post Office at The Battery: open every Friday through Sunday through 12/24. Kids can bring their letters for santa(no postage required) and have a contactless visit with Santa. There will not be a professional photographer this year so parents can take all the pictures they want. For more info and times please click here.
A Day With Santa Downtown Kennesaw: 12/5 from 1pm to 5pm. There will be a snow slide, performances, vendors, visits with Santa, the tree lighting at 6pm and a parade from 6pm to 9pm.
The Grinch at the Art Barn: 12/5 from 3:30-5:30. $35 per person, infants free. For more information click here.
Cookies With Santa Zoo Atlanta: 12/5 and 12/6, reservations must be made in advance. Price of ticket includes admission to zoo, one 4×7 photo for each ticket holder, cookie and hot chocolate. For more information click here.
The Avenue East Cobb: 12/4 from 5pm to 8pm Santa Arrival and Christmas tree lighting. December 11th and 18th from 4pm to 7pm complimentary carriage sleigh rides and pictures with Santa. For more information click here.
Vinings Jubilee Christmas Tree Lighting: 12/3 from 6pm to 8pm. Free to attend and includes carolers, Santa, ornament decorating bags and more. Click here for more information.
City of Marietta Santa Blitz: Instead of the traditional arrival of Santa to the Square with the lighting of the tree Santa will be riding on a fire truck through Marietta. He will have three different routes on three different days where you’ll have the chance to step outside and wave to him. For more info and the route map please click here.
Photos With Santa Acworth City Hall: 12/5 and 12/12 from 1pm to 5pm. Pictures are free but you must call to make an appointment. For information click here.
Olde Town Christmas Party Conyers: 12/4 from 5pm to 8pm. Includes complimentary train rides, children activities, pictures with Santa, ice skating. For more information click here.
Malls Offering Santa Visits: (most malls are doing contactless visits. Click on the one you’re interested in to find out more)