Though Atlanta shines bright every day, it has a special sparkle during the holiday season. We put together a viewing guide for Christmas lights in Atlanta so you know where to find bright lights and a little Christmas magic.
Best Christmas Lights in Atlanta to Set Your Holiday Spirit Aglow
There are so many opportunities to view Atlanta Christmas lights that we’ve broken them down into categories. From free displays to the neighborhoods with the best holiday light displays, we’ve got Christmas lights in Atlanta covered.
Best Free Christmas Light Displays in Atlanta
Centennial Olympic Park International Winter Wonderland
If you’re wondering, “Where can I see Christmas lights for free in Atlanta?” we recommend stopping at Centennial Olympic Park. Every holiday season the park plays host to the Chinese Lantern Festival. This year’s theme is “Into the Wild,” with interactive lantern displays depicting endangered species of the world.
Where: Centennial Olympic Park, 265 Park Ave W NW, Atlanta, GA 30313
PRISM: Winter Lights at Woodruff Park
For a little touch of the unconventional, PRISM in Woodruff Park will capture your holiday imagination. This traveling display of light installations hits Atlanta just in time for the holidays, filling Woodruff Park’s fountains and gardens with light sculptures and installations by artists from around the world.
Where: Woodruff Park, 91 Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30303
Macy’s Christmas Tree in Lenox Square
A list of where to see Christmas lights in Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without a Christmas tree. Our 72-year-old Macy’s tradition continues with a magnificent tree standing proudly outside the Lenox Hill Mall throughout the holiday season. We suggest taking a pause in your holiday shopping or making an impromptu trip with the kids to take in the sight.
Where: Macy’s Lenox Square Mall, 3393 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30326
Best Theme Park Christmas Lights in Atlanta
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden
If you’re looking for Christmas lights in Atlanta that encompass an evening’s worth of activities, look no further than Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The Garden’s 30 acres are set artistically aglow with thousands of holiday lights begging to be explored along meandering paths and bridges. Whether you’re with the one you love or a pack of your closest friends, this is an Atlanta holiday light experience that shouldn’t be missed.
Where: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 1345 Piedmont Avenue NE Atlanta, GA 30309
Jungle Bells Tree Lighting at Zoo Atlanta
While the highlight of this family-friendly event is the lighting of the zoo’s 25-ft Christmas tree, the grounds are also spectacularly lit and ready to explore after the tree lighting. Kids will love the crafts and holiday snacks, while parents can enjoy some hard hot cider and performances by local carolers, ballet troupes and orchestras.
Where: Zoo Atlanta, 800 Cherokee Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30315
Best Neighborhood Christmas Lights in Atlanta
Wondering which neighborhoods have the best holiday light displays Atlanta? We suggest packing up the car with kids and snacks and driving through Buckhead. While these palatial homes and their properties are jaw-dropping on any given day, they become downright stunning with Christmas lights. Put some Christmas music on the radio and drive the streets until you find your favorite.
Where: Buckhead, Northwest Atlanta 30326
For an old-fashioned stroll through a historic neighborhood, Grant Park’s Candlelight Tour is full of holiday enchantment. Take in the tastefully lit windows and holiday décor of the Victorian and Craftsman homes in this iconic neighborhood as your walking tour guide provides insight on its unique history. We recommend ending the evening back in the present day at one of the top-notch restaurants or cafes.
Where: Grant Park, Southeast Atlanta 30312
We hope our guide to Christmas lights in Atlanta has illuminated your plan for holiday fun in the ATL. From all of us at Dependable Services, Happy Holidays!