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Best Holiday Light Shows in Metro Atlanta


November 15, 2013
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Check out some of Metro Atlanta's best holiday light shows. Know of another "can't miss" light ddisplay? Send the information to us!

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden.
5-10 p.m. daily Saturday through Jan. 4 Admission Thursdays-Sundays (“peak” nights): $20; $14 ages 3-12; free under 3. Mondays-Wednesdays (“non-peak” nights): $17; $11 ages 3-12. (Advanced tickets recommended. Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are peak admission nights.) Parking: $5. 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 1-855-454-6849, www.tickets.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens. Take the Jolly Trolly or drive your personal vehicle through the 5-mile light show employing 8 million lights and featuring 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes in a woodland setting. Christmas Village offers 22,000 square feet of shopping and refreshments. Nov. 22 through Dec. 30. $17 advance, $28 same day; $8.50-$14, children; under 5, free. Food, lodging packages available. 60 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta, intersection of Ga. 18/354, Pine Mountain. 1-800-225-5292, www.callaway gardens.com.

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park. Thousands of lights illuminate the 21-acre park. Nov. 18 through Jan. 2. Park is open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Free. 404-223-4412, www.centennialpark.com.

Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Seven miles of lights illuminate Snowflake Bridge, 12 Days of Christmas and more. Holiday Village offers shopping, snacks, visits with Santa. Pony rides, ice skating and other attractions. Nov. 15 through Through Dec. 31. Cars (up to nine passengers), $60; passenger vans (10-19 capacity), $90; buses (20-plus capacity), $250. Food, lodging packages available. Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-945-8787, www.lakelanierislands.com/mnol.

Lights of Life at Life. Millions of light bulbs illuminate more than 100 displays dotting the 1.5-mile drive through Life University campus. Nov. 28 through Dec. 31. 6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 6-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Cars: $10 Fridays-Sundays and Nov. 28-Dec. 1, Dec. 20-25; $5 all other nights. Vans, buses: $20 nightly. Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 678-331-4334, www.life.edu/index.php/info/info-visit-life/info-lightsoflife

Season of Magic in Piedmont Park. Holiday lights decorate the park in this first-year event that opens with a Naughty or Nice caroling parade at 6 p.m. Nov. 20 ($10, $5 under 12). Features horse-drawn carriage rides (5-10 p.m. daily; $20 per individual, $60 groups of 3-5), carousel rides, Legacy Fountain light show, beer garden, arts and crafts and more. Through New Year’s Day. 404-875-7275, www.piedmontpark.org.

Stone Mountain Christmas. More than 2 million lights illuminate Crossroads village. Admission includes five live holiday shows and nightly holiday parade winds through the village, with Snow Angel flying over Crossroads for the finale just before a fireworks display. Open nightly Nov. 9 through Jan. 1 (except CHECK). $27, adults; $21, children 3-11. Parking pass, $10. Book combo tickets (includes other park attractions) at www.snowmountainpark.com. 770-498-5690.

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