Pack the car with family, friends, snacks, maybe an overnight bag, and put on your favorite Christmas music for a de-LIGHT-ful time. A visit to these sites, some of the biggest and brightest holiday light displays in Georgia, surely will get you in the Christmas spirit.
1. Lights of LIFE on the campus of Life University
Every night, rain or shine, through Dec. 31. Introduced in 1989, the display has grown into one of the most popular light shows in the Southeast. Cruise through the illuminated campus, stopping along the 1.5-mile drive to enjoy seasonal entertainment. Costs are $5 per car Mondays-Thursdays, $10 per car Fridays-Sundays, as well as Dec. 15-31. Display opens at dark every night and runs until 9 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. www.life.edu/events/lights-of-life.
2. Stone Mountain Christmas at Stone Mountain Park
Open through Jan. 6. Millions of lights, Christmas shows and Rudolph create a night to remember. Don’t miss the Singalong Christmas Train, featuring a satellite message from Santa’s elves, and a track-side show about the first Christmas. Experience the new Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony, and end the night with the Snow Angel Snowfall Finale. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. 770-498-5690. www.stonemountainpark.com.
3. Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Open through Jan. 6. 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. 1345 Piedmont Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabg.org.
4. Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
Through Jan. 5. Bundle up for a Jolly Trolley ride, or drive your car through more than 8 million lights. Named one of the top 10 places to see holiday lights by National Geographic Traveler. 17800 U.S. Highway 27, Pine Mountain. 706-663-2281. www.callawaygardens.com.
5. Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands
Through Jan. 3. Drive through larger-than-life light displays while listening to songs of the season on your radio or smartphone. Enhance the experience with the companion app, and stop at the Holiday Village to visit Santa, shop for gifts, and ride carnival rides. This year, enjoy 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. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Gainesville. 770-945-8787. www.lanierislands.com.