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Best holiday light show


1) Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights

You say, “My family walked the 5 mile Callaway Garden Christmas lights last night and it was amazing! Even my 9 year old said it was worth the long walk. My favorites are the snowflake valley and twin trees. They even have a nativity scene.”

2) Stone Mountain Christmas

3) Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Magical Nights of Lights

4) Life University’s Lights of Life

5) Flood Town/Eton, Ga.

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1) Life University’s Lights of Life

We say, “It used to be free, but they’re charging a small fee these days to offset those big electric bills. It’s still a great  bargain (at $5 per car, more for larger vehicles) and a spectacular, colorful display.”

2) Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights

3) Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Magical Nights of Lights

4) Stone Mountain Christmas

5) Residential neighborhoods (including Avondale Estates, Morningside, Smoke Rise, Flood Town, West Paces Ferry Road, Dunn Street in Smyrna and many more)

110 comments Add your comment

Linda Gissy

November 23rd, 2009
1:55 pm

Life College in Smyrna Marietta


November 23rd, 2009
2:32 pm

Calloway Gardens


November 23rd, 2009
2:37 pm

Stone Mountain Park

Freddie Fox

November 23rd, 2009
2:55 pm

Callaway Gardens hands down


November 23rd, 2009
2:58 pm

Callaway Gardens has the best lights ever!

Sam B

November 23rd, 2009
3:05 pm

Floodtown near Eton, GA. ;)

Joe Newsom

November 23rd, 2009
3:07 pm

Callaway Gardens and the Jolly Trolley!!


November 23rd, 2009
3:25 pm

Why can’t we say “Christmas Lights”? What other kind of lights are there really? Politically correct cowards.


November 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

I agree, LydiasDad…These are OBVIOUSLY Christmas Lights…what other holiday uses them? Stop worrying about insulting the minority that doesn’t celebrate CHRISTmas, and worry about how you are insulting the MAJORITY. MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE. AND I DO MEAN EVERYONE!


November 23rd, 2009
3:41 pm

Calloway gardens


November 23rd, 2009
3:43 pm

Of course Callaway gardens doesn’t have Holiday lights only Christmas lights which may not qualify!


November 23rd, 2009
3:55 pm

Thinks for all the “Christmas Lights” spots…keep them coming in.


November 23rd, 2009
3:56 pm

Callaway Gardens has wonderful CHRISTMAS lights. Lake Lanier Islands are ok but it’s a little expensive for what you get. Stone Mountain is a wonderful place to get in the Christmas spirit.

Nothing Christian about Christmas

November 23rd, 2009
4:11 pm

Yes, I agree with those offended by the word “Holiday”. I mean, when we celebrate the life of a man who taught us to give all we have to helping others by wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars in electricity, we should acknowledge teh man. I mean, when you are out buying all of those absolutely must have electronics for people who could easily afford them on their own, you are doing so only to celebrate the life of a simple man who wanted more than anything to see people celebrate his birth by bumrushing stores at 5Am a month prior to purchase electric razors and blue ry players.

Thanks Christ! We won’t forget to include your name in the holiday (a word that means Holy Day) even if we do forget everything else that you taught us while celebrating it!

Uncle Tom

November 23rd, 2009
4:14 pm

Definitely not Lake Lanier.


November 23rd, 2009
4:26 pm

Merry Christmas!

Not Christian

November 23rd, 2009
4:49 pm

I’m not a christian, but would still like to go look at good light show. Whether it be christmas or holiday lights. I belive this blog is about the best places to see lights. I’ve been to Calloway Gardens and that is pretty cool. What other places are there?

Shane Harrison

November 23rd, 2009
6:00 pm

The first sentence mentions that Christmas is what brought the question to mind, but I wanted to include any shows that might not necessarily be solely about Christmas. Hanukkah is the festival of lights, after all. We can all enjoy the beautiful lights, no matter what our religion. And Merry Christmas.


November 23rd, 2009
6:42 pm

If you are over 21, Mary’s bar in East Atlanta puts on an amazing display every year. Very old school with big plastic figurines and lots of lights.


November 23rd, 2009
7:23 pm

Uh people?……This is not what I had planned to celebrate my birth. How about spending that money on the less fortunate. Also, stop wearing crosses around your next…..I died on one of those! It’s very insensitive!


November 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

People, do not spend your money to go to Stone Mountain Park. It isn’t worth it. Callaway is the place to go indeed. Skip Lake Lanier as well unless you want to wait in line for 2 hours before you can even get in.

PTC Dude

November 23rd, 2009
11:04 pm

My Family WALKED the 5 mile Callaway Garden Christmas lights last night and it was AMAZING! Even my 9 year old said it was worth the long walk. My favorites are the snowflake valley and twin trees. They even have a nativity scene!

Fay Co.

November 24th, 2009
12:15 am

Evander Holyfield’s House


November 24th, 2009
5:23 am

Calloway is great but if you want to see the biggest home display for FREE go to Mike Caddy’s on Sandy Creek road in Fayette Co. ( off of Hwy 74 in Tyrone ) it is truly amazing


November 24th, 2009
5:49 am

Callaway Gardens has both Lights and Music. It is really cool! And they have 2 story light shows on the beach, the Night Before Christmas and the Nativity Story all done in Lights and narrated.


November 24th, 2009
7:31 am

If it is “holiday lights” what “holiday” is it? And isn’t is amazing (a true miracle of sorts) that the “holiday” falls about the same time others put up “Christmas Lights” because they are celebrating the “holy-day” which we call Christmas where we celebrate the birth of Jesus……hmmmmmm coincidence? I think not!


November 24th, 2009
7:50 am

Shane – Please call them Christmas lights – your political correctness at this newspaper has gone way too far and caused a lot of Atlantans to stop subscribing!!

Got to end this

November 24th, 2009
8:01 am

Maybe after November 2010 this nation will once again be considered a Christian Nation. Merry Christmas to all. Lights, I love them all. Lanier, Stone Mountain, never been to Calaway. Maybe I will this year. You have to walk it. Im not very stable walking anymore. Can you drive? Anyway, Wishing all a very happy Holiday season and a very Merry CHRISTMAS.


November 24th, 2009
8:24 am

Not only an I going to waste electricity on CHRISTMAS lights outside, I’m also going out and kill a tree & decorate it with more lights in my living room!


November 24th, 2009
8:44 am

It used to be a winter solstice celebration. We would celebrate the end of the long nights and short days, knowing the growing season was near. We embraced the earth and nature by decorating tress and celebrating their life…….Then, you Christians hijacked the celebration from us and retooled it to celebrate a Jew’s birth.

Think about the next time you whine about Christmas tress and lights are being called holiday trees and lights. It never was yours to begin with. If you are truly Christian, you will forgive those who perceive the holidays differently than you.


November 24th, 2009
8:48 am

Can we please resist the urge to say “My House on Sundays” for every Best of the Big A from here on out? I really value the useful answers people give, and often take the advise.


November 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Lake Lanier. Can you say “Tourist Trap” What a scam.


November 24th, 2009
8:56 am

@Pagen you don’t need to worry about a Christian’s forgiveness….Only God’s.


November 24th, 2009
9:05 am

I’m not worried about anything. I don’t need a made up invisible man in the sky to ease my angst.


November 24th, 2009
9:06 am

Bottom line. Jesus is the reason for the Season. He is the light.


November 24th, 2009
9:20 am

Jesus is not the reason. The merchandising orgy that the retail giants have you brainwashed in to participating is the reason for the season.


November 24th, 2009
9:22 am

Callaway Gardens – Wonderful!!

Star Gazer

November 24th, 2009
9:41 am

My family loves the lights at Lake Lanier. We’ve never had to wait very long to get in, maybe 5 minutes at the most. We bring our own marshmallows for the bonfire at the end of the drive. Lots of fun!

By the way, I’ve seen Hanukkah-themed lights along with Christmas themes in the light displays. Can’t we be Christians without attacking people who include other religions? If we’re supposed to win hearts for Jesus we’re certainly not making the case by jumping at every “politically correct” statement. Come on neighbors, we can do better than this.


November 24th, 2009
9:46 am

Wow ppl can anyone get in the Holiday season it doesnt matter how you celebrate it! any ways I have been going to Lake Lanier for the last 2yrs this year the traffic is HORRIBLE OMG.. Stone MT is Great if you have lil ones my son loved it the parade the lights, Polar Express 3d we had a Great time we will be going this yr to go to the lil snow park. and we are going to give Callaway Garden a try … Happy Hollidays

Truth Deede

November 24th, 2009
9:50 am

Pagen is right :) It’s a pagan Holiday just look it up and ask what is the real truth behind Xmas, it sure wasn’t Jesus, he was not born in Dec, it was around the 1st or 2nd week of Sept in Palistine no sheep are are being watched over at night in that part of the country,wake up! Jesus said the Heathens chopped down the trees and decked them with Silver and Gold, lights and they worshiped them, it’s in your Bible but there are those who don’t want to read the truth,only that which pleases them, that’s one reason Jesus said the truth will set you free, and it will free you from all that foolish spending of money you don’t have and crying about a job you don’t have when people are out here going hungry no place to live, if you have it GOOD you should want for your neighbor what you want for yourself if your a CHRISTAIN, YOU WILL GET ALL THE LIGHT YOU WANT IN YOUR Bible if you pick it up and read.PEACE

Thomas Kincaide

November 24th, 2009
9:53 am

You want light? Buy one of my mass marketed paintings or posters….Or even jig saw puzzles…..


November 24th, 2009
10:07 am

Wicca was invented in the later 1800s-the idea that it is some ancient religion is hogwash-Christmas was celebrated to coincide w/ the festival of Saturnalia(a Roman Holiday)

Just Sayin'

November 24th, 2009
10:13 am

Susan, people haven’t stopped reading the AJC because of political correctness. They don’t read the AJC for the same reason they don’t read their arrest warrants, or a college textbook. They can’t read.

Just Sayin'

November 24th, 2009
10:18 am

Wow am a bigot are i. if you don’t agree with me your wrong.

You're Kidding

November 24th, 2009
10:27 am

Seriously? A question about where pretty lights are can stir up all this hoopla about Jesus and Christianity, etc. Enjoy the season however you or your religion see fit. And suggest somewhere to see pretty lights. My vote goes to Callaway.

Str8 from the Dec

November 24th, 2009
10:36 am

You go Grandma- Amen to that. Merry Christmas. Holiday Tree? Have a holly jolly holiday? Soon it will be holiday day? Does not fit. The holidays encompass, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzza, New Year’s Eve/Day. Please forgive me if I missed one.

Celebrate accordingly. I don’t get offended if someone celebrating Hanukkah or Chinese New Year send “Hoiday” wishes so what the hang up with CHRISTMAS?

Str8 from the Dec

November 24th, 2009
10:37 am

Oh Yeah, the lights at Calloway are nice.

Rectal Bleeding

November 24th, 2009
11:10 am

I don’t need a made up holiday to trick me in to spending time and money with family and friends.


November 24th, 2009
11:12 am

Hehe, and I thought the football blogs were bad. I agree that politcal correctness is about the most anoying thing ever invented by our society. On the other hand, there sure are a lot of “christians” with a lot of hate and anger on here.

Saw the lights at Callaway Gardens last night. My new born daughter was mesmorized…till she fell asleep half way through lol. They are really nice, but I can’t compare to any others.

Protip: skip the trolly, drive your own car through.

Jason Elam

November 24th, 2009
11:17 am

I thank Jesus for all the success I’ve had. Now that I let the Falcons down, I must blame Jesus too.