As temperatures begin to take a dip and the year starts to wind down, there’s nothing like reflecting on the holiday season with the marvel of Christmas lights. And while you may see some worthy contenders for most festive holiday home on your neighborhood block (nice lawn Santa), it’s nothing compared to these 5 Atlanta-centric destinations that blend all the fun of a winter wonderland with down-home Southern charm. From botanical gardens filled with lights and hot cocoa, to shopping districts with nightly snowfall and ice skating, these are your best bets for holiday lights in ATL.
Take in the scenery at Atlantic Station for the holidays. A gloriously lit tree has been erected on the Central Lawn and the streets decorated in hues of red, green and gold to celebrate the holiday season. Not only that, AS has fashioned their own winter escape with real snow fall that comes down nightly for prime selfie ops. They also crank up the holiday tunes while you sip on hot chocolate, pose for pics with Santa and practice your triple axle at the ice skating rink.
Holiday splendor isn’t hard to find in Midtown. Just travel to Piedmont Park where you’ll see the brightly lit, and most importantly, heated tent that houses the Southwest Rink at Park Tavern. Icy blue lights adorn Atlanta’s most iconic park for fun-filled days and nights of ice skating under a heated tent (we did mention that right), seasonal menu offerings and an open fire to get your s’mores on.
Atlanta Botanical Garden
In its fourth amazing year, there’s nothing quite like Garden Lights Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The lights have been hung around the the garden carefully and fresh color schemes echo the warmth of the holiday season with those you love. But the real icing on this gingerbread house of lights is the inclusion of the Imaginary Worlds exhibit. The garden-wide installation of flora and fauna fashioned into real and mythical creatures like frogs, butterflies and unicorns have been given a touch of the holidays and decked out in bright, fabulous colors.
It’s become an Atlanta tradition getting better and better each year. Yes, Centennial Olympic Park's Holiday in Lights is quite the sight to behold. Thousands of ornate holiday lights are displayed throughout the park, with even an added touch of color to the Fountain of Rings as it dances rhythmically to the sounds of the season - don’t jump in though. However, take a walk through the park, adore the lights and end the night with even more fun at the ice skating rink.
Stone Mountain Park
If you thought their summer laser light show was awesome, wait until you see how Stone Mountain does the holidays. More than two million lights are featured at Stone Mountain Christmas, a sprawling installation that turns the mountain into your very own ski resort. With activities like meet and greets with Santa and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, holiday-centric plays and performances, amazing fireworks and real winter fun at Snow Mountain, your Christmas cheer levels are about to reach critical.
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