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Your Guide to Dazzling Holiday Lights Around Atlanta

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Ah, Christmas. A season for abusing eggnog to survive time with the in-laws, getting presents from the world's most prolific burglar and using an obscene amount of electricity to illuminate stuff. The city's tourism board has made it easy to partake in some of the most outrageous lighting displays in the region, publishing a list of the seven places to see holiday lights in Atlanta. While the list uses the name "Atlanta" liberally, for those wishing to escape the holiday traffic and get into a festive mood, there are plenty of options to choose from across the greater metro area. We present them in map form, with the pertinent details.


· Seven Places to see Holiday Lights in Atlanta [Atlanta.net]

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1. Atlanta Botanical Garden

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1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 876-5859
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Garden Lights and Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens features more than 1.5 million LED lights. Grab a hot toddy and stroll the glowing gardens.

2. Six Flags Over Georgia

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275 Riverside Pkwy
Austell, GA 30168
(770) 739-3400
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For those who like thrills with their Christmas lights, Six Flags is open for Holiday in the Park. Because roller coasters are better when accompanied with more than a million lights.

3. Centennial Olympic Park

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285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 223-4412
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Christmas comes to the heart of the city with Centennial Olympic Park's Holiday in Lights. With an ice skating rink and a big Christmas tree you'll feel like you're at Rockefeller Center... Maybe.

4. Stone Mountain Park

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1000 Robert E. Lee Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
(770) 498-5690
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What better way to celebrate Christmas in Dixie than in the shadow of dead Confederate Generals? The whole park is done up in lights, there's a nightly parade and you can slide down a 400-foot snow covered hill in an inner-tube.

5. Callaway Gardens

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Hwy 18 & Hwy 354
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
(706) 663-6812
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A short trek from the city, Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens made it on National Geographic's top ten list for Christmas light displays. The garden even features a Jolly Trolley to take visitors past the more than 8 million lights.

6. Life University

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Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 426-2600
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On the campus of Life University, those wishing to be true Atlantans can sit in their car and cruise through the Lights of Life. More than just decorations, the festivities include a petting zoo as well as train and pony rides.

7. Lake Lanier Islands

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7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 945-8787
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By summer, Lake Lanier Islands is home to water-bound recreation, but come the cooler months the park becomes a Christmas haven with a drive-thru lights display, live nativity and carnival rides.

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1. Atlanta Botanical Garden

1345 Piedmont Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309

Garden Lights and Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens features more than 1.5 million LED lights. Grab a hot toddy and stroll the glowing gardens.

1345 Piedmont Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Six Flags Over Georgia

275 Riverside Pkwy, Austell, GA 30168

For those who like thrills with their Christmas lights, Six Flags is open for Holiday in the Park. Because roller coasters are better when accompanied with more than a million lights.

275 Riverside Pkwy
Austell, GA 30168

3. Centennial Olympic Park

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313

Christmas comes to the heart of the city with Centennial Olympic Park's Holiday in Lights. With an ice skating rink and a big Christmas tree you'll feel like you're at Rockefeller Center... Maybe.

285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30313

4. Stone Mountain Park

1000 Robert E. Lee Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

What better way to celebrate Christmas in Dixie than in the shadow of dead Confederate Generals? The whole park is done up in lights, there's a nightly parade and you can slide down a 400-foot snow covered hill in an inner-tube.

1000 Robert E. Lee Dr.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

5. Callaway Gardens

Hwy 18 & Hwy 354, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

A short trek from the city, Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens made it on National Geographic's top ten list for Christmas light displays. The garden even features a Jolly Trolley to take visitors past the more than 8 million lights.

Hwy 18 & Hwy 354
Pine Mountain, GA 31822

6. Life University

Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA 30060

On the campus of Life University, those wishing to be true Atlantans can sit in their car and cruise through the Lights of Life. More than just decorations, the festivities include a petting zoo as well as train and pony rides.

Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle
Marietta, GA 30060

7. Lake Lanier Islands

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518

By summer, Lake Lanier Islands is home to water-bound recreation, but come the cooler months the park becomes a Christmas haven with a drive-thru lights display, live nativity and carnival rides.

7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, GA 30518