For many families, taking a drive to see holiday light displays is an annual tradition, as much a part of Christmas as picking out the tree or writing a list to Santa Claus. From high-tech light shows to more traditional holiday decor, there is nothing better than the twinkling of lights to get you in the mood for the season. Put these 12 wow-worthy Cobb Christmas displays on your itinerary to make this year the sweetest yet!

PROFESSIONAL LIGHT DISPLAYS

holiday in the park

Holiday in the Park – More than one million LED lights and dozens of Christmas trees will create the perfect magical atmosphere this holiday season at Six Flags Over Georgia from November 20 through January 2 on select days, enjoy popular rides, sparkling lights, festive shows, tasty culinary treats and of course, the Big Man: Santa Claus in all his glory! A trip to Holiday in the Park is not complete without a visit to the historic Riverview Carousel, which will create a glowing light and walkthrough experience never before seen in Atlanta. Learn more

275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell, GA

Lights at the Landing–Visit Acworth this holiday season for a new holiday tradition Friday, November 26 through Sunday, January 2! The Lights at the Landing walking light show at Dallas Landing Park is sure to bring joy to all ages. Bring the whole family and enjoy the twinkling magic of the season along Lake Allatoona from 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Kids 15 and under are free and per person fees range from $10-$20.  Learn more

5120 Allatoona Drive, Acworth, GA

Lights of Life – The 1.5 mile drive around the Life University campus in Marietta features more than one million lights during Lights of Life. The display opens on Thanksgiving Day and remains open through New Years Eve. Admission is $10 per car and $20 per bus, so bring in your family and friends for a ride through the lights once the sun goes down. You can also look forward to pony rides, train rides, a petting zoo, and cold-weather concessions until 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Learn more

1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta, GA

Rockin’ Christmas –The world’s largest holiday drive-through animated light show is returning to Marietta! Turn up the holiday spirit with World of Illumination’s Rockin’ Christmas. In this mile-long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. Featuring millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, this is a must-see experience for the family. Learn more

250 Cobb Pkwy N #100, Marietta, GA

RESIDENTIAL LIGHT DISPLAYS

Bolingbrook Drive – The McGraw family’s Christmas decoration inspiration began in 2014 while driving down Maple Avenue in Marietta (see below). They decided to imitate the popular globe design in their own yard, using more than 30,000 Christmas lights. Park and walk through the yard from Thanksgiving until the new year to get the full experience of the window display spanning the front porch. Over the years, neighbors have joined in the celebration and started decorating. Now they light up the whole street!

4151 Bolingbrook Drive, Marietta, GA

Calumet West Christmas House – This year’s Christmas House light display in Calumet West will be bittersweet, as it will be the last year at this location. December 1–31, from 5:30 to 10 p.m., it will be covered with more than 50,000 lights, ornaments and characters. It features West Cobb’s tallest Christmas tree, a gingerbread house, the biggest chicken west of The Big Chicken, and new this year- a real sand beach complete with a 13-foot working light house! Visitors are asked to make a $10 per car donation to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta either by placing money into the collection box in front of the house, or online at www.choa.org/cwlights. Please use the West Mill Drive entrance into the subdivision, turn right on Peace Drive and then left on Token Way to view the lights.

1010 Token Way, Kennesaw, GA

holiday magic lights

Holiday Magic – Head to Powder Springs to experience this free nightly holiday light show featuring dancing Christmas lights, inflatables, and special effects synchronized to holiday music. This year’s show will include the return of PURPLE CHRISTMAS: A Tribute To Prince. Turn your radio to 102.1 FM so you can enjoy the soundtrack from Thanksgiving night until January 10.

5268 Seamus Way, Powder Springs, GA

Hrockin Hranicky Christmas Light Show – Becky and Chip Hranicky along with their son, 5 dogs, and hamster design a magical Christmas lights show each year at their home. Shows begin the Saturday after Thanksgiving and run through January 1. The display features precision synchronization, a dizzying array of moving lights, and dramatic music. Tune into the show on 107.7 FM from 6 to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

3848 Rivers Run Trace NW, Acworth, GA

Lights of Joy – Have a holly jolly holiday season when you visit Lights of Joy, a contestant in the ABC’s Great Light Fight. This residential display’s most prominent feature is the lighting of the landscape. There are over 140 trees dripping with lights (one tree has over 23,000 lights in it)! The house and many sections of the yard display are synchronized to music on 99.1 FM. Visitors are encouraged to park across the street at the Influencers Church and walk to see the lights starting December 1.

1510 Ben King Road NW, Kennesaw, GA

Maple Avenue Christmas light ball

Maple Avenue – Looking for a unique light display? You will find it on Maple Avenue and the surrounding area near Marietta Square where spheres of lighted Christmas balls are artistically and strategically placed high above the streets. Every year, the number of participants grows, with more than 70 families hanging these special lights in the trees surrounding their homes. Expect to see these beginning the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Maple Avenue, Marietta, GA

Riley's Holiday Lights

Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas – Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas is a residential light display operating on a varied schedule from December 1st thru January 1st. Experience more than 60,000 LED lights synchronized to more than 50 minutes of holiday music including songs from Frozen, Polar Express, and many other holiday movie favorites. Listen to the music from the warmth of your car by tuning in to 101.3 FM on your radio. Donations are collected for the Children’s Burn Foundation. Please note that this year, not every night is an animated show night. Click here to see the show schedule.

2008 Palladium Drive NW, Kennesaw, GA

Smoot Family Christmas Light Show – Jeremy Smoot and his wife Rosalind put up more than 70,000 commercial LED Christmas lights each year in memory of his mother, Debbie, who loved Christmas. The impressive light display is free to the public, though donations are appreciated, and begins Thanksgiving night. All donations collected by the Smoot family are given to The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter, to help fight the disease that took Debbie’s life.

3699 Autumn View Drive, Acworth, GA

Smyrna Bright Nights – The city of Smyrna goes all-out for the holidays. Check out their light display surrounding the Village Green. Then, keep the spirit going by visiting homes that local residents have submitted to the Smyrna Bright Nights interactive map. The map includes all levels of displays, from Charlie Brown to Clark Griswold and will be updated through December 31.

Smyrna, GA

Check out the gallery below to see sweet pics from Christmas past. Don’t forget to share photos of your yuletide celebrations with us by using #AtlantasSweetSpot and #HolidaysInCobb on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Your photo could be featured on our social media pages! To see more holiday happenings in Cobb, click here.