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 10 wow-worthy Cobb Christmas displays on your itinerary to make this year the sweetest yet!
PROFESSIONAL LIGHT DISPLAYS
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 24 through January 5 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 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 prices vary by date, but most days are $10 per car, 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
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 3,000 Christmas lights. Over the years, neighbors have joined in the celebration and started decorating. Now they light up the whole street! Visit them from Thanksgiving until the new year.
Bolingbrook Drive, Marietta, GA
Calumet West Neighborhood – This Kennesaw neighborhood celebrates the holidays in a big way. The neighborhood hosts a holiday decorating competition each December. One home, lovingly nicknamed “The Christmas House” by neighbors, stands out among the rest with its intricate light display. Starting December 6, visitors to the neighborhood can see them all! Take time to donate to the official neighborhood charity, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, at the collection station in front of the Christmas house on Token Way.
1045 Peace Drive NW, Kennesaw, GA
Holiday Magic – Beginning on Thanksgiving night, head to Powder Springs to experience this free nightly holiday light show featuring dancing Christmas lights, inflatables, and special effects synchronized to holiday music. Turn your radio to 102.1 FM so you can enjoy the show’s soundtrack.
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 dizzing 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 season. 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 – 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 Rockin’ Christmas – Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas is a residential light display that operates from December 1 through December 31. This year’s display has more than 45,000 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.
2008 Palladium Drive, 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 November 23. 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
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.