Of course, you can go to the Atlanta Botanical Garden to see a fantastic light display. However, if you want to get in the car and drive through town, there are plenty of neighborhood houses with their own dazzling holiday lights. From Decatur to Cumming, there are great spots all over Atlanta where you can find a bit of cheer. Check out our favorites and let us know if yours made the list! 

Christmas in the Grove
1428 Oak Grove Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

Decatur is a festive part of Atlanta at any time of year, and Christmas is no different. This particular display is one of the area’s best, including over 115,000 lights in 2013. All of your favorite characters like Santa and his reindeer will be on hand, and there are over 750 channels of computerized animation. Last year there were even more spectacular snowflakes than before. 

Vinyard Christmas
3690 Vinyard Way
Lawrenceville, GA

Vinyard Christmas is another display that manages to outdo itself every year. 2013 saw the introduction of LED lights and even more colors to the show. This show is put on annually by the Knapp Family and contains a melody of lights. Expect lots of twinkling lights in time with some festive holiday tunes. 

A Whole Lot of Christmas
1833 Smokerise Summit
Stone Mountain, GA 

This display claims to have over 100,000 lights, so you may want to bring your sunglasses! Last year’s event benefitted the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Expect a festive Christmas wonderland, including a gingerbread land, a Disney-inspired section and a North Pole Cafe. Of course, Santa will make an appearance as well. 

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Village Green, Smryna
200 Village Green Circle
Smyrna, GA 30080

The Smyrna Community Center is another place to see a fantastic season of holiday lights in Atlanta. Every day throughout the holiday season, you can expect to see the entire area sparkling with holiday cheer. Best of all, it’s free! There are also plenty of options for local restaurants nearby if you get peckish. 

Blink Midwinter
7020 Cole Court
Cumming, GA 30028

This fantastic display runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the holiday season. They began planning for this year’s event on December 26, 2013, so you know they will be ready to go! It runs from Thanksgiving through January 1, 2015 and donations are taken to benefit local groups like Canine Assistants. Expect a true Christmas extravaganza. 

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