For a heavy dose of holiday cheer without the hefty entrance fees, take your little elves to check out these winter wonderlands—all courtesy of families with some serious spirit. These megawatt displays will delight your spark plugs, and they might even inspire you to make a run to the hardware store this weekend for your own stash of strands. Read on to shed light on our seven favorite high voltage homes around town.
Felix Family Christmas Lights, Dallas
You can count on this family to put some elbow grease into getting the light display up and running every year after Thanksgiving. Expect thousands of choreographed lights, and plenty of visitors.
224 Oliver Overlook
Photo: S. Massey
Winall Down Rd. in Historic Brookhaven
While all of Historic Brookhaven shines during the holiday season, nobody does it bigger than the home at 901 Winall Down Rd. With hundreds of inflatables, this outrageous display is for a good cause: admission is free, but you can purchase baked goods or make donations to The Genesis Shelter.
901 Winall Down Rd.
Photo: S. Massey
The Gaddy’s Christmas Lights
For more than 20 years, this family in Fayetteville has put on a Christmas light extravaganza, complete with an operating ferris wheel and thousands of lights. There is no admission, visitors are asked to remain in their vehicles for safety, and donations for March of Dimes and Toys for Tots are welcome. The Gaddy’s keep the lights on from Thanksgiving through January 1st from 6 to 10 p.m.
898 Sandy Creek Rd.
Photo: A Whole Lot of Christmas via Facebook
A Whole Lot of Christmas, Stone Mountain
This Stone Mountain family has been decorating their home for over 25 years with only the help of family, friends, and neighbors, and they’re proud to pony up a “whole LOT of Christmas” each year. With a Christmas tree forrest, snowflake lane, gingerbread land, North Pole Cafe, Disney section, nativity, and Santa, this family endeavor is big enough to inspire even the worst Grinch to string a light or two. Check hours of operation and details on their Facebook page when you’re planning your trip. Admission is free but donations are accepted for a charity of the family’s choice each year.
1833 Smokerise Summit
Stone Mountain, Ga
Photo: Atlanta History Center via Facebook
The Governors Mansion and Swan House Mansion, Buckhead
For a stately and tasteful presentation of lights and greenery, head to Buckhead to see the Governor’s Mansion and then round the corner to the Swan House Mansion, as seen from Andrews Dr. NW.
391 West Paces Fy. Rd.
130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Photo: Vinyard Christmas via Facebook
Vinyard Christmas, Lawrenceville
With a passion for Christmas and the technology to make it happen, this Lawrenceville family sets 13,000 lights to festive holiday tunes. Just dial in to 91.7 FM to listen, and be sure to check their Facebook page for weather updates and show information.
3690 Vinyard Way
—Shelley Massey & Phebe Wahl