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Brilliant! 9 Santa-Worthy Christmas Light Displays in Atlanta

We could all use some high-voltage cheer this holiday season, and with these megawatt neighborhood Christmas light displays—where you never have to leave your car—you’re sure to flip the switch on some family fun. These Atlanta-area winter wonderlands are brought to you by families with some serious spirit. Read on to shed light on our favorite festive homes around town.

Portwood Family Christmas Lights

With more than 100,000 lights and a 35-foot Frosty the Snowman, this family decorates in super-size. Free to drive by or walk past, the Portwood family is collecting packs of new socks for ages 6-13 for Paulding County Sheriff's Office. You'll find them with the lights on Nov. 26-Dec. 11 from Mon.-Thur. 6-10 p.m., and Fri.-Sun. 6-11 p.m.

20 Valley Dr.
Hiram, Ga
Online: facebook.com/Portwood-Family-Christmas-Lights

Ashebrooke Night of Lights

This Cumming neighborhood lights up their streets and homes in a spectacular way one night in December, raising money for local causes. This year's event will be held on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. Hit it on the magical night of lights for a chance to see Santa, a live nativity scene, falling snow, and hot cocoa. Find out details about this year's magical night—as well as information about visiting throughout December—on their Facebook page, or follow them on Instagram.

Ashebrooke Subdivision
Cumming, Ga
Nearest major intersection:
Kelly Mill Road & Bethleview
Online: facebook.com/Ashebrooke-Night-of-Lights

photo: Woodruff Family Christmas Lights

Woodruff Family Christmas Lights

"HOLIDAY MAGIC" is a free nightly holiday light show, put on annually by the Woodruff Family, featuring dancing Christmas lights, inflatables, and special effects synchronized to holiday music. With a history of doing a musical tribute to Prince, this may be the funkiest family light show around. The show will open on Thanksgiving and run nightly from 6 p.m. - midnight through Jan. 10, 2021.

5268 Seamus Way
Powder Springs, Ga
Online: facebook.com/HolidayMagicWoodruffFamilyChristmasLights

Christmas in Castille

After taking a year off, this show is back and bigger than ever. Weather permitting, this synchronized show runs from Nov. 29th to Dec. 21st from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays. Located in a gated neighborhood, guests must exit prior to the gates closing for the evening, but you'll be glad you went when you tune in to 89.9 FM and realize that the lights dance to the music on your radio!

Note: The website reflects updated information for the 2020 season; however, be sure to watch the Facebook page before you go to confirm that the show is indeed going on, on the night that you decide to check it out. 

4220 Tivoli Way
Alpharetta, Ga
Online: christmasincastille.com

photo: Gaddy Family Christmas Light Display

Gaddy Family Christmas Light Display

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.
Fayetteville, Ga
Online: facebook.com/pg/gaddyslights

A Whole Lot of Christmas

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 forest, 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
Online: facebook.com/a-whole-lot-of-christmas

Duluth's Christmas House

This crowd favorite private home has thousands of lights that you'll want to put on your bucket list, for sure—and this year's event is a drive-by one, only. The display will be on nightly starting Friday, Nov. 20th through Dec. 31st from 6-10 p.m. Please keep in mind that in the event of severe weather (wind, heavy rain, and/or snow) that there is a possibility that they will not have the display on. Check their Facebook page by 4 p.m. daily for any weather-related changes.
In addition to the lights, the family holds an annual holiday food drive for the community food pantry at First Baptist Duluth. Drop your non-perishable items in the bin located at the end of the driveway. 

2929 Mockingbird Circle
Duluth, Ga

Online: facebook.com/duluthschristmashouse

Smoot Family Christmas Light Show

This home display features over 70,000 commercial LED Christmas lights, and will tentatively go "live" this year on Thanksgiving. Check their Facebook page for hours of operation and up-to-the-minute information. All donations from this show go to The Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter.

3699 Autumn Dr.
Acworth, Ga
Online: facebook.com/SmootFamilyChristmasLightShow

Featured image by Jonathan Meyer via Pexels.

—Shelley Massey

 

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