2016 Christmas Light Displays in the South
A directory to some of the best and most beautiful Christmas & Holiday Lights and lighting displays
in the South for 2016!  We will be adding numerous other locations over coming days, so be sure to
check back regularly.


Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari *
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, Alabama
December 9-11, 16-23, & 26-31.
Synchronized light shows, hayrides, train rides, ice skating rink and much more.
Hours:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:  Zoo members admitted free, non-members $8 (All you can ride wrist band is $12)
More Information:


(See Wicksburg!)


Let It Snow! A Winter Wonderland Exhibit *
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama
November 12st - December 31st
The Chan Gallery is transformed into a snowy, winter wonderland where children can toss
snowballs, ride a snow slide, built a snowman and even make snow angels. In conjunction with the
Festival of the Trees.
Hours:  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $8
More Information:


Galaxy of  Lights *
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Called North Alabama’s favorite holiday attraction, Galaxy of Lights is one of the top lighting events
in the South.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cost:  $25 per car (or $20 per car up to 10 people with $3 for each additional person). $1 off with
donation of coats, gloves, blankets and canned goods for the less fortunate. $5 donation for
military with ID.
More Information:
Galaxy of Lights


Christmas Lights Festival *
Montgomery Zoo
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama
December 1-4, 8-11, 15-31
An annual tradition in the Montgomery area, the zoo lights up with hundreds of thousands of lights
and visitors can walk the pathways, ride the train or even take the Zoofari Skylight to see the lights
from above!
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Cost:  $5 admission for ages 3 and above (skylift ride is $5 extra). Pictures with Santa are free.
More Information:  


Magic Christmas in Lights *
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 25, 2016 – December 31, 2016 (Closed Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
Beautiful lights adorn Bellingrath Gardens every holiday season. Visitors can stroll through lighting
displays in the 65 acre gardens, visit the decorated Bellingrath Home, enjoy special performances,
check out the gift shop and even have their photos taken with Santa.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  See Link Below
More Information:  


Holiday Spectacular*
1768 Hubbard Road
Newton, Alabama (Wicksburg Community)
December 1st - December 31st
Over 14,000,000 lights illuminate a spectacular walk-through family park with multiple scenes,
Santa Claus, petting zoo and a life-size Nativity scene.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Lights out at 10 p.m.)
Admission: $7
More Information:  



Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights  2016
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information:
Arkansas Trail of Lights


Christmas Lights in the Park (Information needs to be confirmed for 2016)
Alma City Water Park
731 City Park Rd.
Alma, Arkansas
November 28 - December 25.
Drive-through display of over 40,000 lights.
Cost:        Free (Donations to feed the hungry are appreciated)
Hours:      5 p.m. - 10 p.m.


An Altus Christmas *
Highway 186 & Highway 64
Altus, Arkansas
November 22 - December 31
Lights in the park (Christmas Parade on December 11 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.)


Little River County Courthouse in Lights *
County Courthouse
310 North Second St.
Ashdown, Arkansas
November 26 - December 31
Historic 1907 Little River County Courthouse is lighted from the dawn to the lawn each year. Nearby
Two Rivers Museum is also in lights.
Hours: 5:30p.m. - Midnight
Cost: Free


Batesville Christmas Tour of Lights (Information needs to be confirmed for 2016)
Batesville Municipal Building
500 East Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
December 1 - December 31
Town is illuminated with more than 500,000 Christmas lights. Christmas Parade on Main Street at 7:
00 p.m. on Dec. 1st.
More information:


Daniel Park Light Display *
Main Street
Beebe, Arkansas
Beautiful lighting display at Daniel Park.
November 26 - January 1 (Christmas Parade on December 5 at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free


Saline County Celebration of Lights
200 N. Main St.
Benton, Arkansas
December  - January 1, 2017
Lights, events & more! (Christmas Parade is on December 7 at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free


Lighting of the Square
Downtown Square
116 South Main St.
Bentonville, Arkansas
November 22 - December 31
Downtown Square in lights, ice-skating at Lawrence Plaza, carriage rides on Saturdays and
Sundays (in December), Bentonville Holiday Parade on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.


Lights of the Delta *
1405 Airbase Road
Blytheville, Arkansas
November 21 - December 27
6,000,000+ lights, 40 acre drive-through display, hayrides, concessions and more.
Hours:        5:30 p.m - 9:00 p.m. (open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
Cost:        Cars, trucks, vehicles up to 12 passengers: $10
More Information:        


Downtown Christmas Celebration *
Conway, Arkansas
November 13 - December 25
Decorations, lights, store window displays, special events. Christmas Tree Lighting set for
November 26 at dark.


Christmas in the Park *
Wynn Park
US 67 West
Corning, Arkansas
November 26 – January 1, 2017
The lighting ceremony will be November 26th and starting then, the park will be lit up for Christmas
6:00p.m.- Midnight
Cost: Free


Christmas Wonderland *
123 Goshen Road
Crossett, Arkansas
November 26 - December 31
Sunset -10:00 p.m. (Open till 11 on Weekends)
More than 1,000,000 lights, snow machines, children's train and more.

El Dorado

Holiday Lights *
Courthouse, City Hall & Downtown
El Dorado, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate the courthouse, city hall and other buildings.
November 19 - December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 3)

Eureka Springs

Great Passion Play Lights Display *
Great Passion Play Grounds
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Fridays & Saturdays (November 25,  2016 - January 6,  2017)
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.


Lights of the Ozarks
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 20 – December 31,  2016
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music
and more.
Time:  Nightly
More Information:  

Fort Smith

Christmas Lights at Creekmore Park & Holiday Express Train *
Rogers Ave & South 31st St
Fort Smith, Arkansas
December 5th – 23rd
Beautiful lighting displays illuminate Creekmore Park in one of the finest Christmas displays in
Arkansas.  Kids and adults alike enjoy rides on the Holiday Express train. Opening night the steam
engine will also run.
Time:  Nightly (Train runs 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., no train rides on Sundays).
Admission:  Park and lights are free. Holiday Express Train Ride charges a small fee.

While in Fort Smith, be sure to enjoy the Christmas lights at Pendergraft and Riverfront Parks each
night as well!


Trail of Lights *
Bell Park
Greenwood, Arkansas
Live animals, Christmas scenes, display of lights. Special events all month; see link below.
December 1 - December 31
Time: Dusk to 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per vehicle
More Information:


Boone County Christmas (Information needs to be confirmed for 2016)
Boone County Courthouse & Square
100 North Main
Harrison, Arkansas
December 1 - December 26
Courthouse and historic downtown are in lights for the season! (Christmas parade on evening of
Dec. 1).

Heber Springs

Downtown in Lights (Not confirmed for 2016)
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Historic downtown area in lights for the season.
December 5 - December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 5)

Horseshoe Bend

18th Annual Holiday Lighting Display
Entire town
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Entire town in lights as residents and business owners compete in a lighting display contest.
December 10 - December 31.

Hot Springs

Holiday Lights 2016 *
Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
November 19 – December 31 (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
More than 4 million lights illuminate 17 acres into an amazing animated Christmas display. Free hot
chocolate.  One of the finest annual events in the South!
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  Adults - $15, Children (ages 6-12) - $5, Under 5 – Free. (Golf cart tour $15 extra)
More Information:  

Also be sure to check out the lights at Hot Springs National Park in downtown!


Holiday Lights *
Jacksonville City Hall & Downtown Area
Jacksonville, Arkansas
November 30 - December 30 (Christmas parade on December 6 at 6:30 p.m.)


Ozark Mountains Reindeer & Christmas Lights Trails *
Newton County Chamber of Commerce
204 North Spring St.
Jasper, Arkansas
November 21 - January 1
Days:        Drive the scenic "Reindeer Trail" to see herds of elk.
Nights:     Drive the Ozark Mountains Christmas Lights Trail
More Information:        

Little Rock

Christmas at the Capitol
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
December 5 - December 31
The capitol building is illuminated in lights (Fireworks and Santa Claus on Dec. 5)
Time: Nightly, after dark.
Admission: Free


Night of the Luminaries*
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, Arkansas
December 1, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
2000 candle-lit paper bag luminaries on the college campus with a parade that will be followed by
Santa Claus’ arrival!

Mountain View

Ozark Mountain Christmas
122 W. Main St.
Mountain View, Arkansas
December 5 - December 25
Courthouse, Town Square and Main Street illuminated in lights.

Mount Ida

Harbor Lights
Mountain View Harbor
Mount Ida Arkansas
Begins November 21.


Courthouse in Lights
208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
December 6 - December 25
96 Christmas trees in town, Courthouse illuminated in lights, "A Christmas Carol" at ASU-Newport
Centre for the Arts on Dec. 9 at  7 p.m., Christmas Parade down Malcolm Ave. on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

North Little Rock

(See Little Rock)


Purple Friday Weekend Holidays *
Historic Courthouse Square
211 W. Commercial St.
Ozark, Arkansas
November 18-November 19 (Lights continue through Christmas)
Tunnel of lights, horse and buggy rides, Santa and more (Christmas parade on December 10 at 6:
30 p.m.).


Trail of Holiday Lights*
Courthouse Square
25 West Walnut
Paris, Arkansas
November 26 – January 1
The courthouse and town square are illuminated nightly in one of the most beautiful small town
lighting displays in the South.
Time:  Nightly
Admission:  Free
More Information:  

Pine Bluff

Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends *
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park
Black Dog Drive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
November 15 - December 31
The largest drive-thru display of holiday lights in Arkansas, this event features 1.3 miles of lights
with numerous scenes (many animated).
Time:           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Admission:   Free
More Information:        


Annual Candy Cane Lane and Lights (Not confirmed for 2016)
Maple Street& Downtown Area
Pocahontas, Arkansas
December 19 - December 24
National Historic District in lights, Candy Cane Lane on Maple St..


Winter Wonderland Downtown (Not confirmed for 2016)
Historic Downtown
Russellville, Arkansas
November 30 - December 30
Holiday lights and more in Russellville's downtown historic district.


Sherwood's Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights *
Sherwood Forest
1111 W. Maryland Ave.
Sherwood, Arkansas
November 28 - December 30
One-mile trail of spectacular lights, the Sherwood Express, Santa Claus and more.
Time:        6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost        Free (but donations accepted)
Sherwood's Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights

Siloam Springs

Annual Light Up Siloam Springs *
Downtown Siloam Springs
University and Broadway Streets
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
December 3 - December 31
Event begins with a Christmas Parade on December 3rd. Lights on nightly afterwards.
Annual Light Up Siloam Springs


Holiday Lights Extravaganza *
Oil Field Park
Smackover, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate Oil Field Park for this annual tradition!
Dates:    November 18  Fridays & Saturdays through December  2016.
Hours:    6pm- 8:30pm
Cost:      $10 per car (up to 7 people)


The 12 Gardens of Winter
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
4703 N. Crossover Rd
Springdale, Arkansas
Train displays, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, activities, displays and more.
Dates:        Thursdays in December and Saturday December 17
Hours:        1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Price:        $7 adults , $4 children (5-12)
More Information:  


Twice as Bright Festival of Lights*
Downtown along Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas
Thousands of Holiday Lights.
December 5 - January 2.
EVENT: Christmas Parade December 5
More Information:

Van Buren

Festival of the Trees & Courthouse in Lights *
300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
December 3 - December 27
Beautiful downtown lights and festivities.
EVENT: Courthouse Lighting and Festival of Trees December 3rd 6:00pm

Hodo's Christmas Light Show *
1205 Woodland Creek Circle
Van Buren, Arkansas
Massive family Christmas lights display.
November 24 - November 31
Hours:        5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
More Information:

Wiederkehr Village

A Swiss Twist Christmas (Not yet confirmed for 2016)
3324 Swiss Family Drive
Wiederkehr Village, Arkansas
Throughout December
Discover the Swiss heritage of Wiederkehr Village and enjoy the glow of 50,000 twinkling lights.


Festival of Trees*
Bill Thomas Building
1790 N. Falls
Wynne, Arkansas
November 15- December 16
Hours: Sunday - Thursday:  5:30 pm - 9 pm (Open until 10pm on Fridays – Saturdays)
Trees decorated by groups and businesses on display. Train on Courthouse grounds.
Cost: Free
More Information:
Wynne Festival of Trees



Lights & Christmas at Heritage Park *
U.S. 90 Downtown & Heritage Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Lights - All through December
Event: Project Share on December 3, 2016, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. (Activities for kids, Christmas
decorations, hot cocoa & more, Santa Claus at 4:30 p.m., music and tree lighting at dark).                


Chipley Christmas Fest *
Chipley, Florida
December 4 - December 31,  2016
Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 2nd includes parade, holiday stroll, movie, music, free
photos with Santa & more.
More information:        

Coconut Creek

Holiday Fantasy of Lights at Tradewinds Park *
Tradewinds Park
3600 W. Sample Rd
Coconut Creek, FL
November 18,  2016 - January 2, 2017
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost:  $15 per car or $40 per bus holding 15 people or more.
More Information:

DeFuniak Springs

Christmas Reflections *
Circle Drive
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
November 25 - December 31
More than 3 million lights reflect on Lake DeFuniak as part of this beloved family tradition.
Hours:        5 p.m. - 9 p.m.nightly
Cost:        $3 per person (kids under 6 admitted free). Season passes available for $35.
More Information:


Santa Over the Rainbow *
Rainbow Springs State Park
U.S. 41
Dunnellon, Florida
December 11-13, 18-20, 26-27.
Friends of Rainbow Springs present a wonderland of lights at the headsprings area of Rainbow
Springs State Park.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost:  $1 for entry (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.), $2 for photos with Santa.

Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Extreme Christmas*
11201 NW 14th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Late November - Late December
One of the most amazing residential Christmas lighting displays in the world.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:

Homosassa Springs

Celebration of Lights *
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
U.S. 19
Homosassa Springs, Florida
December 19th – December 24th; December 26th
Transportation provided from US 19 Visitor Center
Spectacular synchronized light and sound display in the Garden of the Springs, special events,
music and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. through December 24th
Cost:  Suggestion Donation of $5 for Adults and $2 for Children.
More Information:  
(352) 628-5343


Jax Illuminations *
3800 St. John's Bluff Rd. S.
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
November 18,  2016 - January 1, 2017
Time:        6:00 - 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost:        $20 per vehicle
More Information

Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lights*
Lake Padget Estates East subdivision
(Go North on Collier Parkway, turn right on Hale Road, right on Canterbury, Right on Mayfair, Left
on Victoria and right on Brighton)
Land O’Lakes, Florida
December 2016
Lights that dance, twinkle and sparkle to your favorite Holiday music!
Time:  Nightly
Cost:  Free
The display will be smaller than normal this year.
More Information:

Live Oak

Suwannee Lights *
Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive
Live Oak, Florida
More than 6 million lights create one of the most beautiful displays in North Florida and South
December 3 - December 24
Time:        6 p.m. - 10 p.m. nightly
More Information:        


Historic Russ House in Lights *
Historic Russ House & Visitor Center
4318 Lafayette Street
Marianna, Florida
Magnificent Victorian mansion is decked out in lights for the holidays!
Time:        Nightly until 10 p.m. (Interior can be toured M-F during business hours).
Cost:        Free

White Family Christmas Lights *
2956 Caledonia Street
Marianna, Florida
Now through New Year's.
Over 35,000 synchronized lights (tune to 89.7 FM)
Time:        Nightly
Cost:         Free

St. Augustine

Nights of Lights *
Historic District
St. Augustine, Florida
Dates:        November 19,  2016 - January 31, 2017
Hundreds of thousands of lights illuminate the nation's oldest city in one of the top lighting
events in the world!
Hours:        Nightly after dark.
Cost:          Free
Parking:     Park at Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and explore the historic district on
foot or bike. Trolley tours are also available for a fee.
More Information:        
St. Augustine Nights of Lights

St. Petersburg

Oakdale Christmas House *
2719 Oakdale Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida
Friday day after Thanksgiving (Nov 23) – January 3, 2016
One of the nation’s top residential light displays, the Oakdale Christmas House features an amazing
array of lights, 18 train model railroad and more, all covering roughly one-half acre.
Time:  6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Cost:  Free
More Information:  


Annual Camellia Christmas *
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Tallahassee, Florida
December 2,  2016
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music & more.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Admission:  Free (but donations accepted)

White Springs

Festival of Lights *
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 2 - December 24,  2016
Four million lights nightly, plus carriage and wagon rides, craft square, gift shop, music and more.
Named a Top 20 event in the Southeast.
Time:  Nightly 5:30- 9 p.m. EST
Admission:  $2 per person (3 and under admitted free).
More Information:  



Garden Lights *
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
November 12, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Millions of lights woven into the beautiful setting of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m., nightly
Cost:  Varies by Night.  See link below for more information.
NOTE:  The number of tickets sold nightly is limited. Reservations are recommended!
More Information & Reservations:


(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).


Downtown Christmas Celebration
Boston, Georgia
December (all month)
The charming South Georgia city of Boston puts on one of the best small town Christmas
celebrations in the South. The downtown area is in lights as the city joins with businesses and
residents to celebrate the season.
Hours:        Nightly

Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 18, 2016 – January 7,  2017
Featuring eight million lights and 15 dazzling scenes, Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights is one of
the 10 best lighting displays in the nation.  There are trolley rides, activities, entertainment and
Time:  Opens nightly at 6 p.m.
Admission:  Varies according to date. See link below for specifics.
More Information:  


Pettit Creek Christmas Light Display*
Pettit Creek Farms
337 Cassville Road
Cartersville, Georgia
November 24 – December 30,  2016
Over one mile of Christmas lights that can be viewed from your own car or by hayride.   Live
Hours:  Lights come on nightly at 6 p.m.Sharp 6-9 Mon-Thurs/6-10 Fri-Sun.
Cost:  $15 to view by car; Hayride is $10 per person (Kids under 2 admitted free)
More Information:  


The Ludy’s Christmas Light Spectacular *
5784 Ironstone Drive
Columbus, Georgia
Thanksgiving through New Year's Eve
Over 100,000 lights in place for 2014 in this remarkable residential display. The lights are all
sequenced to music that you can hear on FM 90.1 as you pass. Donations benefit the Make A Wish
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m., weekdays; 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., weeknights.
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Make A Wish)
More Information:  


Seminole Nights of Lights *
Seminole State Park
7870 State Park Drive
Donalsonville, Georgia
November 25, 2016 - December 26, 2016
Festive light displays create a winter wonderland. Some reflect off Lake Seminole!
Hours:      6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        $5
More Information:


Lights of the South
633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, Georgia
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 20 - December 30, 2016 (Closed Christmas Day)
Over 5 million lights displayed in a 100 acre forest, storybook characters come to life, Santa Claus,
world's largest American flag made with Christmas lights, train, more. Wheelchair accessible.
Hours: 6 p,m, - 10 p.m., 7 days per week (Closed Christmas Day)
Cost: Admission charged
More Information:


Gift of Lights*
Atlanta Motor Speedway
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, Georgia
November 25 - December 30, 2016
More than 1,000,000 lights and hundreds of individual light displays, stretching for 1.5 miles.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday
Cost:  $15 (Monday – Thursday); $20 (Friday – Sunday) Nov. 25-Dec15
       $20 each day Dec. 16-Dec. 30.
More Information:

Lake Lanier Islands (Buford)

Magical Nights of Lights *
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, Georgia
November 18, 2016 – January 3,  2017
Miles of lights, ice skating, Christmas Village and a wide variety of other activities.
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  Follow link for more information.
More Information:


Lights of Life *
Life University
Barclay Circle off Highway 41/Cobb Parkway
Marietta, Georgia
November 24 – December 31, 2016 (Rain or Shine)
Hundreds of thousands of lights in one of the most beautiful displays in the Atlanta area. Also
features pony rides, train rides, petting zoo and more on weekends and a concession stand seven
days a week. New displays every year.
Hours:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per car (Fri-Sun)
        $5 per car (Mon-Thurs), $20 per van/bus (all dates)
More Information:  

St. Marys

Christmas Lights in Historic St. Marys *
Osborne Street & the Riverfront
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Downtown St. Marys and the Riverfront are ablaze with thousands of Christmas lights in celebration
of the season. Numerous special events are planned.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Some events require admission)
Event: White Lighting Ceremony Nov 29 5:30-8:00pm

St. Marys Christmas *
(Chapman Family Lighting Display)
208 East Dillingham Street
St. Marys, Georgia
All through December
Huge residential lighting display with more than 55,000 synchronized lights.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted for Camden House)
More Information:  

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas *
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Select Dates from November 12 – January 4
More than 2,000,000 lights, named one of the Top Ten places in America to visit with Santa!
Time & Admission:  Follow the link below for details.
More Information:

The Rock

Country Christmas in Lights *
The Rock Ranch
5020 Barnesville Highway
The Rock, Georgia
December 9, 10, 16, 17, 19 (NOT Open on Sunday)
Over one mile of Christmas lights for families to enjoy driving through.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
Cost:  Varies (Follow the link below for more information).
More Information:  
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Southern Lights*
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky
November 18 – December 31, 2016
Dazzling drive-through light display featuring over 1,000,000 lights.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $15 for personal vehicles (Sunday – Thursday); $20 for personal vehicles (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:


Lights Under Louisville*
Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Avenue
Lousville, Kentucky
November 18, 2016 - January 5, 2017
Massive underground light show featuring 2,000,000 lights, entertainment and more!
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Monday – Friday); 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Saturday & Sunday)
Cost:  $30 for car, truck, SUV or Minivan; $40 for van; $55 for limo; $65 for Church bus; $105 for school bus size.
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Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights*
Historic District & Riverbank
Natchitoches, Louisiana
November 19,  2016 – January 6, 2017
Over 300,000 Christmas lights and more than 100 riverbank set pieces are on display in beautiful
Numerous special events are also planned, including a Tour of Homes, Fireworks, Carriage Tours and 8
Times:  Nightly

New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks  *
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana
Wonderful lighting display that offers Christmas with a Louisiana touch. Home to the famed Cajun Night
Before Christmas display and many other life-sized displays including a tree with more than 46,000 lights.
November 25,  2016 – January 1, 2017 (Closed 11/28, 29, 30 - 12/01, 12/24 and 12/31)
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $8 per person (children under three admitted free).  Rides are $18 for unlimited, Train Tickets $5
More Information:  



Christmas at Beauvoir*
2244 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, Mississippi
150 oak trees in lights, evening tours of the historic home of President Jefferson Davis, special events, hot cocoa,
photos with Santa, Model Train Exhibit, Train Rides, Live Entertainment and more.
Dates:  Every Friday & Saturday in December
Times:  6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Price:  $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids.
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Blue Mountain/Cotton Plant

Christmas in Cotton Plant*
490 Hwy 15
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
Nov. 25 - Dec. 17 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
December 18 - 25 (Everyday) Note: closed Christmas Eve for family Christmas & anniversary.
Drive or walk through the light show synchronized to music. Sweets and hot coco will be available for purchase.
Hours: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: Free
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Lazy Acres in Lights*
Lazy Acres Plantation, LLC
596 Lazy Acres Road
Chunky, Mississippi
Lazy Acres is in lights for the season with a brand new display of interactive lights decorating a 3-acre animal park.
Hayrides through Christmas scenes with storytelling and more!
Dates:        Thursday, Friday & Satuday nights Thanksgiving-Christmas. Plus Dec. 19-23 & Christmas.
Time:        6 - 10 p.m. (Last admission is at 9 p.m.)
Price:        $7 (plus tax)

Moss Point

Langley's Lights Before Christmas*
7004 Bentwood Drive
Moss Point, Mississippi
Thousands of lights choreographed to your favorite Christmas music!
Dates:        November 25, 2016 – New Year's!
Time:        5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. weekdays; 5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. weekends.
Price:        Free!
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Southern Lights at Central Park*
7651 Tehulahoma Road
Southaven, Mississippi
November 24 – December 31, 2016 (Closed Christmas Day)
More than 500,000 lights in scenes that illuminate to Christmas music.
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $10 per car; $15 for vans and hayrides; $25 for buses; $5 for motorcycles.



An Old Time Christmas*
Silver Dollar City
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway
Branson, Missouri
November 5 – December 30, 2016
Massive Christmas celebration featuring 4,000,000 lights, 5-story Christmas tree, productions of “It’s a Wonderful
Life!,” “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol,” and much more.
Admission charged (follow link below for more information).
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Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland *
Second Year in Asheville!
Western NC Agricultural Center (Fairgrounds)
1301 Fanning Bridge Rd.
Fletcher, NC (Fletcher is near Asheville)
Dates:  November 23 - December 30, 2016
Hours: Dusk - 10 p.m., nightly. (even in the rain)
Price:  Cars & Family Vans, $20
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Lights on the Neuse*
Christmas Lights Extravaganza
1620 Loop Road
Clayton, North Carolina
November 25 – December 24,  2016 (Select Nights, visit link below for calendar)
Hayride and walk through massive Christmas light display then explore 3D Christmas Barn. Lights on the Neuse
features over 1,000,000 lights. Reservations necessary for wheelchair accessible hayride.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (through December 23rd); 5 p.m. – 7p.m. (December 24th) Event closes after last hayride
on Christmas Eve, which departs at 7 p.m.
Cost:  $9 for ages 3 and up. Kids 2 and under admitted free.
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Lake Myra Christmas*
10 S. Cypress St.
Wendell, North Carolina 27591
Thanksgiving – December 31,  2016
A light show set to music featuring over 180,000 lights. Created by the Williams family, it is an
outstanding display.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday – Saturday); 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday)
Cost:  Free (Donations accepted)
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Winston Salem

Tanglewood Festival of Lights *
Tanglewood Park
Clemmons, North Carolina
(Ten minutes west of Winston-Salem off I-40)
November 18,  2016 - January 1, 2017
Selected as a Top 20 event in the South, the festival features over 1,000,000 lights and numerous
other activities. NOTE: Saturday nights can have as a much as a FOUR HOUR WAIT. Consider going Sunday-
Wednesday for easy access!
Hours:  6p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $15 for family cars
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Broken Arrow

RHEMA Christmas Lights Display *
Rhema Bible Church
1025 West Kenosha Street
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
November 23, 2016 - January 1, 2017
More than 2,000,000 lights that celebrate Christmas. Carriage rides and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. each night
Cost:  Free, but donations accepted. Carriage rides are $10 for adults and $5 for kids
(Family Pack Carriage Ride is $25).
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Garden of Lights *
Honor Heights Park
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Thanksgiving – January 1, 2017
Remarkable lighting display covering beautiful Honor Heights Park.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday – Saturday)
Cost:  Free, but donations appreciated.
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Castle Christmas*
The Castle of Muskogee
3400 W. Fern Mountain Road
Muskogee, OK 74401
November 24 -January 1, 2017
One of the largest displays of Holiday inflatables with over 2,000 ranging from 4 to 20 feet tall. Horse drawn carriage
rides  and hayrides available as well as a petting zoo.
Hours: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Cost: Free to drive through but donations are accepted.
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Christmas in the Park *
Yukon City Park,
Freedom Trail Park & Chisholm Trail Park
Yukon, OK 73099



Anderson Christmas Lights *
Darwin Wright Park
3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Anderson, SC 29621 (Across from Civic Center)
Thanksgiving Day – December 25, 2016
Drive through Christmas light display featuring a 7/10 mile drive through a variety of beautiful scenes made up of
more than 3,500,000 lights.
Bus tour friendly with clearance up to 14 feet.
Times:  5:30 – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $15 for cars (might be less), $50 for buses
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Charleston (James Island)

Holiday Festival of Lights *
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
November 11, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Three mile drive-through lights, Victorian Carousel and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday – Sunday); 5:30 – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:  $20 per vehicle (1-15 guests) (Friday – Sunday).
Receive a $5 discount per vehicle Monday – Thursday with the donation of a canned food item to
benefit local charity.
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Holiday Lights on the River *
Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
November 23 - December 31, 2016
More than 1,000,000 sparkling lights in over 400 themed, animated light displays along a two-mile loop through the
park. Nature comes to life along the Wetland Wonderland Walking Trail's boardwalk. Train rides and more.
Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
Admission: Cars $15 (plus $2 for train rides, $2 for Winter Wonder Ride and $1 for Hayrides).
NEW Entrance at St. Andrews Road
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Lights Before Christmas *
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina
November 19 – December 30, 2016 (Closed Nov. 24, Dec. 24, Dec. 25)
Columbia’s longest running holiday event, with nearly 1,000,000 lights, animated images, nightly visits with Santa
and numerous other activities.
Times:  5 – 9 p.m.
Admission:  $10 Adults, $8 Children ages 3-12 (Save $2 by ordering in advance via the link below)
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Roper Mountain Holiday Lights *
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, South Carolina
Thanksgiving - December 30, 2016
Now in its 25th year, the Roper Mountain Holiday Lights illuminate the Greenville night sky along a 1.5 mile trail! The
well-established non-profit light show and Winter Wonderland has raised over 2 million dollars for local charities and
nonprofit organizations since it started in 1992.
Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
Admission: $10 for Car, Minivan or SUV (Monday-Thursday), $15 (Friday-Sunday).  
Cash or checks only.
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Greenville (Simpsonville)

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
Myrtle Beach Pelican’s Ball Park
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville SC 29681
November 18, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Spectacular Christmas light display. The lights dance to music and victors simply listen along on a
special radio station.
Times:  Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost:  $25 (Cars or Family Vans)
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Moncks Corner

Celebrate the Season Holiday Driving Tour *
Santee Cooper's headquarters and Old Santee Canal Park
1 Riverwood Drive
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
November 25 - December 30, 2016 (Closed Dec. 24-25)
Lighting displays powered with renewable energy, Holiday Fair and more.
Times:  6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per car.
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Murrells Inlet

Nights of a Thousand Candles *
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
December 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18, 2016
Brookgreen Gardens are illuminated with 5,500 candles and thousands of sparkling lights,
entertainment, cider and more.
Times: 3 - 10 p.m.
Cost: $17 for adults, $10 for children (4-12). Kids 3 and under are admitted free.
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Children's Garden Christmas and Kid's Walk *
Edisto Memorial Gardens
U.S. Highway 301
Orangeburg, South Carolina
November 21 - January 1, 2017
Drive through lighting display at Edisto Memorial Gardens as well as a walk-through "Kid's Walk" with interactive
Times: 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:  FREE
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Fantasy of Lights *
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, South Carolina
December 1 - December 31, 2016
More than 1,000,000 lights and 150 lighted figures create one of the largest lighted displays in South Carolina at
150 acre Swan Lake Iris Gardens.  Entertainment, Refreshments and more, all part of Sumter's annual Poinsettia
Times: Dusk - 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, Dusk - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday.
Cost: FREE
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Speedway in Lights*
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Dragway Entrance on Highway 394
Bristol, Tennessee
November 18, 2016 – January 7, 2017
Speedway in Lights Powered by TVA is reported to be the largest lighting display in the South.
Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Admission:  $12 for cars (Sunday – Thursday), $15 for cars (Friday & Saturday)
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Enchanted Garden of Lights*
Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
November 18, 2016 - December 31, 2016
Award-winning, light extravaganza featuring more than 30 holiday scenes, nightly entertainment and more.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $22.95 (Adults, Thursday – Saturday); $12.95 (Children 3-12, Thursday – Saturday)
$19.95 (Adults, Sunday – Wednesday); $11.95 (Children, 3-12, Sunday – Wednesday)
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Christmas on the Cumberland*
Along the Riverwalk in McGregor Park
640 N Riverside Drive (US 41-A)
Clarksville, Tennessee
November 22, 2015 – January 3, 2016
Display of over 1,000,000 Christmas lights along the Cumberland River in historic Clarksville, the display stretches
along the RiverWalk for 7/10s of a mile!
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Cost:  Free
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Trolley Ride of Lights*
City of Gatlinburg Mass Transit Center
Traffic Light #5
88 River Road (Beside Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies)
Gatlinburg, Tennessee
November 9, 2016 – January 31, 2017
Trolley rides through downtown and along Highway 321 to allow visitors to enjoy the hundreds of thousands of lights.
Times:  6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.
Cost:  $5 per person
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Christmas at Graceland*
3765 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee
November 17, 2016 – New Year's.
Graceland, the famed home of Elvis Presley, is lit up for the holidays with a special emphasis on blue lights.
The lights can be seen from the street for free, nightly.
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Downtown Memphis*
Memphis, Tennessee
Key areas of downtown are lit in blue for the season.

Snowy Nights in My Big Backyard*
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee
Dec 2-3
Dec. 9-10
Dec. 16-23.
(Closed December 24 & 25)
Lights, a giant light bright, concessions including hot cocoa and cider, s’mores and roasted marshmallows
Times:        5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Last admission 8 p.m.)
Cost:  $10 (MBG members $7), children under 2 admitted free.
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Starry Nights*
Shelby Farms Park
500 North Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, Tennessee
November 17 – December 27, 2016 (Closed November 21)
(Enter through Walnut Grove Road/Farm Road)
More than 1,500,000 LED lights illuminate drive-through displays at Shelby Farms Park. Horse-drawn carriages and
hayrides as well as a Mistletoe Village with refreshments, shopping and more.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:  $20 per car (Tuesday – Sunday); $5 per person or $20 per family (Monday)
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SunTrust Zoo Lights*
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
November 18 – December 30, 2016 (Select Nights, See link below for calendar)
Spectacular holiday light displays, outdoor ice skating rink, animals of the night, singing Christmas trees and more at
Memphis Zoo.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Select Nights, See link below for calendar)
Cost:  $9 ($7 for members)
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Pigeon Forge

Annual Winterfest*
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Thanksgiving week - January 2017
Thousands of lights throughout Pigeon Forge.
Self-guided driving tour brochures available.
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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland*
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium
3540 Line Drive
Kodak, Tennessee (near Sevierville)
November 4, 2016 – January 8, 2016
Magnificent Christmas lighting display. Santa’s village with free petting zoo, camel and pony rides, train and more.
Times:  Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost:  $25 (Cars or Family Vans)
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Music, Lights and Magic*
Sevierville, Tennessee
November - December, 2015
Thousands of lights illuminate downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.

West Memphis

Worthington Park Lights*
Worthington Park
109 S. Worthington
West Memphis, Arkansas
Late November – January 1st
Beautifully lighted park area.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free



7th Street Lights *
37th Street (not far from Guadalupe and UT Campus)
Austin, Texas
Residents light up their block with one of the most beautiful Christmas light displays in Texas. Park elsewhere and
walk down 37th street.
Times:  Nightly beginning at dark.
Cost:  Free

Austin Trail of Lights *
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas
December 10 – December 23, 2016 (Preview event Dec 9)
The popular and historic event features millions of lights, entertainment and more.
Hours:  Nightly
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Festival of Lights *
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas
November 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017 (See link for open days).
One of the largest holiday celebrations on the Texas coast, more than 1,000,000 lights and the
Galveston area’s only outdoor ice skating rink.
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:  $10.95 per person (includes ice skate admission; Skate rentals $7)
Ice Slide $7 for 1 slide, Train ride $3
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Schultz Holiday Lights *
19827 Rose Dawn Lane
Spring, Texas
Dates: November 25 - December 31, 2016
Magnificent residential lighting display that ranks as one of the brightest in Texas.
Hours: Nightly, beginning at 6:00 p.m. (Ends at 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday and 10:30 p.m. Friday
and Saturday)
Cost:  Free (Donations Accepted for Labs Etc. Rescue & Northwest Assistance Ministries)
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Multiple Cities

100 Miles of Lights *
Richmond, Virginia to Virginia Beach, Virginia
A trail of lights that features key displays in seven cities (Richmond, Williamsburg, Newport News,
Hampton, Norfolk,
Portsmouth and Virginia Beach.
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Bull Run Festival of Lights *
Route 29 (Lee Highway) off I-66
Centreville, Virginia
Dates: November 23 2016 – January 8, 2017
Massive lighting displays, carnival and other activities.
Times 5:30- 10:00p.m.
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Newport News

2016 Celebration in Lights *
Newport News Park
Intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. & Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, Virginia
November 24, 2016 – January 1, 2017
More than 800,000 lights along a two-mile drive. Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event is in its 24th season.
Times: 5:30 – 10 p.m. Daily
Admission: $12 per car, $60 per bus.

Virginia Beach

McDonald’s Holiday at the Beach *
On the Boardwalk between 2nd and 33rd Streets
Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Times:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday), 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Admission: $15 per car nightly; $45 per motor coach CASH ONLY.
$8 entry Opening weekend November 18-22
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An asterisk (*) symbol means location has been confirmed for 2015!
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
Courtesy of Callaway Gardens
White Family Christmas Lights
Marianna, Florida