A directory to some of the best and most beautiful Christmas & Holiday Lights and lighting displays
in the South for 2017!  We will be adding numerous other locations over coming days, so be sure to
check back regularly.


Christmas in Candyland*
Court Square
(near Church and East 3 Notch Streets)
Andalusia, Alabama
Every weekend in December
This is a VERY cool event!  Candyland Christmas Village on the square, ice skating, snow, lights
around the square and more!
Hours:        See link below.
Cost:        Square admission is free.
More information:


Christmas in the Park*
November 24 - December 31, 2017
(Santa in the Park, Friday & Saturday through December 17, $5 per person).
Cost:        Free
More information:

Bellingrath Gardens

Magic Christmas in Lights *
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017 (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.
Cost:          Lights Only - Adults $15, Children $7.50
       Lights & Museum Tour - Adults $24, Children $13.        
More Information:


Wells Fargo Zoolight Safari *
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, Alabama
December 5-7, 12-14, 18-23 & 26-31..
Synchronized light shows, hayrides, train rides, ice skating rink and much more.
Hours:  5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
 Zoo members admitted free, non-members $8 (All you can ride wrist band is $10)
More Information:

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland*
Birmingham Race Course
1000 John Rogers Drive
Birmingham, Alabama
Drive-through holiday light show with synchronized music.
November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Hours:  Dusk – 10 p.m. nightly
Cost:     Cars or Family Vans $25; Activity Van or Mini Bus $40, Limo $40, Tour/School Bus $80.
More information:

Holidays @McWane featuring the Magic of Model Trains*
McWane Science Center
200 19th St. North
Birmingham, Alabama
Ice slide, train rides, model train exhibit and more. This is an indoor event, but lots of fun.
November 18, 2017 – January 8, 2018 (Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Day)
Hours:     Weekdays        9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     Saturdays        10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
     Sundays          12 noon to 6 p.m.
Cost:        Adventure Hall Only         $13/Adults, $9/Kids
     IMAX Only                         $9/Adults, $8/Kids
     Combo Ticket                    $18/Adults, $13/Kids   
More information:

Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour*
Avondale Brewing Company
201 41st St. South
Birmingham, Alabama
Two-hour bus tour of amazing Christmas displays.
December 12, 13 and 14
Hours:     5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:       See the link below.
More Information:


Christmas Fantasyland*
640 County Road 128
Calera, Alabama
A spectacular residential lighting display that has been a tradition in Calera for years.
More Information:

Landry Home Residential Lights (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
441 Waterford Cove Trail
Calera, Alabama 35040
More than 50,000 lights make this amazing residential display a must see! The lights continue a
tradition started by Pelham residents David and Barbara Phillips.
Hours 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost  Free
Drive by and enjoy!

North Pole Express and Santa Special*
Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum
1919 Ninth Street
Calera, Alabama
Train rides, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, caroling & more!
Fridays        November 17 & 24; December 1, 8 & 15.
Saturdays    November 18 & 25; December 2, 9 & 16.
Sundays      November 19 & 26; December 3 & 19.
Last rides for this year are on December 16.
Hours:               5 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m (No 6:30 p.m. ride on December 10)
Cost:                $27 Coach Class; $37 for Live Entertainer; $47 for First Class.
More information:


Christmas at the Cave*
DeSoto Caverns
5181 DeSoto Caverns Parkway
Childersburg, Alabama
Christmas story told in a spectacular of lasers, lights, sound and water.
Friday & Saturday        December 15-16; December 22-23
Hours:     10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost:        Adults $20; Kids (Ages 4-11) $15. (Ages 3 and under admitted free).
More information:


Winter Wonderland*
Sportsman Lake Park
1544 Sportsman Lake Road
Cullman, Alabama
December 1 – December 31 (Closed Dec. 4-5; 11-12; 24-25).
Drive-through Christmas light spectacular, lighted displays and more!
Hours:     5 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday & Thursday
     5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost:     $10 per vehicle (Christmas Express Train is $3 extra)
More information:


Christmas on the River*
Downtown Riverfront Area
Demopolis, Alabama
December 2  – Christmas
Lighted displays along the riverfront.
Hours:                     Nightly
Special Event:        Christmas Parade        Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Cost:                      Free


(Also see Wicksburg!)

Christmas on Oakwood*
102 & 105 Oakwood Drive
Dothan, Alabama
Magnificent residential display put on by neighbors in the Westbrook Subdivision (behind Publix on
US 84 West).  Lights are choreographed to music that you can hear on your car radio at 98.1 FM.
November 24 - December 31.
Hours:   Nightly 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Cost:     Free
More information:

Dothan Botanical Gardens
5130 Headland Ave
Dothan, AL 36303
November 24-Christmas (Every Friday)
In addition to the lights there will be live music, hot chocolate, Christmas cookies, and Santa.
Cost: $5 per person (children under four admitted for free)
More Information:


Fairhope’s Magical Christmas*
Fairhope, Alabama
Downtown Fairhope is lit up for Christmas!   
November 16 - December 31.     
Hours:   Nightly
Cost:     Free
More information:


Let It Snow! A Winter Wonderland Exhibit*
Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts
501 Broad Street
Gadsden, Alabama
November 11 - December 31st (Festival of Trees ends Dec. 31, Let it Snow! continues thru Jan.)
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:

Christmas at the Falls*
Noccalula Falls Park
1500 Noccalula Road
Gadsden, Alabama
Holiday lights, train rides, animals and more.
November 23 - December 23 & Dec. 26 - Dec. 30.
Hours:     5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Special Events:        Paws on the Falls on Nov. 21, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.       
                      Santa arrives on Nov. 24 at 4:30 p.m.
Cost:     $6 per person (under 4 admitted free)
More information:  
Noccalula Falls & Campground


Galaxy of  Lights *
Huntsville Botanical Garden
4747 Bob Wallace Avenue
Huntsville, Alabama
Called North Alabama’s favorite holiday attraction, Galaxy of Lights is one of the top lighting events
in the South, with designated nights for walking tours, dog tours and driving tours.
Thanksgiving - New Year's Eve
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).
More Information:

North Alabama Railroad Museum*
694 Chase Road
Huntsville, Alabama
Train rides, lights, visits with Santa and more.
December 1, 2, 8 & 9.
Hours:       December 1        5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
      December 2        12 noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
      December 8        5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
      December 9        12 noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:45 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.
Cost:        See website below.
More information:


Christmas Card Lane*
Church & Front Streets
Madison, Alabama
Lighted jumbo Christmas cards with holiday themes! Sponsored by the Madison Arts Council.
December 1 – December 31
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:        Free
More information:


Bellingrath Gardens (Please see Theodore)

Christmas Nights of Lights*
Hank Aaron Stadium
755 Bolling Bros. Blvd.
Mobile, Alabama 36606
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Over 1,000,000 LED lights synchronized to Christmas music that plays through your car radio as
you drive through!
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        $6 per person (Kids 3 and under admitted free)
More information:


Christmas Lights Festival *
Montgomery Zoo
2301 Coliseum Parkway
Montgomery, Alabama
December 1-3, 7-10 and 14-31.
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:

Holidays on the Harriott II*
Harriott II Riverboat
Leaves from dock near Riverwalk Amphitheater
255 Commerce Street
Montgomery, Alabama
December 1, 2, 7, 9, 15 & 16.
Two-hour cruise aboard a paddlewheel riverboat with Santa Claus!
Hours:     6:30 p.m. (Cruise lasts from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.)
Cost:       Adult Dinner - $48; Child Dinner (3-12 Years) - $38.
More information:


Palisades Park Lights*
1225 Palisades Parkway
Oneonta, Alabama 35121
December 1 - 31 (Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)
Drive through thousands of Christmas lights in unique displays by a variety of individuals and
organizations that come together to lighten up your Christmas season!
Hours:        5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:        Free but donations are accepted
More Information:

Orange Beach

Winter at the Wharf*
The Wharf
4830 Main Street
Orange Beach, Alabama
Outdoor ice rink, Holiday Spectra light show, petting zoo, camel rides and more!
November 28 – December 31
Hours:        See link below for more information.
Cost:          See link below for more information.
Special Event        Christmas Tree Lighting November 28 at 5:30 p.m.
More information:


Arctic Express & Lights!*
Wales West RV Resort & Light Railway
13670 Smiley Street
Silverhill, Alabama 36576
November 24 – December 24 (Fri., Sat, & Sun.)
Ride a real steam train through the park, over 1,000,000 lights, artificial snow and more!
Hours:        4 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        $15 per person plus tax (kids 2 and under admitted free)
More information:


Magic Christmas in Lights *
Bellingrath Gardens and Home
Theodore, Alabama
November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017 (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.
Cost:          Lights Only - Adults $15, Children $7.50
       Lights & Museum Tour - Adults $24, Children $13.        
More Information:


Christmas Lights*
Downtown area
Thomasville, Alabama
Downtown area is illuminated for Christmas.
Hours:     Nightly
Cost:        Free


Christmas on the Coosa*
Gold Star Park
South Main Street
Wetumpka, Alabama
Christmas tree, Christmas lights and more.
December 5-31st (CHristmas on the Coosa event takes place Dec. 9th, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
Hours:     See link below.
Cost:       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.)
Cost:          $15
More Information:



Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information:
Arkansas Trail of Lights


Christmas Lights in the Park*
Alma Aquatic Park
731 City Park Rd.
Alma, Arkansas
November 24 - December 25.
Drive-through display of over 40,000 lights.
Special Event:        Lighting of the Park on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
Hours:      5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:        Free (Donations accepted)


Little River County Courthouse in Lights*
County Courthouse
310 North Second St.
Ashdown, Arkansas
All December Long
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
Special Event:        Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free


White River Wonderland Lights*
St. Louis and Myers Streets
Batesville, Arkansas
November 22, 2017 - January 2, 2019
Enjoy an ice rink, carriage rides, hot chocolate and popcorn at the concession stand. The lights
begin at the intersection of St. Louis and Myers streets and continue through three city parks full of
over 1,000,000 Christmas lights timed to music.
Hours:        5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost:          Free
More information:

Batesville Christmas Lights*
Batesville Municipal Building
500 East Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
November 22, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Main Street goes all out to celebrate Christmas with lights. Notable buildings decked out for the
seasn include the Independence County Light House, the Courthouse and the Batesville Municipal
Special Event:        Christmas Parade on Main Street, 6 p.m. on November 27.
Hours:        5 p.m. - 2 a.m.
Cost:          Free
More Information:


Daniel Park Light Display *
Main Street
Beebe, Arkansas
Beautiful lighting display at Daniel Park.
November 26 - January 1 (Christmas Parade on December 2 at 6 p.m.)
Cost:        Free


Saline County Christmas on the Square*
Downtown Square
200 N. Main St.
Benton, Arkansas
Thanksgiving Weekend - New Year's Day
Lights, events & more! )
Cost:        Free


Lighting of the Square*
Downtown Square
116 South Main St.
Bentonville, Arkansas
November 18 - December 31
Downtown Square in lights,  Christmas Parade on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Event on the Square, Dec. 18,
6-8 p.m.
Cost:        Free


Lights of the Delta *
1405 Airbase Road
Blytheville, Arkansas
November 20 - 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 25 - December 25
Decorations, lights, store window displays, special events. Christmas Tree Lighting set for
November 25 at dark.
Cost:        Free


Christmas in the Park *
Wynn Park
US 67 West
Corning, Arkansas
November 25 – January 1, 2018
The park will be lit up for Christmas nightly.
Hours:        6:00p.m.- Midnight
Cost:          Free
More Information:


Christmas Wonderland *
123 Goshen Road
Crossett, Arkansas
December 2 - 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.
Special Event:        Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m. on December 2.
More Information:

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 8)

Eureka Springs

Great Passion Play Lights Display *
Great Passion Play Grounds
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
November 24, 25, 26 & 30 and every Thursday-Sunday in December
Hours:        6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cost:          See website below.
More Information:        w


Lights of the Ozarks*
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 27 – December 31, 2017
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music
and more.
Hours:        5 p.m. - 10 p.m
Cost:          Free
More Information:

Fairfield Bay

Light Up the Bay *
110 Lost Creek Pkwy
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088
December 1, 2017
Hours: 5:30 – 9pm
5:30pm Lighting of the Trees
Soups and sandwiches, Live Music, Silent auction, trip raffle and lots of trees.
More Information:

Fort Smith

Christmas Lights at Creekmore Park & Holiday Express Train*
Rogers Ave & South 31st St
Fort Smith, Arkansas
December 4th – 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!

Settle Family Christmas Light Show*
10904 Cork Ct.
Fort Smith,Arkansas
A residential Christmas light show set to music. Tune your radio to 89.1 and enjoy this spectacular
light show. Located off Fianna Way in Fianna Hills.
Cost:        Free
More Information:        w


Trail of Lights *
Bell Park
Greenwood, Arkansas
November 24 - December 26
Christmas scenes, display of lights. Special events all month; see link below for details.
Special Event:        Live Nativity       December 11,12, 14 & 15.
Hours:        Dusk to 9 p.m.
Cost:          $3 per vehicle
More Information:


Boone County Christmas
Boone County Courthouse & Square
100 North Main
Harrison, Arkansas
December 1 - Christmas Eve.
Courthouse and historic downtown are in lights for the season!

Heber Springs

Downtown in Lights*
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Historic downtown area in lights for the season.
December 2 - December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 2)
Cost:        Free

Horseshoe Bend

18th Annual Holiday Lighting Display*
Entire town
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
December 1 - December 31
Entire town in lights as residents and business owners compete in a lighting display contest.
More Information:

Hot Springs

Holiday Lights 2017*
Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
November 18 – 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 5 at 6:30 p.m.)
More Information:


Ozark Mountains Reindeer & Christmas Lights Trails *
Newton County Chamber of Commerce
204 North Spring St.
Jasper, Arkansas
November 23- January 1
Days:        Drive the scenic "Reindeer Trail" to see herds of elk.
Nights:      Drive the Ozark Mountains Christmas Lights Trail
Special Event:        Tree lighting and night-time parade, Jasper Square, Dec. 3.
More Information:

Little Rock

Christmas at the Capitol*
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
November 23 - New Year's Day
The capitol building is illuminated in lights
Hours:        Nightly, after dark.
Cost:          Free
Special Event:        Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.


Night of the Luminaries*
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, Arkansas
December 4, 2017, 6:00 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

Caroling in the Caverns*
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Mountain View, Arkansas
Take the elevator down to the seating area in the Cathedral Room of the caves for a fantastic
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
Hours & Cost:        See Link Below.
More Information:

Ozark Mountain Christmas*
122 W. Main St.
Mountain View, Arkansas
Courthouse, Town Square and Main Street illuminated in lights.

Mount Ida

Harbor Lights*
Mountain View Harbor
Mount Ida Arkansas
Begins December 1.


Light Up Newport*
208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
December 1 - December 31
125 Christmas trees in town, Jackson County COurthouse, Iron Mountain Depot, DOwntown Park
and the home of Dr. Patti Mullins (4 Sue Circle) are all the scenes of spectacular outdoor displays.
Special Event:        Christmas Parade down Malcolm Avenue, Dec. 14, 5 p.m.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:          Free

North Little Rock

(See Little Rock)


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

Pine Bluff

Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends *
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park
Black Dog Drive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
November 21 - 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).
Hours:           6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:             Free ($10 donations for ornament)
More Information:


Annual Candy Cane Lane and Lights*
Maple Street& Downtown Area
Pocahontas, Arkansas
December 9 - December 31
National Historic District in lights, Candy Cane Lane on Maple St..
Hours:        Nightly
More Information:


Winter Wonderland Downtown*
Historic Downtown
Russellville, Arkansas
December 7, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Holiday lights and more in Russellville's downtown historic district.
Cost:        Free
More Information:        


Sherwood's Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights *
Sherwood Forest
1111 W. Maryland Ave.
Sherwood, Arkansas
November 27 - December 30
One-mile trail of spectacular lights, the Sherwood Express, Santa Claus and more.
Hours:     6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Cost        Free (but donations accepted)

Siloam Springs

Annual Light Up Siloam Springs *
Downtown Siloam Springs
University and Broadway Streets
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
December 1 - December 31
Event begins with a Christmas Parade on December 2nd.. Lights on nightly afterwards.
More Information:


Holiday Lights Extravaganza*
Oil Field Park
Smackover, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate Oil Field Park for this annual tradition!
Dates:    December
Hours:    5:30 pm- 8:30pm
Cost:      $10 per car (up to 7 people)


The 12 Gardens of Winter has been cancelled for 2017.


Twice as Bright Festival of Lights*
Downtown along Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas
Thousands of Holiday Lights.
December 4, 2017 - January 2, 2018
Special Event:        Christmas Parade December 4.
More Information:

Van Buren

Festival of the Trees & Courthouse in Lights *
300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
December 2 - Christmas Week
Beautiful downtown lights and festivities.
EVENT: Courthouse Lighting and Festival of Trees December 2nd 6:00pm

Hodo's Christmas Light Show*
1205 Woodland Creek Circle
Van Buren, Arkansas
Massive family Christmas lights display.
November 24 - December 31
Hours:        5 p.m. - 10 p.m.(5-11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday)
Cost:          Free
More Information:

West Memphis

Worthington Park Lights*
Worthington Park
109 S. Worthington
West Memphis, Arkansas
November 21 - New Year's Day
Beautifull lighted park area.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:          Free




Christmas Lights*
Downtown & The Riverfront
Apalachicola, Florida
December 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
Christmas lights illuminate historic downtown Apalachicola.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:        Free


Lights & Christmas at Heritage Park *
U.S. 90 Downtown & Heritage Park
Chattahoochee, Florida
Lights – All through December
Event: Project Share on December 2, 2017, 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 1 – December 31
Beautifully lit downtown area in this charming railroad centered Northwest Florida city.
Special event: Christmas Fest on December 1at 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 17, 2017 – January 1, 2018
A spectacular drive-through event that features three miles of animated displays and illuminated
Hours:  6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly.
Cost:  $16 per car or $40 per bus holding 15 people or more.
More Information:


Christmas Lights*
Downtown Area
Crestview, Florida
All December
Thousands of lights turn downtown Crestview into a Christmas wonderland!
Special Event: Parade downtown on Main Street, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Hours:                Nightly
Cost:                Free

DeFuniak Springs

Christmas Reflections  (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
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:


Stetson Mansion*
1031 Camphor Lane
DeLand, Florida
November 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018
Remarkable indoor decorations await at the Florida luxury home of famed hatmaker John B. Stetson
Hours:             10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m. (no morning tour on Sunday mornings)
Cost:                $26.63 Adults, $15.98 Ages 6-22, 5 and under free.
More Information:


Santa Over the Rainbow *
Rainbow Springs State Park
U.S. 41
Dunnellon, Florida
December 8-10, 15-17, 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:  $2 for entry (after gates reopen at 6 p.m.).

Fort Lauderdale

Hyatt Extreme Christmas*
11201 NW 14th Street
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
November 24-December 28
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:

Fort Myers

Edison Ford Holiday Nights*
Edison & Ford Winter Estates
2350 McGregor Blvd.
Fort Myers, Florida
November 24 – December 23; December 26 – 31.
The vacation homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford are in lights for the season. There are
nightly tours, river cruises, entertainment, food and sometimes even visits with Santa himself!
Hours:             5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                Varies, see website for more information.
More information:

Gulf Breeze

Zoo Lights*
The Zoo
5701 Gulf Breeze Pkwy
Gulf Breeze, Florida
Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-27 (Closed Christmas night)
Thousands of sparkling lights turn the Zoo into a Christmas wonderland!
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $10 Adults & Children, Zoo members $5.
More Information:


The Allison Christmas Spectacular!*
240 Sandy Creek Road
Havana, Florida
(Off US 27 between Havana and Tallahassee)
Thanksgiving – New Year’s
This remarkable residential display has been growing for 10 years and now features over 200,000
lights! Tune your radio to 102.5 FM as you approach to enjoy the choreographed display.
Hours:                6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:                Free
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 17, 2017 – December 31, 2017
Time:        6:00 – 9:30 p.m. nightly
Cost:        $20 per vehicle
More Information

To find great residential lights throughout  the Jacksonville area, please visit:


Christmas at Gaylord Palms*
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
6000 West Osceola Parkway
Kissimmee, Florida
November 21, 2017 – January 7, 2018
The resort is transformed into a remarkable winter wonderland with displays and millions of lights.
There is even a walk-through journey to the North Pole made possible by more than 2,000,000
pounds of ice (ice sculptures, that is!).
Hours:             See website below.
Cost:                Varies, see
More Information:

Land O’Lakes

Land O’Lights (No information yet for 2017)
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:


Holiday Lights in the Garden*
Florida Botanical Gardens
12520 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida
November – December 31
Thousands of lights create a tropical Christmas wonderland.
Hours:             5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost:                $4 donation suggested (13+)
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 1 – December 30
Time:        6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly
More Information:


Hanson Christmas Lights*
6207 NE Colin Kelly Highway
Madison, Florida
Thanksgiving - New Year's Eve
Over 200,000 lights create Madison's most spectacular Christmas display!
Hours:        5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Fri. &  Sat. until 11 p.m.)
Bring a coat because you will need to get out to enjoy the lights!
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
A number of neighbors have caught the spirit and there are great lights all through the surrounding


Space Coast Lightfest*
Wickham Park
2785 Leisure Way
Melbourne, Florida
November 20, 2017 – January 1, 2018
An unbelievable drive-through experience for the Christmas Season, Lightfest features hundreds of
thousands of lights!
Hours:             6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:                $15 per carload (Up to 10 people per car).
More Information:


Santa’s Enchanted Forest*
Tropical Park
7900 SW 40th St
Miami, Florida
November 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Santa’s Enchanted Forest, which promotes itself as the World’s Largest Holiday Theme Park, is all
in lights for the season and also features more than 100 rides plus shows, games and attractions.
Hours:             5 p.m. – Midnight
Cost:                Varies, see website below
More Information:


Sowell’s North Pole Christmas Light Display*
7650 Sowell Road
Milton, Florida
Fantastic lighting display that is double the distance of last year, Christmas train and more.
December 1 – December 27
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        $10 per vehicle (train rides are an extra $2)
More Information:

Mount Dora

Downtown Lights*
Mount Dora, Florida
Thanksgiving Weekend – New Year’s Eve
Mount Dora is lit with more than 2,000,000 lights to create a remarkable winter (well, mostly warm)
Hours:             Evenings
Cost:                Free


Geek Lights on the Corner*
Corner of Bluewater Blvd. & Antiqua Way
201 Antiqua Way
Niceville, Florida (in Bluewater)
December 2 – December 31,2017.
Light and Music shows every half hour beginning at 6 p.m. nightly!
Hours:                6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday
Cost:                Free
More information:

The Christmas Lady’s Animation in Motion Christmas Display! (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
In the K-Mart Building (next to Ollie’s)
1140 E. John Sims Pkwy
Niceville, Florida
November 25 – December 27
Christmas Displays, Lighted Trees, 700 Animated Dolls, Model Trains, Hundreds of Nutcrackers.
Hours:                6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                See link for more information.
More Information:


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party*
Magic Kingdom Park Walt Disney World® Resort
Orlando, Florida
November 9 – December 22, 2017
The Magic Kingdom is in lights for the season and there are parades, live entertainment and
Hours: 7 p.m. to midnight
Cost: See website below.
More Information:

Panama City

Christmas Lights *
H.G. Harder’s Park
8110 John Pitts Road
Panama City, Florida
December 4- January 4
The park is decorated with Christmas lights and displays! Santa flies into the Christmas event
December 16 courtesy of the sheriff’s office.
Hours: Nightly
Cost: Free
Special Event: Christmas at Harders Park event will be December 16th


Santa’s Holiday Express Tour*
Pensacola Winterfest
Plazas around the Old County Courthouse
223 S. Palafox Place
Pensacola, Florida 32502
25-minute trolley tour to see the lights and more! Santa rides every night!
Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8, 10, 15-17.
Hours:        Nightly, see link below for reservations and more information.
Cost:        $15 for adults, $7 for kids (2 and under ride free)
Special Event: Pensacola Elf Parade & First City Lights, Nov. 24,5 p.m.
For more information:

Pensacola Lights*
Palafox Street from Wright Street south to the Plaza de Luna
Pensacola, Florida 32501
December 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018
Downtown Pensacola is alive in light for the Christmas season! Millions of lights illuminate historic
buildings, parks and more. Walk or take a carriage, pedi-cab or free Downtown Trolley.
Hours:        Nightly beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Cost:        Free
More information:

St. Augustine

Nights of Lights *
Historic District
St. Augustine, Florida
Dates:        November 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018
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 24) – January 3, 2018
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:


There are a number of great residential lighting displays along U.S. Highway 90 between Sneads
and Grand Ridge.


Annual Camellia Christmas *
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
Tallahassee, Florida
December 1,  2017
Candlelight walks through the gardens, holiday music & more.
Time: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. EST
Admission:  Free (but donations accepted)

Dorothy B. Oven Park in Light*
Dorothy B. Oven Park
3205 Thomasville Rd.
Tallahassee, FL
Thanksgiving - New Year's Day
250,000 lights twinkle in the gardens each Christmas season.
Hours:        5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost:          Free
Special Events:        Elf Night will be Thursday, Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Parking:                Free parking next door at Thomasville Road Baptist Church (3131 Thomasville
More Information:        Recorded Hotline: 850-891-3115.

North Point Christian Church*
1506 Bannerman Rd.
Tallahassee, Florida
December 11 - December 24
Thousands of lights dance to music that you can hear by dialing your radio to 89.5 FM.
Hours:        7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost:          Free
More Information:

Tour of Lights*
The Tallahassee Democrat has assembled a very nice Tour of Lights ™ map of some of the best
displays in Tallahassee. You can see the map and full list here:

Winter Festival*
Downtown Parks
Tallahassee, Florida
The downtown parks of Tallahassee are in lights for the season!
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:          Free


Light UP VIera*
FIreworks launch this annual event of lights and more!
Special Event:  Fireworks at 6 p.m., Parade at 6:20 p.m. on Nov. 25, followed by a Battle of the
More Information:

White Springs

Festival of Lights *
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive
White Springs, Florida
December 1 – December 23
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:  
Festival of Lights  



Garden Lights *
Atlanta Botanical Gardens (Next to Piedmont Park)
1345 Piedmont Avenue
Atlanta, Georgia
November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018
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:

Holiday in Lights (Cancelled for 2017 due to construction).
Centennial Olympic Park
265 Park Ave W. NW
Atlanta, Georgia
December 9, 2016 – January 15, 2017
Thousands of lights plus a fantastic Chinese Lantern Festival will run from 12/9 – 1/15 featuring a
three-story pagoda and a 200 foot long Chinese dragon. There is also an outdoor ice skating rink.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:         See website.
For more information:

Macy's Great Tree Lighting*
Lenox Square
Atlanta, Georgia
November 19-January 1.
Special Event: Tree Lighting on Nov. 19, 2017, at 7 p.m.


(See Lights of the South under Grovetown below).


Christmas Lights*
Bainbridge, Georgia
Willis Park and the downtown area are in lights for the season.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:        Free

A Woodham Christmas: The Lights of River Oaks*
195 River Oaks Drive
Bainbridge, Georgia 39817
Thanksgiving - January 5, 2018
Tens of thousands of lights make up this residential display! Listen to the music at 103.7 FM on
your car radio.
Hours:        5:45 p.m. - 10 p.m. (Sunday - Thursday); 5:45 p.m. - 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Cost:        Free
More information:


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


38th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas *
Friday, Dec 1 and 2, 2017
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA
5556 Us Highway 17 N
Brunswick, GA 31525
See first hand how Christmas was celebrated in the 1850s on a Southern rice plantation by
candlelit tours of the grounds and antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and
cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus.
Hours: 6 PM to 9 PM
Cost: $5 – $10.
More Information:

Callaway Gardens

Fantasy in Lights*
Callaway Gardens
Pine Mountain, Georgia
November 17, 2017 - January 6, 2018
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 23 – December 30,  2017
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:


6th Annual Tour of Lights*
Seminole State Park
7870 State Park Drive
Donalsonville, Georgia
November 24 - December 26
Festive light displays create a winter wonderland. Some reflect off Lake Seminole!
Hours:      Nightly until 10 p.m.
Cost:        Donations Accepted
More Information:


Lights of the South*
633 Louisville Road
Grovetown, Georgia
Located off I-20, Exit 183 (Appling/Harlem Exit)
November 20 - December 30, 2017 (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:

Jekyll Island

Holly Jolly Jekyll*
Historic District
Jekyll Island, Georgia
November 25 - December 31
The Historic District is decked out for the season. There will be numerous events and tours.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:        See website
More information:

Lake Lanier Islands (Buford)

Magical Nights of Lights *
Lake Lanier Islands Resort
7000 Lanier Islands Parkway
Buford, Georgia
November 17, 2017 – January 3,  2018
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 23 – December 31 (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. There will be a parade with Santa and dance
performances on Nov 28.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost:  Free (Some events require admission)
Event: White Lighting Ceremony Nov 29 5:30-8:00pm

St. Marys Christmas  (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
(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)


December Nights and Holiday Lights*
Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens
2 Canebrake Road
Savannah, Georgia
Select evenings from November 24-December 24.
A self-guided walking tour through gardens illuminated with more than 1,000,000 lights!
Hours:        Evenings
Cost:        $10 per person ages 13 and up; $5 per person for youth aged 3-12. Children 2 and
under are admitted free. (Thursday nights are Family Nights with all admissions reduced to $5)
For more information:

Savannah Harbor Holiday Series*
Westin Savannah Harbor
1 Resort Drive
Savannah, Georgia
November 25 – December 25
Lighted grounds, Gingerbread Village & Competition, Holiday treats, Story Time with the Ice Queen
& more.
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        $5 per person ($10 on nights of major events)
More information:

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Christmas *
Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain Park, Georgia
Select Dates from November 11, 2017 – January 3, 2018 (Select Dates Only)
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
See Link Below for dates and prices.
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:


Christmas in Lights Drive-Thru Display*
Flowers Corporate Headquarters
1919 Flowers Dr. (off Hwy 19 S)
Thomasville, Georgia
Dazzling display of trees, angels, deer and the Nativity. Enter through the main entrance on Hwy 19.
November 25 – December 31
Hours:        6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:        Free
More information:

Victorian Christmas*
Downtown Area
Thomasville, Georgia
December 14-15, 2017
Stroll the downtown area and enjoy this fantastic opportunity to step into the past with violinists,
carolers, pianists, magicians, carriages and more!


Okefenokee Swamp Park Annual Light Show*
Okefenokee Swamp Park
5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd.
Waycross, Georgia 31503
November 24 - Decembe r30
A wilderness light show that you can tour by train along a 1.25 mile long route. Activities for kids,
food (including gator tail!) and much more.
Hours:        Friday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 5:30 p.m. – 8:30
Cost:        Adults $9 - $11; Children $7 - $9
More information:
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Southern Lights Holiday Festival*
Kentucky Horse Park
4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky
November 17 – December 31, 2017 (Days vary, see website below)
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); $25 for personal vehicles (Friday & Saturday)
More Information:


Lights Under Louisville*
Louisville Mega Cavern
1841 Taylor Avenue
Lousville, Kentucky
November 17, 2017 - December 31, 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.
More Information:



Holiday Light Safari*
Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Dec. 8-9, 15-23.
Hundreds of thousands of lights, animal-themed light displays, train rides, activities and more.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:                  $7 per person..
More information:

Baton Rouge (Also see West Baton Rouge)

Baton Rouge Festival of Lights*
100 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
December 1st – New Year’s.
Magnificent Christmas tree and lights surround North Boulevard Town Square. Lighting festival on December 2nd.
Hours:                Evenings from dark until 9 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:

Zoo Lights*
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
3601 Thomas Rd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 25 - December 30
Hours:        5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Cost:          Regular Zoo Admission.
More Information:

Bossier City

(Please see Shreveport/Bossier City)


Safari of Lights*
Zoo of Acadiana
Broussard, Louisiana
December 1-3, December 8-30
Zoo pathways are in lights for Christmas! Train rides, lighted animal figurines and more.
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $6 per person for ages 3 and above.
More information:


Candy Cane Lane*
170 Highway 151 North
Calhoun, Louisiana
Drive-through mile of CHristmas light featuring over one million lights!
Hours:        6:00 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost:          Family vehicle - $20; Commercial van - $50; No trailers.
More Information:


Christmas in Crowley (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
Historic Downtown
Parkerson Avenue
Crowley, Louisiana
December 1, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Over 200,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music. Tune your radio to 93.3 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – Midnight
Cost:                Free


DeRidder Christmas Light Show (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
768 Maul Road
DeRidder, Louisiana
Throughout December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 98.3 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

McMahon Spirit of Christmas*
114 McCain Road
DeRidder, Louisiana
December 1 - 31
This residential light display is a family tradition the McMahon family hosts to spread Christmas cheer. Park in the road if
the yard is wet, park in the yard if it is dry (be respectful), turn off lights, and tune to 87.9 on your radio!
Hours:       6:00pm-11:00pm on Friday & Saturday 6:00- 9:00pm on Sun-Thurs.
Cost:         Free
More Information:


(See Great River Road)

Great River Road

(Baton Rouge to New Orleans)

Bonfires on the Levee*
Best seen from east and west bank River Roads
(LA-44 and LA-13)
Gramercy, Lutcher & Paulina, Louisiana
December 24th.
Called Christmas bonfires, these magnificent bonfires are lighted along the Mississippi River levees on Christmas Eve to
light the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus). They are a long-time Louisiana tradition and one of the state’s most beautiful
annual celebrations. (Also see Lutcher).
Hours:                After dark on Christmas Eve
Cost:                Free
More information:


Noel Acadian au Village*
Acadian Village
200 Greenleaf Drive
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
December 1 – December 23
500,000 Christmas lights illuminate the beautiful and historic Acadian Village. Food, carnival rides and more!
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $10 at the gate (Active military with ID admitted Free; Kids under 4 admitted free)
More information:

Lake Charles

Lake Area Light Show
5721 Alder Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Nightly through December
A residential display featuring tens of thousands of Christmas lights set to music. Tune your radio to 94.9 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. nightly (until 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays)
Cost:                Free
More information:

The Lights of the Lake Area Christmas Celebration*
Trinity Baptist Church
1800 Country Club Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana
12/3 – Christmas Day
Thousands of Christmas lights set to music! Tune your radio to 88.9 FM.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free

Autumn Run Lightshow (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
2421 S. Savannah
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Through December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune to 97.3 FM.
Hours:                6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fontenot Family Christmas (Not yet confirmed for 2017.
708 Briarwood Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Through December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune to 87.9 FM.
Hours:                After dark, nightly.


(Also see Great River Road)

Festival of the Bonfires*
Lutcher Recreational Park
Lutcher Avenure/LA HWY 3193
Lutcher, Louisiana 70071
December 7
Enjoy a bonfire lighting each evening, plus great Louisiana food, live music, children’s activities and more!
Hours:               7 p.m. until.
Cost:                $25 in advance, $25 cash at the gate.
More information:


Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
Downtown Historic District
520 Broadway Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055
November 19, 2016 – January 6, 2017
Minden celebrates a German-inspired season with thousands of lights, over 100 life-sized Nutcrackers and more!
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                Free, although some events charge admission.
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Monroe/West Monroe

Holiday Lights*
Downtown Monroe & West Monroe
DeSaird and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 23 – December 31.
Lights illuminate both downtowns as each hosts a variety of other events!
Hours:                Nightly, 5 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:

Santa’s Christmas Village*
Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum
223 Walnut Street
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 18 – December 23.
A wonderland featuring light shows, snow, ice skating and more!
Hours:        5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost:        $7 for ages 1 and up. Ice skating is a $10 skate rental.
More information:

Freedom Trees*
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 11, 2016 – December 31, 2017
The museum features Christmas trees decorated to honor veterans with patches, ribbons, medals and photos from their
military service.
Hours:                9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Saturdays
Cost:                Free

Monroe Renaissance Fireworks Extravaganza*
Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
DeSiard Street and Trenton Street
Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana
December 2, 2017
Fireworks will launch from the Endom Bridge to help you and your family celebrate Christmas with a bang!


Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights*
Historic District & Riverbank
Natchitoches, Louisiana
November 18 - 2017 – January 6, 2018
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
Special Events:        Christmas Festival, 10 am-6 p.m. Dec2,Parade at 1 p.m.
Times:  Nightly
More information:

Christmas in the Park at Dark Woods*
Dark Woods
4343 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
December 18 - December 25 (Open Chrstmas Eve & Christmas Day)
A Christmas wonderland featuring displays and thousands of lights.
Hours:              6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays.
Cost:                $5 per person and $5 parking.

Christmas Fireworks Displays*
Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
December 23
The biggest lightshow in Louisiana comes in the form of fireworks displays over Cane River Lake!
Hours:        See link below.
Cost:        Varies, see link below.
More information:

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.
Nov. 24-Jan 1 (Closed 11/28-11/30, 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:

French Quarter in Lights*
French Quarter
New Orleans, Lousiana
The French Quarter is decked out in beautiful lights and decorations for the season. The Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby is
decorated with ice-covered trees and thousands of twinkling lights.
When:                Nightly through December

Garden District at Christmas*
Garden District
First, Second and Pleasant Streets
New Orleans, Louisiana
Throughout December
Drive past the beautifully decorated homes to enjoy the season.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free


Le Vieux Village in Lights (Not yet confirmed for 2017)
828 E. Landry Street
Opelousas, Louisiana
December 1 - New Year's Day
Le Vieux Village is in lights for the season.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free


Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park*
Kemper Williams Park
264 Cotton Road
Patterson, Louisiana
November 24 – December 31.
Displays, music and thousands of lights illuminate the park for Christmas.
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly (until 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays)
Cost:                $2 per car.


(See Great River Road)

St. Mary Parish

Christmas on the Cajun Coast*
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
November 20 - December31
Antebellum homes dressed up for the season, boulevards of live oaks lighted for Christmas and more.
Hours:                See link for more information.
Cost:                See link for more information.
More information:

Shreveport/Bossier City

Christmas in Roseland*
Gardens of the American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, Louisiana 71119
November 25 - December 24.
Thousands of lights and lighted displays, giant Christmas cards, Roseland Express train and more!
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (last car admitted at 9:30 pm.)
Cost:        $20 per carload or $5 per person (ages 2 and under admitted free). Train tickets are $5 each.
More information:

Louisiana Boardwalk Nightly Blizzard*
Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd.
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Nightly snowfalls near one of the largest lighted outdoor Christmas trees in Louisiana!
Hours:                6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:


Christmas on the Hill*
2151 Lynn Trahan Road
Sulphur, Louisiana 70663
November 23 - December 31
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 100.1 FM.
Hours:                Nightly after dark

Carlyss Light Show Spectacular*
1372 Carl Lyons Road
Sulphur, Louisiana 70665
December 16 (approximate date) - January 5.
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 93.9 FM.
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday.

West Baton Rouge

Reflections of the Season
West Baton Rouge Conference Center
West Baton Rouge, Louisiana
(Park at Louis Mouch Multipurpose Arena, 152 Turner Rd. as there is no parking on the grounds. Shuttle service is free.)
Fantastic walk or drive through Christmas displays, “Trevor” the talking reindeer inside, carnival rides on the grounds.
December 8 – 11, December 15 – 23.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $5 per car, Passenger Vans & Buses $1 per person.
More information:


Bay St. Louis

Snowflakes in the Bay*
Downtown & Depot Row
Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
November 24 – December 31
Lighted snowflakes hang from beautiful centuries-old live oak trees and thousands of other lights illuminate Downtown
Bay St. Louis and Depot Row.
Hours:             Nightly
Cost:                Free


Christmas at Beauvoir *
2244 Beach Blvd.
Biloxi, Mississippi
December 7 – December 31, 2017 (Thursdays – Sundays)
Beautiful oak trees in lights, evening tours of the historic home of President Jefferson Davis, special events, hot cocoa,
photos with Santa (Fridays and Saturdays), Model Train Exhibit, Train Rides,  Movies on Thursdays, Live Entertainment
and more.
Times:  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Price:  $12.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids.
More Information:

Blue Mountain/Cotton Plant

Christmas in Cotton Plant *
490 Hwy 15
Blue Mountain, MS 38610
Nov. 24 – Dec. 16 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
December 17 – 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
More information:


Victorian Christmas Festival*
Historic Courthouse Square and surrounding area
Canton, Mississippi
November 25 – December 23
Canton’s Historic Courthouse Square is alive with over 200,000 lights. There are parades, train & trolley rides, 135 life-
sized holiday figures in Canton’s Magical Animation Museum, the Carousel on the Square and more.
Hours: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:    Small charges for some events and attractions.
Special Events:            Light & Character Parade, Dec. 21-23 at 6:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.
More Information:


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. On
Thanksgiving and Fridays -Saturday you can view the lights by wagon rides only instead of driving through.
Hayrides through Christmas scenes with storytelling and more!
November 24-December 25th (Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights)
Also open: Dec. 19-23 & Christmas night.
Hours: 6 – 9 p.m. Mon-Thurs; 6-10pm Fri-Sat (Last admission is at 9 p.m.)
Cost: Monday-Thursday $15 per car (Plus Tax), $30 for small passenger vans (plus tax) No Buses
Friday-Saturday $8 per person (Plus tax) Children under two get in free.
More Information:


Christmas in the Park*
Betty D. Robertson Memorial Park
Collins, Mississippi
November 24-December 30
Spectacular light displays that will enamor the whole family.
Hours:             5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                Free (Donations accepted at Exit Gate)


Harbor Lights Winter Festival*
Jones Park
Highway 90
Gulfport, Mississippi
November 24, 2017 – December 31, 2017
This massive light show can be explored either on foot or on a free heated trolley. Santa will be in Santa’s village every
night and there are Elfie Selfie stations throughout the park. Tickets for rides are available for purchase in the park.
Hours: 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost:    $10 per person (cash only), ages 4 and under admitted free.


Richardson Light Show*
219 Sundial Road
Madison, Mississippi
(Located off Hoy Road which is east of Highway 51)
November 24 – December 27
This fantastic family oriented Christmas Display was voted the 3rd Best Private Display in the nation by USA Today in
2014. 2017 brings over 250 inflatables, a 23-foot animated tree and over 100,000 LED lights.
Hours:             Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 – 9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:                Free
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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,  2017 – New Year’s!
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. weekdays; 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. weekends.
Price: Free!


Christmas in Natchez*
Historic Natchez
Natchez, Mississippi
All December
The beautiful and historic city is aglow in light for Christmas in Natchez. Lights twinkle throughout the city and there are
dozens of events and tours.
Hours:             Nightly
Cost:                Varies
Schedule of Events:


Lewis Light Show*
280 White Chapel Road
Purvis, Mississippi
Thousands of animated lights highlight one of the best residential lighting displays in Mississippi.
Hours:             Nightly, 7 days per week weather permitting.
Cost:                Free (Donations Accepted)


Southern Lights at Central Park *
7651 Tehulahoma Road
Southaven, Mississippi
November 23 – December 31,  2017 (Closed Christmas Day)
More than 500,000 lights on 116 acres illuminate to Christmas music.
Hours:  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.
More Information:


Christmas in the Park*
Holmes Water Park
65 Old Highway 98 East
Tylertown, Mississipi
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Millions of lights make bring more than 30,000 visitors each year out to see this fantastic lightshow in Mississippi.
Hours:             6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:                $5 per car, $10 for Commercial Vans, $20 for Passenger Buses.
More Information:


Christmas in the Hollow*
350 Moley Wise Road
Waynesboro, Mississippi
November 24 – December 31
A fantastic drive-through display with over 300,000 lights synchronized to music. Santa Claus drops in nightly and there
are train rides, hot chocolate and more.
Hours: Nightly
Cost:    Donations welcome (Train rides are $2)
Special Events:            FIREWORKS, December 23 at 9 p.m.
More Information:

Yazoo City

Main Street in Lights*
Main Street
Yazoo City, Mississippi
All December
Thousands of lights turn Yazoo City’s Main Street into a color-coordinated wonderland. Stroll along and check them out
or enjoy a carriage or trolley ride.
Hours:             Nightly
Cost:                Free



An Old Time Christmas *
Silver Dollar City
399 Silver Dollar City Parkway
Branson, Missouri
November 4 – December 30, 2017
Massive Christmas celebration featuring over 4,000,000 lights, 5-story Christmas tree, Chrisstmas in Midtown, parade
twice a night, productions of “It’s a Wonderful Life!,” A Dickens’ Christmas Carol,” and much more.
Cost: Admission charged (follow link below for more information).
More Information:



Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland (Canceled for 2017)

The Meadow Lights *
4546 Godwin Lake Road
Benson, NC 27504
November 17- December
Christmas and old fashion candy, carrying over 300 varieties. View Christmas lights and displays over 30 acres. Enjoy a
train ride and an overall emphasis on the true meaning of Christmas.
Hours: Sunday - Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cost: Free Admission, Train tickets are $2, Carousel tickets are $2
More Information:

Carolina Beach

Island of Lights*
1121 N. Lake Park Blvd.
Carolina Beach, NC 28428
November 24 Christmas Lighting at the Lake at 7pm
December 1 Christmas Parade at 7pm
December 2 Christmas Flotilla at 6pm
December 9 Tour of Homes from 5pm to 9pm
December 31 New Years Eve Fireworks on Carolina Beach
The whole island turns into a Christmas wonderland for the season with several events planed.
More Information:


Lights on the Neuse *
Christmas Lights Extravaganza
1620 Loop Road
Clayton, North Carolina
November 24, 25 – December 24, 2017 (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 are necessary for a 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.
More Information:


Speedway Christmas *
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. South
Concord, NC 28027
November 19 - December 31, 2017
Enjoy more than 3,000,000 lights at this Speedway event. Many of the lights are synchronized to music you can drive
through. This attraction is open nightly and the Christmas Village is open Thursday-Sunday and all Christmas week
(Closed Christmas Day). Come watch movies and hang out with Santa in the Christmas village.
Cost: $30 for cars, $50 for vans, $175 for buses
More Information:  

New Bern

Seasons of Giving: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration *
Tryon Palace
529 South Front Street
New Bern, NC 28562
Saturday Dec. 9 & Saturday December 16, 2017
Tour the grounds of the palace stepping back in time with individuals in period attire, circus acts, fire eating, sword
swallowing, acrobatics, 18th-century magician, a thrilling balancing act, food, black powder fireworks, and more. Plan to
spend around 3 hours on site if you want to see everything.
Hours: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 adults, $15 youth
More Information:


Lake Myra Christmas *
10 S. Cypress St.
Wendell, North Carolina 27591
November 22 – December 31, 2017
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)
More Information:

Winston Salem

Tanglewood Festival of Lights *
Tanglewood Park
Clemmons, North Carolina
(Ten minutes west of Winston-Salem off I-40)
November 17, 2017 - January 1, 2018
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
More Information:


Broken Arrow

RHEMA Christmas Lights Display (Waiting on Information)
Rhema Bible Church
1025 West Kenosha Street
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
November 23,  2017 - 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).
More Information:


Garden of Lights  
Honor Heights Park
Muskogee, Oklahoma
Thanksgiving – January 1, 2018
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.
More Information:

Castle Christmas *
The Castle of Muskogee
3400 W. Fern Mountain Road
Muskogee, OK 74401
November 23 -January 1, 2018
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.
More Information:


Christmas in the Park *
Yukon City Park
2200 S Holly
Freedom Trail Park
2200 S Holly
Chisholm Trail Park
00 W. Vadament
Yukon, OK 73099
November 19-December
400 displays covering 100 acres of Freedom Trail Playground, City and Chisholm Trail Parks.
Special events include a Christmas Party for Kids and the Mayor's Essay Contest
More Information: (405) 354-1895



Anderson Christmas Lights *
Darwin Wright Park
3215 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Anderson, SC 29621 (Across from Civic Center)
Thanksgiving Day – December 25, 2017
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 13 feet. Santa Village and photos with Santa add to the
Times:  5:30 – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $10 for cars, $20 for buses
More Information:

Charleston (James Island)

Holiday Festival of Lights *
James Island County Park
871 Riverland Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
November 10,  2017 – January 1, 2018
Three mile drive-through lights, Holliday train rides, Victorian Carousel, 50 ton sand sculpture, and more.
Hours:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday-Thursday); 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.
More Information:


Holiday Lights on the River *
Saluda Shoals Park
5605 Bush River Road
Columbia, South Carolina
November 22 - December 31, 2017
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).
NOTE: All Holiday Lights traffic will enter Saluda Shoals Park at the east entrance located between Wendy's and Aldi at
6071 St. Andrews Road
More Information:

Lights Before Christmas *
Riverbanks Zoo & Gardens
500 Wildlife Parkway
Columbia, South Carolina
November 18 – December 30,  2017 (Closed Nov. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 25)
Columbia’s longest running holiday event, with nearly 1,000,000 lights, animated images, visits with Santa, and
numerous other activities.
Hours: 5 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $11 Adults, $9 Children ages 3-12, Children under 2 get in free.
More Information:


Roper Mountain Holiday Lights *
Roper Mountain Science Center
402 Roper Mountain Road
Greenville, South Carolina
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.
Hours: 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost: $10 for Car, Minivan or SUV (Monday-Thursday), $15 (Friday-Sunday).  
Note: Cash or checks only.
More Information:

Myrtle Beach (Simpsonville)

Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland  
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Ball Park
861 SE Main Street
Simpsonville SC 29681
November 18,  2017 – January 8, 2018
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)
More Information:

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, 2017 (Closed Dec. 24-25)
Lighting displays powered with renewable energy, Holiday Fair and more.
Hours:  6-9:30 p.m.
Cost: $5 per car.
More Information:

Murrells Inlet

Nights of a Thousand Candles *
Brookgreen Gardens
1931 Brookgreen Drive
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
December 1-3, 8-10, & 15-18, 2017
Brookgreen Gardens are illuminated with 5,500 candles and thousands of sparkling lights,
entertainment, cider and more.
Hours: 3 - 10 p.m.
Cost: $17 for adults, $10 for children (4-12). Kids 3 and under are admitted free.
More Information:


Children's Garden Christmas and Kid's Walk  (Not confirmed)
Edisto Memorial Gardens
U.S. Highway 301
Orangeburg, South Carolina
November 21 - January 1, 2018
Drive through lighting display at Edisto Memorial Gardens as well as a walk-through "Kid's Walk" with interactive displays.
Hours: 6 - 10 p.m.
Cost:  FREE
More Information:


Fantasy of Lights *
Swan Lake Iris Gardens
822 W. Liberty Street
Sumter, South Carolina
December 1 - December 31,  2017
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 Festival.
Hours: 5 - 9 p.m., Sunday-Thursday, 5 - 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday.
Cost: FREE
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BJ’s Sunnyside Lights*
1956 Sunnyside Drive
Brentwood, Tennessee
November 24 – December 31
Drive through a residential lighting display built around two adjacent homes. Santa Claus will be on hand each night
through December 23.
Hours:                  Nightly
Cost:                     Free (Donations welcome for Shriners’ Children’s Hospital)


Speedway in Lights *
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol Dragway Entrance on Highway 394
Bristol, Tennessee
November 17,  2017 – January 6, 2018
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:  $15 for cars (Sunday – Thursday), $20 for cars (Friday & Saturday), Activity vans $30
More Information:


Enchanted Garden of Lights *
Rock City Gardens
1400 Patten Road
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
November 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017
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)
More Information:


Christmas on the Cumberland *
Along the Riverwalk in McGregor Park
640 N Riverside Drive (US 41-A)
Clarksville, Tennessee
November 22, 2017 – January 3, 2018
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! Crafts, dancers, carolers, and treats are a few of the many things that make this event
Hours:  5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday); 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
Cost:  Free
More Information:


Lights on Old Charlotte*
2613 Old Charlotte Pike
Franklin, Tennessee
Thanksgiving Day – Christmas Day
Over 60,000 lights form this incredible display.
Hours:                  4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Daily
Cost:                     Free but donations accepted for Graceworks Ministries
More Information:  


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 10,  2017 – December 30, 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
More Information & Reservations:


Gill’s Bright Lights*
288 Lake Terrace Drive
Hendersonville, Tennessee
December 1- December 31
This residential display featured 45,000 lights and is well worth seeing!
Hours:                  Sunday – Thursday, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:                     Free but donations accepted for the Make A Wish Foundation
More Information:  


Chad’s Winter Wonderland*
791 Old Laguardo Road East
Lebanon, Tennessee
Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve
Chad’s Winter Wonderland features some 2,000,000 lights in a variety of scenes and displays, plus much more.
Hours:   6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:      $15 per car
More Information:  

Dancing Lights of Christmas*
James E. Ward Ag Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, Tennessee
November 17 – December 31
A drive-through event that features over 1,500,000 lights synchronized to your FM radio.
Hours:                  Opens nightly at 5 p.m.
Cost:                     $25 per car
More Information:  


Christmas at Graceland *
3765 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis, Tennessee
November 16, 2017 – January 6, 2017
Graceland, the famed home of Elvis Presley, is lit up for the holidays with a special emphasis on blue lights. Tours inside
the home can be obtained through the website below.
Cost: (tour inside) Adults $38.75, big kids(13-18 years) and seniors $34.90, kids (7-12 years) $17.00
The lights can be seen from the street for free, nightly.
More Information:

Downtown Memphis *
Memphis, Tennessee
Key areas of downtown are lit in blue for the season.

Holiday Wonders at the Garden *
Memphis Botanic Garden
750 Cherry Road
Memphis, Tennessee
November 24, December 11, 14, 16, 17, and 26
(Closed December 24 & 25)
Lights, a giant light bright, concessions including hot cocoa and cider, s’mores, and roasted marshmallows.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Last admission 8 p.m.)
Cost:  Advance tickets $10 (MBG members $8), children under 2 admitted free.
Special Events: Community Night with free admission to the first 1,000 guests on Monday, December 11th Family
Thursday with reduced admission ($3.00) for all children over the age of 2 on Thursday, December 14th  (only) when a
family brings an unwrapped gift for Porter-Leath.Date Night with extended hours (until 10:00 p.m.) on Saturday,
December 16th Sunday with our Sculptures on Sunday evening, December 17th On My Last Nerve Night* on Tuesday,
December 26th
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Starry Nights*
Shelby Farms Park
500 North Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, Tennessee
November 24 – December 29, 2017 (Closed November 27th)
(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, cozy
campfires, 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; $5 per person
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SunTrust Zoo Lights*
Memphis Zoo
2000 Prentiss Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38112
November 17 – December 30,  2017 (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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Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas*
Gaylord Opryland
2800 Opryland Drive
Nashville, Tennessee
November 10, 2017 – January 1, 2018
More than 3,000,000 Christmas lights illuminate the resort! There are new lights and décor for 2017 and plenty of
Hours:                  Nightly
Cost:                     See link for more information.
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Lights at Cheekwood*
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
1200 Forrest Park Drive
Nashville, Tennessee
November 24 – December 31
A Nashville favorite, the Lights at Cheekwood feature 1,000,000 lights spread through the gardens for a beautiful winter
Hours:                  5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Closed Mondays)
Cost:                     $22 for adults/$17 for children plus a $5 fee for purchases at the gate.
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Sparkle: A Country Christmas Carol*
Fontanel Nashville
4125 Whites Creek Pike
Nashville, Tennessee
November 25 – December 25 Weekends
Enjoy the story of A Christmas Carol with a walk through illuminated lanterns and Dickens Village. The tour ends with
thousands of lights, massive LED Christmas trees and country music.
Hours:                  5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. Weekends
Cost:                     $16 Adults/$12 Children
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Pigeon Forge

NOTE: Please note that both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg are OPEN following the devastating fires of the last year.

Winterfest *
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
November 7 – February 28, 2018
More than 5 million lights throughout Pigeon Forge. Self-guided driving tour brochures available.
Hours: Nightly
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Shadrack’s Christmas Wonderland *
Tennessee Smokies Baseball Stadium
3540 Line Drive
Kodak, Tennessee (near Sevierville)
November 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Magnificent Christmas lighting display. Santa’s village with free petting zoo, camel and pony rides, train and more.
Hours:  Dusk until 10 p.m.
Cost:  $25 (Cars or Family Vans) $5 for pony rides
Activity Van, Limo, or Mini/Half Bus: $40
Tour/School Bus: $80
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Music, Lights and Magic *
Sevierville, Tennessee
November – December, 2017
Thousands of lights illuminate downtown Sevierville, Tennessee.

Spring Hill

Lights on Sparrow Street*
2038 Sparrow Street
Spring Hill, Tennessee
Thanksgiving Day – Christmas Day
Computerized Christmas display put on by three homes and featuring over 20,000 lights.
Hours:                  4:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:                     Free but donations accepted for Graceworks Ministries
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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



Vitruvian Lights *
Vitruvian Park
3875 Ponte Ave.
Addison, Texas
November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Stroll through 12 acres of beautifully lit trees and enjoy a wide variety of other activities.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 11 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free
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The Lights at Interlochen *
Interlochen Neighborhood
Tour begins at intersection of Randol Mill & Westwood Drive
Arlington, Texas
December 18 - December 25
Community-wide residential lighting displays.
Hours: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
Cost: Free


37th Street Lights *
37th Street (not far from Guadalupe and UT Campus)
Austin, Texas
Residents light up their block with beautiful Christmas light displays. Park elsewhere and walk
down 37th street to see the lights.
Hours: Nightly beginning at dark.
Cost: Free
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Austin Trail of Lights *
Zilker Park
Austin, Texas
December 8 – December 23, 2017 (December 8 preview night)
The popular and historic event features millions of lights over a 1.25 mile trail, Ferris wheel, carousel, entertainment,
and more. Tickets and free nights scattered all through December see link below.
Hours:  7-10pm general admission; 6pm-10 on Zip nights,
Cost: ZiP passes range in price from $15 - $20, General Admission $3, 7-10pm December 9th-23rd.
Parking: All parking must be purchased in advance, online. Purchase parking for $15 per vehicle (plus service charges).
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College Station

Santa’s Wonderland *
November 11- January 1
Over 3 million lights you can ride through on a hay ride or in a horse drawn carriage. Shopping, live entertainment, food,
mechanical bull, and more.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6-11pm; Fri 6pm-midnight; Sat 3pm-midnight; Sun 3pm-11pm
Cost: See website for Hayride and Carriage Ride Prices
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Christmas Lights, Chocolate and Sips Tour *
5118 Greenville Ave.
Dallas, Texas
November 27, December 4, December 11, December 18
Private motor coach tours of lights throughout the area. Features dessert, hot chocolate, soft drinks and other
beverages. Other tours available; see link below).
Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED, see website below)
Cost: $43 per person.
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Farmers Branch

Christmas Tour of Lights *
Starts at I-35 & Valley View, then follow candy cane signs to Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch, Texas
November 24 - December 30 (Closed Dec 2 & Christmas Day)
Drive through display featuring 300,000 lights including dancing lights that incorporate historic buildings. Tune your
radio to 107.3 FM during the drive.
Special event: Christmas Tree Lighting December 2 with Historical Structure Tours, food, story telling, snow hill, and
Hours: 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. nightly.
Cost: Free ($5 donation suggested)
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Fort Worth

Gift of Lights *
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Circle
Fort Worth, Texas
November 23 - December 30
Driving tour of lights at Texas Motor Speedway with 150 new displays, Santa's Village and family-friendly activities.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. nightly
Cost: $25 per car. Military gets a free photo with Santa by showing Military ID
Special Event: Grand Opening the 23rd of November
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Christmas in the Square *
Frisco Square
Frisco, Texas
November 24, 2017 – December 31
A giant holiday extravaganza with over 175,000 lights, shops, Christmas tree lot and carriage rides. On weekends there
is even snow! Tune your radio (or phone radio) to 107.3.
Santa parachutes in for a night of snow tubing, ice skating and more on December 17.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. nightly (5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on December 20)
Cost: Free but some attractions cost extra.
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Festival of Lights *
Moody Gardens
One Hope Boulevard
Galveston, Texas
November 11, 2017 - January 7, 2018 (See link for days open).
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:  $Different for each attraction and on value days. See link below
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Grand Prairie

Prairie Lights *
Lynn Creek Park
5610 Lake Ridge Parkway
Grand Prairie, Texas
November 24, 2017 - January 1, 2018
Drive through two miles with more than 4,000,000 sparkling lights. Holiday village with concessions, rides, photos with
Santa, laser light show and walk-through light display.
Hours: Sunday-Thurs 6-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 6-10 p.m.
Cost: $35 per car Mon-Thurs, $45 per car Fri. & Sat. and holidays, extra charge for some attractions.
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Christmas Light Show *
651 S. Main Street
Grapevine, Texas
November 22, 2017 - January 8, 2018
The corner of Main Street and Dallas Road is the place to head for a 20 minute light display that will show you why
Grapevine is the "Christmas Capital of Texas." The entire town is lit up in millions of lights.
Hours: 6 p.m.- 11 p.m. nightly
Cost: Free
Special Events: Parade of Lights in Historic Downtown Grapevine December 7, at 7 p.m.
Twinkle Light Boat Parade at Lake Grapevine Saturday, December 2, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Highland Park

Highland Park Lights *
Enter at Preston & Mockingbird or Preston & Armstrong
Highland Park, Texas
Mid-December - December 31.
Beautiful, professionally done residential lighting displays. Carriage rides available from Brazos Carriage, Whitehave
Carriage, Vintage Carriage & NorthStar Carriages (call in advance for reservations. Check local listings for numbers).
Hours: Evening
Cost: Free (Carriage rides charge a fee)
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Christmas Lights in the River Oaks Area *
River Oaks Area
All December long
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Preston Forest Subdivision Lights *
Ravenhurst Lane
Houston, Texas 77070

ZooLights at Houston Zoo *
November 18,  2017 - January 15, 2018
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, Texas 77030
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Lights in the Heights *
Woodland Heights area
Bayland & Highland Streets
Houston, Texas
A neighborhood event where the City of Houston and all visitors are invited! Continues through December.

Tanglewood Subdivision Lights *
Tanglewood Subdivision
Houston, Texas
Over the top residential lighting displays!


Deerfield Neighborhood Lights *
Legacy Drive, Preston Meadow or Ohio Drive (Legacy is best, but busiest, entrance)
Plano, Texas
December 1- December 31
An entire neighborhood decorated for Christmas with elaborate light displays. Download a map of the tour from the
website below.
Hours: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cost: Free but donations accepted.
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Pecan Grove Subdivision Lights *
Pecan Grove Subdivision
Richmond, Texas
A subdivision in lights! There are tractor and truck pulled hay rides with hot chocolate as well.

San Antonio

Ford Fiesta de las Luminaries *
River Walk
San Antonio, Texas
December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
Location: Along 3 miles of the River Walk
More than 2,000 luminarias line the River Walk and San Antonio River. Stroll along the banks and walkways to enjoy this
traditional Lighting of the Way for the Holy Family.
Hours: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at dusk
Cost: Free
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Ford Holiday Boat Caroling *
River Walk (Downtown Area)
San Antonio, Texas
December 1 - December 22
More than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups perform nightly, many aboard boats floating on the
river. A wonderful way to see the River Walk lights and enjoy live Christmas music. Reserve a caroling boat for your
group for $150.
Hours:  Nightly
Cost: Free

Light the Way *
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, Texas
November 18
A beautiful San Antonio Christmas tradition featuring nearly 1,000,000 lights.
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River Walk in Lights *
San Antonio River Walk (Downtown area)
San Antonio, Texas
Day after Thanksgiving - New Year's.
Thousands of lights shine at the magnificent San Antonio River Walk.
Hours:  Nightly

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration *
SeaWorld San Antonio
10500 Sea World Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78251
November 18, 2017 - January 2, 2018
SeaWorld is alight with more than 5,000,000 twinkling lights. Special shows and activities.
Hours: See website below.
Cost: See website below
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Six Flags Holiday in the Park *
Six Flags Fiesta Texas
17000 IH W 10
San Antonio, Texas 78257
November 17, 2017 - January 7, 2018
Six Flags Fiesta Texas is lit up with more than 1,000,000 lights. Special shows, Frosty Snow Hill, Honky Tonk Christmas,
and more.
Hours: See website below
Cost: $63 general admission
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A Wonderland Christmas *
Morgan's Wonderland
5223 David Edwards Drive
San Antonio, Texas
November 24, 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 18-23 in 2017.
Magnificent light displays, entertainment and more in the world's first theme park designed with special-needs individuals
in mind and built for everyone's enjoyment. Petting Zoo and skating on a simulated ice rink are a few of the many
activities going on during A Wonderland Christmas.
Hours: 4 - 9 p.m.
Cost: See website below.
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Zoo Lights *
San Antonio Zoo
3903 N. St. Mary's Street
San Antonio, Texas
November 18- December 31
The San Antonio Zoo is transformed by lights into a winter wonderland.
Hours: 12:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: See website below
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Schultz Holiday Lights *
19827 Rose Dawn Lane
Spring, Texas
Dates: November 23 - December 31, 2017
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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Kentwood Drive in Lights *
Kentwood Drive
Spring, Texas 77380
Multiple residential lighting displays along Kentwood Drive


Santa Land *
11455 I-20 West
Tyler, Texas
November 1,  2017 - January 4, 2018
Huge drive-through park with more than 2.5 million lights spread across 24 acres, concessions, activities & more.
Hours: 6 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. nightly
Cost: $25 per car (other attractions cost more).
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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  2017 – January 8, 2018
Massive lighting displays, carnival and other activities.
Hours: 5:30- 10:00p.m.
Cost: See link below.
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Newport News

2017 Celebration in Lights *
Newport News Park
Intersection of Ft. Eustis Blvd. & Jefferson Ave.
Newport News, Virginia
November 23, 2017 – January 1, 2018
More than 800,000 lights along a two-mile drive. Virginia’s first drive-through holiday light event is in its 25th season.
Hours: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Nightly
Cost: $12 per car, $60 per bus.
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Virginia Beach

McDonald’s Holiday at the Beach *
On the Boardwalk between 2nd and 33rd Streets
Virginia Beach, Virginia
November 23,  2017 – December 31
Times:  5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday), 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. (Friday & Saturday)
Admission: $4 per vehicle Friday-Sunday and holidays, $3 per vehicle Monday-Thursday
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An asterisk (*) symbol means location has been confirmed for 2017!
Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens
Courtesy of Callaway Gardens