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Light up your holidays

A few of the most festive light displays around Atlanta

Lights of Life

Millions of light bulbs illuminate more than 100 displays throughout the 1.5-mile drive through Life University campus.

6-10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays; 6-11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays. Through Dec. 31. Cars, $5 Sundays-Thursday, $10 Fridays-Saturday; vans, $10; buses, $20. Life University, 1269 Barclay Circle, Marietta. 678-331-4334, www.life.edu /lightsoflife.

Stone Mountain Christmas

Among the big attractions are a nightly Christmas parade at 6, featuring characters from holiday shows plus the Snow Angel and Santa Claus, and the winter wonderland of Snow Mountain.

Open nightly through Jan. 1. Closed Dec. 24-25. Adults $28, children $22, includes access to lights,  variety of musicals, Christmas parade and Polar Express 4D experience. 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain.  770-498-5690, www.stonemountainpark.com

Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Experience 7 miles of lights and animation displays from the warmth of the car.

5-10 p.m. daily (including holidays). Through Dec. 30. Car with up to nine passengers, $60; van 10 to 19 riders $90; bus of 20+ $250. On Lake Lanier, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-945-8787, www.lakelanierislands.com.

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

One of the first major holiday light shows in Georgia, opening in 1992. The attraction boasts 8 million lights stretching over 5 miles in a woodland setting.

Through Dec. 30. $16-$25; $8-$12.50, ages 6-12. Callaway Gardens, intersection of Ga. 18/ 354, Pine Mountain. 706-663-2281, www.callaway gardens.com. 

Holiday in Lights at Centennial Olympic Park

The park transforms into a winter wonderland with thousands of lights that make up the sparkling display.

7 a.m.-11 p.m. Lights are on display through Jan. 3. Free. Ice skating is $7 per person plus $2 skate rental for 90 minutes on the ice. 404-223-4412, www.centennialpark.com.

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights

The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s holiday show returns for its second year, with 500,000 more lights on display. Check out our story on the show’s growth this season following an astonishingly successful inaugural year.

5-10 p.m. daily Saturday through Jan. 5. Admission Thursdays-Sundays: $20; $14 ages 3-12; free under 3. Mondays-Wednesdays: $17; $11 ages 3-12. Parking: $5. Atlanta Botanical Garden, 1345 Piedmont Ave., Atlanta. 1-855-454-6849, www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Gift of Lights

The Atlanta area’s newest drive-through light show boasts more than one million LED lights on a route of 1.5-miles

Through Jan. 6. $15 per car with six passengers or less; Fridays-Sundays, $20 per car. Vans or buses: $15 plus $1 per person. Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1500 Tara Place, Hampton. 770-423-1330, www.atlantagiftoflights.com, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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