There are some Atlanta holiday traditions you just shouldn’t miss, and the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is among them.
Here’s a video of this year’s highlights (just click on the arrow to play):
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The seventh annual display will wow you, especially with the new “Nature’s Wonders” light show. It’s a high-tech display of thousands of vertical strings of lights synchronized with music and sound effects to create the illusion of nature’s phenomena, including ocean waves, thunderstorms, snowfalls, rainbows, sunrises/sunsets, meteor showers and more. I witnessed this light show, and though I didn’t absorb the various natural wonders from the lights, I did find the display spectacular, with lights dancing from string to string, timed to the music. It may be that I rushed too quickly through the display, so eager to get to the Ice Goddess lit up in blue and white string lights. That’s always been my favorite part of the Garden Lights, Holiday Nights show.
I also really enjoy the Orchestral Orbs. I could sit forever watching the orbs light up to each note of music, colors rotating through with each song. It’s especially magical with the lights of the Atlanta skyline in the background.
The Garden Lights, Holiday Nights is presented nightly until January 7th. Friday & Saturday: 5 – 11 p.m.
Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.
You should get your tickets in advance (click here) if you know when you’re going—just keep in mind that there are no rain checks for inclement weather—it’s a rain or shine kind of thing. You’ll want to dress appropriately.
There’s also a fee for parking.
This is always one of my favorite ways to celebrate the holidays in Atlanta. I hope you agree when you’ve seen them in person.