Top 5 Christmas Road Trips

So you've scarfed down the turkey, you don't want to watch A Christmas Story for the umpteenth time, and everyone is getting stir crazy.  So what's a family to do?  Hit the open road!  There are places in Georgia that put on a light display that would put a gleam in Clark Griswold's eye, and maybe yours too.

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1. Callaway Gardens - Fantasy In Lights - Pine Mountain Georgia

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips Callaway Gardens Fantasy In Lights

Treat your family to a fun tradition that’s filled with holiday cheer! It’s Christmas at Callaway, featuring Fantasy In Lights, one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Light Displays in the world. Come make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest.  Extend the celebration with an overnight stay, enjoy mouthwatering meals or cozy cups of cocoa in our beautiful accommodations, and explore 2,500 acres of stunning natural landscape.

Friday, November 16, 2018 to Saturday, January 5, 2019

Adult tickets $21-$30, children $10.50-$15, depending on date.


2. Rock City Gardens - Enchanted Garden Of Lights - Lookout Mountain, near Chattanooga

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips Rock City Enchanted Garden of Lights

Celebrate 24 years of fun at Rock City's premiere holiday event, The Enchanted Garden of Lights --- where Joy, Wonder, and Magic await!  New this year, select realms begin to open at 4:00pm. Join Mrs. Claus for cookie decorating in the North Pole Lodge, take a stroll down the lighted Grand Corridor in Yule Town, experience the twinkle of icy lights in the Arctic Kingdom! Then beginning at 6:00pm ALL of the magic unlocks as Santa arrives in the North Pole Village, Inara the Ice Queen glides into the Arctic Kingdom, and the Magic Forest comes alive to reveal new and exciting enchantments! 

November 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018 - 4pm - 9pm

Adult tickets are $16.95 - $28.95.  Child Tickets $8.95 - $14.95, depending on date.


3. Stone Mountain - Stone Mountain Christmas - Stone Mountain, Ga

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips Stone Mountain Christmas

Each day of Stone Mountain Christmas, you can enjoy some of your favorite park attractions like Summit Skyride, Scenic Railroad, and more! Then, immerse yourself in holiday magic with evenings full of festive music, millions of dazzling lights, spectacular shows, and visits from some of your favorite holiday characters! New for 2018, engage your senses at The Polar Express™ 4-D Experience and marvel at the Enchanted Tree Lighting Ceremony each night before our famous Christmas Parade!

Ticket prices vary by package.

November 10 - January 6


4. Atlanta Botanical Garden - Garden Lights, Holiday Nights - Atlanta

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips Atlanta Botanical Gaarden

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights returns with new features and crowd favorites – including new music and motion for last year’s buzz-worthy spectacle, Nature’s Wonders.  This year brings the debut of the Skylights Lounge in the Skyline Garden. Plus, several larger-than-life plant giants from Imaginary Worlds: Once Upon a Time will be awash in holiday glow.  See the Ice Goddess and Tunnel of Light along with the Orchestral Orbs, Radiant Rainforest, Model Trains and other favorites that continue to make the exhibition a must-see holiday tradition.

November 18, 2018 - January 6, 2019, 5p.m. - 10/11 p.m.

Ticket Prices vary depending on night: adults $19.95-$29.95, children $16.95 - $26.95.


5. Guido Gardens - Nights Of Lights - Metter, Ga.

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips Guido Gardens Nights Of Lights

The Nights of Lights celebration is  part of the holiday tradition for many families. The lights are on from 6 to 9 PM nightly at Guido Gardens during the holidays. The dates for the Nights of Lights in 2018 are Dec. 14th -25th, 6-9 PM nightly. ADMISSION IS FREE!

Please note that Guido Gardens are always open, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, for your visit! Only the Christmas lights are on at a particular time.



Bonus Trip: The Rock Ranch: Country Christmas Nights

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Christmas Road Trips The Rock Ranch Country Christmas Lights

Drive Through Christmas Lights

The Rock Ranch invites families to drive through more than a mile of magical Christmas lights on the farm.  This growing lights display gets better and better each year.

Country Christmas Nights

Families can hop on-board Christmas Express Train ride featuring falling bubble snow and a dancing Christmas lights show. Families can enjoy a bigger and better Santa’s workshop, take photos with Santa, eat dinner in the Christmas Cafe, and much more.

Breakfast With Santa

Santa arrives for photos at 8:30, Breakfast is served at 9:00
Cost: $15.95/per seat | Children two years old and under may sit in their parent’s lap and eat from their parent’s plate for free. Kids three years old and older will require a ticket.

Schedule and Prices are available on the Website