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Best Lights this Side of the Coosa (and That Side, Too)

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If someone were to ask me what it is that most gets me get into the Christmas spirit, I would reply without hesitation: Christmas Lights. Whether it’s a lighted tree in the window or a house worthy of Clark Griswold’s praise, I notice and appreciate them all.  …and a few of these houses  would sure give Clark a run for his money!

Rome-Area Neighborhood Lights

Christmas on Kingston Rd (Kingston, 10 min from Rome)
1210 Kingston Hwy, Kingston, GA 30145
Daily 5-9 PM | Dec 3 – 25

Dec 14 & 15 | 4-8pm
Free, donations accepted
Gates will be open to see the blow-ups up close!!! Note: watch out for cords under your feet while walking.

Get up close and personal at the open house!

Maplewood East
Take Turner Chapel to Valley Brook
Be sure to check the house out toward the end of Valley Brook for the choreographed lights and music.

Lindale REAL Christmas Tree
See a real 35′ lighted tree along Lakeview Drive in Lindale. Read about it here.

Garden Lakes has a few good houses, especially around where Huffaker meets Garden Lakes Blvd.

Brentwood Drive in West Rome is also good.

Saddlebrook Downs puts out luminaries lining the neighborhood on Christmas Eve only (weather permitting)
Saddlebrook Drive off of Rockmart Road, Rome GA

Saddle Brook Downs Luminaries on Christmas Eve

Broad Street
Don’t forget to drive and/or walk down the festive main drag to gain a little Christmas spirit. The downtown businesses hold a contest for most festive storefront display. This year, it was Greene’s Jewelers.

Residential Light Displays Worth the Drive

Gilley’s Christmas Lights (Ballplay, AL 60 min from Rome)
913 Gilley Rd, Ballplay, AL 35903
Daily 5 – 9 PM (Not on in rain)

Congratulations on being the winners of last years’ Great Christmas Light Fight!!! Read all about it here.

Gilley’s Christmas Lights

Smooth Family Christmas Light Show, (Acworth, GA, 45 min from Rome)
3699 Autumn Drive, Acworth GA
Sun – Thurs 5:30 – 10 PM and Fri/Sat 5:30 – 11 PM through Dec 31
$ Donations benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Georgia Chapter.

Felix Family Christmas Lights, (Dallas, GA, 50 min from Rome)
224 Oliver Overlook, Dallas GA
Sun – Thurs 6 – 10 PM and Fri/Sat 6 – 11 PM through Dec 31

Riley’s Rockin’ Christmas, (Kennesaw, GA, 55 min from Rome)
2008 Palladium Drive, Kennesaw GA
Sun – Thurs 6 – 9 PM and Fri/Sat 6 – 10 PM through Jan 1

Nettles Family Christmas Lights, Rockmart (25 minutes from Rome)
2540 Cedartown Hwy, Rockmart, Georgia  30153 (Hwy 278)
Daily 6pm-11pm | Thanksgiving through New Years

I heard Mr Nettles was having some health issues, so I emailed Sherry to see if they were still having lights this year. She responded saying “…With the help of friends and family, [Perry] is still working hard to get everything up and running on time.

“Perry started this project when he was around 18 years old. The display continued to grow over the years.  More and more people wanted to get a closer view of the lights, so he and his Dad created a driveway with one entrance in and one exit out to avoid traffic jams.  That’s how the drive-thru exhibit was created. It’s still free of charge, although donations are welcome.”

If  you are in the Rockmart area, please consider visiting the Nettles’ Light Show and donating to thank them for their service to families like ours!

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Professional Displays (Walk or Drive-Thru)

Drive Through (with options to get out)

A Country Christmas at Pettit Creek Farm Drive-Thru Christmas Lights or Hayride (Cartersville, 25 min from Rome)
Sunday – Thursday: 6pm – 9pm Starting Thanksgiving
Friday – Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
*Santa Thurs-Sun Live Nativity Fri-Sun
$20+ / carload
$10 / person for hayride (under age 2 free)

Lights of Life (Life University, Marietta, 1 hour from Rome)
Sun-Thurs 6-9 PM, Fri -Sat 6 – 10 PM | Nov 28 – Dec 31
$5 – $10 / car

Magic of Lights (Oxford, Alabama, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Nov 27-Jan 4 | Daily 5-10pm
$17/standard vehicle


Walk Through Displays

Lighting of the Ruins at Barnsley (Adairsville, 25 min from Rome)
Nov 27 | 5-9 PM
$50/car (there are a limited number of off property spots)
Holiday lights Nov 28 – Jan 1 with holiday garden admission.

Christmas at the Falls – Noccalula Falls (Gadsden, AL, 1 hr, 15 min from Rome)
Daily: 5 – 9 PM | Nov 28-Jan 5
$8/Mon-Thurs; $10/Fri-Sun (ages 3 and younger free)

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights (Lookout Mountain, 1hr 25 min from Rome)
Daily: 4pm – 9pm | Nov 16 – Dec 31
$8.95 – $14.95 / child (3 – 12)
$16.95 – $28.95 / adult

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo
December 13, 14, 20, 21 | 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
$8/children, $12/adult (ages 2 and under Free)