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Rome-Area’s Best Christmas Lights 2020

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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!

Updated 2020: Though we’ve done our best to bring up-to-date info, not all light displays (especially residential) have been confirmed this year. Check for ** notes to see what is NOT happening this year.

Rome-Area Neighborhood Lights

Christmas on Kingston Rd (Kingston, 10 min from Rome)
**Unsure if these are up in 2020**

1210 Kingston Hwy, Kingston, GA 30145
Daily 5-9 PM | Dec 3 – 25


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
*Uncomfirmed in 2020**
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.

Spring Creek Farms subdivision has some.

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)
**NOT ON IN 2020. Hopes to be back in 2021!**

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.


Haddock Family, (Calhoun, 30 min drive from Rome)
571 School House Rd NE, Calhoun

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

A couple of quick things.
1. On weekends we will play shorter song lists to help keep traffic from backing up too much.
2. Follow the traffic pattern that I am posting here when needed. This is to help neighbors get home safely.
3. Please do not block neighbors driveways. The one across from us is fine. But you may need to move if they come and go. Please be understanding.
4. Some nights there will be traffic elves. These could be adults to my teenage daughters. Please follow their directions.

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-10pm | Thanksgiving through New Years

“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!


Hunter Family Christmas Lights, (Summerville, 30 min from R0me)
340 Alexander Street, Summerville
Daily 6pm-11pm except Wednesday and Sunday | Thanksgiving through New Years
Take Highway 48 from Summerville and turn right at Martin Street. Take the second left on Alexander Street and when the road ends, the Hunters are on the right.


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Professional Displays (Walk or Drive-Thru)

Drive Through (some options to get out in the past)

World of Illumination Candy Rush Animated Light Show, (Marietta 1 hour from Rome)
Daily 6-10pm* | Nov 20-Jan 3
*Must have a reservation in advance
$35-$45 + tax / Car


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 26 – Dec 31
$10 / car


Festival of Lights (Oxford, Alabama, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Nov 21-Dec 24 | Daily 5-10pm
$17 / standard vehicle in advance, $20 at entrance


Atlanta Festival of Lights at Atlantic Station (Atlanta, 1.5 hours from Rome)
6 PM – 11 PM | Dec. 4-Jan. 18
Sun.-Thur. $25; Fri.-Sat. $35.


Walk Through Displays

Christmas at the Falls – Noccalula Falls (Gadsden, AL, 1 hr, 15 min from Rome)
Daily: 5 – 9 PM, 3 – 9 PM on Weekends | Nov 28-Jan 2 (no lights Dec 24 & 25)
$10/Mon-Thurs; $12/Fri-Sun (ages 3 and younger free)
*Tickets must be purchased in advance. Masks required.


Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights (Lookout Mountain, 1hr 25 min from Rome)
Daily: 5 PM – 9 PM | Nov 16 – Jan 2 (closed Dec 24)
$9 – $27 (varies nightly)

Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo (Chattanooga, 1.5 hours from Rome)
December 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 | 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
$12/children, $16/adult (ages 2 and under Free)*
Tickets must be purchased in advance


Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Botanical Gardens (Atlanta, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Nightly, 5 PM – 11 PM | Nov 21 – Jan 16
$21 – $51 / person


Stone Mountain Christmas (Stone Mountain/Atlanta, 1.5 hours from Rome)
Nightly | Dec 1 – Jan 3
~$30 / person