by: Nelson Hicks Updated:
ATLANTA - "Frozen," "Star Wars" and Prince are just a few of the things immortalized in Christmas lights around the Atlanta area this year.
In the days leading up to Christmas, WSBTV.com will showcase some of the best home displays in the area.
This year's sixth stop is one of the area's longest-running displays, the Felix Family Christmas Lights. In fact, the Felix family inspired a few other Dallas homeowners to do their own displays. While their music loop does have about 30 minutes worth of songs on it, on the busier nights, they shorten it to move cars through a little faster. The home is at 224 Oliver Overlook in Dallas and runs from 6-10:30 p.m. during the week and until 11 p.m. on the weekends. The Felix display has always been packed when WSBTV.com has visited.
This year's fifth stop is the Atkinson/Rowell Christmas Lights. It's at 18 Riverwood Landing in Dallas. The show runs from 5:45-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The family started with the lights in 2007 and added music in 2010 and added the Rowell family last year.
This year's fourth stop is Holiday Magic-Woodruff Family Christmas Lights at 1091 Monroe Dr. NE in the heart of Atlanta. Timothy Woodruff is back with another display this year and new for 2016 is his tribute to one of his musical idols, Prince. The display runs nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Our third stop is Christmas on the HIll in Flowery Branch. The Hathcock family runs their show at 6711 Willowbrook Trail each night from 6-10 p.m. This is the 7th year of the show. It includes 40,000 lights, arches, several trees and four animated characters of Santa and a trio of reindeer. They collect donations for Operation Smile and last year alone, were able to sponsor 11 surgeries for kids. The show runs thru the first week of January and Santa will frequently be spotted in attendance.
Our second stop is Vinyard Christmas in Lawrenceville. It's at 3690 Vinyard Way. They started in 2009 and are still going strong. It runs every night from 5:30-10 p.m. Visitors can even partially control the lights from their phones.
The first stop is Christmas in Castille. It's located at 4220 Tivoli Way in Alpharetta. Check out Elsa in lights in the show's most popular song, "Let It Go." Owner Ken MacMaster says the display includes 5,200 feet of extension cords and 240 channels running 55,000 lights. The show runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights only from 6-9 p.m. Like the show's Facebook page for the latest info.(Mobile users, click HERE for video.)
Christmas on the Hill at 6711 Willowbrook Trail, Flowery Branch features a new "Star Wars" light and music display this year. We'll have video from it next week.
The area features plenty of businesses that offer Christmas lights to see, too. Check out Lake Lanier Islands, Callaway Gardens, Life University, Six Flags, Holiday Lights of Hope and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.
Here are some other displays in the area:
West Ridge Church Lights at West Ridge is a free walk up as well as a drive-thru experience. Lights will run from 6:30 to 9:30pm Dec 16-22.
Holly Springs lights at 2632 Holly Springs Parkway in Holly Springs runs nightly from 6-11:30pm. The show starts 30 minutes.
Atkinson/Rowell Christmas Lights is around the corner from Aubuchon Lights. It's at 18 Riverwood Landing in Dallas. It includes holiday movie inserts. The show runs from 5:45-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The family started with the lights in 2007 and added music in 2010.
Felix Family Christmas Lights is at 224 Oliver Overlook in Dallas and runs from 6-10:30 p.m. during the week and until 11 p.m. on the weekends. This display gets VERY busy, particularly on the weekends. Expect a wait.
Stokes Family Christmas Lights is located at 257 Mary Wallace Way in Dallas. It operates from 6-10 p.m. each night.
Riley's Rockin' Christmas display is at 2008 Palladium Drive in Kennesaw. For GPS purposes, use 4400 Sterling Pointe Drive NW as the address and take the second right once you enter the neighborhood. It's open Sunday to Thursday from 6-9 p.m. It's open an hour later on Fridays and Saturdays.
The McMinn family boasts an impressive Christmas display, too. Their house features 100,000 lights, the Grinch, Snoopy, "Cars," inflatables and plenty more. It's at 465 Newport Heights in Alpharetta.
Christmas in the Country You'll hear "Let It Go" along with many popular Christmas tunes at the display at 1616 Pratt Road in Covington.
Christmas in the Grove at 1428 Oak Grove Dr, Decatur, Georgia. There, you'll find the 2013 champion of ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight." It includes 115,000 lights, four miles of extension cords, 47 Light-O-Rama controllers and over 750 channels of computerized animation.
Christmas on Amberwood Head to 371 Amberwood Drive in Lawrenceville to see lights, inflatables and maybe even meet Santa. The lights are on 24/7 and Santa visits on some weekends. Check their Facebook page for times.
Check out Gladewood Drive in Alpharetta. There, you'll find an entire block decorated for the holidays. See a giant Santa, a home with lights dancing to music, a nativity scene and more.
Smoot Family Christmas Check out the Christmas lights on Autumn View Drive in Acworth.
Unfortunately, we can't make it to every home. But if your home has a great Christmas lights display or we missed your favorite, leave some photos or a comment on our Facebook page.
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