Driving around to check out Christmas lights is a tradition for many families, and there are some incredible light shows in our region. We’ve rounded a few of the best places to see the lights in our area, which are to the best of our knowledge on display this year. If you know of others that should be on the list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chapman Family Christmas Lights
In St. Marys, the Chapman family also has an incredible display set to music.
Families regularly park at this location, too, to watch the show.
They have 70,000 lights synchronized to about a dozen Christmas songs. They’ve had a wildly cool-looking big screen displaying images including a Santa who directs the music. The display includes lights that cover five huge oak trees in the home’s yard, tons of Christmas trees and a large American Flag made of lights.
The display at 208 East Dillingham Street in Downtown St. Marys (1 block behind St. Marys City Hall) begins December 2nd at sunset. Drive by and tune you car radio to 97.5 and stay warm. Donations appreciated and will be given to Camden House.
If you want to go:
- Where: 208 E Dillingham Street (SE Corner of Dillingham and Ready streets), St. Marys, GA
- When: Dusk Dec. 2nd through New Year’s
- Online: www.stmaryschristmas.com
Rothwell home, 893 Diane Drive, Fernandina Beach
What: A wonderland of a display featuring thousands of lights and moving decorations, including a clock counting down the minutes to Christmas, Santas, snowmen and musical decorations. On weekends, a real “Santa” passes out candy canes.
Where: Corner of Diane Drive and S 14th Street, Fernandina Beach
Barnwell Road, Fernandina Beach
What: A large display of lights, including nativity scenes, ferris wheels and more.
Where: Barnwell Road. From State Road 200, head north at the Barnwell Road-State Road 200 intersection (at the traffic light by Lowe’s). You’ll see the lights to your right after about a quarter of a mile.
North Ridge Lane, Fernandina Beach
What: A whole street of homes that go all out with extensive Christmas lights and moving decorations. When we took my parents to visit this street, my father joked, “I didn’t know Chevy Chase lived in Fernandina Beach.”
Where: North Ridge Lane. From Sadler Road, head north on Citrona. Drive a tenth of a mile and North Ridge Lane will be on the right. You won’t be able to miss the lights.
Corner of Boone Avenue and May Street, Kingsland
What: This family usually runs a lights show set to music through the New Year. Hours in years past were: Monday – Thursday, 5:45 – 9:30pm and Friday – Sunday, 5:45 – 11:00 pm.
Where: From US 17 in downtown Kingsland, turn onto Boone Avenue. The house is just .2 miles from US 17.
Jax Illuminations, Jacksonville
What: This gigantic, mile-long light display synchronized to holiday music is run by a husband and wife team, and there is a $20 fee to drive through. We’ve heard from parents who completely loved it, so it made the list. They boast over 500,000 lights not far from the St. Johns Town Center. Before you enter the drive through display you will tune your car radio to their station. Stop and enjoy some candy canes and hot chocolate. Open to cars, trucks and family vans (7 passenger maximum). You can learn more about this display on their website, jaxilluminations.com. Open 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 20 through Jan. 3.
Where: Morocco Shrine Center, 3800 St Johns Bluff Road South, Jacksonville.
Okefenokee Swamp Park Light Show Train / Okefenokee
Tour Okefenokee Swamp Park in the evening aboard the train, admiring the holiday lights that decorate the swamp. Light show trains start at 6 p.m. and depart approximately every 15-30 minutes. The last train departs promptly at 9 p.m. Offered Friday-Sunday every weekend through Nov. 27-Dec. 21, and then also offered on Dec. 21-23, the Monday through Wednesday before Christmas. Open again Dec. 26-30. Price is $6 for kids ages 3-11 and $8 for adults up until Dec. 11, then prices increase to $8 for kids and $10 for adults. Kids 2 and under always FREE. Go to okeswamp.com for details.
Where: Okefenokee Swamp Park, 5700 Okefenokee Swamp Park Rd, Waycross, GA 31503
6-10 p.m. Foxwood Heights Circle East / Jacksonville
This house features tons of lights and a garage with a Christmas village open for you to look at on weekends.
Where: Foxwood Heights Circle East off Yellowbluff Road, Jacksonville, FL
OOLights / Jacksonville
Celebrate the holiday season and create a family tradition admiring the sparkling lights and at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ Fourth Annual ZOOLights event. Thousands of LED lights will transform the zoo into a winter wonderland filled with moving sculptures, forests of lighted trees and animal silhouettes. There will be a fairy village by the Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens and yarn bombing by Yarn Bomb Jax. Guests can enjoy a unique view of ZOOLights by boarding the Zoo’s lighted train (the train only runs from the back of the Zoo to the front). Guests can also enjoy carousel rides, the 4-D Theater Ride featuring the Polar Express, marshmallow roasting, warm weather “ice” skating and more! $10 for non-members, $8 for members, $1 discount when you order online. (Recommended – especially because you don’t have to wait in as long of a line to get in). Open Dec. 11 – 13 and Dec. 18 – Jan. 2. Closed Christmas Day. Hours are as follows:
- Monday – Thursday: 6:00 pm. To 9:30 p.m.
- Friday – Sunday: 6:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Please note: The Zoo closes at 5:00 p.m. and will re-open for ZOOLights at 6:00 p.m.
Do you know of other great lights displays worth visiting in Camden or Nassau counties? Tell us about it in the comments section below, post it on the Mamamelia Facebook page or email us at email@example.com.