Henry County glowing with Christmas light displays

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

A highlight of the Christmas season for many Henry County residents is taking the time to admire various light displays and decorative arrangements surrounding homes and businesses. They can range from the simple to the spectacular (or from tasteful to trashy, depending upon the eye of the beholder).

Certain individual residences across the county, from Lake Spivey near the Clayton County line to Hwy. 20 on the east side of McDonough, have gained reputations over the years for their efforts to create holiday showpieces that folks love to drive by year after year.

Two years ago a home on East Atlanta Road at the northern end of Stockbridge won a $50,000 prize on a national television program for its mind-boggling light display and decorations. That house has not decorated at all this year, according to local residents’ comments on social media.

There is little doubt that one of the largest displays in the area, if not the largest, is the drive-through Holiday Light Spectacular at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which will be available for viewing through Dec. 30. The two-mile route through the AMS grounds includes “flying reindeer, dancing light tunnels and dozens of moving displays,” according to a report from speedway officials.

A number of other activities will also be ongoing at AMS, such as Santa’s Village and a nightly carnival with rides, games and refreshments. Drive-in movie nights are on the schedule as well as a 5K race

The Holiday Light Spectacular is open every day through Wednesday, Dec. 30, with the exception of Christmas Day when all features will be closed for the holiday. Show hours are 6-9 p.m. tonight (Dec. 16) and 6-10 p.m. each day Dec. 17-30.

Prices are $20 per vehicle carrying up to six passengers when Santa’s Village is open and $15 per vehicle carrying up to six passengers when Santa’s Village is closed. Tickets may be purchased at the light show entrance, near the Speedway’s Gate 15, and accepted methods of payment include cash, debit card and credit card. Maximum vehicle height is 11 ft.”

For more information and a complete show schedule, visit www.holidaylightspectacular.info.

What are the best light displays in your area? Which streets and/or neighborhoods deserve a drive-by this season? Send your suggestions to editor@henry countytimes.com and they will appear in next week’s edition as well as on our website and Facebook page.