World of Illumination, the world’s largest drive-through animated light show was such a huge hit in 2020, that it’s back in 2021 with not one, but two Georgia locations.

In 2021, World of Illumination is back in both Marietta and Hampton.

Courtesy: World of Illumination


In Marietta, World of Illumination offers a Rockin’ Christmas theme this year. Last year was all about Candy Rush, but this year’s theme will be a full-throttle musical extravaganza.

In this 1-mile long symphony of sight and sound, you’ll see everything from life-sized musical notes to retro Santa spinning it old school. Featuring millions of colorful lights and hundreds of animated displays, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a mesmerizing event sure to rock your holidays.

Rockin’ Christmas opened on November 12, 2021 and will run through January 2, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. The event will again be held at Six Flags Whitewater on Cobb Parkway, and takes about 30 minutes to drive through.

We were able to attend the opening day of Rockin’ Christmas this year — and we had a great time! Once you arrive, they’ll tell you what station to tune your radio to, so you can see all the amazing lights sync up with the songs. We rolled down the windows, and the kids had a blast seeing all the different lights and singing along with the songs. It was a huge hit!

World of Illumination is uniquely COVID-friendly, as you can enjoy the show from the safety and comfort of your own car. Online reservations are required, making the experience totally touchless and socially safe, while simultaneously controlling traffic to decrease waiting times. FYI: Tickets are per car — not per person! Tickets are on sale HERE.


New for 2021, World of Illumination will open a second location at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton this holiday season!

The theme for the Hampton location this year will be Arctic Adventure. Here you’ll meet Sunny, a 32-foot-tall snowman, and all of his tundra-bound friends. You’ll be delighted by your favorite holiday music and whimsical winter characters. Nostalgic and memorable, the world’s largest animated drive-through light show is a storybook adventure for kids of all ages.

The experience in Hampton will also be a mile-long journey, featuring 350+ snow-themed installations and millions of animated lights.

Arctic Adventure will begin on November 17, 2021 and will run through January 2, 2022 from 6-10 p.m. Just like the Marietta experience, online reservations are required. Tickets are on sale HERE.


If you’re looking to really make the most of your experience, they also offer a couple of fun “extras” that will really take your trip to the next level.

Treasure Hunt. Prepare for the ultimate treasure hunt and turn your journey into an interactive experience! With their magical 3-D Treasure Hunt Glasses, your family can discover whimsical images nestled in hidden treasure chests. You can make it a game to see which family member is the Ultimate Treasure Hunter. Then scan the QR code on your glasses to see if you found them all. Only those with the special 3-D Treasure Hunt Glasses can participate, and this add-on must be purchased when you buy your tickets. (They’re not sold at the gate.) They’re sold in packs of 4. Available at both Georgia locations.

Lightning Pack. This merchandise bundle includes two Sonic Wands and a four-pack of 3-D Treasure Hunt glasses. The Sonic Wands respond to music, lighting up in different colors and flashing along to the beat. This battery-operated foam wand will react to any nearby sound, so after the show you can continue the party at home! The Sonic Wands are only available as part of the Lightning Pack and must be purchased when you buy your tickets. Available at both Georgia locations.

Dasher Pass. Only available at the Hampton location, the Dasher Pass allows you to experience faster access to the show. This ticket type allows guests to avoid long lines. With a paid Dasher Pass, guests will have shorter wait times in a designated queue lane, providing them with expedited entry into the show at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This ticket must be purchased in advance, online. Guests do not need a separate General Admission ticket; the Dasher Pass is a one-time admission ticket for one vehicle. Available only at the Hampton location.

Disclosure: Thank you to World of Illumination for inviting us to Rockin’ Christmas. The opinions here are still all my own!

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