Fantasy in Lights® at Callaway Gardens – Nov 16-Dec 30

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If you haven’t been down to see the Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens this is the must see lights show in the South East.

This holiday season marks the 21ST anniversary of Fantasy in Lights® — named one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler – at Callaway Gardens, a year-round destination south of Atlanta.  Fantasy in Lights features 8 million lights stretching more than five miles, creating 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes.  Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens sets Pine Mountain, Ga., ablaze from November 16 through December 30, 2012.  Advance ticket prices range from $16 to $22 for adults and $8 to $11 for children, with children 5 and younger always admitted for free. Same-day, first-available tickets are $25 for adults and $12.50 for children.

Unlike All of the Rest

Visitors experience the light and sound extravaganza on the “Jolly Trolley” or by driving through the lighted scenes in their personal vehicle.  The sparkling, animated displays include Snowflake Valley, a winter wonderland filled with enormous snowflakes and thousands of white lights; Magical Christmas Garden with a 24-foot wreath entrance; and Santa’s Workshop, showcasing animated versions of Santa’s elves busy making toys for the big night.  Two “don’t miss” scenes are on Robin Lake Beach and are both narrated: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity.  Each lasts approximately 10 minutes.

Ninety-nine percent of the frames used to create the scenes in Fantasy in Lights are custom designed and built just for Callaway Gardens, taking 3,900 man-hours to install.  In keeping with Callaway Gardens’ mission of connecting man and nature, every kilowatt of power used to light up Fantasy In Lights is compensated with “green” power. Callaway Gardens was the first destination in the Southeast to offset 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing wind power credits.

Families experience the Christmas Village, a 22,000-square-foot indoor, heated area featuring opportunities to visit Santa and other holiday characters.  Inside the Village, guests have the opportunity to shop for specialty food items from the Callaway Gardens Country Store®, unique gifts, nostalgic toys from simpler times and an assortment of holiday ornaments.  An array of Georgia crafters are on hand making and selling their wares.

New for 2012

New for 2012 are two children’s activities to add some Christmas cheer.  Children can partner with an adult family member to join “Storytelling with Mrs. Claus,” where guests can listen to Christmas stories, decorate cupcakes and more, or “Build a Natural Birdfeeder,” with some of Santa’s elves.  These activities are available on Saturdays at 3 p.m. from November 24 through December 23.  For advance reservations, call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).  Seating is limited.

Relax and Enjoy More Than One Day

A variety of Fantasy In Lights overnight packages provide the opportunity to enjoy Callaway Gardens at a more relaxing pace.  Packages start as low as $99* per night in the Mountain Creek Inn and include:

•  Fantasy In Lights admission

•  Accommodations

•  Special Jolly Trolley loading area dedicated for overnight guests

• Admission to the world-class Gardens and its many attractions including the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Discovery Center, live Birds of Prey Shows, seven miles of nature trails and our 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail.

Additional package options include breakfast and a 2012 commemorative Fantasy In Lights ornament.

Callaway Gardens’ central location in the Southeastern United States and convenient location to Hartsfield International Airport make it a unique and accommodating location for family gatherings, corporate holiday outings and more.  Fantasy In Lights packages in the more spacious Southern Pine Cottages (sleep up to eight) and Mountain Creek Villas (sleep up to 16) are available as well.

Award-Winning

This National Geographic recognition marks the latest for Fantasy In Lights, adding to a long list of honors received through its 20 years.  Additional recent honors include Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Access Atlanta’s “Best Place to See Holiday Lights;” The Weather Channel’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” and the American Bus Association’s “Top 100 Events in North America.”  Fantasy In Lights also has been recognized numerous times by the Southeast Tourism Society (STS) as a Top 20 event.

Callaway Gardens®, is in Pine Mountain, Ga., 60 minutes southwest of Atlanta and 30 minutes north of Columbus.  To experience nature at its finest, call 1-800-CALLAWAY or visit www.callawaygardens.com.

To experience the most spectacular holiday light and show in the South, visit www.callawaygardens.com or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).

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