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Callaway Gardens to kick off Fantasy in Lights

Contributed report

PINE MOUNTAIN — This holiday season marks the 24th anniversary of the award-winning Fantasy In Lights and its 8 million lights stretching more than five miles, creating 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes. Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens sets Pine Mountain ablaze from Nov. 20 through Jan. 2.

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 scenes are on Robin Lake Beach and narrated: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity. Each lasts about 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 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 visits with 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 and an assortment of holiday ornaments. An array of Georgia crafters will be on hand making and selling their wares.

Advance ticket prices start at $19 for adults and $9.50 for children, children 5 and younger are always admitted for free. Tickets purchased on the same-day of visit are $28 for adults and $14 for children, and will be sold on a first-available basis.

From a press release submitted by Callaway Gardens.