Do you like colorful Christmas displays? Do you like to have fun?
If so, don’t let the holiday season go by without visiting the famous Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
In the past few years, National Geographic, CNN, Yahoo Travel and the Weather Channel are among those which have ranked the show one of the top holiday attractions in the world.
This is the 26th year for Fantasy in Lights.
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It opened in 1992 with five scenes and now there are 15. Music and animation are a big part of the show. There is also a wonderful Christmas Village.
The originals scenes were designed by professionals who had worked with Disney.
Some of the current scenes are controlled with digital show controls like those used in Broadway shows.
The show includes 8 million lights with more than 32 miles of cable required to power all of the sound and lights.
The five oldest displays are March of the Toy Soldiers, Magical Christmas Garden, Snowflake Valley, Twin Trees and FIL the Frog.
Newer displays include the Enchanted Rainbow Forest, Santa’s Workshop and The 12 Days of Christmas.
Fantasy in Lights began Nov. 17 and runs through Jan. 6.
Ninety-nine percent of the frames used to create the scenes in Fantasy in Lights are custom designed and built just for this show. It takes 3,900 hours to install them.
The Christmas Village is 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.
People may enjoy the displays while riding on a Jolly Trolley or by driving in their car. This year, there is a new fleet of trolleys.
If you go
What: Fantasy in Lights
Where: Callaway Resort & Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga.
When: Shows are daily with the final day Jan. 6
Tickets: Visit www.callaway gardens.com, call 1-800-463-6990, stop by Fantasy in Lights Christmas Village on U.S. Highway 27 in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Cost: Ticket prices differ on value dates and prime dates. Value Date prices are $21 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 6-12. Prime Date tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under get in free. There is a $2 service charge on tickets. Tickets may be purchased at the show but Callaway strongly suggests calling for tickets before that. Prime Dates include weekends and the entire week leading up to Christmas including Christmas Day.