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Guide to Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Experience a holiday wonderland with millions of dazzling lights and tons of family fun!

Consistently named one of the best holiday light displays in the country, Callaway GardensFantasy in Lights is a welcoming family-friendly attraction that is the perfect excuse to get out of town for an evening. Get your tickets, book a room and make it a weekend - you won’t be disappointed!

Over 8 million lights make up the displays, Santa welcomes children to tell him what they want for Christmas, the Christmas Village is open for shopping, Mrs. Claus hosts story time, organ concerts play holiday favorites, and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" takes the stage during the event. Check the schedule before you book your visit to maximize your experience.

Location

Callaway Gardens' Fantasy in Lights

Fantasy in Lights occurs each year at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga. The site is just an hour from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and 45 minutes from Columbus, Ga. and 90 minutes from Montgomery, Ala.

Dates & Times

This season’s event runs Nov. 18, 2016, through Jan. 7, 2017.  On Nov. 16, the event will be closed to the public for a private event. Attend on Dec. 31, 2016, to enjoy New Year's Eve fireworks.

The Christmas Village opens at 4 p.m. The first Jolly Trolley departure is at 6 p.m.

Getting There

There are no public transportation options to get to Callaway Gardens. The entrance is 15 minutes from Interstate 185 via exit 34 or 30.

Staying There

There are four lodging options on-site at Callaway Gardens. Weekend nights fill up fast during the holiday season. 

Cost

Tickets are priced in three categories: value, specialty and prime nights. On value dates, admission is $21 for adults and $10.50 for children who are ages six to 12. Admission on prime nights rises to $28 for adults and $14 for children ages six to 12. New Year’s Eve, a specialty night, has the same rate as the prime nights, and event goers are recommended to get their tickets well in advance due to the event’s popularity.

Other things to do while you’re there

See Hills & Dales Estate decorated for the holidays

Callaway Gardens is near a number of Georgia’s most popular destinations. It’s across the street from F. D. Roosevelt State Park. Down the road, you can enjoy a visit to Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site. Up the road is the Wild Animal Safari, and a bit farther south you’ll find the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Fort Benning. Just a short distance north is LaGrange, Ga., where visitors can explore Hills & Dales Estate, the historical home of the Callaway family, and the Explorations in Antiquity Center.


Eileen is Georgia’s official Festival Explorer and the editor of Occupy My Family, the Atlanta area’s most comprehensive resource for family fun. Click here for more festival content from Eileen.

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