Holiday Festivals &Events
Magic Moments Callaway Gardens FALL 2010
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callaway gardens in georgia Experience the magic of eight million twinkling lights this holiday season at Callaway Gardens in Georgia. BY KIM HILDENBRAND
IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE to last a lifetime, bring the
family to Callaway Gardens this season for the 19th annual Fantasy in Lights®. Considered the No. 1 light and sound extravaganza in the Southeast, this unique event features eight million lights stretching more than five miles at this 13,000-acre destination in Pine Mountain, Georgia. The magic happens from November 18 through December 30. You can take in this breathtaking experience on the “Jolly Trolley,” or drive through the scenes in your own car. Vivid animated displays are sure to 20 www.albabymag.com
delight family members of all ages. Snowflake Valley is a sparkling winter wonderland rich with giant snowflakes and thousands of white lights. Magical Christmas Garden features a 24-foot wreath entrance. And Santa’s Workshop —a favorite of the younger set—lets you watch Santa’s elves hard at work making toys for Christmas. Along with the scenery, families will enjoy The Christmas Village: an exciting indoor dining and shopping venue. Shop for specialty food items from the Callaway Gardens Country Store®; complete your Christmas shopping with nostalgic toys, unique gifts, and holiday ornaments; and meet a variety of Georgia crafters making and selling their items. Fantasy in Lights characters—including Santa himself-wander the Village to meet visitors. If you plan to visit, consider taking advantage of deals that allow you to explore all of Callaway Gardens and enjoy multiple nights of lights. Overnight deals start at $159 and include choice of accommodations (including Mountain Creek Inn, Lodge and Spa, Villas or Cottages); breakfast for two per night of stay; admission to the worldclass gardens; Fantasy in Lights admission each night of stay; and a Fantasy in Lights commemorative ornament. Even if you’re not able to make the trip this season for Fantasy in Lights, consider Callaway Gardens for your next vacation. For almost 60 years this destination has delighted millions of visitors by living up to its mission of being “a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world.”
FANTASY IN LIGHTS FANTASY IN LIGHTS DETAILS DETAILS Call Call1-800-CALLAWAY 1-800-CALLAWAY or orvisit visitcallawaygardens.com callawaygardens.com to tofind findout outhow howyour yourfamily familycan canexperience experience the magic of Fantasy in Lights. the magic of Fantasy in Lights. General Generaladmission admissioncost: cost: $18 for adult; $18 for adult; $9 $9for forchild childage age66to12; to12; children children55and andyounger youngerare arefree free Special Specialevent eventadmission: admission: $25 $25for foradult; adult; $12.50 $12.50for forchild childage age66to to12; 12; children 5 and younger are children 5 and younger arefree. free. (Tax (Taxisisadditional.) additional.) Fall/winter Fall/wintergardens gardenshours: hours: 99a.m. to a.m. to55p.m. p.m.
Callaway Gardens features five close-knit residential communities with custom home sites, lakefront properties, and cottages on the golf course.
Owned and operated by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway Foundation, Callaway Gardens features a garden, resort, preserve, and residential community. Highlights include a butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, discovery center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and special events throughout the
year. Visitors can take advantage of nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 923 guest rooms, restaurants, a full-service spa, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, and more. It’s hard to imagine a better place to visit-during the holidays or any time of year.
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WHERE TO STAY
• 99 percent of the frames used to create the scenes in
Callaway Gardens features a variety of accommodations
Fantasy in Lights are custom designed and built just for
options to suit every visitor. All accommodations include
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• Fantasy in Lights frames take approximately 3,900 man-hours to install. • Every kilowatt of power used to illuminate Fantasy in Lights is compensated with “green” power. Callaway Gardens,
dens.com for more information on accommodations, as well as details on events such as overnight packages, workshops, tennis tournaments, and fly-fishing schools. • Mountain Creek® Inn has 323 warm and inviting guest
with its mission of connecting man and nature, recently
rooms and suites. It's convenient to the restaurants, shops,
became the Southeast's first resort to offset 100 percent
and attractions. As well, guests can take advantage of the
of its electricity use by purchasing wind power credits.
Fitness Center at the Inn. • The Lodge and Spa® offers 150 deluxe guest rooms and
FANTASY IN LIGHTS ACCOLADES
suites surrounded by foliage for a serene retreat. The
Need more incentive to attend? Considered some of the praise
ultimate in pampering, the Spa Prunifolia promises to
Fantasy in Lights has garnered from around the country:
delight even the most discriminating of spa enthusiasts.
• Fantasy in Lights was named one of the top 48 events in the world by Chicago Tribune. • The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) numerous times selected Fantasy in Lights as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast. • Fantasy in Lights has been recognized by The American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America. • America's Best and Top Ten named Fantasy in Lights one of the Top Three Light Shows in America.
• The Southern Pine® Cottages features 155 two-bedroom spacious cottages that are private yet convenient to The Lodge Conference Center. • The Mountain Creek® Villas provides exquisitely appointed, spacious villas that have one to four bedrooms, large living rooms, dining rooms, laundry rooms, and other deluxe features.