Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Holiday light shows have become just as synonymous with the season as Christmas trees and Santa himself. Part of the reason these light spectaculars are so popular is likely due to the feeling that occurs whenever you see something all lit up and twinkling before your very eyes. One of Atlanta's most popular attractions, Callaway Gardens is once again showcasing its Fantasy in Lights series that is equally magical and festive in its display of holiday decorations. 8 million lights. 15 dazzling scenes. 1 magical night. Fantasy in Lights is not only the South's most spectacular holiday light and sound show, it is one of the world's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," as named by National Geographic Traveler .

Now in its 21st year, Fantasy in Lights continues to be the most incredible holiday light and sound show in the South. It takes approximately 3,900 man-hours to install Fantasy in Lights , 1,780 man-hours to maintain it while the show is open and 1,020 man-hours to disassemble it. It takes six weeks to install the entire show, with each scene requiring three to four days for installation. To turn on the show, more than 1,000 switches have to be flipped every night. It takes two workers at least 45 minutes to turn them on and another 45 minutes to turn them off at the end of the night. If you connected all of the light strings used in Fantasy in Lights , they would stretch more than 725 miles. That's enough to outline the state of South Carolina or stretch end to end from Pine Mountain to Baltimore, Md. There are several accompanying attractions within the Fantasy in Lights display.

Some of the spectacular scenes and shows are listed below. Christmas Tree Lane Load up the family car or hop aboard the Jolly Trolley and let us do the driving. A jaunt through this avenue of colorfully lit trees marks the beginning of an unforgettable five-mile odyssey full of moments to be cherished with loved ones. Enchanted Rainbow Forest Fantasy in Lights' newest scene uses more than 400 images to convey a stunning progression through the changing seasons.

Nature's Wonderland and FIL the Frog As you travel through our woodland Gardens, watch for an "enlightened" group of native inhabitants such as deer, turkeys and rabbits, plus FIL the Frog, whose lively antics have made this whimsical mascot a Fantasy In Lights favorite since the beginning. Santa's Workshop Bundle up as we head to the North Pole for an inside look at Santa's elves busily preparing for the big night. The 12 Days of Christmas This holiday favorite will bring a smile to your face as each day's unique gift comes to life in a flurry of lights and animation.

The Nativity A reverent and inspiring telling of Jesus' birth accompanies inspirational music and an orchestrated lights presentation. Your heart and spirit will soar as the true meaning of Christmas is conveyed. 'Twas The Night Before Christmas Savor the anticipation as this favorite tale is put to music and illustrated with twinkling images of sugar plums and jolly old St. Nick doing his night's work. For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.