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"Destination Georgia"------- Callaway Gardens: "Fantasy in Lights"

DESTINATION GEORGIA

Fantasy in Lights

Fun Activities in Your Own Backyard

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Pine Mountain, GA - - This holiday season, marks the 17th Annual Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens - featuring 8 million lights stretching more than five miles long, creating more than a dozen larger-than-life holiday scenes.

Beginning November 14th, visitors embark on the "Jolly Trolley" or drive through the lighted scenes in their vehicles to enjoy more than a dozen scenes including 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 lighted versions of Santa's elves busy making all the toys for the big night. Two spectacular scenes are set apart from the drivable route and incorporate narration, music and choreographed lights to tell the story of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas and The Nativity on Robin Lake Beach. 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 man-hours to install.

As Callaway Gardens recently became the first resort in the Southeast to offset 100 percent of its electricity use by purchasing wind power credits, every kilowatt of power used to light up Fantasy In Lights is compensated with "green" power.

Families return every year to experience The Christmas Village, an indoor shopping and dining venue that includes opportunities to visit Santa Claus and roaming Fantasy In Lights characters. Inside the Village guests have the opportunity to shop for specialty food items from the Callaway Gardens Country Store®, unique gift nostalgic toys from simpler times and an assortment of holiday ornaments.  An array of Georgia crafters will be on-hand making and selling their wares.

From Nov. 14 through Dec. 30, Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens lights up Pine Mountain, Ga. with tickets starting at $16 for adults and $8 for children or to stay and play, the "Fantasy In Lights" Holiday Package includes accommodations; breakfast buffet; limited edition Fantasy In Lights ornament; Fantasy In Lights admission each night with special a Jolly Trolley loading area; use of Callaway Fitness Center and admission to the Gardens starting at $145* per night.

Callaway Gardens®, a premier travel and meeting destination in the South, is owned by the non-profit Ida Cason Callaway FoundationTM (ICCF).  Within the 13,000 acres of Callaway Gardens is a resort, preserve, residential community, a cumulative 100,000 square feet of meeting space, 931 guest rooms, restaurants, shops, golf, tennis, fishing, shooting club, gardens, butterfly conservatory, horticultural center, chapel, inland beach, nature trails and additional attractions.  For more than 50 years Callaway Gardens has provided "a place of relaxation, inspiration and a better understanding of the living world" for millions of visitors. Callaway Gardens is committed to its mission of environmental education and land stewardship for the benefit of future generations.

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has repeatedly selected Fantasy In Lights at Callaway Gardens as one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast and by America's Best and Top Ten as one of the Top Three Light Shows in America.  For 2009, Fantasy In Lights has been recognized by The American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America.

Advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended.  For tickets** to the brightest light show in the South or to experience this year's "Fantasy In Lights" Holiday Package, visit www.callawaygardens.com to purchase and print your tickets, or call 1-800-CALLAWAY (225-5292).

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