Although many people dream of experiencing the twinkling glamour of Christmas in New York City, you don’t always have to venture that far from home to be surrounded in holiday glitz. Ranked by National Geographic Traveler as one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights, ” Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia, presents the spectacular Fantasy in Lights show every year. Visitors to the show can enjoy a true holiday vacation by staying at The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens. Nestled among 6, 000 acres of inspiring gardens and preserved forest land at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens offers a winter wonderland without the noisy mayhem of Times Square.
Upon arrival, guests are immediately immersed in Southern hospitality and holiday splendor. In season, the grand lobby beckons visitors to oversized armchairs next to a Christmas tree and crackling fire while cheerful bellhops prepare rooms and wait staff sets your table at the Ironwood Lounge (try the signature appetizer, Black Eyed Pea Hummus). Adults can relax at Spa Prunifolia (Try the Jack Frost package that incorporates a full-body massage and a refreshing peppermint foot massage). Looking for a day on the course? Take a swing on the Mountain View and Lake View Golf Courses for fresh air and inspiring vistas.
For more family fun, children have the pleasure of decorating Christmas cookies, emailing Santa a holiday wish list, listening to Mrs. Claus read stories, and making reindeer food for Santa’s flight crew.
The show includes approximately 8 million lights, which is equivalent to the number of lights on more than 26, 000 standard 6-foot-tall Christmas trees.
FANTASY IN LIGHTS
The highlight of the holidays at Callaway Gardens is a driving tour through the 8 million lights that create 15 twinkling scenes, complete with surround sound. Christmas Tree Lane, March of the Toy Soldiers, Santa’s Workshop, and The Nativity are just a few of the awe-inspiring sites along the route.
Between resort activities, guests can tackle their shopping lists at a variety of stores inside The Christmas Village. For a finishing touch, make reservations with a character meal featuring Rudolph, the Gingerbread Man, and more.
To book your family’s holiday trip to Fantasy in Lights and The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens, 706.489.3300 or callawaylodgeandspa.com