It's a winter wonderland.

Callaway Gardens
Credit: Courtesy Callaway Gardens

If you’re near Pine Mountain, Georgia, this holiday season, you should stop by Callaway Gardens, which transforms itself into a winter wonderland with stunning displays of dazzling lights. Callaway Gardens' Fantasy In Lights event decks the gardens in festive lighted scenes, which visitors can amble through as they enjoy the celebrations.

Fantasy in Lights comprises 8 million dazzling lights that make up the gardens’ 15 glowing holiday scenes. According to Callaway Gardens, “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, Maryland.” Watch a preview of the lights displays below.

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This event began in 1992, but Callaway Gardens explains that the idea for it started earlier: “The seed was planted, appropriately enough, by Virginia Hand Callaway. Mrs. Callaway, who was so instrumental in making Callaway Gardens one of the world’s great botanical paradises, was the first to dream of a Christmas lights show at the Pine Mountain, Ga., retreat that she co-founded with her husband, Cason Callaway." The nostalgia for Christmas lights began during Callaway's childhood in Pelham, Georgia. The gardens brought her idea to life in 1992 when the first Fantasy in Lights event took place.

Callaway Gardens invites visitors to celebrate the season, saying, “Come make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest.  Extend the celebration with an overnight stay, enjoy mouthwatering meals or cozy cups of cocoa in our beautiful accommodations, and explore 2,500 acres of stunning natural landscape.  Create a season that’s magical with a getaway to remember – at Callaway Resort & Gardens.” Throughout the season, there are also specialty nights  (including bicycle night) where you can spin through the gardens’ festive displays on two wheels.

Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights happens nightly from November 15, 2019 to January 4, 2020. You can learn more and buy tickets at

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Have you ever visited Callaway Gardens? Have you seen the Fantasy in Lights displays, and do you plan on making another trip this holiday season?