Georgia Magazine - December 2011 - (Page 16)

Magical nights, holiday lights BY BRET LOVE Christmas light displays around Georgia get you in the spirit of the season COURTESY CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK Centennial Olympic Park’s Holiday in Lights includes a giant tree and ice-skating rink. N o matter how old you get, there’s something magical about the holidays that seems to reawaken our inner child. Maybe it’s the holiday parties, where celebrations with friends and family help us take our minds off our day-to-day troubles. Maybe it’s the anticipation of seeing our loved ones’ faces light up on Christmas Day. Or perhaps it’s the simple festivity that twinkling lights and tinsel add to the cold starkness of winter. Regardless of the reason, we consider the holidays the most wonderful time of the year. So we went out in search of Georgia’s most joyous holiday attractions, hoping to immerse ourselves in the spirit of Christmas. Here are a few of our favorites: of the best Christmas light displays in the country by several major publications. It’s easy to see why: With 8 million lights comprising 14 different themes (including “Snowflake Valley” and “Magical Christmas Garden”) and stretched across a five-mile drive filled with holiday music, it’s the state’s most high-tech light display. Running through Dec. 30, FanMore online at Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy In Lights features 8 million lights and custombuilt scenes. In Lights  Fantasy Gardens, 5887 Georgia Callaway Highway 354, Pine Mountain; (800) 225-5292; Now in its 20th year, Callaway Gardens’ annual Christmas celebration has been recognized numerous times by the Southeast Tourism Society as one of the Top 20 Events in the region, and has been named one 16 tasy In Lights also includes narrated scenes of “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” and The Nativity; a Christmas Village offering handmade arts and crafts, food and opportunities to visit with Santa and Rudolph; and a Jolly Trolley tour for those who’d prefer not to drive their own cars through the display. Callaway Gardens also offers overnight packages GEORGIA MAGAZINE COURTESY CALLAWAY GARDENS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - December 2011

Georgia Magazine - December 2011
Georgia News
Picture This?
Calendar of Events
Magical Nights, Holiday Lights
Between the Covers
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - December 2011