Saturday, December 31, 2011

Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights

Today is a quick check-in about our visit to Callaway Garden's Fantasy in Lights.  In case you don't know, Fantasy in Lights is a series of custom Christmas light displays set to music along a 5-mile route at Callaway Gardens.  You can read more about it here.
After our Christmas lunch and festivities on la Jour de Noël, we packed out two odysseys (with 8 adults, and 6 kids ages 10, 5, 2, 2, 1 and 1) and headed to Callway.  Let me back up.

A few weeks ago, my sister emailed the fam that she had access to $5 tickets to Fantasy in Lights.  It sounded like a fun idea, but honestly my first response was to be a little leery of a Christmas road trip with so many little kids.  After some encouragement from people who have seen the lights and after reading some of the events accolades... we decided to go for it.

I was very pleasantly surprised by our peaceful ride there.  (We were about one hour from Pine Mountain).
Reed and his cousin Cameron getting in a nap
When we arrived, it was not overly crowded or crazy.  (We parked in one of the first lots, but there was a huge parking area roped off that I would not have wanted to see full- think Six Flags).  We had dressed warmly and brought hats, mittens, and blankets.
Grammy and Reed upon arrival
We spent a few minutes high-fiving the snowman and the penguin.  This was a big highlight for Reed.

Somehow we got on the first jolly trolley without much more than a five minute wait... maybe when you have a party of 14 they just shew you along?  (You can either ride a "jolly trolley" or choose to drive through in your own vehicle, but you have to decide when you purchase the tickets). Also remember that we were visiting the day after Christmas.  I have no idea how crowded in can be on peak dates.

The lights were great.  I didn't bother trying to get too many pictures in the dark and just wanted to enjoy the show, but here are a couple.  My favorite displays were the animated ones, like where it was designed to look like elves toss a present across the road over your vehicle.  The music was really fun and festive too.

The verdict: We had a great visit to Fantasy in Lights, and I'm glad we went, but I wouldn't say we feel a need to go back every year.
Fam on the jolly trolley
Everything went smoothly for us, but I can't help but think of all the uncontrollable variables (it could rain, be very cold, or very crowded- keep in mind we went the day after Christmas).  If you've never been to Fantasy in Lights and are within a reasonable distance, I would definitely recommend checking it out.  Be sure to find a good coupon or deal, and plan to visit on a non-peak day.

Despite his frown, Reed had lots of fun! :)

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