Sunday, December 16, 2012

Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens

Yes, Virginia, there IS a Fantasy in Lights.  Your dream has not only come true, but it’s become the most incredible light and sound show in the South.

Virginia Hand Callaway, who was instrumental in making Callaway Gardens one of the most beautiful botanical sites in the world, also
dreamed of a show of lights for Christmas, the kind of light shows she used to see on the lawns of her hometown of Pelham, GA.

In 1992 Callaway Gardens flipped the switch on Fantasy In Lights,bringing to life the first major holiday light show in Georgia.  It’s become an annual tradition for many families who flock to the Fantasy each year, where they’re guaranteed to get the Christmas spirit and enjoy the full flavor of the holiday.

Fantasy In Lights opened with five displays that touched hearts and evoked fond memories of holidays past. March of the Toy Soldiers,
Magical Christmas Garden, Snowflake Valley, Twin Trees and FIL the Frog all were custom-made for Callaway by the late Ken Dresser and
Dennis Despie. Dresser (1938-1995) was considered one of the world’s best graphic artists in the field of large-scale event productions, including float designs for Disneyland’s renowned Main Street Electric
Parade. He joined forces with Despie, who had been Disney’s vice-president of entertainment before forming his own company, Select Productions.

Fantasy In Lights grew quickly, adding new scenes each year and expanding the Christmas Village, an indoor shopping and hospitality area. Fantasy In Lights today comprises 15 displays and eight million lights – enough to illuminate more than 26,000 six-foot tall Christmas trees! Yet for all of its larger-than-life drama, Fantasy In Lights is an intimate experience – one that has created Christmas traditions and priceless memories for countless families.

Ready to go? Visit Callaway Gardens for more information.