Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens: Affordable and Spectacular Holiday Getaway for Families

If you live in the Southeast and are within driving distance of Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia–you must visit them this holiday season! Their Fantasy in Lights holiday light and sound show is truly spectacular and…magical. Starting at $99, you can take your family of four to the beautiful Callaway Gardens, stay at the Inn overnight, see the Fantasy in Lights show, walk through the Christmas Village, get pictures with Santa, and enjoy the gardens and all it has to offer (featuring the Day Butterfly Center, Sibley Horticultural Center, Callaway Discovery Center, live Birds of Prey Shows, seven miles of nature trails and their 10-mile Discovery Bicycle Trail). For $99 per night. $99. A family of four.



You don’t have to pay extra to see the light show. You don’t have to pay extra for your kids to sit with Santa and tell him their wish list. You can even take your own pictures like we did below…



Amazing, right?! In addition, veterans, active, and retired military get a special rate of $69 per night. Even more amazing. 

The most spectacular thing of all though is the light show. It features over a dozen lighed scenes and more than eight million twinkling lights. By scenes–I mean moving scenes. Toy soldiers that appear to march. Frogs that hop onto a lily pad. Elves building toys. Then, there’s Snowflake Valley, which is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, most stunning things that I have ever seen. A truly amazing light show unlike anything else I’ve ever seen. You can either see the light show from your own car or even better, hop on the open air trolley! Bring some blankets, grab a cup of cocoa, and enjoy the beautiful lights, sounds, and Christmas carols. 


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Thanks to Callaway Gardens for providing my family and I with complimentary tickets to Fantasy in Lights and an overnight stay.

Spirit of the Holiday Season Comes Early to Atlanta: “12 Days of Arthur Christmas”

For my Atlanta readers! Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to get into the holiday spirit? Bringing the spirit of the season early to Atlantans, Aardman and Sony Pictures Animation is hosting the “12 Days of Arthur Christmas” events throughout metro-Atlanta. It all started with a Snow Celebration at Centennial Olympic Park on November 12th and will conclude with a Jingle Bell Rock Party at Atlantic Station on November 23rd.



Guests will be merry as they participate in the multitude of festivities which includes an Army of Elves, meet-and-greet with Santa’s reindeer, Lake Lanier holiday lights or even a chance to test the ice at the igloo village at the Georgia Aquarium. Check out the remainder of the events listed below!

Day 5, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Arthur’s Reindeer Round Up
Atlantic Station Central Park
Meet Santa’s Reindeer before they depart for the North Pole at Atlantic Station’s Central Park, located at 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta, and don’t forget your camera for a free photo op in Santa’s sleigh. Open to the public.

Day 6, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Operation: North Pole Post
Imagine It! Children’s Museum
Arthur’s Letters to Santa Campaign kicks off at the Imagine It! Children Museum, located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive Northwest, Atlanta, with activities and giveaways. Visit for more details.

Day 7, Friday, November 18, 2011

Arthur Lights Up Lake Lanier’s Holiday Village
Magical Night of Lights Holiday Village
Join the Arthur Christmas party in Lake Lanier Island’s Holiday Village at the Magical Night of Lights Opening Night Extravaganza to make ornaments and letters to Santa and the chance to win prizes! Visit for more information.

Day 8, Saturday, November 19, 2011

Grandsanta’s Grand Screening
Regal Mall of Georgia
Calling all grandparents and grandkids! Grab your favorite ugly sweater and attend a very special screening of Arthur Christmas! The best sweater will win a GRAND prize. Attend any of the events listed above for opportunities to win passes to this screening at the Regal Mall of Georgia theater, located at 3379 Buford Drive in Buford.

Day 9, Sunday, November 20, 2011

Rock Around the Ice Skating Rink!
Centennial Olympic Park Ice Skating Rink
Arthur Christmas takes over Centennial Park’s Ice Skating Rink with activities, games, photo opportunities and giveaways! Visit for more information.

Day 10, Monday, November 21, 2011

North Pole Portraits
Zoo Atlanta
Discounted tix and free pix in celebration of Arthur Christmas! Receive $3 off general admission to Zoo Atlanta, located at 800 Cherokee Avenue SE , Atlanta, for up to four people with a donation of ONE new toy for Toys for Tots. And, pose for a free photograph featuring scenes from Arthur Christmas. Visit for more information.

Day 11, Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Arthur’s Ice-Stravaganza!
 Georgia Aquarium
Visit the Georgia Aquarium, located at 225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, for a North Pole-Palooza! Arthur’s elves will construct his very own Igloo featuring scenes from the film. Visit for more information.

Day 12, Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Jingle Bell Rock Party!
Arthur Christmas is released in theaters across the country!
Regal Atlantic Station
Join the opening day bash at Regal Atlantic Station, located at 261 19th Street NW, Atlanta, for ornament decorating, wrapping competitions, prizes for ugly sweaters and more!


About the Movie:

The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before-seen answer to every child’s question: “So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic – a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero: Santa’s youngest son, Arthur. When this amazing operation misses one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur, the least capable Claus, embarks on a hilarious, exciting rogue mission against the clock with his politically incorrect grandfather Grandsanta and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf named Bryony, to deliver the last present before Christmas morning dawns. The film is directed by Sarah Smith, written by Peter Baynham & Sarah Smith, and produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Carla Shelley, and Steve Pegram.

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Celebrate the Fall at the Harvest Moon Festival

After this Summer’s FABULOUS Family Summer Adventure, we have become HUGE fans of Callaway Gardens! The place is so beautiful and offers so much for families to do throughout the year. For instance, this year they are kicking off the Fall with their first ever annual Harvest Moon Festival. This isn’t your typical “Fall festival”. This is the festival of all festivals.



The Callaway Gardens Harvest Moon Festival is a food and music extravaganza like no other! The four-day festival is a celebration of the harvest and of man and nature’s fruitful coexistence, combining farm-to-table foods, eco-centric vendors, cooking and gardening demonstrations, fun and educational activities for children, and of course, this unprecedented lineup of big-name bands. This family-friendly music festival October 6-9, 2011, features musical performances from The B-52s, The Gin Blossoms and John Hiatt, and multiple Grammy-winning Shawn Colvin and also includes Celebrity chef Claire Robinson, host of the Food Network’s popular “5 Ingredient Fix.” 

The Thursday evening Harvest Feast ($62 per person) will feature a cooking demonstration by Claire Robinson, followed by a double-bill of Atlanta musician Nic Cowan and popular recording artist Joe Purdy. Friday boasts some big names with The B-52s, Shawn Colvin, Parachute, Dread Clampitt and Allgood among the acts scheduled to appear. Saturday showcases the bulk of the musical lineup, with the Gin Blossoms, John Hiatt, Shawn Mullins, Big Head Todd and the Monsters, and Mat Kearney among the biggest names to appear on the festival’s two stages.


Tickets are $79 for advance weekend passes and Gate price during the event will be $85. For tickets, information and the complete list of confirmed acts, visit