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Be on the Lookout for Massive Christmas Lights

Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights has been named one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Dazzling Christmas Tree Lights turn on with a wide variety of colors to warm up the holiday season.

 

By Anna Kim

Staff Writer

Kim@kheraldatl.com

 

Uproarious Thanksgiving Day came to an end, but the winter holiday season hasn’t ended just yet. There will be an array of evening drive-through events held around Metro Atlanta displaying hundreds of thousands of magical lights for the public to enjoy.

Marking its 25th season, Lake Lanier Islands Resort is inviting locals to enjoy evenings of Magical Nights of Lights, running nightly through January 3, 2018, from 5 to 10 PM. While riding your own car and cruising through the magical lights, you can also listen to Christmas carols to liven up the atmosphere with the new free Lake Lanier Islands Radio App. After cruising, you can take a break for a little while and watch the Live Nativity Show featuring the reenactment of the birth of Jesus Christ.

You can warm up by the bonfire and roast a couple of marshmallows. Once you’re toasty, you might want to be on the lookout for the new massive 65-foot Universal Christmas Tree at the clock tower roundabout.

“My family is looking to enjoy the lights as part of our Christmas Day gathering,” said Susan Fingaton, Buford. “The Magical Nights of Lights is more than a night driving for miles through gleaming and moving lights. It is truly a sight to see!”

How about Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights?  It has been named one of the “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights” by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Being set ablaze until Jan. 6, 2018 in Pine Mountain, Fantasy in Lights includes 15 larger-than-life holiday scenes and 8 million lights running a course of about five-miles. Almost all of the lighting frames are custom-built and took about 3,900 hours to install. Visitors can travel through a journey of sparkling lights by Jolly Trolley or in the comfort of their own vehicles.

Christmas Village is an additional perk. It is a 22,000-square foot indoor area with specialty food items, seasonal refreshments, unique gifts, classic toys, Santa, and an assortment of decorations on sale.

As night falls, feelings of wonder and enchantment intensify when live music, candlelight, and firelight embrace you during the holiday season.

“We see about 160,000 to 180,000 people in November and December every year,” explained Rachel Crumbley, a spokesperson for Callaway Gardens, in a press release. “It motivates our team to have a greater light show every year. Fantasy in Lights will offer visitors a wonderful experience not soon forgotten.”

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, Biltmore, America’s largest home, was the vision of George W. Vanderbilt. He introduced his new home to family and friends on Christmas Eve 1895. Christmas at the opulent home offered an indescribable spectacle to everyone, but this year Biltmore is kicking things up a notch.

Candlelight Christmas at Blitmore is scheduled from now through Jan. 7th.

60 decorated Christmas trees are found inside the Biltmore House and 135,000 LED and mini lights light up the Estate. There are also local choirs and small musical ensembles stationed in the Winter Garden. Miles of fresh garlands, colorful ornaments, and wreaths draped throughout the house let off a nostalgic yuletide fragrance.

According to Biltmore, décor trends toward the opulent create a sense of the Gilded Age while incorporating elements that nod to George Vanderbilt’s legacy in Western North Carolina.

Biltmore’s holiday magic wand is also waved in Antler Hill Village, where Santa greets families and children. The village is tied with the Winery where visitors can enjoy free wine tasting and purchase various wines including the limited Christmas at Biltmore blend, which is a blend of white and rose wine. These wines are refreshing and slightly sweet, so they go well with holiday classics such as roasted turkey, baked ham, or pumpkin pie.

It is not too much to say that there are a plethora of things to enjoy at Biltmore.

“I’ve been to Biltmore Estate a couple of times. Touring the sumptuous estate is a great way to step back in time and see the lifestyle of a wealthy American family at the turn of the century,” said Tara Kinston of Buford. “For years, I looked forward to seeing Biltmore when it was all dressed up for Christmas because it is really an eye-opening experience.”

 

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Candlelight Christmas at Blitmore is scheduled from now through Jan. 7th. <Photo: Biltmore Estate>

 

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Lake Lanier Islands Resort is inviting locals to enjoy evenings of Magical Nights of Light. <Photo: Lake Lanier Islands Resort>

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