Fantasy in Lights is a beloved holiday tradition at Callaway Gardens each year. The spectacular light display opens for the season on November 19, 2021. It runs through January 3, 2022.
Fantasy in Lights features over five miles of lights in custom-designed scenes with animation and music. It was named one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Holiday Light Displays in the world — and it’s right here in our own backyards.
It is quite an experience. You can make merry in the Christmas Village, meet holiday characters up close, and ride through the dazzling illuminated forest in your own car or in the Jolly Trolley (mask required).
In 2021, there is a brand new walkable experience as well. It is included in the price of the Jolly Trolley drive.
You can even book a Fantasy In Lights Overnight Package, which includes a daytime Callaway Gardens admission, trolley ride through Fantasy In Lights, and a stay in Callaway’s resort accommodations.
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Fantasy in Lights opens on Friday, November 19, 2021. It runs through Monday, January 3, 2022.
The Fantasy In Lights show begins at 6 p.m., which is dusk.
The Christmas Village opens daily at 4 p.m.
Note that tickets are per person — they are no longer per vehicle, and haven’t been since 2018.
When you buy a ticket, you’ll choose specific dates, times, and drive-thru options (your own car, or the trolley).
A ticket includes:
- Access to the Christmas Village to enjoy Santa, children’s playland, shopping, dining and more; open daily at 4 p.m.
- One trip through the Fantasy In Lights show either in your own car or on the open-air Jolly Trolley.
Take advantage of the Value Days discount
Fantasy in Lights uses a tiered ticketing system, with higher prices on the most popular days. You can save money by going on a Value Night, when prices are lower — as an added bonus, the event may be less crowded.
Here’s a basic rundown of prices, from low to high. Note that taxes and fees are added to each ticket.
Value Days — the cheapest option
Value Days are Mon–Thurs, with exceptions for Thanksgiving week and Christmas week, when prices go up with demand. New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are also Value Nights.
You’ll get Value pricing on these dates:
- November 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, & 30
- December 1 & 2
- December 6 – 9
- December 13 – 16
- December 27 – 31
- January 1 – 3
Value Days prices:
- Adults — $2o
- Children age 3-11 — $17
Children 3 and under are FREE.
Prime Days — the mid-range option
Prime Days are most Fridays and Saturdays, as well as Thanksgiving Day and weekdays during Christmas week.
You’ll get Prime pricing on these dates:
- November 20, 21, 25, & 28
- December 3, 5, 10, 12, & 17
- December 23 – 26
Prime Days prices:
- Adults — $30
- Children age 3-11 — $25
Super Prime Days — high demand and highest prices
Super Prime Days are Thanksgiving Weekend (Nov. 26 & 27) and select dates in December (Saturdays: Dec. 4, 11, & 18; plus Dec. 19 to 22.)
If you can, plan to avoid these days.
Super Prime Day prices:
- Adults — $35
- Children age 3-11 — $30
Click here for a color-coded calendar of all the price levels.
The 2020 Groupon deal
NOTE: There is no Groupon deal yet for 2021. We will update if it comes back!
Thanks to a deal on Groupon, you can visit Fantasy in Lights on the cheap. But if you want to go, you should buy your voucher now.
The Groupon deal lets you visit from Sunday through Friday — so Saturday is off the table here.
A voucher is just $19.99 — which is 42% off the highest price tier.
This is per person, regardless of age.
Note that the Groupon deal may or may not save you any money over an advance purchase discount — it just depends on when you go. If you are taking kids under age 12 and can go on a Value Day, you’ll save money buying in advance on the Callaway ticket page.
Bike Night on Nov. 16th
Experience the magic by two wheels this year during the Fantasy In Lights Bicycle Night. All must have a bicycle light or a helmet light.
Please note that there will be no Jolly Trolleys or personal vehicles operating on this night. Ride is approximately 50 minutes and 7 miles.
Bicycle night tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids age 3-11.
Need to rent a bicycle?
Those tickets are $35 for adults (you can reserve a bike with a toddler seat) and $28.50 for kids.
Know before you go
Your ticket is rain or shine — no refunds if you reserve for the Jolly Trolley and get cold or rainy weather.
You can bring pets with you in your own vehicle, but not in the Jolly Trolley.
It takes about an hour to drive through the light display:
- Trolley rides start on the hour, from 6 to 8 p.m.
- Drive-throughs in your own vehicle start on the half-hour, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Callaway Gardens is located at 17800 U.S. 27 in Pine Mountain, GA.
It is 75 miles south of downtown Atlanta.
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