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Picking the best Christmas light displays in Houston County requires help from readers

Columnist Alline Kent will again be looking for the best holiday lights in Houston County, such as this home in Perry.
Columnist Alline Kent will again be looking for the best holiday lights in Houston County, such as this home in Perry. The Telegraph

Looking at my calendar, it seems a little early to start talking about Christmas lights.

Halloween is barely over and Thanksgiving hasn’t arrived yet. But like it or not, the countdown to Christmas is on.

Every year for the last dozen or so, I have picked the best Christmas lights in Houston County. This year, will be no exception.

But last year, I had way too many people let me know about their lights way too late. So this year, I wanted to be a little clearer on the deadlines.

If you are even thinking about putting up great Christmas lights this year, or know somebody that is, go ahead and send me the address. That’s because, in order to have time to look at the lights and then write the article and have it published, I will probably go out and look at lights the first two weekends of December. If your lights are up earlier — like now for example — all the better. Just shoot me an email.

Callaway Gardens has again graciously offered to provide tickets for the winner.

Callaway Gardens’ Fantasy in Lights has won numerous awards, including the National Geographic Society’s “Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights.” Located in Pine Mountain about 30 minutes north of Columbus, Callaway Gardens turns a large portion of its 6,500 acres into the Christmas experience of the season.

Separate holiday scenes are placed along about a five mile route and visitors can experience them riding through either by the “Jolly Trolley” or in their own vehicles. Fantasy in Lights, which is open Nov. 17 through Jan. 6, includes the Christmas village, an indoor area that includes shopping, music, food and a chance to meet Santa Claus.

Tickets to Fantasy in Lights can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-800-463.6990, or in person at the Fantasy in Lights Christmas Village.

The Christmas Village opens each night at 6 p.m. Ticket prices on value dates are $21 for adults and $10.50 for children. Prime date tickets are $28 for adults and $14 for children. Children 5 and younger are admitted free. Overnight packages that include accommodations, Fantasy in Lights and Callaway Gardens admission and a collectible ornament are available.

Planes and Trains exhibit is now open

Don’t forget about this week’s Planes and Trains at the Museum of Aviation’s Century of Flight building. The exhibit is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18-26, except Thanksgiving Day. Planes and Trains is a joint effort of the Museum of Aviation and the Middle Georgia Model Railroad Club. The event is free.

Alline Kent can be contacted at 478-396-2467 or