Prepare to be wowed: 6 must-see festivals of trees around Atlanta

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Prepare to be wowed: 6 must-see festivals of trees around Atlanta

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A visitor to Fantasy in Lights at Callaway Gardens enjoys the displays reflected in the window.

Oh, Christmas tree!

It's not just a song. It just might be the response you'll have to the awe-inspiring festivals of trees all around Atlanta. 

From traditional and cozy events to full-blown digital illuminations set to music, here are six Atlanta festivals of trees to get the holiday season started:

Garden Lights, Holiday Nights at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens
5 p.m. Nov. 12
$23-$36 admission
Atlanta Botanical Garden
1345 Piedmont Ave. NE. 404-876-5859
http://atlantabg.org/
This glamorous vision of towering cone trees is set a midst the ABG's new 21-candle Walk of Flames. Highlights include a model train show, s'mores roasting and cool or cozy beverages from the Glow Bar.

Duluth Festival of Trees
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 18-Dec. 31, during museum open days Wednesday-Saturday
Included with museum admission, adults $10, seniors $8, children 2-12 $7; train rides $3 on operating days
Southeastern Railway Musuem, 3595 Buford Hwy., Duluth. 770-476-2013
https://www.train-museum.org/
Organized by the Duluth Historical Society, 770-403-1795, www.duluthhistorical.org
Sponsored by the Duluth Historical Society and held at the Southeastern Railway Museum, the second-annual event features 25 community-sponsored and decorated trees. And you better watch out, 'cause Santa also arrives at the museum Nov. 19 from 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center will host its first-ever outdoor tree lighting show Nov. 19-Dec. 29. Contributed by Callanwolde Fine Arts Center/For the AJC

Christmas at Callanwolde Light Show
6 p.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 21-Dec. 29; closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, Christmas Eve and Christmas
Admission: $20 for Adults and children ages 3 and older; free for kids 2 and under
980 Briarcliff Road NE. 404-872-5338

The Candler historic estate presents its first outdoor interactive light show this holiday season. Highlights include a 20-foot programmed Christmas tree digitized to music, a singing forest and a kids-only area with "dreaming of a white Christmas" snow.


Callaway Gardens Fantasy in Lights
Friday, Nov. 18-Saturday, Jan. 7 
Per person tickets starting at $19 for adults and $9.50 for children on "specialty nights" and on up to adults $28 and children $14 on prime dates; children under 5 free
Callaway Gardens, 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain. 800-852-3810
www.callawaygardens.com

The halls of Fernbank Museum of Natural History get decked for the holidays and its exhibit “Winter Wonderland: Celebrations & Traditions Around the World.” CONTRIBUTED BY FERNBANK MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

One of National Geographic Traveler's "Top 10 Places to See Holiday Lights," the Fantasy in Lights is all about cool Christmas, including a five-mile Christmas Tree Lane of colorfully-lit trees. Another highlight: this year's newest scene, an Enchanted Rainbow Forest with more than 400 images that vividly create the changing seasons. You can take an open-air Jolly Trolley or drive your own vehicle (a great option if you have folks who aren't that mobile in your party.) Another neat option: Bicycle Night on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History' Winter Wonderland
Nov. 18-Jan. 8, 2017
Event free with museum admission, which is $18 for adults, $16 for children 3-12, $17 for seniors and students with ID ; $11-$13 for Imax tickets, memberships available

767 Clifton Road NE. 404-929-6300

The museum's dinosaur-filled atrium gets festive with 30 trees and other displays celebrating wintertime-holidays of the world. Local culture partners share traditions from Christmas, Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, along with origami, indigenous art and national symbols.

The Lighting of Avalon
1 p.m. Nov. 20
2200 Avalon Blvd. Alpharetta.
Free
For those with younger kids or Grinchy family members, this is a short and sweet way to enjoy a splashy tree. The tree lighting ceremony, complete with fireworks, heralds the opening of Avalon On Ice and features a brief appearance by Santa Claus.

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