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Holiday Lights - The lights of Guido Gardens presented by Lullaby Baby
Millions of lights flicker and glow each night during the month of December as Metter's Guido Gardens lure about 40,000 visitors a year. The message is clear: in white lights, the words "Keep Christ in Christmas" glows, surrounded by butterflies, flowers, and a Sower spreading his seeds all over the world.
That lighted sculpture is one of many at the headquarters of the Guido Evangelistic Association, known worldwide for Dr. Michael Guido's "Seeds from the Sower" and other ministries. The Sower represents Guido as he spreads his "seeds" - spiritual anecdotes - across the world.
The garden of lights has grown over the years, and Guido tries to visit with people nightly when they come to view his creation.
"We started it to have something for the children and their parents,": he said. "We started with just a few lights and it came to be more and more and now we have over a million lights."
Noah's Ark. A rainbow of colors. Flowers blooming, an American flag.
A carousel rotates, and a gazebo is occupied by a large cake with a message - "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" An animated nativity draws a lot of attention, and a lighted helicopter sculpture represents the bright yellow one owned by local businessman and friend of Guido, Ellis Wood. Wood transports Guido to various engagements via the helicopter.
Reflective pools glimmer with the lights, and there is a Liberty Bell and a 15-foot silhouette of the Statue of Liberty.
Bears climb trees, flowers actually appear to grow, and a peacock struts with a burst of color. The show certainly is spectacular, but visitors will experience more than visual pleasure, Guido said.
"The Bible will become more teal ... it's very beautiful and a very heartwarming scene," he said. "We have displays that no one else in the world has."The "Night of Lights" celebration is open to the public, free of charge, from 6 to 10 p.m. until the last day of the month. Guido Gardens is located inside the Metter city limits on Ga. 121. For more information, call 912-685-2222.
Look for a new Holiday Lights video celebrating the Christmas season each Monday through December 17.