Lights of LIFE gives 2017 a sparkling send-off | Lifestyle


Enjoy a magical night of lights. There is still time to see the annual Lights of LIFE holiday spectacular at LIFE University, illuminating Marietta through New Year’s Eve. GO!

Thousands of people meander the 1.5-mile drive along LIFE University each year to see the million twinkling lights.

Lights of LIFE is a family tradition for many in the community. “Our family tradition started back when I was in tenth grade and my Dad, Sam Storey, Sr., would take all of us on Thanksgiving night to see the Lights of LIFE to kick off the Christmas season. We would wait in line on Highway 41 for 30 minutes or an hour before we could even turn in to the college,” said Marietta resident Betsy Kelley, who is married to Robert Kelley. She is assistant to Marietta Mayor, R. Steve “Thunder” Tumlin.

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Lights of LIFE is a family tradition for many in the community. Pictured are Robert Kelley, Elizabeth Kelley (sixth grade), Betsy Kelley, Mary Margaret Kelley (ninth grade), Ellie Storey (tenth grade), Harber Storey (ninth grade), Frances Storey (sixth grade), Kristi Storey and Sam Storey, Jr. 

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“We have continued the tradition with our girls and we always take them early in the Christmas season to see the lights. We always go with my brother’s family — Sam Storey, Jr., Kristi, Ellie, Harber and Frances — or our good friends Todd and Krista Baughan and their girls, Brooke and Natalie,” Kelley said. The Kelleys have two children, Mary Margaret Kelley, 14, who attends Marietta High School and Elizabeth Kelley, 12, who attends Marietta Sixth Grade Academy.

Traditions make memories for families. “This tradition is particularly important this year because my Dad always took us and this will be our first Christmas without him. We will certainly remember him and his love for the Christmas season when we go this year,” Kelley said.

Lights of LIFE is special to the community. “We just love having such a fantastic display of lights in our backyard,” she said.

Lights of LIFE is open nightly, rain or shine, through Dec. 31 from 6 to 10 p.m. The cost is $10 per car Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 31. Buses and vans cost $20 per vehicle. Lights of LIFE is at 1269 Barclay Circle in Marietta, off Hwy 41 just north of Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

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