On Nov. 15, Lake Lanier Islands Resort, located in Buford in north Atlanta, debuted its annual Christmas light display for the 2012 holiday season to employees, their families and the press. It’s called Magical Nights of Lights and it’s the best Christmas light display in Atlanta. It officially opens to the public on Friday, Nov. 16. The exciting news is that the Christmas light display is bigger and better than ever in its 20th year of operation. Magical Nights of Lights includes a self-guided driving tour through the Islands and a stopover at Holiday Village for carnival rides, hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows and visits with Santa Claus. If you’re looking for a great holiday adventure, Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights is just the ticket for good old-fashioned family fun.
This is the 20th anniversary of Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands and there are some new and exciting additions for 2012. Over at Holiday House, thousands of lights “dance” to music in a brand new synchronized display and visitors are sure to enjoy the new Verizon Ice Skating Rink. The live nativity is back by popular demand and takes place beginning on Dec. 1.
Below are some of the attractions at Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights for 2012:
- New animated dancing lights at Holiday House
- New Verizon Ice Skating Rink
- New illuminated diamond wonder light
- New sections of lights and other attractions
- Live nativity scene on Dec. 1-25
- Fire pits for marshmallow roasting
- Pictures with Santa Claus at Santa’s Workshop
- Popular carnival rides, including three Ferris wheels, a carousel, little rides for little tikes, thrilling rides for older kids, games, concessions and more
- Gorgeous light displays include the 12 Days of Christmas, Snowflake Bridge, Santa’s Workshop and dozens of others
- Great holiday shopping area
It all adds up to the perfect way to create a new family tradition that kids will always remember. So, why not pack up the family and head out to Lake Lanier this holiday season? You’ll definitely be glad you did.
To celebrate twenty years of twinkle, Lake Lanier Islands Resort has chosen to give back to the Atlanta community in two very special ways:
- Double Coupons throughout the Month of November. From opening weekend through Friday, Nov. 30, Lake Lanier Islands commemorates two decades of being a beloved holiday tradition among Southern families by extending TWICE the savings to coupon holders. Coupons for $10 off admission to Magical Nights of Lights are available at Publix, Chick-fil-A, McDonalds, QuikTrip, Lenny’s Subs and Audi Gwinnett. Through the month of November, these coupons will be doubled for a savings of $20 per vehicle. As always, admission to Magical Nights of Lights is priced per the carload, so guests are encouraged to load up the family minivan and make for the lake this holiday season. With double coupons in November, an automobile holding nine passengers could be admitted for as little as $4.44 per person.
- Thanksgiving Weekend Canned Food Drive. On Friday, Nov. 23-Sunday, No. 25, Magical Nights of Lights guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to benefit Free Chapel’s His Harvest House, a local food bank ministry in Hall County. As thanks, guests will receive one free carnival ride per canned good (limit four free carnival rides per carload).
Open nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. on Nov. 16 through Dec. 31, regular admission to the 2012 Magical Nights of Lights is $60 per carload. For an SUV or mini-van that seats seven or more passengers, that could equate to less than $9 per guest. For larger vehicles, gate admission to the Magical Nights of Lights is $90 for ten to 19 passenger capacity vans; or $250 for 20+ passenger capacity buses. For more information about the 2012 Magical Nights of Lights and to purchase passes online, please visit the official Nights of Lights website.
Note from the Editor: Our family has attended Magical Nights of Lights several years in a row. We also attended last night’s press sneak peek and I must say the annual Christmas light display is bigger and better than ever. I especially liked the new ice skating rink and the new synchronized light display at Holiday House. Be sure to bring some extra cash for the carnival rides, but the kids will love them. A trip to Lake Lanier this holiday season should be on everyone’s radar. It’s a great way to spark your holiday spirit and start a new family tradition. Be sure to check out the slide show to get a glimpse of what to expect in 2012 at Lake Lanier’s Christmas light display.
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