Lake Lanier Lights: A Magical Night of Shimmering Fun

Last Christmas season, we ventured up I-85 to Buford, Georgia to see the Lake Lanier Lights at the Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. I’ve been wanting to check out their holiday events, so when I received an invitation from the marketing folks to visit, I packed up the boys and headed to Lake Lanier, Ga. and the Lake Lanier Resort.

Lake Lanier Lights

Lake Lanier Lights: A Christmas Lights Show

We opted to visit the Holiday Village first, do the carnival rides and ice skating while it got dark outside and then finish up in the warm car with the lights.  Even though we were later than I had hoped getting to Lake Lanier, we were able to park close and walk right on to all the rides. In fact, until about 7 pm, it felt like our own private carnival with beautiful drive through Christmas lights.

Lake Lanier Lights

Lake Lanier Christmas

We began the night with me riding with my youngest and the two older boys doing all the rides together, which is typical. However, as we ventured back to the carnival for a few last rides before heading out, it was my youngest and oldest bonding over flipping carts and spinning contraptions, which brought a smile to my heart.

Lake Lanier Lights

The Wizard of Oz scene was one of our favorites along the Lake Lanier Lights Christmas light display.

By far our favorite activity was the ice skating at the Verizon Wireless Ice Skating Rink. We skated for over an hour, which surprised me a bit, especially with the little one, who always seemed to be totally out of control arms and legs going every which way, yet fine, all at the same time.

Lake Lanier Lights Ice Skating at the Verizon Ice Skating Rink

Ice Skating was one of our favorite activities in the Holiday Village at Lake Lanier Islands.

We breezed through the shopping to warm up a bit, have our picture taken with Santa and secure some s’more fixings for the fire pits outside.

Lake Lanier Christmas Lights

Unfortunately the live nativity hadn’t begun yet, but we did see the manger scene in bright lights along the driving route. I’m not much for sponsored lights, but the Medieval Times jousting knights was pretty great.  The light display is quite extensive. We especially enjoyed the 12 Days of Christmas and the Wizard of Oz sections. Make sure to download the music track before you start. Just search Magical Nights of Lights in the app store. It’s free and had us singing Christmas tunes all the way home.

Tips for the Lake Lanier Lights at the Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, Lake Lanier, Georgia

1. Use Coupons. Lake Lanier Island Magical Nights of Lights is magical, but it’s also expensive. Take advantage of coupons available at partner locations: Publix, Chik-fil-A, McDonalds, QuikTrip, Rick Case Audi Gwinnett & Lenny’s Sub Shop. November is also Double Coupon Month for Magical Nights of Lights. Plan to visit in November for the most savings. It’s also cheaper to visit the Lake Lanier Lights during the week.

Lake Lanier Lights Carnival

These cars spun all the way around. My boys loved it, but I can only spin so much.

2. Bring your own. There are picnic tables at the Holiday Village at Lake Lanier and lots of different choices for food and treats. To ease the burden on your wallet, pack a picnic, including a thermos of hot chocolate and s’more fixings for the huge fire pits. You’ll get all the ambiance without all the expense.

3. Go early. As in early in the season and early in the evening. It’s less expensive, but it’s also less crowded, which I find especially important on the ice skating rink if you have kids who aren’t experienced skaters.

4. Dress Warmly. It can get really cold spinning through the air on the carnival rides. My son thought a simple sweatshirt would do, but as the night wore on, he got cold and wanted to leave well before the others were ready.

5. Download the App. Make sure you download the Magical Night of Lights app before going through the lights. It’s a mellow Pandora-like station of holiday tunes to get you into the spirit. It had us singing out loud all the way home.

6. Go tubing at Lanier World. During the winter months, the summertime water park at Lake Lanier Island, Lanier World, is transformed into Snow World, Lake Lanier. We’re talking thirteen snow sledding lanes, five slides that have been converted into thrilling speed rides, and four snow play areas. With so much to do, you may want to plan to spend the night at the Legacy Lodge Lake Lanier or at one of the hotels in Buford, Ga.

What: Magical Nights of Lights
Where: Lake Lanier Islands, Resort, 7000 Lake Lanier Islands Pkwy., Buford, Ga. 30518 | 770-945-8787
When: Nov. 16 – Dec. 31, 2016 | Opens at 4 pm

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Lake Lanier Magical Night of Lights

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We were given tickets to see the Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands. However, all opinions are our own and we were not asked to write a post about our experience.

Sue Rodman | Travel Editor & Advertising Manager

Sue Rodman is a mother of three boys, a PR professional, writer, and ice cream lover. For eight years, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. In Sept. 2016 Field Trips with Sue merged with 365 Atlanta Family. In addition to writing blog posts and managing the advertising and public relations for 365 Atlanta Family, Sue does freelance public relations and her writing has appeared online at TravelingMom, Trekaroo, Minitime Family and other family travel sites. She has contributed to print publications such as Family Fun, Simply Buckhead, BuckHaven and Publix Magazine. In addition, Sue has appeared on local and national news talking about family travel. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories.

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