Lanier Islands first introduced its guests to the Magical Nights of Lights on November 20, 1993 with just 40 displays and trees strung with lights. In all the years since, the Georgia lakeside destination has expanded its twinkling holiday lights tour to include hundreds of impressive displays spread throughout a seven-mile drive meandering throughout the resort. During the tour, it’s not uncommon for passersby to witness children’s faces pressed up against the glass as they gaze in wonder at the lights while familiar Christmas tunes fill the cab of their family car. It’s a beloved holiday tradition for countless Metro Atlanta couples and families, one that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
“We’re very proud of the fact that Lanier Islands is not only a cherished part of so many families’ holiday traditions, but that we’re flipping the switch on 25 years of Magical Nights of Lights,” said Mike Williams, CEO for Lanier Islands. “A quarter of a century – that’s really saying something! This year, we’re debuting a few new additions to the tour and bringing back an old favorite that will undoubtedly make so many of our longtime fans very happy. We’re also introducing a terrific new pricing structure to make Magical Nights of Lights even more affordable during the holidays. Our staying power as an esteemed Southern resort is thanks in large part to our ability to listen to our guests and deliver on their wishes whenever possible.”
The “old favorite” to which Williams referred is the treasured 12 Days of Christmas portion of the tour. Refurbished after a two-year hiatus, the 13-display attraction returns better than ever before so guests can once again sing about a partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens and more as they drive past each brightly lit display. It joins a long list of other much-loved displays such as Santa’s Elves at Work, the North Pole Express, Jack & The Beanstalk, Wizard of Oz, the Poinsettia Candelabra, the stunning Icicle Tunnel, the Carousel and so much more.
“As a native of Atlanta who grew up on Lake Lanier, it was a dream come true to be invited by the State of Georgia to conceive, build and implement a holiday light show right in my own backyard,” explained Greg Fulwood of Universal Concepts, whose company has designed the tour and assembled each display for Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands since 1993. “It is amazing to see how Magical Nights of Lights has grown – not just in size – but also to become one of the most recognized, longest lasting and highest attended holiday lighting venues in the entire country! In celebration of the show’s 25th Anniversary, my company – Universal Concepts – is proud to be a sponsor. We promise a real ‘oh wow!’ moment on the tour with our brand-new, massive 65’ Christmas Tree set atop a giant drum at the Clock Tower roundabout. This addition – among others – shows the Islands’ ongoing commitment to make Magical Nights of Lights the #1 family destination during the holiday season.”
As guests wind their way through the resort past dazzling displays, they’ll find themselves at the electric epicenter of the Magical Nights of Lights – the Holiday Village inside LanierWorld. While there, they can visit the Jolly Old Elf himself in Santa’s Workshop, peruse holiday ornaments to trim their tree, find the perfect gift for that special someone on their shopping list, enjoy holiday favorites, roast marshmallows over a roaring bonfire, and climb aboard a classic carnival ride – just to name a few.
Presenting sponsors of this year’s Magical Nights of Lights are Coca-Cola, Georgia Power and Universal Concepts. Admission to the 25th Anniversary of Magical Nights of Lights and Holiday Village is just $45/vehicle* when purchased at the gate and $35/vehicle* when purchased in advance online. Islands Club Members enjoy unlimited access to Magical Nights of Lights with their ID card. For a limited time*, the purchase of a 2018 LanierWorld Adventure Season Pass includes unlimited access to Magical Nights of Lights. Special overnight accommodation packages are available for guests who wish to add a little more magic to their own Magical Night. To learn more, purchase an advanced pass, become an Islands Club Member or book a room, interested parties are encouraged to visit www.lanierislands.com.