Lake Lanier Celebrates 25th Anniversary of “Magical Night of Lights”


Catherine Lysaught, Staff Writer

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Lake Lanier’s seasonal celebration, the “Magical Night of Lights” which takes place from November 17 through January 3. “Magical Night of Lights” is open from 4:30 to 10:00 PM every night and the price varies based on the number of people in each group.

The “Magical Night of Lights” celebration features a seven-mile stretch of animated Christmas light displays, a holiday village, a sixty-five foot Christmas tree, and festivities for people of all ages.  This year, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the “Magical Night of Lights”, the Lake Lanier Staff will be bringing back the “12 Days of Christmas” light display, a seasonal favorite. “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,” said Lake Lanier CEO Mike Williams.

After visitors venture through the seven-mile light display, they are invited to stop at the Holiday Village, which showcases carnival rides, a visit with Santa, gift shops, and food vendors giving out holiday-themed foods and beverages. At the Holiday Village stands the sixty-five foot Christmas tree which is decorated for the season festivities.

The major cost associated with “Magical Night of Lights” is the admission cost. According to the Lake Lanier website, a car with one to ten people costs $35.00, a van or shuttle with eleven to twenty people costs $70.00, and a bus with over twenty-one people costs $175.00. Other than the costs of admission, the only other costs associated would be any purchases made in the Holiday Village, such as food, gifts, rides, or photos with Santa.

The Lake Lanier “Magical Night of Lights” is an annual community celebration that draws people from all over Georgia to celebrate Christmas and the holiday season.