The Lake Lanier Festival of Lights, also known as Magical Nights of Lights, takes place in Lake Lanier, GA between the last week of November and the last week of December every year. Many people use this wondrous event to start the holiday season with their families. This show of lights is said to be the largest animated light show in the world. It includes seven and a half miles of bright, twinkling lights and characters that the children will know almost instantly.
During this driving tour, you can stop at the live nativity scene to check out the actors and animals involved.
When you have finished with the Lake Lanier Festival of Lights, you can stop by the Holiday Village and let your children ride on various rides or ponies and when the bonfire is lit, the whole family can roast marshmallows in it as well.
Be sure to stop by and take a picture with Santa Claus before you call it a night.
While You’re Here in Lake Lanier
Apart from the Christmas festivities, Lake Lanier Islands holds special events such as arts and crafts fairs, fireworks shows and concerts. Available almost year round are activities like: fishing, golfing, camping, hiking and hunting.
The Mall of Georgia is also a popular (but busy) spot for some holiday shopping, as well as nearby Bogan Park, which is a massive indoor aquatic center, perfect for the kids who have some extra energy to burn.
Where to Eat in Lake Lanier
If you want to take a break from shopping and participating in the events held here, head down to the Holiday Village to sit down and enjoy delicious food; you have several options as to where to eat. Most restaurants are even accessible to people traveling by boat. If you are staying at the Lake Lanier Islands resort, you’re in luck as you have the added option of taking the shuttle. Here are a few of the many facilities available via car, boat, or shuttle.
- BullFrogs Bar and Grille has a menu full of healthy food choices; there are also several tasty entrees, sandwiches, salads and desserts. The restaurant allows children and adults to play on a Nintendo Wii game system every night.
- Windows Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets and sits on the lakeside for customers to gaze at Lake Sidney Lanier as they eat. At times this restaurant serves themed buffets along with regular meals.
- Windows Internet Café provides “grab n’ go” styled meals where you can pick up food quickly and eat it within minutes. Open from 6am to 8pm, the café serves pastries, coffee and pre-made salads and sandwiches.
Places to Stay in Lake Lanier
When it’s time to wind down for the night, you want to make sure that you are staying in a place that is not only going to be comfortable for you but offers good access to all the sights.
- One option that is always available is to rent one of the log cabins from Lake Lanier Lodges. Each cabin comes with 2-4 bedrooms and includes a full bath, a kitchen area, a gas log fireplace, cable TV with a DVD player, a fully stocked towel and linens area and central heating. Outside of every cabin is a Jacuzzi which is perfect for any winter night and makes a great combination with the fireplace.
- Very close by is the Hampton Inn and Suites Flowery Branch, popular for its many amenities which include free Wifi, pool/whirpool spa, workout room, free breakfast and large flat screen TVs.
- Also just a few miles away is the Comfort Inn and Suites Buford, where you get heaps of hospitality, comfortable beds and a tasty breakfast, all in a perfect location.
No matter which option you choose, the activities, the food and the accommodations here will suit your every need. You are guaranteed to enjoy your stay during the Lake Lanier Festival of Lights, and any other time of year.
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