Georgia's Lake Lanier lights up for holidays

Georgia’s Lake Lanier Islands Resort lights up for the 20th Annual Magical Nights of Lights on Nov. 16. Initially created by State of Georgia and the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, the holiday-themed driving tour of lights first debuted in 1993.

Over the past few seasons, Magical Nights of Lights has drawn an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 people through Lake Lanier Islands’ gates.

NEW FOR 2012:

New sections include the Animated Dancing Lights at “Holiday House” and Illuminated “Diamond Wonder” Light presented by Audi Gwinnett!

Old Fashioned Ice Skating Rink at the Holiday Village – Guests of all ages are invited to strap on a pair of skates and take to the ice, as Lake Lanier Islands brings their own twist to the classic Currier & Ives/ “Rockefeller Center®” outdoor experience.

Thanksgiving Weekend: Canned Food Drive: On Saturday, November 24-Sunday, November 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, they will receive one free carnival ride per canned good. (Limit 4 free carnival rides per carload.)

Live Nativity Show, starting Dec. 1 through Christmas Day.

Driving Tour of the Islands – With the radio dial set to 103.7 FM, cherished holiday carols and holiday cheer will fill the cabins of automobiles along the route of The Magical Nights of Lights as guests pause to reflect on the twinkling illuminations from The Twelve Days of Christmas, Santa’s Elves at Work, the North Pole Express, Jack & The Beanstalk, the stunning Icicle Tunnel and more.

Holiday Village – This must-see stop along the route features enormous bonfires for roasting marshmallows, vendors selling hot cocoa, a petting zoo and pony rides, carnival rides and games, holiday shopping, new ice skating rink, and a chance to visit with the Big Guy himself, Santa Claus. You won’t want to forget your Christmas Wish List or your camera.

Night Light Canopy Tours – Make believe you’re a stealthy elf making his way from Santa’s sleigh to a series of rooftops as you zip and glide through the night sky by the light of the moon. Located adjacent to the Holiday Village, our Express Tour features four exciting zip lines and one scenic sky bridge. Be sure to bundle up and reserve about 30 minutes to complete your treetop trek.

Breakfast with Santa – All are welcome to enjoy the time-honored tradition of Breakfast with Santa at Legacy Lodge and Conference Center on Saturday and Sunday mornings in December, in addition to every morning the week before Christmas. Breakfast buffet served 9 a.m. to noon.

Open nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 16 through Dec. 31, regular admission is $60 per carload visit www.lakelanierislands.com for more information.