Officials with Lanier Islands decided to end the drivable Magical Nights of Lights after nearly thirty years, replacing them with a walkable light show. .

The new Lakeside Lights Spectacular will feature a walkable holiday lights tour set to holiday tunes and suitable for ALL ages. The show is in continued partnership with Safe Harbor.

Guests will have the opportunity to stroll through the new display and pick up either hot cocoa or cocktails along the way.

2023 Lakeside Lights Timeline

2023 Updates: Lakeside Lights Spectacular will open for the first night on November 22 and run nightly through November 26th and then Dec 1 thru January 3rd. Then the show will switch to weekend-only nights until January 15th.

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2023 Lakeside Lights Pricing

2023 Lakeside Lights Daily Admission Rates. NOTE: there IS a Miltary discount available.

  • Regular Rate – $19.99
  • Group Rate (min 15) – $14.99
  • Child (age 3 & Under) Rate – FREE

Lakeside Lights Venue Location

The official location to plug into your GPS is:

  • Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
  • 7650 Lanier Islands Pkwy.
  • Lanier Islands GA 30518

However, there are plenty of spots to view the lights (from a distance) in and around this location.

Lakeside Lights Images from Last Year

Here’s an idea for what to expect!

The Lakeside Lights Spectacular is a great way to get into the holiday spirit. With so much to see and do, it’s sure to become a new family tradition.

Lakeside fun is year-round at Lanier Islands in Buford, GA. Join us this holiday season for Christmas activities that are good, clean, fun for everyone. Whether you are here for the day or planning a weekend away… Lanier Islands has activities that will be sure to please the whole family.

Overnight guests can enjoy our Breakfast and Santa Buffet that includes a visit with Santa, or our new Elf Storytime PJ party, and of course tickets for tubing down the ONLY snow tubing hill in Georgia at Snow Island–575 feet of high-speed fun!

Or enjoy an evening at Margaritaville’s Lakeside Lights Spectacular or settle in on Christmas Day for our delicious Christmas Day Brunch. Click here for additional holiday activities: Holiday and Winter Activities

(25) Comments

  1. steve

    Hi Martha. Yes, I believe so. It’s worth calling the Island to check, but I’m 99% sure it’s handicap accessible.

  2. Jill Hassan

    We enjoyed the festivities so much, visiting from Raleigh,NC niece took us. Enjoyed the scenes of lights on sand, bonfire, with smores and hot chocolate, rides for the younger ones, and lovely scenery. Highlights were bonfire on lake! Tubing down snow slides, and bob sleding down big slide! Snowball, snow area for kids! I thought it fantastic. Could use some carolers around, and more lights on the drive, but all in all excellent time for family!

  3. Donna

    Will law enforcement be able to get in free this year?

  4. Laura Hall

    I wanted to share. Whike we were disappointed they did not offer free admission to military this year, and that the discount only applies to active duty and not veterans, we did thoroughly enjoy our trip tonight.

    My daughter loved the lights display, though it seemed the same as last year, only the ride went by quicker.

    The Santa, on the other hand, is the best we’ve ever met. He was so sweet to my baby girl (3 years old) and never broke character. He seemed very loving and like genuinely cared for us all. He definitely made my daughter feel special.

  5. Su Selman

    How busy are the Lights on Christmas Eve?

    1. steve

      I’m not sure how busy the lights are on Christmas Eve. I’d suggest phoning Lanier Islands at 770-945-8787.

  6. steve

    I see active duty, military and first responders receive free wristbands to Winter Adventure, but unfortunately I don’t see anything on their discounts page about veterans ( However, I’d suggest calling Lanier Islands at 770-945-8787.

  7. steve

    You’ll have to contact Lanier Islands. Their phone number is 770-945-8787.

  8. Brenda

    What is the address to the light show?so I can put into gps. Thanks

  9. Rachel

    when is the last day to go?

  10. Anonymous

    Do they have golf carts for people to get around? I don’t drive.


    1. Robert Sutherland

      For the best answer to your question, contact Lanier Islands.

  11. Holly Planthold

    So the cars drive with their headlights on?

    1. Robert Sutherland


      Cars follow one another closely enough that headlights aren’t needed.

      Hope that helps.


  12. Pat Richins

    Two of my posts have been deleted because they were negative.

    1. Robert Sutherland

      Hi, Pat.

      You are free to post your negative complaints on the Lanier Islands website.



  13. Jen

    We love the Lake Lanier lights…been going since I was a child and now we bring our kids every year. I hope you consider moving Santa back to where he usually is. It was quite a trek with little kids in the cold. I don’t think we’ll keep coming back if you keep him where he is this year.

  14. Anonymous

    Are you open Christmas night?

    1. Robert Sutherland

      Yes! The Magical Nights of Lights at Lanier Islands will be open until 11 PM nightly from December 14th through the 26th, and until 10 PM from December 27th through January 6, 2019.

      Hope that helps.


  15. Amanda P.

    What is the rain cancellation policy? Are the lights open rain or shine? Thanks!

    1. Robert Sutherland


      The Magical Nights of Lights tour is open rain or shine.



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