Lakeside Lights Spectacular on Lake Lanier

Formerly, Magical Nights of Lights

Lake Lanier’s sparkling family tradition is now even brighter! Margaritaville at Lanier Islands has reinvented our beloved holiday light spectacle. What once was a classic drive-through light show, is now a dazzling walking tour full of whimsy and wonder set to festive jingles.

The same beaches and water park we love to spend our sunny summers at is transformed into a holiday village of shimmering lights and snowflakes. There are fun activities for the whole family, including two ‘smore roasting pits, carnival rides, a frosty play zone, tasty holiday treats and libation stations, countless photo opportunities, and of course, the giant snow plunge!

2022 Lakeside Lights Spectacular Daily Admission Rates

Access to walking light show attraction only – rides and treats are additional.

  • Adult $19.99
  • Age 7 and Younger FREE
  • Military (Active and Retired) $14.99 
  • Seniors (62 and Older) $14.99 
  • Groups (min. 15) $14.99 

The celebration runs nightly at 5:00 pm, November 23 – 27, December 2 – January 4, then weekends only through January 16.

LANIER ISLANDS | 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518 | (770) 945-8787

For more information, visit this page here.

Image Gallery of Lakeside Lights

Here’s what to expect this year (2022)!

What Happened to Magical Nights of Lights?

Starting in 2020, Officials with Lanier Islands decided to end the drivable Magical Nights of Lights after nearly thirty years, replacing them with a walkable light show. Lakeside Lights Spectacular was such a hit, it’s back in 2021 and now in 2022 as well. 

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    steve

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

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    Jill Hassan

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    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!

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    Donna

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

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    Laura Hall

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    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.

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    Su Selman

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    How busy are the Lights on Christmas Eve?

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      steve

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

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    steve

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    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 (http://www.lanierislands.com/lanierworld/winter-promos). However, I’d suggest calling Lanier Islands at 770-945-8787.

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    steve

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

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    Brenda

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

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    Rachel

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    when is the last day to go?

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    Anonymous

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

    Keith

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    Holly Planthold

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    So the cars drive with their headlights on?

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      Robert Sutherland

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      Hi,

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

      Hope that helps.

      RJS

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    Pat Richins

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

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      Robert Sutherland

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      Hi, Pat.

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

      Thanks,

      RJS

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    Jen

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    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.

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    Anonymous

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    Are you open Christmas night?

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      Robert Sutherland

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      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.

      https://www.lanierislands.com/margaritaville/hours

      Hope that helps.

      RJS

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    Amanda P.

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

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      Robert Sutherland

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      Hi,

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

      Thanks,

      RJS

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