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On today’s Around Atlanta edition of Atlanta Real Estate Forum Radio, co-hosts Carol Morgan and Todd Schnick are joined by Missy Burgess, Director of Public Relations and Sponsorships with Lake Lanier Islands Resort, to discuss the holiday happenings at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, from the Magical Nights of Lights to what guests at the resort can do during their stay.

The resort is located in Hall County, about an hour outside the city. The Lake Lanier Islands Resort hotel has 218 rooms and all kinds of amenities including a legacy lodge, 32 lake houses, golf, boating, villas, the Lanier World amusement park, Sunset Cove entertainment district and more.

But the resort is the most famous for its Magical Nights of Lights that occurs every holiday season. Families can drive through the seven miles of brilliant Christmas lights displays together in the car. Thousands of Atlanta families include this tradition in their calendar every year. This year is the lights’ 25th anniversary, and the resort is celebrating the anniversary by celebrating its partnerships, honoring community heroes and giving back to the community.

Normally, pricing is $45 per car load, but attendees who buy tickets online can take a car load through the lights for $35. The resort partners with the Georgia Mountain Food Bank for Georgia Mountain Mondays at the Magical Nights of Lights. Families who bring five non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank can drive through the lights for $25. Tuesdays are Toys For Tots Tuesdays through the resort’s partnership with the Marines. Families who bring unwrapped toys to donate to children who would otherwise go without them can drive through the lights for $25. On Wednesdays, educators can enjoy $25 admission and any time during the lights’ run, any active duty members, veterans, first responders, police officers and fire fighters who show ID can enjoy $25 admission.


Burgess suggests coming to see the lights on a weekday or a Sunday night to beat the crowds, but if you want to come on a Friday or Saturday, she suggests visiting the Bullfrog’s restaurant for dinner and then going to see the lights. Guests at the lodge can avoid driving a long way home by going to see the lights and participating in the Ultimate Santa Package. For $239, families can enjoy overnight accommodations, visit with one of Santa’s helpers who comes to their hotel room with milk and cookies, reads the children a story and tucks them into bed, followed by breakfast with Santa the following morning. For couples looking for a fun date night, Burgess recommends driving through the lights, visiting the carnival and holiday village at the end of the seven miles, heading to Santa’s workshop or shopping and eating at the lodge.

Learn more about enjoying the Magical Nights of Lights and the resort’s holiday activities by visiting or by listening to today’s podcast.


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