Posted: Wednesday, October 24th 2012 at 6:42am
Lake Lanier Islands preparing for 20th Magical Nights of Lights
BUFORD - On Friday, November 16, Lake Lanier Islands will flip the proverbial switch on the 20th Annual Magical Nights of Lights.
Initially created by State of Georgia and the Lake Lanier Islands Development Authority, the holiday-themed driving tour of lights first debuted on November 20, 1993. Opening night was witnessed by the inhabitants of an estimated 76 cars, who saw about 40 animated light displays and paid a visit to a large tent where they could share their wish list with Santa Claus.
Over the last two decades, the show has steadily grown in size, scope and popularity among families and fans. Over the past few seasons, Magical Nights of Lights has drawn an estimated 200,000 to 250,000 people through Lake Lanier Islands' gates.
This year's event, which will pay homage to some traditional favorites while introducing a few new additions. Organizers said it promises a holiday spectacular that is bigger and better than ever before.
"It means a great deal to my family that Lake Lanier Islands Resort holds such a special place in the hearts and holiday traditions of so many people throughout the Southeast," said Mike Williams, CEO of Lake Lanier Islands Resort and member of the Williams family, who purchased the lease rights to the Resort in 2005.
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