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Snow is Coming to Lanier Islands!!

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Snow is coming to Lanier Islands and YOU’RE invited to come play! We’re transforming North Georgia’s favorite water park into a winter fun zone that you’ll need to SEE to believe! We’re talking THIRTEEN snow sledding lanes, FIVE slides that have been converted into thrilling speed rides, FOUR snow play areas like Georgia has never seen, and 100% FUN for everyone!

We’re piling on TONS of snow to create a winter sensation you have never seen in Georgia! Let’s get started with some details, shall we? Start with the Arctic Zone. Make your way over to where the FunDunker has been transformed into The Arctic Chiller! Flurry the Snowman will greet you with a blast of snow as you enter the Arctic Play Zone. The little ones can safely play in the Arctic Cubs Zone while the big kids check out the Arctic Chiller – a super fast race down a polar vortex! Now’s your chance to grab a warm cup of hot chocolate at Sunset Cove and sit for a while next to the fire pits.

Next you can make your way to Speed Slide Alley! Watch out for the wild yeti as you grab a sled to plunge down the Intimidator and the Triple Threat like you never have before!

After just a short walk, you can find the Polar Zone, which houses the Polar Play Zone and Cub Zone at the transformed Wiggle Waves! Our Polar Bear will greet you with a toothy smile before you plummet down the Downhill Polar Race with your best buds!

Finally, wrap up your incredible winter experience by checking out Blizzard Bluffs! Set in the transformed Wave Pool, you’ll get to speed down one of our 13 sledding lanes – intermediate and beginner lanes are available for all age groups. The Blizzard Fun Zone and the Blizzard Cub Zone offer more opportunity to build snowmen and make snow angels! Be sure to wave hello to Bucky Beaver as he will be enjoying the snow here as well!

So we’ve got everything all lined up for you: 13 snow sledding lanes, 5 thrilling speed slides, 4 snow play areas, and 100% fun for everyone!

For the parents:

Slide intensity is designated by classic skiing icons. Black diamonds are the most intense, followed by blue squares, and then green circles for little to no intensity. Look for these designations on the signs containing the slides’ names. Rules and regulations will also appear on these signs, please read them carefully before allowing your child to participate. Additionally, “Zones” are separated according age/height. For example, the Blizzard Bluffs are separated into a “Cub Zone” and a “Fun Zone.” Smaller children should play in the Cub Zones, whereas older children and teenagers should stick to the Fun Zones.

New Years Eve Gala at Lake Lanier Islands Resort!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

How are you ringing in the New Year?? We’re celebrating it in a grand old fashion here at Lake Lanier, and we want you to come celebrate with us!! This New Year’s Eve, experience luxurious overnight accommodations, and enjoy free admission to Magical Nights of Lights, a fantastical reception, a delightful four-course dinner (how Gatsbian!), a slammin’ party with a live band playing your favorite 70s & 80s dance hits, a high-class Champagne toast and breakfast on New Year’s Day until 1pm! Is there any reason not to come and carouse at our Grand Ballroom when the Peach drops? We submit that there is not.

Check out some of the details below:

Band Info:

Carl Testa will open the evening with music while you dine.

Headliner: FORTE will crank up the evening with your favorite 70′s and 80′s dance hits.

BullFrogs will also have DJ Steve Powers on New Year’s Eve.

Plated Dinner Menu:

***1st Course***
You’ll be grabbing the nearest spoon when the crab and brie bisque hits the table. On a cold winter night, nothing will warm you up both literally and figuratively more than this tasty appetizer.

***2nd Course***
Salad, of course, for the second course! But this isn’t a fast food joint, and even our salads are classy. Grab a fork and lay into arugula and baby oak leaf with shaved fennel, roasted apples and balsamic-bleu cheese vinaigrette. You won’t be sorry.

***Intermezzo***
You’ll need to cleanse your palette after the sweet taste of crab and arugula, and there’s nothing tastier than our blood orange sorbet with Grand Marnier-infused berries! We’re licking our lips just thinking about it!

***3rd Course***
For your main dish, our chefs have prepared a pan-seared filet of Angus beef paired with stuffed Legacy lobster tailPinot Noir glace and béarnaise, with a petite vegetable mélange and truffled gratin potato. If you can even move after this dish, you’ll be excited to see what we have lined up for dessert!

***4th Course***
We were being pretty serious about the “being able to move” bit, so we kept dessert light and refreshing. Try our friandise served “family style,” including miniature  French pastries, truffles, macaroons and dipped berries. Somehow we’re able to get these out of the kitchen and to our guests without eating them. It’s a true Christmas miracle if you ask us, because that’s how tasty everything is!

If you’d like to look into booking the best New Year’s Eve Party you’ll ever go to, click here! Do it. You know you want to.

If you have any questions about the evening, please call (770) 945-8787.

Come Skate with the Gwinnett Gladiators at Lake Lanier Islands!

Monday, December 16th, 2013

FINALLY! A reason to cheer!

The Gwinnett Gladiators are gliding onto Lake Lanier Islands and YOU’RE invited to come hang out for the afternoon!

On Monday, December 23 from 2-4 pm, your favorite and only local professional hockey team will be at Lake Lanier Islands, skating and showing off their innumerable skills at the Holiday Village Ice Rink! Aside from the fact that these guys are super fun to hang out with, you’ll want to come for a couple other reasons too!! You’ll be able to register for PRIZES, including tickets to a future Glads game! You’ll get to skate around with Maximus, the Glads loyal mascot! You’ll get to improve your own skating skills as the Glads put on demonstrations!

Plus, that day only from 11am to 4pm, you’ll receive FREE gate admission by showing a ticket stub from any Gladiators game! If that’s not a reason to celebrate, we don’t know what is!!

So come hang out with your Gwinnett Gladiators on MONDAY, DECEMBER 23, and maybe go see the lights afterward!

 

 
Check us out on Fox!

Ice Skating at Magical Nights of Lights!

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

We are having SO MUCH FUN ice skating this year at Holiday Village! You should definitely plan to come out because there are so few places in and around Atlanta for you to enjoy one of the best holiday activities that can be found! We’ve got events going on all season, like skate parties with your favorite radio djs, and you can even come out and skate with the Gwinnett Gladiators!

Bring your friends and family to ice skate at our Verizon Wireless Ice Skating Rink during the holidays!

Only $12 per person (includes skates) for UNLIMITED skating that day. What a deal!

$10 gate fee per carload applies during day skate hours (11 am – 4pm).

*At 4 pm, gate pricing changes to Magical Nights of Lights pricing. Holiday House opens at 5 pm.

Check out our schedule of Skating Events below:

SKATE PARTY WITH KICKS 101.5 & TUG

DateFriday, November 22

SKATE NIGHT WITH 94.9 THE BULL WITH KRISTEN GATES

DateSaturday, November 23
Saturday, November 30
Sunday, December 15
Monday, December 23

SKATE EXHIBITION AND LESSONS WITH THE ATLANTA ICEFORUM SKATING ACADEMY

DateNovember 23rd

SKATE NIGHT WITH THE GWINNETT GLADIATORS

DateMonday, December 23

Give Back Thursdays at Lake Lanier Islands

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Give Back Thursdays are back at Lake Lanier Islands in time for Magical Nights of Lights! We’re looking for donations again this holiday season, so help spread the cheer and bring bags full of donations for Goodwill to Magical Nights of Lights on Giveback Thursday and you’ll receive ½ off the Unlimited Carnival wristband at the Holiday Village. Limit 2 per carload.

The view from the top of The Flying Dutchman

Holiday Village at Magical Nights of Lights!!

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

If you’re looking for a Christmas store with so much more, then Holiday Village is your best bet. With hundreds of Christmas ornaments from classic balls and bells to event-specific “baby’s first” and “newlyweds” to stuffed animals and cheerful elves, you won’t find a better selection of gifts for the season anywhere in Georgia!

When you walk in to Holiday House, the smell of delicious goodies like Bavarian nuts and peppermint brittle permeate the air.

You can turn to your right and sit with Santa, or keep walking and snag a stick of marshmallows for roasting from Dasher’s Diner. Dasher’s also has a great selection of carnival classics, including funnel cakes, burgers, pizza and more! Keep following the circle and you’ll see the light-up ornament section, where everything blinks and flickers and spins and whirls!

Shake up the snow globes and mosey over to the personalization station to get your name on one of our adorable keepsake ornaments.

After you’ve given your names to the attendants, and made sure you spelled everything right, follow the sound of the cheerfully charming young woman telling you about next year’s big new thing: Winter Experience! Right in front of the tv with the commercial is the check-out counter for Holiday House! Say a big hello to the elves working there before checking out the rest of the House and all the amazing displays! You can also purchase tickets to the Canopy Tours Zip Line Express Tour, which is a really amazing and unique opportunity!

Now food, ornaments, and Santa Claus are fantastic for a Christmas store, but Holiday Village is so much more than that! Just outside Holiday House are two giant fire pits where you can roast those marshmallows to a flaming stick of gooey heaven while watching the lights dance to the music!

Once you’re done with your marshmallows, zip on over to the Christmas Carnival and try to keep those marshmallows where they belong as you spin in the air on the Flying Dutchman and the Ferris Wheel!

 

Jingle Ball 2013 Contest

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

This Saturday, we gave away 2 VIP tickets to Jingle Ball 2013, being held in New York! The headliners this year are Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Paramour, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Fall Out Boy, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, and Austin Mahone. It looks like it’s going to be an awesome show, as usual! Sonic from Power 96.1 came out to host our giveaway, and we are very excited to announce the winner:

Congratulations to Alexa Polanski! Winner of 2 VIP tickets to Jingle Ball in NYC! Thanks Power 96.1!!!

The Largest Tacky Christmas Sweater Party at Lake Lanier Islands

Monday, November 18th, 2013

You guys. On opening night this year we wanted to surprise everyone with a really great present, and so we announced at midnight Thursday that Friday would be free admission at Magical Nights of Lights! But there was a catch! At least one member of your party had to be wearing a tacky Christmas sweater! Boy did you guys respond! We had well over 1,000 guests stream across the Snowflake Bridge, through the light show, and into Holiday Village where we took a group picture! Even with the rain threatening, you all came through and cheered “Merry Christmas!” and “Happy Holidays!” at the top of your lungs! Our very good friend Gene Philips took the picture from atop a giant lift to make sure we got everyone in.

Merry Tacky Christmas Sweater Christmas!!

Magical Nights of Lights | Commercial Contest

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

2012 is our 20th Anniversary for Magical Nights of Lights here in Buford, GA and we’re offering a great contest to help make a few lucky winners a part of Lake Lanier Islands history!

What’s Magical Nights of Lights?

This is our yearly celebration here at Lake Lanier Islands Resort that features miles of twinkling lights in different designs, a Holiday Village with Santa and all his friends, a carnival, great shopping, marshmallow roasting, a live nativity & more! Magical Nights of Lights, which lasts from November 16th to December 31st, has been a fixture of Southern holiday tradition for years. So this year, during our 20th Anniversary, we’re adding even more fun!

Remember, when you come to Lake Lanier Islands Resort for Magical Nights of Lights, you pay by the carload and not per person!

Commercial Contest Details

To promote our 20th Anniversary, we’re filming a commercial to air on television. That’s where you come in to the picture. Since Magical Nights of Lights is a family tradition, we’re opening up the casting for our commercial to you, our extended family! We’re looking for “family” members to be in our commercial.

So, What Do We Need to Do?

  1. Since Magical Nights of Lights is a per-carload price and not a per-person price, we want to see a picture of you and your friends/family packed into the car/van/truck/etc. Just remember to keep it safe!
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  3.  The group pictured in the photo is what we will be looking at for our selection of winners.

  4. Submit your photos via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/lakelanierislands) OR email them to us at llircontests@gmail.com. It might not hurt to include a special Magical Nights of Lights memory along with your photo. 1 submission per family please.

Other Details

The contest begins Wednesday night (10/10) at 8 pm and we will stop accepting submissions on Tuesday evening (10/16) at 8 pm.

We will be choosing 2 carload pictures as the winners of our walk-on spots for the commercial. Winners will be announced on Wednesday (10/17) and filming for the commercial will begin Friday (10/19) around 1pm.

No acting experience needed, just a big smile, holiday cheer and a desire to be a part of 20 years of tradition!