Lanier Islands resort is gearing up for its 25th annual Magical Nights of Lights, featuring the return of the “12 Days of Christmas” display.
“That’s back by popular demand, let me say,” resort Vice President Grier Todd said Tuesday, speaking at the South Hall Business Coalition’s meeting at the South Hall resort’s Legacy Lodge & Conference Center.
The display was pulled “2-3 years ago because of the condition it had gotten in,” Todd said.
“When we had to pull that, we got fried pretty good on social media,” he added.
Magical Nights of Lights
When: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 17-Jan. 3
Where: 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford
How much: $35, cars; $70, vehicles with 11-20 passengers; $175, vehicles with 21-plus passengersMore info: 770-945-8787 or lanierislands.com
Magical Nights, set for 5-10 p.m. daily Nov. 17-Jan. 3, also will feature a new 70-foot Christmas tree in the roundabout at Lanier Islands Parkway and Hotel Road, which leads to Legacy Lodge.
“I guess you couldn’t miss it,” Todd said, laughing.
Overall, “we’re really excited about (the event),” he said.
The annual show also features a gift shop and Santa’s Holiday Village, where children can visit with Santa and get photos taken.
As for the show itself, “twinkling lights come to life, transforming the landscape as you navigate your car through millions of bulbs that color the Islands,” the resort’s website says.
“The day after Labor Day, we start putting up lights,” Todd said.
As far as other future plans, the resort is focusing on developing the old, 200-acre PineIsle Resort, Todd said.
The aging 254-room hotel was demolished in April 2008 and the golf course closed.
“It’s the best site on the lake for property,” Todd said. “We’ve talked with several developers off and on over the years, and are still in the process of doing that.
“Our goal would be in the next 2-3 years, hopefully, to have something on that site. … At some point in time, we would envision a hotel over there and maybe, if not a full 18-hole golf course, maybe a 9-hole executive golf course.”
Earlier this year, a Chicago-based consulting firm recommended against putting a technology center at the resort.
“Technology-oriented training is being done often in-house and online, and that trend is expected to continue,” the firm’s report states.
Also, “the expectation for a facility located on Lake Lanier Islands is for a resort-type of facility that is comparable to other resorts, and leveraging the lake experience itself.”