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Magical Night of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands, Pre-Lights Hike and Dinner


After hiking riverside at Cochran Shoals - Chattahoochie River Recreation Area, meet up with Outside Atlanta at Wild Wing Cafe in Marietta for dinner featuring exclusive discounts, then carpool to Lake Lanier Islands Resort to see the Magical Night of Lights 2012. We will be leaving Wild Wing Cafe at approximately 6:00 for a drive through the spectacular light show, then enjoy hot cocoa and roasted marshmallows fireside.

2:30 Hike at the Cochran Shoals area of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Daily Park Pass - $3 - A daily park pass may be obtained at all parking lots in the park at the Fee Station.

Printable trail map click here.

BRING FOR HIKE: Comfortable Shoes, Layered Clothing, Water to Drink, Trail Mix, $3 per Vehicle for Parking Pass

The Interstate North entrance to Cochran Shoals is located along Interstate North Parkway west of the river. Below are driving directions from Interstate 285.  If you would like driving directions from your current location to the entrance use Bing Maps or Google Maps. Or enter the coordinates below into your favorite map application or your GPS unit.

33°54'6.29"N, 84°26'38.06"W or  [masked], [masked]

From eastbound Interstate 285

  • Take exit 22, Northside Drive, New Northside Drive, Powers Ferry Road.
  • Go to second traffic light and go left onto New Northside Drive.
  • Use “through” lane to pick up Interstate North Parkway.
  • Unit will be .8 miles on the right after crossing the Chattahoochee.

From westbound Interstate 285

  • Take exit 22, Northside Drive, New Northside Drive, Powers Ferry Road.
  • Right on New Northside Drive.
  • Use “through” lane to pick up Interstate North Parkway.
  • Unit will be .8 miles on the right after crossing the Chattahoochee.

4:45 ish  Dinner at Wild Wings Cafe - Enjoy 1/2 price appetizers/drink specials

2145 Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30062


6:00   Gather for Carpool in front of Wild Wing Cafe

6:15   Depart for Magical Nights of Lights

8:30   Roasted Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate at Fireside

10:00   Return to Wild Wing Cafe

Come Celebrate 20 Years of Twinkle, Memories & Tradition

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

You're invited to join in celebrating 20 years of twinkle that will create new memories and add to the famous traditions under the lights! Pack your car full of family, friends and neighbors and head out to the lake for a night to remember!  Drive over the magnificent snowflake bridge, down through the 12 days of Christmas, up past the illuminated diamond wonder light, under the blanket-lit bridge, all the way to the dancing Holiday House, Santa’s Workshop, Christmas Carnival and more!

Your Magical Nights of Lights journey doesn't stop with the lights. The Holiday Village is a must-see for everyone, complete with a bonfire for roasting marshmallows, delicious holiday fare, pony and amusement rides, holiday shopping and much more. Look for that perfect Christmas tree ornament to commemorate your annual visit.

Daily admission to Magical Nights of Lights includes the drive through twinkling light tour, as well as access to the live entertainment at the Festival Stage, located at the end of the tour at Holiday Village.  Admission is per vehicle and is based on what the vehicle has the capacity to hold, not the number of passengers.

BRING FOR LIGHTS TOUR: Comfortable Shoes, Layered Clothing, approximately $20 per person for vehicle admission and driver fuel reimbursement, Hot Beverage/Marshmallows and Roasting Sticks (optional, available for purchase)

Right-click on the coupon to print

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Fun event and fun crowd!

    November 18, 2012

  • darin

    i got caught up in 285 madness...30 min late...difficult to find anyone at Cochran or at Wildwings...hope it was fun.

    November 17, 2012

  • Denise (.

    I'd like to bring along my dog for the hike...Ok? Ofcourse I'll drop him off at home on the way to wild wings....

    November 16, 2012

  • M.Poorna R.

    Hi All! I just joined this club since it seemed really interesting! I live in Alpharetta..anyone going from Alpharetta?

    November 10, 2012

  • Ron (HAP) H.

    Always FUN roasting Marshmellows after the lights tour around the huge fire pit!
    Bring your thermos with cocoa or cider too

    October 31, 2012

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