Every year, the town Fayetteville, AR decorates their downtown area with over 450,000 twinkling lights in celebration of the Christmas season with Lights of the Ozarks!
Lights of the Ozarks occurs every year, on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and concludes on New Yearâ€™s Eve, making the holiday season a little – actually, a LOT – brighter for everyone in town and all those who come to visit. Fayetteville has been putting up Lights of the Ozarks since 1994, even though each year’s display takes at least 3,300 hours to get in place.
And what a job they do. Downtown Fayetteville is transformed into an actual winter wonderland of light with twinkling displays and ornaments wherever you look: snowflakes, poinsettias, Razorbacks (but of course), strings of pure-white and multi-colored lights twined around light poles, highlighting architectural lines of buildings, and gracing bushes, shrubs, the canopies of trees, even ground cover!
But the annual Lights of the Ozarks festival is more than just a bunch of pretty lights draped here and there. (not that there’s anything wrong with that)
Over the years, as the event has grown, more and more attractions have been added to the mix. Now, along with marveling at the sheer spectacle of those 450,000, multi-hued, sparkling holiday lights, you can enjoy Christmas music and, if you so choose, a warming cup of coffee, hot cider, or hot chocolate from one of the many vendors.
For entertainment, a variety of choirs from local schools, churches, and private groups perform scheduled concerts throughout the run of Lights of the Ozarks, with a schedule up on the Lights of the Ozarks website.
Other attractions include camel, pony, and horse-drawn carriage rides, available nightly, along with the opportunity to visit jolly, old Saint Nick and have your photo taken with him and his reindeer. The Lights of the Ozarks opening lighting ceremony even includes a classic, Christmas parade!
So what are you waiting for? If you’re going to be in the Fayetteville area this holiday season, be sure to treat yourself and your loved ones to a visit at Lights of the Ozarks!
The 21st annual Lights of the Ozarks
November 20th to December 31st, 2015
nightly, 5pm to 1am
Downtown Fayetteville, AR
Be sure to visit thelightsoftheozarks.com for more information.
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