Lights of the Ozarks to kick off with parade, lighting ceremony

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation crews spend over 2,000 hours decorating the Downtown Square each year with nearly a half-million LED lights for the annual Lights of the Ozarks display.

Photo: Todd Gill, Flyer staff

One of the most popular holiday events of the year in Fayetteville is coming up in a few weeks.

Fayetteville Parks & Recreation workers installing this year’s Lights of the Ozarks display on the square.

Staff photo

Lights of the Ozarks, the annual holiday light display on the Fayetteville square, will kick off with a parade and lighting ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

The parade will start at the Fayetteville Public Library and make its way up Mountain Street toward the square, and will include holiday-themed floats created by local clubs, organizations, and businesses.

After the parade, old Santa Claus himself is expected to make an appearance on the square for photo opportunities.

In addition to the over 450,000 lights in the display created over 2,000 hours by Fayetteville Parks and Recreation staff, Lights of the Ozarks also includes nightly carriage rides, camel rides and pony rides, hot chocolate and coffee vendors, and other activities. The display will remain up through Dec. 31.

This year, the lights will also be installed along Block Avenue and on Dickson Street for the first time.

For more information about the event, or to sign up to be in the parade, visit