Lights of the Ozarks ceremony set for Friday, Nov. 21 on the Fayetteville square

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation crews spend over 3,000 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 this weekend.

Route map for this year’s Lights of the Ozarks parade

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. Friday, Nov. 21.

The event will include holiday-themed floats created by area clubs, organizations, and several local businesses. The parade will start at the Fayetteville Public Library and make its way up Mountain Street and around the square, and then down Block Avenue and Dickson Street before circling back to the library along West Avenue.

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

In addition to the over 400,000 LED lights in the display, Lights of the Ozarks also includes nightly carriage rides, camel and pony rides, hot chocolate and coffee vendors, and other activities. The display will remain lit nightly through Dec. 31.

The lights will also be installed along Block Avenue and on Dickson Street after those streets were added to the program last year thanks in part to a partnership with the local business community.

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