Lights of the Ozarks lighting ceremony and holiday parade set for Nov. 18

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

Here’s something to look forward to besides the end of the 2016 election season.

The annual Lights of the Ozarks holiday display is scheduled to kick off with a lighting ceremony and parade at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 on the Fayetteville downtown square.

As always, the event includes holiday-themed parade floats created by local businesses and organizations. The parade travels east along Mountain Street from the Fayetteville Public Library to the square, and then heads down Block Avenue and Dickson Street before circling back around.

In addition to the over 400,000 LED lights in the display, the six-week celebration 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.

Groups or vendors wanting to participate in the parade should submit entry forms no later than Nov. 11. Float participation in the parade is free, but participants must submit an application. The entry fee for vendors is $100. Space is limited so approval will be granted on a first come, first served basis. Parade entry forms and information on events throughout the festival are available at

For questions regarding the parade, contact David Wright at [email protected].