Lights of the Ozarks parade and lighting ceremony set for Friday, Nov. 16

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Ready or not, here comes the holiday season, everyone.

Things kick off in Fayetteville at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 with the Lights of the Ozarks parade and lighting ceremony on the Fayetteville downtown square.

The parade begins at the West Avenue parking lot across from the Walton Arts Center, and leads up to Mountain Street, and then to the square. The floats then head down Block Avenue to Dickson Street and to School Avenue.

The parade will include holiday-themed parade floats created by local businesses and organizations. Some of them will probably be throwing out some candy to the kiddos.

In addition to the parade, city officials will unveil this year’s annual lighting display. City crews typically spend more than 3,000 hours working on the display, that includes over 400,000 LED lights.

After the opening ceremony, Lights of the Ozarks will be open nightly from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. 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.

Lights of the Ozarks Parade Route