2019 Lights of the Ozarks parade features new route

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Fayetteville’s Lights of the Ozarks festival begins Friday, Nov. 22 with the annual lighting ceremony and parade on the downtown square.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will “flip the switch” to activate the light display at 6 p.m. in front of the Fayetteville Town Center, which will signal the start of the parade that features a new route this year.

The parade will begin and end in the West Avenue parking lot across from the Walton Arts Center. The floats will head south on West Avenue to the Fayetteville Public Library, turn east onto Mountain Street and continue toward the square. Then the parade turns north onto East Avenue and goes down to Dickson Street, where it turns west and heads back down to the parking lot.

Each year, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation crews spend more than 3,300 hours decorating the square with more than 400,000 holiday lights. After the lighting ceremony, the square is lit every evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Dec. 31, and includes nightly holiday activities, hot chocolate and festive music.

To enter a float into this year’s Lights of the Ozarks parade, visit experiencefayetteville.com/lights-of-the-ozarks.

2019 Lights of the Ozarks Parade Map

Map courtesy of Experience Fayetteville