Lights of the Ozarks lighting ceremony scheduled in Fayetteville

City of Fayetteville staff work to install lights as part of the annual Lights of the Ozarks display

Staff photo

Dust off your Santa hats, and see if you can find two of the same color gloves, everyone. It’s almost time for Lights of the Ozarks.

Full details of this year’s kickoff event have yet to be released, but Experience Fayetteville officials did announce that this year’s display on the Fayetteville square is set to begin with a lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19.

The annual display on the Fayetteville square boasts more that 500,000 colorful lights, and city crews spend over 2,000 hours decorating the downtown area for the holidays.

After the lighting ceremony, the display is visible nightly from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. through Jan. 1.

The square is also home to hot cocoa stands, various other treats, festive music, and several attractions each year.

More information about this year’s display, including information on whether the annual parade will accompany this season’s lightinng ceremony, is set to be released in the coming weeks. We’ll keep you posted as those decisions are made, and as details become available.

Update: The website was updated with some info about the parade. It’s on. It’ll start at 6 p.m. on Nov. 19. Participation in the parade is $30, and applications are here.

Also, old Santa Claus himself is expected to return to this year’s Lights of the Ozarks on the following dates:
– Friday 11/19 (Lighting Night): 5-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
– Thursday 12/9: 5-8 p.m.
– Friday 12/10: 6-9 p.m.
– Saturday 12/11: 6-9 p.m.
– Thursday 12/16: 5-8 p.m.
– Friday 12/17: 6-9 p.m.
– Saturday 12/18: 6-9 p.m.

Maps and more information will be available soon. A bit more information, including info on how to be a vendor at Lights of the Ozarks is available here.