Reminder: Lights of the Ozarks to kick off with parade, lighting ceremony Nov. 19

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You’d better watch out. You’d better not pout.

There are some other rules as well, and we remind you of all this to say that it’s almost time for Lights of the Ozarks, and you know who will be in attendance there, don’t you?

The annual Christmas lights display on the Fayetteville square is set to kick off with a parade and lighting ceremony on Friday, Nov. 19.

Mayor Lioneld Jordan will kick off the event by flipping the switch to turn on the lights at around 6 p.m. The parade will begin shortly after that.

This years’ parade will start at the corner of Spring Street and Block Avenue. From there, it will make its way up the square, around Mountain Street, and back down East Avenue where it will end near the Graduate Hotel.

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.

In addition, old Santa Claus himself will be on hand for opening night this year, and is also expected to return to 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.

A map of this years parade route is below.

For a bit more information about Lights of the Ozarks, visit

Lights of the Ozarks 2021 Parade Route