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

(Flyer staff)

Toymaker, actor, diplomat, DJ, and reindeer-powered aircraft pilot Santa N. Claus is coming to Fayetteville this winter, and in advance of his visit, city crews have been preparing the downtown square with thousands of colorful lights for the annual Lights of the Ozarks display.

This year’s display will kick off with a parade and lighting ceremony set for 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18.

The event will begin with a flip of the switch to turn on the more that 500,000 colorful lights that make up the display. After that, a parade featuring dozens of local businesses, community groups, and others will make its way around the square

After the opening night event, the display will be visible nightly from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m. through Jan. 1.

Throughout the run of the annual Lights of the Ozarks display, the square will also be home to hot cocoa stands, various other treats, festive music, and holiday attractions.

Also, old Santa Claus himself is expected to return to this year’s event on the following dates:

  • Friday, Nov. 18 (Lighting Night): 5-9 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 9: 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10: 6-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11: 3-6 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 16: 5-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 17: 6-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18: 3-6 p.m.

Applications to enter the parade are open through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9. The fee to enter is $30.

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