The 2022 Lights of the Ozarks festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18 with the annual lighting ceremony and parade on the downtown square.
To start the event, Mayor Lioneld Jordan will “flip the switch” to activate the light display in front of the Fayetteville Town Center, which will signal the start of the parade.
The parade will begin on Block Avenue at Spring Street and will travel south towards the square where it will circle back along East Avenue.
This year’s parade grand marshal is Dr. John L. Colbert, superintendent of Fayetteville Public Schools. A new middle school in west Fayetteville was recently named after Colbert, who will have dedicated 47 years to the District when he retires next year.
The free event will include a community carol led by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, free printed photos with Santa, and a selection of food trucks.