Since 1994, Lights of the Ozarks has turned Fayetteville’s downtown square into a winter wonderland with somewhere in the neighborhood of 450,000 individual lights. Beginning with the Lights of the Ozarks Parade on November 22nd, SEE This YEAR’s Lights of the Ozarks information Here.this Northwest Arkansas tradition will run through the holiday season until December 31st. Apparently, this year’s festive downtown light show almost didn’t happen. Because of budget restrictions earlier this year, many just assumed that the Lights of the Ozarks were going to be scrapped. Donations from sponsors such as Walmart and the chamber of commerce gave Lights of the Ozarks the necessary capital to go on another year.
The lighting will be somewhat different this year with all of the construction going on in the downtown area. Rest assured, going to see the lights will still be a great experience for families all over Northwest Arkansas. Fayetteville has also decided to ‘go green’ with it’s lights this year and has begun switching to LED Christmas lights that should be about 80% more efficient than traditional Christmas lights. The switch should be completed over the next 2-3 years as LED lights are about twice the price of traditional lights.
Here are some of activites you can enjoy at Lights of the Ozark on the Fayetteville Square this year:
- Horse-drawn carriage rides around the square
- Lights of the Ozarks Parade on Saturday, November 22nd
- Choirs on the Square December 4th, 8th, 11th, and 12th.
Head on down to the square and support your local vendors. You and your family will have a great time and have some real Christmas spirit when you leave.
Know about anything else going on with Lights of the Ozarks or any other events happening this winter and need a shout out? Send me an email or just leave a comment in the box below and I will give your event some free publicity. [Early] Merry Christmas to all and to all a good Light!