Event date: 2022-01-01

Event date: January 01, 2022

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning with the Lights of the Ozarks lighting ceremony! Celebrate with us Friday, November 19th as we flip the switch!

The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and remain on through January 1, 2022.  Winter treats, hot cocoa, and festive music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.

Each year The City of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department spends over 2000 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over 500,000 LED lights that can be enjoyed nightly through New Year’s Day, weather permitting.

Lighting Night - Friday, November 19, 2021

The Lighting Night Parade will begin at 6pm on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, immediately following the Lighting Ceremony. The event is free and open to the public and will culminate in the Square being fully lit for the first time for the 2021-22 season. Check out the Parade Route to stake out your prime viewing spot before you head down to the Square! 

If you would like to apply to be in the parade, please complete the parade application and return it by Wednesday, November 10 at 5pm. The cost to enter a float in the Lighting Night Parade for 2021 is $30.

If you would like to volunteer at the parade, please reach out to Chloe Bell, Director of Community Engagement.

Visits with Santa

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in Downtown Fayetteville for you to meet and snap photos with - for free - on these dates:

  • Friday 11/19 (Lighting Night): 5-6pm and 7-9pm
  • Thursday 12/9: 5-8pm
  • Friday 12/10: 6-9pm
  • Saturday 12/11: 6-9pm
  • Thursday 12/16: 5-8pm
  • Friday 12/17: 6-9pm
  • Saturday 12/18: 6-9pm

Vendor Information

Experience Fayetteville welcomes applications from those wanting to sell food and beverage or provide entertainment on the Fayetteville Square during Lights of the Ozarks. Vendors may apply to sell their food, beverages, wares, and/or services for the entire season (daily from November 19-January 1) or for individual weekend(s) throughout the season. 

If you are applying for the entire season or for the weekends listed below, applications are available here and are due Monday, November 8 by 5pm.

  • Nov. 19 & 20
  • Nov. 26 & 27
  • Dec. 3 & 4

If you are applying for the weekends listed below, applications are available here and are due Monday, November 15 by 5pm

  • Dec. 10 & 11
  • Dec. 16, 17, 18
  • Dec. 23, 24, 25, 26
  • Dec. 31 & Jan. 1

The vendor fee is $600 for the entire season or $100 per weekend.

Have questions about this year's event? 

Check our Frequently Asked Questions for event, vendor, and parade information. 

You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for special announcements.

Mask up, stay safe and we'll see you at Lights of the Ozarks!

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