Event date: 2023-01-01

Event date: January 01, 2023

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on Fayetteville's Historic Downtown Square!

Make your plans now to celebrate with us Friday, November 18th as we flip the switch for the Lights of the Ozarks lighting ceremony and parade.

The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. and remain on through January 1, 2023.  Along with the dazzling display of twinkle lights, 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 18, 2022

The Lighting Night Parade will take place 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 2022-23 season. Check back soon for the parade route so you can stake out a prime viewing spot before you head down to the Square! 

If you would like to apply to be in the parade, please check back soon for a parade application. The cost to enter a float in the Lighting Night Parade for 2022 will be announced at that time. 

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

Visits with Santa

Santa will be in Downtown Fayetteville for you to meet and snap photos with during Lights of the Ozarks. Specific dates will be announced soon. 

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 18-January 1) or for individual weekend(s) throughout the season. 

If you would like to apply for the entire season or for the weekends listed below, applications are available here and are due Thursday, September 15th by 5pm.

  • November 18/19/20* (Opening Weekend)
  • November 24/25/26/27* (Thanksgiving Weekend)
  • December 2/3/4 
  • December 9/10/11
  • December 16/17/18
  • December 23/24/25* (Christmas Weekend)
  • December 30/31 + January 1* (New Year's Weekend)

The vendor fee is $600 for the entire season, $150 for each holiday weekend*, or $100 per non-holiday weekend.

Have questions about this year's event? 

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

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

Bundle up your people and bring them to Fayetteville for a little holiday magic -- we'll see you at Lights of the Ozarks!

Interested in supporting Lights of the Ozarks?

Click here to download details about our Lights of the Ozarks partnership opportunities. If you have any questions about Lights of the Ozarks or would like to help in another way, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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