Event date: 2022-11-18

Event date: November 18, 2022

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.

Following the ceremony, the Lights of the Ozarks display will 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, a festive selection of winter treats, hot cocoa, and holiday 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 & Parade - Friday, November 18, 2022

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The Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night 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! Special guest Mayor Lioneld Jordan - no doubt joined by some exciting friends - will help us flip the switch to illuminate the square. The Lighting Night Parade will depart immediately following the Lighting Ceremony (approximately 6:00pm). See the parade route here and stake out a prime viewing spot before you head down to the Square! Both Lighting Night and the Lighting Night Parade take place on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving, November 18, 2022. 

If you would like to participate in the parade, we are now accepting applications, due Wednesday, November 9th at 5:00pm.

Parade Entry Application - Online Form

Parade Entry Application - Download PDF

The parade will be limited to the first 60 entries. Spots are filled in the order applications are received and paid in full. The cost to enter a float in the Lighting Night Parade for 2022 is $30, non-refundable and due upon receipt of acceptance.

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

Vendor applications are now closed.

If you are a vendor or have a pending application and need to reach us, please email Chloe Bell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Have questions about this year's event? 

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

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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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