Lights of the Ozarks

Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department of Fayetteville spends more than 3,300 hours decorating the city center with more than 400,000 Christmas lights.  Fortunate enough to be in Fayetteville last Christmas, we decided that, instead of rushing back to the River Valley before dark, a trip to the square was exactly what was needed, a perfect holly jolly ending to a fantastic day!

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This annual event, known as the Lights of the Ozarks, runs from mid-November until the end of the year; a spectacular holiday showcase that is a source of pride for locals and a unique attraction for visitors.

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And, if nearly half a million lights is not enough, vendors selling anything from hot chocolate and sweet treats to camel (yes, I said camel) and carriage rides are available each night; a Christmas carnival that would make Old Saint Nick proud!

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Though the square was packed that night with visitors, a cheerful and polite mood pervaded, enabling us to have a turn on a corner bench to get a family photo!

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Fayetteville is located in the northwest corner of the state, a long drive for many; however, if Christmas cheer is something that is lacking this time of the year, a trip to the Lights of the Ozarks will definitely remedy that situation!

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