Lights of the Ozarks 2012



One of my favorite hometown Holiday traditions is going to Lights of the Ozarks on the downtown square in Fayetteville.  It puts me in a festive mood. I mean, what’s not to like about seeing the lights on the square turned on, a parade that ends with Santa, hot chocolate, carriage and pony rides, and being surrounded by family and friends (as well as hundreds of others) all smiling and enjoying the fun?

The lighting ceremony always takes place the Saturday before Thanksgiving and the half-million twinkling lights can be viewed nightly through Dec. 31. Above is a video to give you a small taste of the experience.

Fayetteville is one of many communities around the state that is on the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.  The Trail of Holiday Lights page includes a comprehensive map of light displays around the state, with driving directions and a search feature that allow the user to build their own seasonal swing through participating communities.

There’s also an e-card creator that allows visitors to use photographs from around Arkansas or to include their own Facebook or Instagram photos in a holiday e-card. They can include special messages and share those creations with friends on Facebook or through email.

Another feature is an Instagram feed of user-submitted photography. Pictures taken in the popular photo-sharing app Instagram and given the hashtag #arklights will appear on the page. You can also visit the Arkansas Trail of Lights Facebook page to learn more.