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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Holiday light parks, displays, festival set in mid-Missouri

GUIDON staff

The holiday lights are on in Richland, Devil’s Elbow, the Lake of the Ozarks and several other communities surrounding Fort Leonard Wood.

Downtown Richland kicked off its “City of Lights” interactive holiday light snow, which will continue each evening now through Dec. 31. On Friday and Saturday nights, visitors can also enjoy the “Village Market” with local artists, crafters, special photo areas for families and “selfie stations” for visitors who want to grab a quick picture with the lights in the background. Hosted by the Richland Chamber of Commerce, more information is available at the @cityoflightsrichland page on Facebook.

Here are some other area light displays you might want to check out:

— Christmas Lights at the Devils Elbow Bridge has been a tradition since 2014 and continues this year. Volunteers have set up lights on the bridge, located on historic Route 66. The lights will be kept on from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening through Jan. 5. More information is available on the calendar page at

— The seventh annual Christmas in the Park
is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Atchley Park in Lebanon. This yearly festival will feature a Christmas-tree lighting, horse-drawn hayrides, photos with Santa, live performances, food and craft vendors, a 1-mile walk and yoga session and a variety of Christmas light displays. Admission to the event is free, however the 1-mile walk and yoga have a $5 entry fee. For details, visit the Lebanon Parks Department Facebook page.

— The Enchanted Village of Lights illuminates the Lake of the Ozarks, and is open nightly from 5 to 9 p.m. now through Jan. 1 at the Laurie Fairgrounds, located at 269 Fairgrounds Drive in Laurie, Missouri. The largest drive-through light park in mid-Missouri, displays cover a 27-acre area. The lake area has three other, smaller light parks, including the St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights, open from 6 to 10 p.m. now through Jan. 1 at the Mother’s Shrine in Laurie, Missouri; the Versailles Unity Circle of Lights, open from dusk until midnight now through Jan. 1 in Versailles, Missouri; and the Osage Beach Holiday Lights, open nightly now through Dec. 31 at both the Osage Beach City Park and Osage Beach Parkway in Osage Beach, Missouri. Admission is free to all lake-area light parks. For more information, visit the event page at

— Rolla’s Christmas in the Park Light Display opens Dec. 15, and will remain open from 6 to 10 p.m. each night through dec. 23. Held at Rolla Lions Club Park, admission is free. The park features multiple displays, as well as opportunities for photos with Frosty and Santa.

For more information, visit the calendar page online at

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 December 2017 )