WHAT: 2021 Holiday Light Parks Open for the Season
WHEN: November 20, 2021 through January 2, 2022
WHERE: Throughout the Lake of the Ozarks Area
LAKE OF THE OZARKS, MO – One of the Lake of the Ozarks’ most popular and enduring holiday traditions involves the area’s different drive-through light parks. The Lake’s four different light parks open for the season as early as November 20 and remain open until January 2, 2022 at the latest.
Admission to the different light parks is free, but donations are welcome.
The Enchanted Village of Lights, the Lake of the Ozarks’ largest light park, meanders through 27 acres of the Laurie Fairgrounds and is celebrating its 28th season of warming hearts. The Enchanted Village opens on November 20 and runs through January 2. The light park is open daily from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on weekdays and closes at 10 p.m. on weekends.
The Festival of Lights at the Shrine of Saint Patrick is also located in Laurie just a mile from the Enchanted Village on Highway 5. The Lake’s oldest light park, the Festival of Lights is now in its 40th year and has continued to grow each season. Thousands of lights decorate the buildings and grounds and, as this site is the home of the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, the lighted displays focus on Jesus and His mother, Mary. The St. Patrick Festival of Lights will be open daily from 6-10 p.m. from Thanksgiving through January 1.
Versailles joins the lighting celebration from Nov. 25 through Jan. 1 with its own Unity Circle of Lights, featuring 40 lighted holiday exhibits in the city park, at the junction of Highways 5 and 52 in Morgan County.
In Osage Beach, the 92-acre Osage Beach City Park, located on Hatchery Road off of Highway 54, will be dressed in holiday lights from November 29 through December 31. The Osage Beach Holiday Lights Park will be open daily from 5-9 p.m.
Visitors to the Lake of the Ozarks area have a variety of options to choose from when it comes to comfortable accommodations for the holiday season. There are full-service large-scale resorts and smaller family-owned and operated resorts as well as charming bed and breakfasts or rustic cabins and cottages. There is no shortage of fully furnished vacation rental homes and condominiums. There also is a selection of familiar hotels and motels at the Lake. For those who prefer sleeping under the stars, there are spacious campgrounds and RV parks interspersed throughout the area.
The Lake of the Ozarks glistens during the summer months but, during the holidays, it glitters with Christmas lights and festive decorations. Learn more about all the festive events, holiday shopping, musical events and specials on lodging and dining options available at the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” at www.FunLake.com or by calling the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitor Bureau at 1-800-FUN-LAKE (386-5253).
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