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Chickasha Festival of Light 2020

One of the top ten light shows in the USA draws lots of Christmas-spirit seekers to Oklahoma

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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The massive Chickasha Festival of Light features over 3.5 million lights. The display is among the largest in Oklahoma and the whole of the country. A stunning drive-through light show, with more than a hundred light installations and scenes, is located in Shannon Springs Park, within an hour's drive from Oklahoma City. A computer-animated light display synchronized to holiday music is going to make an impression.

The main highlight of the Chickasha Festival of Light is a large 172-foot (52-m) Christmas tree visible for miles around the town. The park also has a Ferris wheel, a live nativity scene, many food trucks, a holiday gift shop, a carriage, an ice rink, and even camel rides. Kids can also enjoy a walkthrough of Santa's workshop.

Shanon Springs Park offers live entertainment for the whole family and more than 4 miles (6 km) of illuminated walkways with a decorated pedestrian bridge over the lake. An animal petting area and fun activities await visitors every day.

Hours & admission

Visitors can gaze at the lights free from 6 pm to 10 pm on Sunday–Thursday, and from 6 pm through 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. Despite free admission and parking, other activities have a fee. Volunteers can support the holiday tradition by donations—there will be special boxes placed throughout the park.

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