It's a bit outside the immediate Oklahoma City metro, but the Chickasha Festival of Light is well worth the drive, certainly one of the best holiday lighting displays in the area. Held each year at Shannon Springs Park since its start as a small community event in 1992, the Chickasha festival now draws an estimated 300,000 visitors from across the United States. The 43-acre park is transformed into a drive-through or walk-through wonderland of Christmas spirit with hundreds of thousands of lights, four miles of lighted walkways, 25-foot tall angel, state-of-the-art animated, musically-choreographed show and more.
2013 Dates and Times:
In 2013, Chickasha's Festival of Light begins just before Thanksgiving on November 23rd and runs through New Year's Eve. The park is open each evening from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Location & Directions:
Chickasha's Festival of Light takes place in Chickasha, about a 45-minute drive south of Oklahoma City, at Shannon Springs Park. From Oklahoma City, take I-44 West toward Lawton. Take exit 83 for US-62 toward Chickasha, and follow for approximately 3.5 miles. Then, turn south on 29th Street and follow to Grand Blvd. Turn east on Grand, then south at 9th Street to Shannon Springs Park entry.
To walk through the display, parking is available at several locations including Homeland on Grand, a gift shop at 9th and Ferguson (south of Grand) and a park parking lot at 12th and Montana.
Admission to Chickasha's Festival of Light is absolutely free, thanks to a large list of sponsors that includes Chickasha Bank and Trust Co., the city of Chickasha, Arvest Bank, University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, Braum's, AT&T, Holiday Inn and many, many more. In addition, the event is staffed by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer, see the sign up sheet online.
For more information about volunteering or donating for the Chickasha event, call (405) 224-9627.
Chickasha's Festival of Light Displays:
There are an estimated 3.5 million lights in a beautiful collection of more than 100 holiday displays at the event. Among the highlights:
- 75,000 lights on the bridge
- A decorated spring house
- Four miles of lighted walkways
- 25 foot tall angel
- 16 story tree with 80 foot diameter base and 25,000 lights
- State-of-art computer-animated light show with over 150,000 lights, operated by 20 computers
And Much More:
In addition the many wonderful lighting displays, the Chickasha event features...
Food & Gifts: Visit the gift shop with homemade gifts or the concession stand with cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate.
Photos With Santa: Santa is in the park on several occasions, and professional photos, cards or CDs are available.
Carriage Rides: As long as weather permits, carriages holding up to twenty riders are available each night on a 1st come, 1st serve basis, at a cost of $6 per person.