Ardmore Festival of Lights at Regional Park near Oklahoma City, OK

The Festival of Lights at Regional Park in Ardmore, Okla., is a mile and a half of lights which decorate the park each year. The park is just north of Ardmore and there are more than 125 light displays along with the regular lighting along the route. There are fishing santas, elves, moving wheels and many displays of the season. The lights show many aspects of the season, but just the number of lights itself is impressive.

An estimated 80,000 people drive through the park each December. Admission is free but donations are appreciated. The lights open during Thanksgiving weekend and last through the first few days of the new year. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night, but they do stay open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Regional Park is a large park with walking trails, athletic fields, pavilions and picnic tables, and is open year round. Take Exit 33 north off Interstate 35 at Ardmore. Follow signs to the park. The light display is visible from the Interstate, but you will get a much better view by driving through it.

There is also a special Santas Workshop at the park Dec. 2 and 3 and is also free. Children can make crafts and listen to stories around a campfire. Toys may also be donated for Toys for Tots at this event. Treats and photos with Santa Clause are available for a small charge. Snacks are available, and there are games for children at the visitors center throughout the event. You may also walk the route instead of driving. Just park your car in the designated area near the entrance.

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