Chillicothe’s 2011 Festival of Lights ceremony will be held Saturday, Nov. 19th in Simpson Park.  The park will be closed to traffic from 5 to 7 p.m. and the special celebration will get underway at 5:30.  Evening activities will include the lighting ceremony, horse-drawn sleigh rides for $1 per person, complimentary hot chocolate and visits with Santa. 

Click to hear KMZU’s Brad Hartman talk with Festival Coordinator Barb Burton:

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The Festival of Lights features hundreds of thousands of lights and features a lighted tunnel, nativity, ice rink with ice skaters, animated fire-breathing dragon, roof top Santa and reindeer display, and a drive-through holly arch.  There is no charge to view the display, however donations are appreciated and may be dropped in the donation box inside the park or mailed to The Festival of Lights, P.O. Box 1032, Chillicothe, Missouri. 

The annual display is funded by donations and contributions of individuals, businesses and local foundations.  The Festival of Lights opens Saturday and will be lit each night through the end of the year.