Lake of the Ozarks is known for summer fun on the water, but what many don’t realize is during the winter holidays, the Lake Area creates a completely new kind of family fun. With four drive-thru light parks spread throughout the Lake, it is no wonder people travel from all over to visit Lake of the Ozarks in November and December.
The Lake Holiday Light Park located at the Osage Beach City Park is a must see attraction. With more than 80 giant animated displays, this Light Park is one everyone will want to visit again and again. From the greeter handing you a candy cane at the entrance to the numerous animated arches lining the street, you won’t want to drive thru just once. There is a $10 admission fee, but you can get a $2 off coupon from their website at www.LakeHolidayLights.com. The fee goes back into the light park to bring new displays every year so you will want to come back year after year.
Enchanted Village of Lights in Laurie is just that … enchanting! It feels like you are truly stepping into a winter wonderland. This beautiful light park is located at the Laurie City Park, and from the moment you enter, to the moment you leave; it will make you feel like a kid again. With a sparkling mile-long drive-thru park, it is well worth the trip to check out. And the best part about this park is that it is free to see!
After going through Enchanted Village of Lights, stroll down the street about a mile to the St. Patrick’s Festival of Lights. This is the Lake’s longest running drive-thru light park; it has been around for 29 years. Many love to visit this great attraction in the summer, but it is definitely worth the trip back during December to see the 4,000 strings of lights. From the long driveway lined with beautifully lit Christmas trees to the cake, coffee and gift shop you are treated to once you arrive, this beautifully lit attraction makes you stop and enjoy the reason for the season.
Last but not least, the Versailles Unity Circle of Lights has been around for the past six years. Each year, new lights and displays are added to make this light park better and better. This is a great way to keep you coming back year after year to see the changes. This light park is one that will take you back in time, as it is located in Versailles’ beautiful city park.
If you haven’t made it down to the Lake of the Ozarks to see these light parks this year, you still have time! All the parks are open until Jan. 1, so pack up the family and enjoy. If you want to make a trip out of the experience, check out www.FunLake.com for a list of shopping, dining and other area attractions while visiting the area.
Written by Heather Brown, marketing representative for the Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau.