Walk­way of Lights

Walk­way of Lights

For decades, Mar­i­on has been known around the world for its Christ­mas City Walk­way of Lights.

This rep­u­ta­tion still holds strong. In 2015, Mar­i­on, Indi­ana ranked #2 of 8 Best Cities for Hol­i­day Lights and Dec­o­ra­tions,” by Liv­abil­i­ty — Jour­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Inc, sole­ly cit­ing the city’s annu­al Walk­way of Lights dis­play. https://livability.com/topics/things-to-do/8‑best-cities-for-holiday-lights-and-decorations

If you’ve nev­er had the breath­tak­ing expe­ri­ence of our world renowned hol­i­day light dis­play, the Christ­mas City Walk­way of Lights, you now have some­thing to add to your buck­et list. The annu­al Walk­way of Lights boasts dis­plays total­ing over two and a half mil­lion lights which bright­en the night sky along a two-mile stretch along the Mis­sissinewa Riv­er, begin­ning at High­land Avenue and Riv­er Dri­ve, and cul­mi­nat­ing into a win­ter won­der­land inside Mat­ter Park and Gar­dens area. The Walk­way of Lights Parade which his­tor­i­cal­ly takes place the Sat­ur­day before Thanks­giv­ing, offi­cial­ly opens the Walk­way of Lights for the sea­son with big fanfare.

Once inside Mat­ter Park, you’ll enjoy a vast vari­ety of won­der­ful and plen­ti­ful light dis­plays from the com­fort of your own vehi­cle. You may also walk along the Mis­sissinewa River­walk from the same start­ing point into the Gar­dens area if you choose while stay­ing a safe dis­tance away from the vehi­cles going through the display.

Spoil­er Alert! Some crowd pleasers include the 96-foot River­boat and Fire-breath­ing Sea Drag­on. In addi­tion to tra­di­tion­al Christ­mas dis­plays such as can­dy canes, cot­tage scenes, and Old Man Win­ter, you’ll be delight­ed by some unique and unex­pect­ed dis­plays such as Dinosaur Land, our Indi­ana Bicen­ten­ni­al” torch, and but­ter­flies and flow­ers flow­ing along the beau­ti­ful But­ter­fly Gar­den, which is one of our newest addi­tions to the Gar­dens of Mat­ter Park. You may find all of the dis­plays for the year inside the annu­al brochure avail­able at the Parks & Recre­ation office in City Hall.

The Walk­way of Lights also fea­tures a Gift Shoppe with hot cocoa, baked goods, and gift items.

Our Walk­way of Lights com­mit­tee works hard to present the Walk­way of Lights each year in part­ner­ship with the City of Mar­i­on through dona­tions from a long list of spon­sors and the ded­i­ca­tion of com­mu­ni­ty volunteers.

Hours of Operation 

The Walk­way of Lights is open from 6 – 10pm begin­ning the Sat­ur­day before Thanks­giv­ing (weath­er per­mit­ting) through the end of December.

Admis­sion

There is a $5 admis­sion per vehi­cle per vis­it into the Walk­way of Lights.

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