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.
Each year, there is a $5 fee per vehicle for a season-long pass which allows unlimited visits into the Walkway of Lights.