Oklahoma, Travel

Festival of Lights // Ardmore, OK

Earlier this evening, I took Jeremiah on a surprise date to Ardmore, Oklahoma to see their huge Christmas light exhibit. I am always looking for spontaneous date ideas and this one hit the mark with it being a mini road trip + holiday themed.

If you’re looking for a fun, low-key holiday experience, the Ardmore Festival of Lights might be what you are looking for.

A Few Things to Note Before You Go

  • The light exhibit is free – but donations are appreciated.
  • Ardmore is approximately an hour and 45 minutes from Lewisville, Texas.
  • You are not allowed to park or leave your vehicle at any time.
  • The local radio station playing holiday music is 107.1.
  • The light exhibit is 1.5 milesĀ long.

Our Favorite Light Arrangements

There were quite a few light arrangements to look at while you drive through, but since you have to keep your car running and moving, taking photos can be kind of difficult. We managed to snap a few shots of some of our favorite arrangements…

A Few Suggestions From Our Experience

  • Bring your own holiday music – the radio station they encourage will mainly play commercials during your drive.
  • Grab some hot chocolate before your enter & roll your windows down – this will help create a winter atmosphere and avoid pictures through dirty windows.
  • Research other area attractions – the drive only takes about half an hour, so if you are coming a ways, you will want to make the most of your trip.
  • Don’t plan on a photo opp – although some of the light arrangements are funny and/or pretty, you can’t leave or stop your vehicle to get a good shot, so if taking lots of pictures is your main goal, look for lights elsewhere.

This was our first time visiting the Ardmore Festival of Lights and we had absolutely no expectations. We felt like the attraction went by pretty quickly in comparison to the drive to get there and that the lights were very spread out. It would have been nice to have a parking lot, so guests could get better pictures of some of their favorite light arrangements. I can confidently say that this is a great local attraction for people in and around the southern Oklahoma area, but that it is definitely simple and low-key… remember that it is free and to have fun!