Carthage Christmas Lights

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Carthage Christmas Light Display 2021
Christmas Lights are a must-see tradition each holiday season in Carthage, Missouri

Carthage Christmas Lights shine brighter with extended hours and new displays this year. We have all the details below:

Please note that displays may be affected or canceled in the event of inclement weather. Contact each source directly to confirm details in the event of ice or rain. 

Here is a link to Carthage Christmas Lights 2021 on Google Maps! Merry Christmas!

The Way of Salvation Driving Christmas Lights Tour / Congregation of the Mother of the Redeemer (CRM)

The Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine at 1900 S. Grand Avenue in Carthage, Missouri. The entrance is on Fairview.

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Daily from 6 pm to 10 pm on Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day with extended lights until midnight on Christmas Eve.

The tradition of holiday lights in Carthage dates back to candles and lamplights, but the fathers at the CMR started building a notable presence for Carthage Christmas lights in 1984. With over a million bulbs, the half-mile tour of lights is perfect for a slow drive or long walk with the family.  The electro-art sculptures represent a variety of stories from the New and Old Testaments that share the history of human salvation. Sculptures include Jonah and the Whale, Moses parting the Red Sea,  David, and Goliath, and many more. The purpose of the Way of Salvation lighting tour is to share the depth of Christian meaning in the Christmas observance with all people. View or download the brochure with photos here. Donations are appreciated at the end of the tour to support improvements to future displays. For additional questions, call 417-358-7787.

Mt. Moriah Lights Computerized Light Display

Mt Moriah United Methodist Church 15506 Nutmeg Road Carthage, Missouri

December 3-30 from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (excluding Sunday, December 19)

Celebrate the joy of the season with a computerized Christmas Lighting Display. The program is set to traditional Christmas music and the lights dance in celebration. The program is typically set to run five songs. Families can drive into any point of the display and park to watch the full display of about five songs. The program runs on an endless cycle and will repeat on a loop. Volunteers are available on-site to help with parking and answer questions. Donations are appreciated. For additional information, email mtmoriahlights@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.

Carthage Christmas Lights on the Historic Square

The Historic Carthage Square at 300 S. Main in Carthage, Missouri

Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Day from dusk until dawn

Truly a picturesque vision! Starting with the Courthouse, the light display on the square has grown over the years to extend to photo opportunities with the Mayor’s Christmas Tree and holiday displays on the Courthouse lawn. In 2020, the display grew to wonderful window art on retail shops and a light tunnel on the south of the square from the main street group called Vision Carthage.

Hometown Holidays Christmas Village by Vision Carthage

Lighting Tunnel at the South mall entrance at 128 E. Main Street in Carthage, Missouri

Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day Thursday – Sunday varied hours

Vision Carthage brings a Hometown Holidays Christmas Village to Carthage. The temporary park space will include activities for the whole family including giant bounce slides, holiday activities, Santa, carolers, and ice skating. The space is available for private event rentals on Monday & Tuesday and is perfect for group events, club celebrations, and family gatherings. Wednesdays are primarily reserved for youth groups. Prices will vary on activity and schedules. For more information, visit the Vision Carthage website visioncarthage.org.

Vision Carthage also hosts the Mayor’s Tree Lighting on December 6 at 6 pm on the Historic Carthage Square.

Sparkle In the Park

Central Park, 714 S. Garrison in Carthage, Missouri

November 25 – December 31, 2021

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Christmas Lights in Carthage Central Park

Carthage Parks and Recreation partners with the incredible talent of Carthage Water and Electric Plant to deck the park in lights. The sparkling lights will be available from dusk till dawn each day with lights on trees and all the buildings. A festive addition to the tradition of lights in 2021 to bring joy to Carthage during the Holiday Season.

Carthage Water and Electric Plant and the City of Carthage Parks and Recreation Department have a Lighting Ceremony for Sparkle in the Park on Monday, November 29 at 6 PM in Central Park at 714 S. Garrison in Carthage.

Carthage Water Tower

2011 S Main

Designed to resemble a hot air balloon, this water tower is draped in lights is a seasonal favorite. Enjoy.

Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens

Precious Moments Chapel and Gardens, 4321 Chapel Road

November 20 – December 18 on Friday and Saturday nights only with Choirs of Christmas performances in the Chapel, subject to change

Precious Moments Visitor Center and Gardens open daily: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm. The Chapel Opens 10:00 am – 3:45 pm, the first tour at 10:15 am, and the last at 3:00 pm. Christmas Eve Day Open 9:30 am – 1:00 pm

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

The Precious Moments Chapel Visitor Center has new decorations featured this year.    Along with the outdoor decorations to greet visitors upon arrival to the parking lot, making a perfect photo opportunity.

The community has really come together to celebrate the holidays this year. We wish you a blessed and joy-filled holiday season.

For more details and holiday events in Carthage, check out these additional stories and calendar items at Carthage News Online: Hometown Holidays, Sparkle in the Park Lighting Ceremony, Olde World Market, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, and Carthage Christmas Parade.

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