Marion, Indiana, became known as Christmas City in 1965 when an Indianapolis TV station filmed the beautiful lights in downtown Marion for a special holiday show. Beginning in 1992, the city's festive observance has expanded to a drive-through light display that stretches more than four miles. More than two million lights and hundreds of lighted scenes adorn the route from downtown Marion, along the Missisinewa Riverwalk, to Matter Park. Hours for the Walkway of Lights are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily beginning November 17 and ending December 31, 2002
Many familiar holiday themes are reflected in the magnificent Walk of Lights including the spectacular Twelve Days of Christmas display. Each of the twelve days' "gifts" is depicted in a lighted display, ranging from 6 feet high to 13 feet high. Many of the pieces used in the Twelve Days display, such as the Nine Ladies Dancing and Twelve Drummers Drumming, use animation to simulate motion.
The North Pole, featuring playful elves and Santa's toy machine, will get you in the spirit of the season. The fire-breathing Sea Dragon and Thomsonville will be back with other favorites such as the lighted suspension bridge, ice castle, and the riverboat.
Bring the whole family along to see the lights from the comfort of your vehicle as you drive along the Riverwalk to Matter Park. Warm up in the gift shop, located in Matter Park, by sipping hot chocolate or cappuccino while you browse for souvenirs of your visit. Admission to the Walkway of Lights is by donation and all donations are greatly appreciated.