Lawrence Lights drive-thru holiday display and fundraiser to return

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The fields at the Youth Sports Complex have been transformed into a whimsical wonderland. Lawrence Lights – Making Spirits Bright is returning for its second year starting Friday. 

From 6 to 9 p.m. nightly, the drive-thru holiday exhibit at 4911 W. 27th St. will feature nearly 40 lighted stations — twice as many as last year, with a lighted tunnel, sparkling trees, and synchronized animated displays, according to the event’s website.

Friday and Saturday nights will include hot cocoa. There will be a selfie station, and at least one night will be a walk-thru event. To learn which night, people are encouraged to follow the Lawrence Lights Facebook page. 

Tickets are $20 per carload. Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets online at to avoid traffic congestion. Anyone unable to pay can send an email to with the subject line “Lawrence Lights Scholarship Request.” 

Lawrence Lights is a collaboration between the Lawrence Board of Realtors Community Foundation, Sertoma Club, and the Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department. Money generated from the event will be distributed to those three agencies, and they will use the funds for local charitable programs, according to the website.

One of the beneficiaries is LPRD’s Wee Folks Scholarship Fund, which helps kids participate in activities and programs. Another recipient is the Sertoma-Schiefelbusch Communication Camp, which helps children improve communication skills while they’re engaged in fun activities. The LBOR Community Foundation has awarded more than $122,000 to fund local charitable organizations with programs to stabilize vulnerable households in our community, according to the website.

The event runs Friday, Nov. 25 through Wednesday, Dec. 28. 

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Chansi Long (she/her) reported for The Lawrence Times from July 2022 through August 2023. Read more of her work for the Times here.

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