Fairfield Bay plans ‘Light up the Bay’

“Light up the Bay” will launch the holiday season in Fairfield Bay and kick off the annual “Festival of Trees” celebration.

The “Light UP the Bay” season kickoff event will be held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. It features three trip giveaways, live music, food, a silent auction and the lighting of the Christmas trees. The Festival of Trees is free but the cost for dinner on Dec. 1 is $8

Three complete vacations, including lodging, food and entertainment, will be given away to Eureka Springs, Little Rock and Branson. Tickets for the giveaway are just $10, a portion of the funds raised will go to help the needy in the area through the Shirley Food Bank. Funds raised through this event will also support Chamber programs and events in Fairfield Bay. To purchase tickets for the Big Trip Giveaway, visit ffbchamber.com .

The Festival of Trees is planned Friday, Dec. 1, through Friday, Dec. 15, at Fairfield Bay’s Conference and Visitor Center, which is transformed into a wonderland of holiday elegancy and whimsy to suit any age, family or individual. Trees can be viewed 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

North Central Arkansas Foundation of Arts & Education created a very nontraditional Christmas tree with all glass ornaments. (Robin Richards photo)“The Fairfield Bay community organizations, businesses and families have joined together to create this holiday festival,” said Fairfield Bay Chamber of Commerce Director Heather Dunn. “We’ve got all the twinkling lights, sounds and smells of this blessed season to get you in the spirit and ready for some truly happy holidays.”

Explore this special forest of trees and leave inspired and ready for the season. Each Christmas tree is decorated from its starry tiptop to its blanketed base. No two are alike and range from whimsical to traditional, from kid to pet-friendly! Be sure to cast a ballot for your favorite.

And while you’re there, look for the special donation box to help local families in need with your local food bank donation.

The Fairfield Bay Library designed a Christmas tree last year that was filled with knowledge. (Robin Richards photo)Families are encouraged to bring cameras and capture their special holiday photos. And if you want to enter a tree, there’s still plenty of time and it’s free! The trees may stay up throughout the month of December and on into the New Year. It is a great way to advertise a business or just simply show the Christmas spirit.

Corporate sponsors are Noacon, Ozark Resort Homes, Goodwin & Herman Real Estate, Brown & Brown Insurance, Regions Bank, Red River Boating Center and Petit Jean Electric.

Fairfield Bay’s Conference, Arts and Visitor Center is located at 110 Lost Creek Parkway. To find a complete list and more information about things to do in Fairfield Bay, visit visitfairfieldbay.com/events or call 501.884.4202.