WICHITA FALLS, TX - Thanksgiving is Thursday and at least one section of Wichita Falls is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The Midwestern State University-Burns Fantasy of Lights hosts its opening ceremonies this Monday at 6:00 in the evening.
Around 200,000 people annually turn out to MSU's Hardin Lawn off Taft Boulevard to see 36 decorated displays lit with just over 20,000 Christmas lights. All the displays have a different theme telling a different story; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Three Little Pigs, Cinderella, and over thirty other themes. Per the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights website, the tradition stretches all the way back to the 1920's when Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burns celebrated their first Christmas together in their modest home on Tenth Street in Wichita Falls with a Christmas tree on their front porch.
Each year the displays would grow larger and today it's become a local tradition to drive or walk down the Hardin Lawn on Taft and view the beautifully lit displays as Christmas music plays.
The event is completely free for all to attend. The displays will be lit every night from dusk until 10 at night Sunday through Thursday and from dusk until 11 Friday and Saturday. The final day to view the displays will be Christmas night Sunday, December 25th.