MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights kicks off Monday tonight

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights kicks off tonight

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - A yearly tradition hosted on the Midwestern State University campus along Taft Boulevard, MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights will be kicking off tonight at 6 p.m. with a special Facebook Live opening ceremony.

The event will run until Dec. 26 and this year MSU Texas is asking for participants to wear masks while on campus and to socially distance when gazing at the holiday displays.

You’ll be able to take a walk through the lights from dusk until 10 p.m.

Fantasy of Lights officials will not be able to turn on the displays during the day for special occasions for the 2020 season. They plan on honoring special requests as soon as possible.

Admission to the event is free and donations are welcome and needed to maintain the displays. No boot collectors will be present this year, but donations can still be made using the special boxes stationed throughout the displays or online.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights annually brings in about 200,000 visitors to see over 20,000 lights among their 45 lighted and animated scenes.

To learn more about this annual holiday tradition, you can visit their website by clicking here.

Polar Bear Express trolley

The Polar Bear Express trolley will be running from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, through Christmas night.

MSU Texas has approved the trolley operators' proposed precautions for social distancing and sanitizing.

Face masks will be required for attending and tickets are $5. Attendees are encouraged to check online for location updates.

Fun Run

The event’s 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run has gone virtual for this year and can be completed at any location, at any pace, either outside or on a treadmill during the race window.

The race window starts on Nov. 23 and ends on Dec. 26. Registration for the 5K will cost $25 and the 1-mile fun run will cost $15. The first 100 registered participants will receive a MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights branded fandana neck gaiter. Registration is being done online.

To participate in the fastest 5K time and best and worst holiday-themed attire contests, submit your times and photos to the race page. A $25 gift card will be awarded to the winners of each category.

All registration proceeds go towards supporting the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights and the winners will be announced via email on Jan. 5, 2021.

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