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MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

As you’re driving all over town oohhing and aahhhing over the Christmas light displays, don’t forget the MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights on the Midwestern State University campus!

The display is open to the public from dusk until 11:00 p.m. every evening now through January 1st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

The display had humble beginnings back in 1920 when the young Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Burns celebrated their first Christmas together at their home on 10th Street in Wichita Falls. The display that first year consisted of one blue light on the porch.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

Over the years the display grew and was moved to the Burns’ new home at the corner of Harrrison and Clarinda.

By this time the display had become so large that craftsmen and mechanics were hired to maintain the complicated and intricate display.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

The display was temporarily discontinued in 1971 when both Mr. and Mrs. Burns had passed and everything was placed in temporary storage in Archer City.

In 1974 the whole thing was moved to the beautiful campus of Midwestern State University and has been delighting Christmas fans ever since.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

While it only takes a few minutes to get out and walk through the display with your children, it takes hundreds of man-hours and thousands of dollars to assemble and illuminate the Fantasy of Lights every year, so drop a dollar or two when you go by. Or, even better, let your child drop a dollar or two into the donation box to let them feel like they’re a part of the holiday tradition.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

You’ll find the display on the Midwestern State University campus on Taft, near Midwestern Parkway. There are approximately 20,000 lights illuminating 34 Christmas scenes and nearly 200,000 visitors enjoy the Fantasy of Lights each year.

Click here to visit the official MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights website.

MSU-Burns Fantasy of Lights (Photo by Dave Diamond)

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