It's the 26th year for Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights - the beloved holiday tradition that raises therapy funds for the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center!
Garvin Park will be filled with more than 60 beautiful light displays and Tri-State residents are invited to drive the 1-mile park route from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day! Each time you visit, you will provide even more therapy for local children and adults with disabilities! Colorful animation gives the illusion of movement to many displays and half of the sparkling displays have been transformed with LED lights. This year's event will shine brighter than ever!
Closed to vehicles Wed., Dec. 4 for "Bright Lights for Easterseals" 5K & 1-Mile walk.
Tickets are available at the gate OR in advance from any Ritzy's restaurant location in Evansville. You can also purchase advanced tickets at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center located at 3701 Bellemeade Ave., in Evansville, Indiana.
Pre-Event Tickets can be purchased in bulk at a discount starting at 50 tickets. Please contact Carolyn Franklin, Director of Special Events, at 812.437.2607 or CFranklin@evansvillerehab.com to purchase. Example: Choose 50 tickets for $337.50 (retail value $350) or 100 tickets for $650 (retail value $700). Tickets are available for as little as $4 each, depending on the quantity.
Carriage rides are very popular and available each night, weather-permitting. For $30 admission, a total up to 6 people can ride in the carriage. Children age 5 and under are free and not included in the total number of people in the carriage. Larger carriages are also available up to 9 people; additional charges apply.
For carriage rides, please enter the Bosse Field parking lot from Heidelbach Avenue. Click here for a map.
Follow the Easterseals Facebook page for information on carriage rides in inclement weather during the season. Reservations are NOT accepted for carriages; just arrive early. Gift certificates for carriage rides are available prior and during the event. NO ANIMALS are allowed on or near the carriages.
Video Credit: Meet Chuck and Queenie, Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights Horses, courierpress.com
On Wednesday, Dec. 4 ONLY, Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights will be closed to vehicles and carriages, and open ONLY to runners, walkers, and persons using wheelchairs or other mobility equipment for “Bright Lights for Easterseals". Visit https://www.easterseals.com/in-sw/get-involved/events/bright-lights-for-easterseals.html for details or to sign up online!
Courtesy of Romain Automotive Group, our guests can ride on the “Romain GMC Polar Bear Express” with Santa Claus! Santa will read a custom story about the amazing light displays in Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights and will provide a small treat for each child. The party bus limousine provided by SUV Limousine will load and unload passengers in the parking lot near the entrance of Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights. Please enter using the Heidelbach Avenue entrance. Price per person is $5 with all proceeds benefitting the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.
This year, our guests can meet Santa Claus! Bring your camera and take your own photos with Santa to get your best holiday memory. While you're anticipating your visit, Ritzy’s will offer up hot cocoa and ice cream!
Santa will be located in the parking lot area at the entrance of Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights. Please enter using the Heidelbach Avenue entrance. Price per person is $5 to meet Santa, $2 for a single-scoop of Ritzy's ice cream, and $1 for hot chocolate with all proceeds benefitting the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center.
All of the proceeds from Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights pay for therapy sessions at the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center for area children and adults with disabilities that cannot otherwise afford it.
Thank you to the more than 60 companies and families that sponsor individual light displays. A big thank you to our major sponsors: Ritzy's, IBEW Local 16, NECA, Teamsters Local 215, Electrical JATC, ABC 25/CW 7, Evansville Living, Lamar Advertising, Macaroni Kid Evansville, 104.1 WIKY, HOT96, 93.5 The Lloyd, and 107.5 WABX.
Special thanks to the Evansville Department of Parks & Recreation for their continued support for Ritzy's Fantasy of Lights in Garvin Park.
Last updated: November 13, 2019