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Lights at Ability Point formerly known as Arc’s Lights on St. Paul

Looking for a fantastic holiday light display to drive through? You’ll love this Wichita classic. The Lights at Ability Point, formerly known as The Arc’s Lights on St. Paul, is now known as Lights at Ability Point.

Experience the holiday wonderland from the warmth of your car as you drive through more than 1.6 million dazzling bulbs and festive displays. 22 miles of extension cords connect the lights on display built completely by volunteers. As you enter, you’ll see a sign telling you to tune your radio to a certain station so you can enjoy the festive holiday music as you drive through the lights.

There’s something for all ages to enjoy as you discover new displays and long-time favorites like the one-of-a-kind Tunnel of Lights, singing light bulbs, and more.

Keep reading to see when Lights at Ability Point opens, where to find it, how much it costs, and the 2023 schedule.

Ability Point Lights

Volunteers put in thousands of hours setting up and working this annual drive-through holiday light display. It is Ability Point’s signature fundraising event that helps provide life-changing programs for youth and adults with developmental disabilities. 100% of all the proceeds from admission and donations directly helps their mission. 

This tradition has grown in popularity each year attracting more than 100,000 visitors. 

I got to ask David with Ability Point what sets their light display apart from others and here is his response: “All displays are completely built by volunteers. 100% of your $10 admission and donations directly provide year-round unique educational and social opportunities for individuals, of all ages living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that promote self-advocacy, physical and mental health, inclusion, respite and socialization.” – David 

The Arc Lights Wichita
Photo courtesy of The Arc of Sedgwick County

When does Ability Point Lights Open?

Lights on St. Paul/The Arc Lights/Lights at Ability Point open on Thanksgiving night and continue until almost the new year, December 28. 

Lights at Ability Point Drive-Through Christmas Lights are open November 23 (Thanksgiving) until December 28, 2023.

Here is the schedule according to its website: 

  • Sunday through Thursdays, the drive-through light display is open from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
  • Fridays and Saturdays, the drive-through light display still begins at 5:30 p.m. and stays open a little later, until 10 p.m. 

 

Plan now to see the largest Holiday Lights Display in Wichita! AbilityPoint invites you to its 27th annual drive thru Holiday lights display.

Enter at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and St. Paul Street.            

Admission Nights:  $10 Car/ $20 Bus;  Tuesday – Sunday (Every Night Except Mondays)

Donation Night: Monday Nights (So everyone can afford to come see the Lights)

Hours:  Sunday – Thursday 5:30 – 9:00; Friday & Saturday 5:30-10:00

Special Hours: December 18 – December 23 5:30-10:00; Christmas Eve till 11:00

Tickets at QuikTrip or online: app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/TheARCofSedgwickCounty/TheLightsAdmission.html

First Responders and Military FREE for Opening Weekend 
Opening weekend, November 25-27, of the Lights at AbilityPoint, they want to celebrate our First Responders and Military! With your badge or official ID, you receive one free vehicle admission! 
Brought to you by Tom and Deborah Gdisis

The Arc’s Lights Admission Fee

Cost is just $10 per car and $20 for busses and limos every night except Mondays. On Mondays, the admission is by donation.

100% of your $10 admission and donations directly provide year-round unique educational and social opportunities for individuals, of all ages living with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families that promote self-advocacy, physical and mental health, inclusion, respite and socialization. (You can pre-purchase admission passes at any Wichita-area Quick Trip.)

Visits with Santa Claus at the Arc of Sedgwick County Christmas lights drive-through
Photo courtesy of The Arc of Sedgwick County

The Arc Lights at Ability Point Location

Looking up the address on your GPS won’t really help you here, since you need to know where to enter the drive-through holiday light display.

You get to Ability Point Light display near Douglas and St. Paul. (You should see the signs, and the volunteers standing outside the entrance.) This is just four blocks west of Meridian in west Wichita. Enter at St. Paul and Douglas

Where does your donation go?

Your support helps provides education, socialization, advocacy, mentoring and lifelong support for families who have loved ones living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Did you know AbilityPoint serves thousands through nationally recognized socialization and mentoring programs as well as serving as the largest targeted case management provider in the State?  To learn more about how your gift helps to change lives visit their website at AbilityPoint.Org

Here is more Holiday Fun in Wichita: 

2023 Christmas Lights Displays 

Fall Bazaars, Craft Shows & Holiday Markets 

Watson Park Polar Express Train Ride 

A Country Christmas with Live Reindeer at Fulton Valley Farms

Bradley Fair Holiday Stroll 

Christmas Shows and Concerts 

Illuminations at Botanica with 2 Million Lights 

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