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Arts Council will Illuminate the Sky with an Innovative Holiday Aerial Light Showcase

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

[Fayetteville, North Carolina] – Holiday lights may be the norm but the Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County (Arts Council) is bringing a spectacular, high-tech aerial light showcase of breathtaking holiday designs that will illuminate the night sky during its ‘Holidays on Hay… A Season of Light’ celebration. Imaginations will soar as onlookers marvel at the innovative aerial displays that will feature 200 state-of-the-art drones choreographed to present stunning holiday imagery across the night sky.

The Arts Council is gifting the all-new ‘Season of Light Drone Show,’ a free and one-of-a-kind holiday experience that brings the holiday alive via three-dimensional seasonal shapes and characters that can be seen up to four miles away, to Fayetteville and our region. The unique aerial light display also provides a safe, environmentally friendly showcase that is sensory-friendly for pets and audiences that manage PTSD, autism, and those with other issues can enjoy.

Prior to the ‘Season of Light Drone Show’, the Candlelight Processional will circle around the Cool Spring Downtown District’s 22-foot Holiday Tree located in front of The Arts Center for attendees to gather in the spirit of unity and reflection of our loved ones and those that were lost this year. The streets will fill with holiday cheer, music, art installations to share with friends and caroling as this grand illumination ushers in the holiday season.

“The Arts Council wishes to engage even more of our vibrant community,” says Bob Pinson, Interim President and CEO of the Arts Council. “Beginning in November through late December, this celebration will become a much greater economic engine for our county that will attract even more visitors to see all our community has to offer.”

Planning for additional activities is currently underway between the Arts Council, the Cool Spring Downtown District, and the Downtown Alliance which will include a Victorian-themed ‘Dickens Village’ operated by the Downtown Alliance at the Fayetteville History Museum on Franklin Street.

The showcase is provided by Pixis Drones, a Virginia-based production company that has performed at such noted events as the Super Bowl LVI, FIFA World Cup, the recent NBA draft, and the Olympics just to name a few. View the Pixis Drone promotional video at

The ‘Season of Light Drone Show’ will be the capstone feature to the Arts Council’s reimagined ‘Holidays on Hay… A Season of Light’ celebration slated to take place on Friday, November 25 throughout the Historic Downtown Fayetteville area. More information about celebration activities is forthcoming.

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Christy McNeil, Director of Marketing


About the Arts Council of Fayetteville | Cumberland County

The Arts Council of Fayetteville|Cumberland County is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Fayetteville, NC that supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development, and lifelong learning through the ARTS. As a primary steward of public and private funding for arts, cultural, and historical activities in the Cape Fear Region, all affiliated programs of the Arts Council exemplify our 5 core values: Excellence, Accountability, Transparency, Collaborations, and Innovation.

In the year 2021-22, the Arts Council distributed almost $1 million in grant funds and allocations to Cumberland County arts and culture non-profit organizations, artists, and municipalities.

Grants, programs, and services of the Arts Council are funded in part by contributions from community partners, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.


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