Lights have been glowing in Johnstone Park at Christmas each year since 1991. What began as a Bartlesville Regional Chamber of Commerce project to help drive tourism to the city during winter has evolved into a favorite holiday tradition for locals, as well as out-of-town guests. The drive-thru display, which this year runs from 6 to 10 p.m. each night Nov. 20 through Dec. 30, is overseen by Rotary Bartlesville Daybreak Club. Community groups and individuals adopt out displays each year making the holiday extravaganza one big Christmas party.
In 1991, the Bartlesville Chamber of Commerce added a new attraction called Fantasy Land of Lights to the tourism repertoire. It was such a success, that seven years later, they decided it should be a stand-alone project.
Daybreak Rotary took over Fantasy Land as a community project in 2001 when the organization was looking for a new signature event to help raise scholarship funds. Now, the drive-thru display is a gift to the community, an opportunity for many groups to work together and a successful annual fundraiser.
The popular Christmas experience – known originally as Fantasy Land Forest – continues to fulfill its original mission of bringing in tourism traffic from out-of-town.
Rotary Bartlesville Daybreak Club is proud to sponsor Fantasy Land of Lights. We are committed to maintaining one of Bartlesville's favorite family traditions, and the donations from the event go toward improving the park and funding Rotary educational scholarships.
It's wonderful what can be accomplished when people are committed to making a difference! The members of Rotary Bartlesville Daybreak Club are men and women of all ages who are interested in serving our community. We are continually seeking new opportunities to provide “Service Above Self” in our local community, in our workplaces, and throughout the world. Rotary Bartlesville Daybreak Club is affiliated with Rotary District 6110.
While many of our members are entrepreneurs, other members work for social agencies or local corporations. There are retired members as well.
Visiting Rotarians are always welcome at our meetings.
Our meetings are held Friday mornings at the ConocoPhillips Cafeteria’s Garden Room. Breakfast is available at 6:45 a.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 7 a.m.