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Arkansas Christmas Lights 2021


Every year it seems people get excited earlier and earlier to get their homes decorated for Christmas. Maybe it’s to help make the work of decorating worth it. Or, maybe after all the restrictions the last two years have brought, communities are ready to create precious memories and draw visitors.

Driving around to look at Arkansas Christmas lights is an excellent option for those still looking for safe events for their family. keeps a complete list of holiday light activities around the state for the Holiday Trail of Lights, but we wanted to feature some grand events occurring around the state.

Photo used with permission from White River Wonderland

  • White River Wonderland | Batesville | a top light display in the state boasting 1.5 million lights as well as carriage rides, an ice skating rink and Ferris wheel
  • Winter Wonderland at Garvan Woodland Gardens | Hot Springs | daytime winter garden display that gives way to an expansive evening light display
  • Mountain Harbor Resort & Marina | Lake Ouachita | the day after Thanksgiving, the marina comes alive with holiday spirit

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

  • Lights of Paris | Paris downtown square | Holiday shopping and hot cocoa near a replica Eiffel Tower on a historic town square
  • Living Window | Eureka Springs | Dec. 11 will be a festive night with carolers, live window displays and Santa
  • Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends | Pine Bluff | drive-thru light experience of over 280 displays through a 1.3-mile route

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

  • Dino Bites encounter at Mid America Science Museum | Hot Springs | Meet Santa under the T-Rex in this unique experience after dark through the only permanent outdoor dinosaur exhibit
  • Christmas at the Park | Jonesboro | drive-thru lights experience of over 60 collections
  • Enchanted Forest Trail | Sherwood | hosted by the City of Sherwood; this path winds through the city’s sportsplex park

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

  • Lights of the Delta | Blytheville | over 6 million lights are used for this drive-thru experience along the 40-acre tract of the Arkansas Aerospace
  • Lights on Jupiter Light Show | North Little Rock | 50,000 lights synchronized to holiday tunes in this festive neighborhood, funds collected support Make a Wish Foundation
  • Southern Lights at McGarrah Farms | Fayetteville | Ride through the display with a chance to meet Santa

Harding University Lights
Photo of Harding University courtesy of Al Fowler.

  • Searcy Holiday of Lights | Searcy | Featuring Holidays at Harding and a Living Nativity and a new this year: the World Championship Chocolate Gravy Cookoff, Jolly Jubilee event Dec. 4 and Searcy’s Historic Christmas Bus tour.
  • Finney’s Christmas Light Wonderland | near Crossett | home to the winners of the 2015 NBC Annual Christmas Light Fight
  • Courthouse lighting and holiday parade | Ashdown | this annual event brings a magical feeling to the downtown along with a KCS Train car arrival for Santa

Photo used with permission from Arkansas Parks and Tourism

  • Lights of the Ozarks | Fayetteville | the Fayetteville square comes alive in the holiday season as a parade starts the first night and a packed route that brings in thousands of attendees.
  • Arkansas State Capitol | Little Rock | a special time of the year to see the state’s capital wearing Christmas spirit
  • Stewart Family Christmas Display | Fayetteville | a walk through display including over 300,000 and 250 inflatables in a must-see family event

Photo used with permission from the City of Bentonville

  • Lights on the Square | Bentonville | the lighting of the square also starts the opening of the annual ice skating rink near the 21C hotel
  • Downtown Christmas Parade and Iron Mountain Marina | Arkadelphia | a Hallmark movie-worthy hometown event that kicks off the holiday season and open house at shops around town
  • Starry Starry Lights and Jasper Reindeer | Jasper | the perfect place to experience an old-fashioned small-town Christmas

How to find fabulous Arkansas Christmas light displays and neighborhoods locally:

  • Call the local Chamber of Commerce or chambers of neighboring communities
  • Ask neighbors and co-workers if there are certain areas of town to drive-thru
  • Ask your child’s teacher or principal if they know any great spots or local events
  • Drive by your local town square
  • Check out Holiday Trail of Lights

Wear your favorite jammies and grab a cup of Hot Cocoa and just drive around! What spots are we missing? Where do you love to see Arkansas Christmas lights and make memories with your family?

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Keisha (Pittman) McKinney lives in South Arkansas with her husband and sweet Boxer, Bailey and one-year-old son! Keisha is passionate about connecting people and building community, seeking solutions to the everyday big and small things, and encouraging others through the mundane, hard, and typical that life often brings. She put her communications background to work as a former Non-profit Executive Director, college recruiter and fundraiser, and Digital Media Director at a large church in Northwest Arkansas. Now she is using all of those experiences through McKinney Media Solutions and her blog @bigpittstop which includes daily adventures, cooking escapades, #bigsisterchats, the social justice cases on her heart, and all that she is learning as a #boymom!

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2 responses to “Arkansas Christmas Lights 2021”

  1. Charlotte Young says:

    How do you submit events and Christmas Light Displays for towns that you do not have listed?

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