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There will always be something magical about the twinkle of holiday lights, no matter how old you are. Thankfully, places in the Natural State to marvel at Christmas light displays are abundant. Let’s share the good news and joy! Please add in the comments below the places that have light displays that you love!
1. Searcy Holiday of Lights- Searcy
There is so much to do and see in Searcy this holiday season during the Holiday of Lights! There will be carriage rides, hot chocolate and ice-skating. Don’t miss out on the fun. Make the trip to check out the beautiful court square as well as all the parks.
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2. Lights of the Ozarks- Fayetteville
Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square with the Lighting Night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights is cherished by the locals and visitors alike that stroll or drive through the Lights of the Ozarks each year. Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over 400,000 lights.
When: Nov. 17- Dec. 31
Venue: Fayetteville Downtown Square
3. 21st Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends- Pine Bluff
The Pine Bluff Festival Association proudly announces their 21st season of the award-winning “Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends.” This holiday event has been recognized as the state’s largest drive-thru display of holiday lights. Admission to the 1.2-mile drive-thru is free, however, donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the display to ensure future lighting displays are bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last). Just beyond the collection station is a photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch.
When: Nov. 21- Dec. 31
Venue: Pine Bluff Regional Park
4. Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens- Hot Springs
See 4.5 million brilliant bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display in one of Arkansas’ most anticipated events. Complimentary hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café will be open from 3-9 p.m. each day during Holiday Lights. Note: Dogs will only be allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights Monday, Dec. 4 for the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade. Member dogs free; non-member dogs $5 per dog, one non-member dog per person allowed. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
When: Nov. 18- Dec. 31
Admission: $15 adults, $ 5ages 4-12, free ages 0-3; no dogs allowed
5. Stewart Family Christmas Lights – Fayetteville
A walk-through display with over 750,000 lights, more than 300 inflatables and a train for adults and children.
Where: 4423 E. Wyman Rd Fayetteville, AR 72701
6. Lights of the Delta
Visit the largest lighting display in the mid-South with 6 million lights and 48 + major motion displays on a 40-acre drive-thru site.
Enjoy your visit.
When: November- 20th- Dec. 27
Where: 1405 Airbase Highway, Gosnell, AR
7. Hodo’s Christmas Light Show-Van Buren
Richard and Helen Hodo have been turning their extensive yard into a Christmas wonderland for over 20 years! A new feature this year is Santa’s mailbox. According to their Facebook page, all letters with a return address will receive a reply from Santa.
Where: 1205 Woodland Creek Cir, Van Buren
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8. Smackover Holiday Light Extravaganza
The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Oil Field Park, located at 3853 Smackover Hwy, comes to life each Friday and Saturday night from mid-November to late-December from 6:00-8 p.m. Each lighted scene represents the sights of the winter holiday season. Visit the Ice Castle and jam with Santa’s band before warming up with a cup of hot cocoa in the museum gift shop.
Where: Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
Admission: Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children under 10
9. Arkansas State Capital
An Arkansas holiday tradition is the lighting of the State Capitol. The state’s official tree, the George Jernigan tree located on the front lawn of the capitol, will be decorated with hundreds of lights, and Santa Claus is on hand to listen to children’s wish lists. A fireworks extravaganza rounds out the program.
When: Dec. 2
Parade at 3 p.m.- Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m.
10. Trail of Lights- Sherwood
Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights is a drive-thru trail. It opens the Monday after Thanksgiving and runs through Dec. 30 nightly, 6 until 9:30 p.m. The Trail of Lights is over a mile of spectacular lights. Admission is free but non-perishable items, donated to local food pantries, are welcome.
Where: Sherwood Forest, 1111 West Maryland Avenue
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Header photo of Searcy Berryhill Park courtesy of Al Fowler.