Who doesn’t love seeing the fun and festive holiday light displays that spring up around this time of year? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t deny that the multi-colored lights and decorations bring life and joy to what can otherwise be a cold and bleak season.
Arkansans certainly seem to enjoy decorating. In fact, Arkansas becomes a true holiday wonderland every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Communities and individuals across the state invest a lot of time, money, and heartfelt effort into decorating for the season. Expansive arrays of twinkling lights and animated displays spring up in parks, fields, city greens, and elsewhere. Many are so big you have to walk or even drive through them to see everything.
If this sounds like fun to you then you should definitely consider making a stop or two along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.
Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights
This year’s Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights features nearly 40 different attractions. Instead of trying to include them all here, we’ve compiled a short-list of some of the more famous or popular displays around the state.
Lights of the Ozarks – Fayetteville, AR
Nov 16 – Dec 31, 5pm to 1am
Every year, Fayetteville spends over 2,000 hours decorating their downtown with 450,000 lights – and that’s not all! Events include caroling, pony, camel, and carriage rides, choirs and parades. www.experiencefayetteville.com
Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights – Hot Springs, AR
Nov 17 – Dec 31, 5pm to 9pm, nightly
Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights covers 18 acres with over 4.5 million lights. Features include free hot chocolate after your walking tour and the Chipmunk Café serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks. www.garvangardens.org
Lights of the Delta – Gosnell, AR
Nov 19 – Dec 27, Sundays through Thursdays: 5:30pm to 9pm; Fridays & Saturdays: 5:30pm to 10pm
Come see one of the largest Christmas lighting festivals in the Mid-South: Lights of the Delta! More than 6 million lights and nearly 50 major motion displays spread over 40-acres. www.lightsofthedelta.com.
Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends – Pine Bluff, AR
Nov 20 – Dec 31, 6pm to 9pm, nightly https://www.explorepinebluff.com/see-and-do
Come see Pine Bluff’s Regional Park transformed into one of the largest drive-thru holiday lights exhibits in the state. The annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends is 1.2 miles of winter wonderland with over 130 displays, many animated. www.explorepinebluff.com
Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights – Sherwood, AR
Nov 26 – Dec 30, 6pm to 9:30pm, nightly
Arkansas’s Sherwood Forest comes to life with a mile-and-a-half-long display of Christmas lights and scenes. Attractions include the Sherwood Express, a soda shop, Santa Claus, and a free candy cane at the end of your tour! www.cityofsherwood.net
Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018
The full list of Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights stops can be found at www.arkansas.com.
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