Last post I told you about the fabulous Christmas light display at Garvan Gardens but did you know that there are lots of other displays across the state, all part of the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights?
Arkansas really does become something of a winter wonderland between Thanksgiving week and New Year’s Eve. Communities across the state host all manner of Christmas parades, festivals, events, and lighting displays – so much so that the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights was born. There’s even a mascot – the Arkansas Holiday Hog!
The full list of participating communities contains over 60 different attractions and can be viewed or downloaded in pdf form from the arkansas.com website – so I wont attempt to list them all, here. Instead, here’s a short-list of some of the more well-known or popular displays from around the state:
Fayetteville’s 21st annual Lights of the Ozarks
November 21 – December 31, 2014
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. Visit thelightsoftheozarks.com for more details.
North Little Rock’s Hometown Holiday Lights in Burns Park
November 29 – December 30, 2014 – 6pm – 10pm
The 11th annual Hometown Holiday Lights in Burns Park features 56 displays along Funland Drive that you can tour in your vehicle. You can also walk – or run – through the mile-long display of lights at the annual “Dashin’ Thru the Lights” event on December 13th, 5pm to 6pm. For more details: www.nlrpr.org
Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights
December 01 – December 30, 2014 – 6pm – 9:30pm
A mile-and-a-half-long display of Christmas lights and scenes, Arkansas’s Sherwood Forest comes to life with the holiday spirit. Expect to see the Sherwood Express, reindeer in a soda shop, Santa Claus, and a free candy cane for your trouble! www.cityofsherwood.net
Pocahontas’ Holiday Lights and Candy Cane Lane
December 04 – December 25, 2014
Pocahontas sparkles with Christmas lights decorating downtown’s numerous historic buildings. The annual Christmas parade is scheduled for December 4th and you do not want to miss the 28th annual transformation of Maple St. into Candy Cane Lane: Santa and his elves hand out treats to children on a street lined with candy canes on the evenings of December 21st through the 24th.
Little Rock’s Holidays in the Park and The Arkansas State Capitol
November 29, 2014 – January 3, 2015
The annual Little Rock Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 6 and includes the Capitol Lighting Ceremony. Lights In The Capitol is a must-see – but don’t forget to check out decorations inside the capitol building as well. Holidays in the Park, centered in the First Security Amphitheater of Little Rock’s Riverfront Park, features nightly lighting displays choreographed to animation and music from dusk to 10pm – and that’s just the tip of the Capitol’s shining, holiday iceberg! – www.holidaysinlittlerock.com
Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2014
Of course, you may not end up being near any of the events listed above during your Arkansas Christmas but fear not, there is bound to be a, Arkansas, holiday-light event near you! See the full list of the Arkansas Trail of Lights online at: www.arkansas.com/places-to-go/trail-of-lights/events/
Arkansas Christmas Lodging
Just like attractions at the Arkansas Trail of Lights, wherever you are during your Arkansas getaway, there is bound to be a locally owned and operated, Arkansas Bed & Breakfast Inn somewhere nearby. Let them show you a whole different way of staying with their lush accommodations, nutritious breakfasts, personalized service, and insider’s knowledge to local places to go and things to see!