The holidays are here and, all across Arkansas, the brightly colored, twinkling lights, creative displays, and classic Christmas tunes are ready. Come follow along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights!
It seems that almost everyone enjoys colorful Christmas lights – and who can blame them. Can you imagine how dark and dull December nights would be without them? You don’t even have to celebrate Christmas to appreciate the warmth, joy, and good will they express during one of the colder times of the year.
Arkansans are no different than anyone else – we love our holiday decorations, too. In fact, we might even like them a little more than most. That’s the sense one gets, looking at a listing of Arkansas’ public holiday light displays!
Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights
Large, drive-through Christmas light displays weren’t really a thing in Arkansas until the 1980’s. Once one appeared, however, others began to spring up. And, like anything, as they appeared, they began to compete.
First it was how many light bulbs were used. Then intricate, animated decorations and music appeared with the size and number of displays increasing every year. Before you knew it, the state was a cornucopia of twinkling, seasonal, miniature holiday amusement parks you can drive or walk through.
The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights was born!
Traveling The Trail
The Arkansas Holiday Light Trail currently has so many stops on it that there’s no expectation of anyone seeing them all – or even half of them. Further, many attractions are added last moment and don’t even make the list.
Consequently, instead of attempting a comprehensive list, below is a short list of five of Arkansas’ most popular, annual holiday displays.
Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights – Sherwood, AR
December 2nd through the 30th, 6pm to 9:30pm
Explore over a mile of spectacular holiday light displays at the Sherwood Sports Complex. Admission is free but donations are accepted – and everyone receives a candy cane! Directions and other information.
Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends – Pine Bluff, AR
November 26th to December 25th – 6pm to 9pm
Come see Pine Bluff’s Regional Park transformed into 1.2 miles of winter wonderland with over 250 displays, many of which are animated. Arkansas’ largest, free, drive-thru holiday lights exhibition. More …
Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights – Hot Springs, AR
November 23rd through December 31st, 4pm to 9pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day)
Visit the gardens when 18 acres of the 210-acre Garden are covered in an artful blanket of more than 5 million Christmas lights! Some special nights include live reindeer, Santa, and free concerts. Learn more.
Lights of the Delta – Blytheville, AR
November 25th through December 27th | 5:30pm to 9pm Sun-Thur, 5:30pm to 9pm Fri-Sat
Drive through a landscape of over six millions lights at this 1.5-mile paved display at Arkansas Aeroplex, formerly Ecker Air Force Base. Hayrides, visits with Santa, souvenirs, and more. lightsofthedelta.com
Lights of the Ozarks – Fayetteville, AR
November 22nd through December 31st, 6pm-9pm
See Fayetteville’s Downtown Square transformed into a holiday wonderland with over 400,000 lights, food truck desserts, carriage rides, special events, and much more.
No matter where you go in Arkansas this holiday season, you can bet there is a locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfast somewhere nearby. Inside, you’ll find uncommonly friendly service, luxurious amenities, and delicious, homemade breakfasts. Why stay in some stale, impersonal cookie-cutter hotel or motel when you can be treated like royalty at an Arkansas Inn?