Christmas lightsHere’s ExploreSouthernHistory’s annual list of the top Christmas Lights displays in Arkansas.

The Natural State lights up like no other during the holiday season with beautiful illuminations on display from the Ozarks to the Delta. Displays confirmed for 2016 are marked with an asterisk (*). If you are aware of community, commercial or residential lights that we should add to our list, please let us know!


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Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights  2016
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information: Arkansas Trail of Lights


Christmas Lights in the Park (Information not yet confirmed for 2016)
Alma City Water Park
731 City Park Rd.
Alma, Arkansas
November 28 – December 25.
Drive-through display of over 40,000 lights.
Cost:        Free (Donations to feed the hungry are appreciated)
Hours:      5 p.m. – 10 p.m.


An Altus Christmas *
Highway 186 & Highway 64
Altus, Arkansas
November 22 – December 31
Lights in the park (Christmas Parade on December 11 at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.)


Little River County Courthouse in Lights *
County Courthouse
310 North Second St.
Ashdown, Arkansas
November 26 – December 31
Historic 1907 Little River County Courthouse is lighted from the dawn to the lawn each year. Nearby
Two Rivers Museum is also in lights.
Hours: 5:30p.m. – Midnight
Cost: Free


Batesville Christmas Tour of Lights (Information needs to be confirmed for 2016)
Batesville Municipal Building
500 East Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
December 1 – December 31
Town is illuminated with more than 500,000 Christmas lights. Christmas Parade on Main Street at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 1st.
More information:


Daniel Park Light Display *
Main Street
Beebe, Arkansas
Beautiful lighting display at Daniel Park.
November 26 – January 1 (Christmas Parade on December 5 at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free


Saline County Celebration of Lights
200 N. Main St.
Benton, Arkansas
December  – January 1, 2017
Lights, events & more! (Christmas Parade is on December 7 at 6 p.m.)
Cost: Free


Lighting of the Square
Downtown Square
116 South Main St.
Bentonville, Arkansas
November 22 – December 31
Downtown Square in lights, ice-skating at Lawrence Plaza, carriage rides on Saturdays and
Sundays (in December), Bentonville Holiday Parade on Dec. 13 at 11 a.m.


Lights of the Delta *
1405 Airbase Road
Blytheville, Arkansas
November 21 – December 27
6,000,000+ lights, 40 acre drive-through display, hayrides, concessions and more.
Hours:        5:30 p.m – 9:00 p.m. (open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays).
Cost:        Cars, trucks, vehicles up to 12 passengers: $10
More Information:


Downtown Christmas Celebration *
Conway, Arkansas
November 13 – December 25
Decorations, lights, store window displays, special events. Christmas Tree Lighting set for November 26 at dark.


Christmas in the Park *
Wynn Park
US 67 West
Corning, Arkansas
November 26 – January 1, 2017
The lighting ceremony will be November 26th and starting then, the park will be lit up for Christmas nightly.
6:00p.m.- Midnight
Cost: Free


Christmas Wonderland *
123 Goshen Road
Crossett, Arkansas
November 26 – December 31
Sunset -10:00 p.m. (Open till 11 on Weekends)
More than 1,000,000 lights, snow machines, children’s train and more.

El Dorado

Holiday Lights *
Courthouse, City Hall & Downtown
El Dorado, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate the courthouse, city hall and other buildings.
November 19 – December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 3)

Eureka Springs

Great Passion Play Lights Display *
Great Passion Play Grounds
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Fridays & Saturdays (November 25,  2016 – January 6,  2017)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.


Lights of the Ozarks
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 20 – December 31,  2016
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music
and more.
Time:  Nightly
More Information:

Fort Smith

Christmas Lights at Creekmore Park & Holiday Express Train *
Rogers Ave & South 31st St
Fort Smith, Arkansas
December 5th – 23rd
Beautiful lighting displays illuminate Creekmore Park in one of the finest Christmas displays in
Arkansas.  Kids and adults alike enjoy rides on the Holiday Express train. Opening night the steam engine will also run.
Time:  Nightly (Train runs 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., no train rides on Sundays).
Admission:  Park and lights are free. Holiday Express Train Ride charges a small fee.

While in Fort Smith, be sure to enjoy the Christmas lights at Pendergraft and Riverfront Parks each
night as well!


Trail of Lights *
Bell Park
Greenwood, Arkansas
Live animals, Christmas scenes, display of lights. Special events all month; see link below.
December 1 – December 31
Time: Dusk to 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per vehicle
More Information:


Boone County Christmas (Information needs to be confirmed for 2016)
Boone County Courthouse & Square
100 North Main
Harrison, Arkansas
December 1 – December 26
Courthouse and historic downtown are in lights for the season! (Christmas parade on evening of
Dec. 1).

Heber Springs

Downtown in Lights (Not confirmed for 2016)
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Historic downtown area in lights for the season.
December 5 – December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 5)

Horseshoe Bend

18th Annual Holiday Lighting Display
Entire town
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Entire town in lights as residents and business owners compete in a lighting display contest.
December 10 – December 31.

Hot Springs

Holiday Lights 2016 *
Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
November 19 – December 31 (Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas)
More than 4 million lights illuminate 17 acres into an amazing animated Christmas display. Free hot
chocolate.  One of the finest annual events in the South!
Time: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:  Adults – $15, Children (ages 6-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free. (Golf cart tour $15 extra)
More Information:

Also be sure to check out the lights at Hot Springs National Park in downtown!


Holiday Lights *
Jacksonville City Hall & Downtown Area
Jacksonville, Arkansas
November 30 – December 30 (Christmas parade on December 6 at 6:30 p.m.)


Ozark Mountains Reindeer & Christmas Lights Trails *
Newton County Chamber of Commerce
204 North Spring St.
Jasper, Arkansas
November 21 – January 1
Days:        Drive the scenic “Reindeer Trail” to see herds of elk.
Nights:     Drive the Ozark Mountains Christmas Lights Trail
More Information:

Little Rock

Christmas at the Capitol
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
December 5 – December 31
The capitol building is illuminated in lights (Fireworks and Santa Claus on Dec. 5)
Time: Nightly, after dark.
Admission: Free


Night of the Luminaries*
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, Arkansas
December 1, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
2000 candle-lit paper bag luminaries on the college campus with a parade that will be followed by Santa Claus’ arrival!

Mountain View

Ozark Mountain Christmas
122 W. Main St.
Mountain View, Arkansas
December 5 – December 25
Courthouse, Town Square and Main Street illuminated in lights.

Mount Ida

Harbor Lights
Mountain View Harbor
Mount Ida Arkansas
Begins November 21.


Courthouse in Lights
208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
December 6 – December 25
96 Christmas trees in town, Courthouse illuminated in lights, “A Christmas Carol” at ASU-Newport
Centre for the Arts on Dec. 9 at  7 p.m., Christmas Parade down Malcolm Ave. on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.

North Little Rock

(See Little Rock)


Purple Friday Weekend Holidays *
Historic Courthouse Square
211 W. Commercial St.
Ozark, Arkansas
November 18-November 19 (Lights continue through Christmas)
Tunnel of lights, horse and buggy rides, Santa and more (Christmas parade on December 10 at 6:
30 p.m.).


Trail of Holiday Lights*
Courthouse Square
25 West Walnut
Paris, Arkansas
November 26 – January 1
The courthouse and town square are illuminated nightly in one of the most beautiful small town
lighting displays in the South.
Time:  Nightly
Admission:  Free
More Information:

Pine Bluff

Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends *
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park
Black Dog Drive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
November 15 – December 31
The largest drive-thru display of holiday lights in Arkansas, this event features 1.3 miles of lights
with numerous scenes (many animated).
Time:           6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Admission:   Free
More Information:


Annual Candy Cane Lane and Lights (Not confirmed for 2016)
Maple Street& Downtown Area
Pocahontas, Arkansas
December 19 – December 24
National Historic District in lights, Candy Cane Lane on Maple St..


Winter Wonderland Downtown (Not confirmed for 2016)
Historic Downtown
Russellville, Arkansas
November 30 – December 30
Holiday lights and more in Russellville’s downtown historic district.


Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights *
Sherwood Forest
1111 W. Maryland Ave.
Sherwood, Arkansas
November 28 – December 30
One-mile trail of spectacular lights, the Sherwood Express, Santa Claus and more.
Time:        6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Cost        Free (but donations accepted)

Siloam Springs

Annual Light Up Siloam Spring *
Downtown Siloam Springs
University and Broadway Streets
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
December 3 – December 31
Event begins with a Christmas Parade on December 3rd. Lights on nightly afterwards.


Holiday Lights Extravaganza *
Oil Field Park
Smackover, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate Oil Field Park for this annual tradition!
Dates:    November 18  Fridays & Saturdays through December  2016.
Hours:    6pm- 8:30pm
Cost:      $10 per car (up to 7 people)


The 12 Gardens of Winter
The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
4703 N. Crossover Rd
Springdale, Arkansas
Train displays, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, activities, displays and more.
Dates:        Thursdays in December and Saturday December 17
Hours:        1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Price:        $7 adults , $4 children (5-12)
More Information:


Twice as Bright Festival of Lights*
Downtown along Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas
Thousands of Holiday Lights.
December 5 – January 2.
EVENT: Christmas Parade December 5
More Information:

Van Buren

Festival of the Trees & Courthouse in Lights *
300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
December 3 – December 27
Beautiful downtown lights and festivities.
EVENT: Courthouse Lighting and Festival of Trees December 3rd 6:00pm

Hodo’s Christmas Light Show *
1205 Woodland Creek Circle
Van Buren, Arkansas
Massive family Christmas lights display.
November 24 – November 31
Hours:        5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
More Information:

Wiederkehr Village

A Swiss Twist Christmas (Not yet confirmed for 2016)
3324 Swiss Family Drive
Wiederkehr Village, Arkansas
Throughout December
Discover the Swiss heritage of Wiederkehr Village and enjoy the glow of 50,000 twinkling lights.


Festival of Trees*
Bill Thomas Building
1790 N. Falls
Wynne, Arkansas
November 15- December 16
Hours: Sunday – Thursday:  5:30 pm – 9 pm (Open until 10pm on Fridays – Saturdays)
Trees decorated by groups and businesses on display. Train on Courthouse grounds.
Cost: Free
More Information:

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