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 2017*
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information:




Christmas Lights in the Park (Waiting on Information)
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  (Waiting on Information)
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.)
Cost: Free


Little River County Courthouse in Lights (Waiting on Information)
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 (Waiting on Information)
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

(Beebe Christmas Parade December 2nd, 2017 at 6:00 pm.)
Cost: Free


Saline County Celebration of Lights (Waiting on Information)
200 N. Main St.
Benton, Arkansas
December  – January 1, 2018
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 18 – December 31
Downtown Square in lights December 18, 6-8 p.m.

Bentonville Christmas Parade on December. 9 at 11 a.m.


Lights of the Delta  *
1405 Airbase Road
Blytheville, Arkansas
November 20 – 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 25 – December 25
Decorations, lights, store window displays, special events. Christmas Tree Lighting set for
November 25 at dark.


Christmas in the Park (Waiting on Information)
Wynn Park
US 67 West
Corning, Arkansas
November 26 – January 1, 2018
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
December 2 – 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.
Special Event: Parade at 4:30pm December 2
More Information

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 8)

Eureka Springs

Great Passion Play Lights Display *
Great Passion Play Grounds
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
November 24,25,26,30

December: Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in December
Hours: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost: See website below
More Information:


Lights of the Ozarks (Waiting on Information)
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 20 – December 31, 2017
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music and more.
Hours: Nightly
Cost: Free
More Information:

Fort Smith

Christmas Lights at Creekmore Park & Holiday Express Train (Waiting on information)
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.
Hours:  Nightly (Train runs 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., no train rides on Sundays).
Cost:  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.

Live Nativity December 12,13, 15, 16
December 1 – December 31
Hours: Nightly; Dusk to 9 p.m.
Cost: $3 per vehicle
More Information:


Boone County Christmas
Boone County Courthouse & Square
100 North Main
Harrison, Arkansas
December 1 – December 26
Courthouse and historic downtown are in lights for the season!

Special Event: Christmas parade November 27.

Heber Springs

Downtown in Lights (Waiting on Information)
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Historic downtown area in lights for the season.
December 5 – December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 5)

Horseshoe Bend

19th Annual Holiday Lighting Display (Waiting on Information)
Entire town
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
Entire town in lights as residents and business owners compete in a lighting display contest.
December 10 – December 31.
More Information:

Hot Springs

Holiday Lights 2017 *
Garvan Gardens
550 Arkridge Road
Hot Springs, Arkansas
November 18 – 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 (60th Annual Christmas parade on December 5 at 6:30 p.m.)
More Information:


Ozark Mountains Reindeer & Christmas Lights Trails *
Newton County Chamber of Commerce
204 North Spring St.
Jasper, Arkansas
November 23 – January 1
Days:       Drive the scenic “Reindeer Trail” to see herds of elk and deer.
Nights:     Drive to see Ozark Mountains Christmas Lights
December 3 Newton County Christmas – Beautiful tree lighting ceremony and fantastic night time parade on the Jasper Square.
More Information:

Little Rock

Christmas at the Capitol (Waiting on Information)
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)
Hours: Nightly, after dark.
Cost: Free


Night of the Luminaries (Waiting on Information)
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, Arkansas
December 1, 2017, 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 (Waiting on Information)
122 W. Main St.
Mountain View, Arkansas
December 5 – December 25
Courthouse, Town Square and Main Street illuminated in lights.

Mount Ida

Harbor Lights (Waiting on Information)
Mountain View Harbor
Mount Ida Arkansas
Begins November 21.


Light Up Newport *
Newport, Arkansas
December 1 – December 31
125 pre-lit Christmas trees, spectacular outdoor displays at the Jackson County Courthouse, Iron Mountain Depot, Downtown Park, and the famous display at the home of Dr. Patti Mullins, 4 Sue Circle.
Christmas Parade down Malcolm Ave. on Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

North Little Rock

(See Little Rock)


Purple Friday Weekend Holidays (Waiting on Information)
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.).

Cost: Free


Trail of Holiday Lights (Waiting on Information)
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  (Waiting on Information)
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).
Hours: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: Free
More Information:


Annual Candy Cane Lane and Lights (Waiting on Information)
Maple Street& Downtown Area
Pocahontas, Arkansas
December 9 – December 31

National Historic District in lights, Candy Cane Lane on Maple St..
More Information:


Winter Wonderland Downtown *
Historic Downtown
Russellville, Arkansas
December 7-January 7
Holiday lights and more in Russellville’s downtown historic district.
Cost: Free

More Information:


Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights  (Waiting on Information)
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 Springs *
Downtown Siloam Springs
University and Broadway Streets
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
December 2 – December 31
Event begins with a Christmas Parade on December 2nd. Lights on nightly afterwards.
More Information:


Holiday Lights Extravaganza (Waiting on Information)
Oil Field Park
Smackover, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate Oil Field Park for this annual tradition!
Dates:    November 18  Fridays & Saturdays through December 2017.
Hours:    6pm- 8:30pm
Cost:      $10 per car (up to 7 people)


The 12 Gardens of Winter (Waiting on Information)
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 (Waiting on Information)
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 (Waiting on Information)
300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
December 3 – December 27, 2017
Beautiful downtown lights and festivities.
EVENT: Courthouse Lighting and Festival of Trees December 3rd 6:00pm
Cost: Free

Hodo’s Christmas Light Show
1205 Woodland Creek Circle
Van Buren, Arkansas
Massive family Christmas lights display.
November 24 – November 31, 2017

Hours:        5 p.m. – 10 p.m. (Open till 11pm Fri and Sat)
Cost: Free

More Information:

West Memphis

Worthington Park Lights *
Worthington Park
109 S. Worthington
West Memphis, Arkansas
November 21– January 1, 2018
Beautifully lighted park area.
Hours: Nightly
Cost: Free

Wiederkehr Village

A Swiss Twist Christmas
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, 2017
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: Wynne Festival of Trees

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