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Arkansas Christmas Lights 2017

Here’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 2017 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!

ARKANSAS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS 2017

Statewide

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2017*
Statewide
One of the South’s finest listings of holiday lights and events.
For Information: 
Arkansas Trail of Lights

Alma

Christmas Lights in the Park*
Alma Aquatic Park
731 City Park Rd.
Alma, Arkansas
November 24 – December 25.
Drive-through display of over 40,000 lights.
Special Event:        Lighting of the Park on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m.
Hours:      5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:        Free (Donations accepted)

Ashdown

Little River County Courthouse in Lights*
County Courthouse
310 North Second St.
Ashdown, Arkansas
All December Long
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
Special Event:        Christmas Parade on Dec. 5 at 6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Batesville

White River Wonderland Lights*
St. Louis and Myers Streets
Batesville, Arkansas
November 22, 2017 – January 2, 2019
Enjoy an ice rink, carriage rides, hot chocolate and popcorn at the concession stand. The lights
begin at the intersection of St. Louis and Myers streets and continue through three city parks full of
over 1,000,000 Christmas lights timed to music.
Hours:        5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost:          Free
More information: 
www.cityofbatesville.com

Batesville Christmas Lights*
Batesville Municipal Building
500 East Main St.
Batesville, Arkansas
November 22, 2017 – January 2, 2018
Main Street goes all out to celebrate Christmas with lights. Notable buildings decked out for the
seasn include the Independence County Light House, the Courthouse and the Batesville Municipal
Building.
Special Event:        Christmas Parade on Main Street, 6 p.m. on November 27.
Hours:        5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Cost:          Free
More Information:  
www.cityofbatesville.com

Beebe

Daniel Park Light Display *
Main Street
Beebe, Arkansas
Beautiful lighting display at Daniel Park.
November 26 – January 1 (Christmas Parade on December 2 at 6 p.m.)
Cost:        Free

Benton

Saline County Christmas on the Square*
Downtown Square
200 N. Main St.
Benton, Arkansas
Thanksgiving Weekend – New Year’s Day
Lights, events & more! )
Cost:        Free

Bentonville

Lighting of the Square*
Downtown Square
116 South Main St.
Bentonville, Arkansas
November 18 – December 31
Downtown Square in lights,  Christmas Parade on Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. Event on the Square, Dec. 18,
6-8 p.m.
Cost:        Free

Blytheville

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:        
www.lightsofthedelta.com

Conway

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

Corning

Christmas in the Park *
Wynn Park
US 67 West
Corning, Arkansas
November 25 – January 1, 2018
The park will be lit up for Christmas nightly.
Hours:        6:00p.m.- Midnight
Cost:          Free
More Information:        
www.facebook.com/corningchristmasinthepark

Crossett

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:        Christmas Parade at 4:30 p.m. on December 2.
More Information:        
www.crossettchamber.org/christmas-in-crossett.html

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 and every Thursday-Sunday in December
Hours:        6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Cost:          See website below.
More Information:        
www.greatpassionplay.org

Fairfield Bay

Light Up the Bay *
110 Lost Creek Pkwy
Fairfield Bay, AR 72088
December 1, 2017
Hours: 5:30 – 9pm
5:30pm Lighting of the Trees
Soups and sandwiches, Live Music, Silent auction, trip raffle and lots of trees.
More Information:  www.visitfairfieldbay.com/events

Fayetteville

Lights of theOzarks*
21 S. Block Ave.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
November 27 – December 31, 2017
Lighting spectacular on the downtown square, offering carriage rides, pony rides, camels, music
and more.
Hours:        5 p.m. – 10 p.m
Cost:          Free
More Information:        
www.experiencefayetteville.com/lights-of-the-ozarks

Fort Smith

Christmas Lights at Creekmore Park & Holiday Express Train*
Rogers Ave & South 31st St
Fort Smith, Arkansas
December 4th – 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!

Settle Family Christmas Light Show*
10904 Cork Ct.
Fort Smith,Arkansas
A residential Christmas light show set to music. Tune your radio to 89.1 and enjoy this spectacular
light show. Located off Fianna Way in Fianna Hills.
Cost:        Free
More Information:        
www.facebook.com/SettleFamilyChristmasLightShow

Greenwood

Trail of Lights *
Bell Park
Greenwood, Arkansas
November 24 – December 26
Christmas scenes, display of lights. Special events all month; see link below for details.
Special Event:        Live Nativity       December 11,12, 14 & 15.
Hours:        Dusk to 9 p.m.
Cost:          $3 per vehicle
More Information: 
http://greenwoodarparks.weebly.com/festivals-and-events.html

Harrison

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

Heber Springs

Downtown in Lights*
Downtown
Heber Springs, Arkansas
Historic downtown area in lights for the season.
December 2 – December 31 (Christmas Parade on December 2)
Cost:        Free

Horseshoe Bend

18th Annual Holiday Lighting Display*
Entire town
Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas
December 1 – December 31
Entire town in lights as residents and business owners compete in a lighting display contest.
More Information:        
www.horseshoebend.org/events.html

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:  
http://www.garvangardens.org/eventcalendar/default.aspx

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

Jacksonville

Holiday Lights *
Jacksonville City Hall & Downtown Area
Jacksonville, Arkansas
November 30 – December 30 (Christmas parade on December 5 at 6:30 p.m.)
More Information:        
www.cityofjacksonville.net

Jasper

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.
Nights:      Drive the Ozark Mountains Christmas Lights Trail
Special Event:        Tree lighting and night-time parade, Jasper Square, Dec. 3.
More Information:        
www.theozarkmountains.com

Little Rock

Christmas at the Capitol*
Arkansas State Capitol
500 Woodlane Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
November 23 – New Year’s Day
The capitol building is illuminated in lights
Hours:        Nightly, after dark.
Cost:          Free
Special Event:        Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade, Dec. 2, 3 p.m.

Morrilton

Night of the Luminaries*
University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton
Morrilton, Arkansas
December 4, 2017, 6:00 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

Caroling in the Caverns*
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Mountain View, Arkansas
Take the elevator down to the seating area in the Cathedral Room of the caves for a fantastic
Christmas event! ADVANCE RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!
Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17
Hours & Cost:        See Link Below.
More Information:        
https://www.yourplaceinthemountains.com/caroling-in-the-caverns

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

Mount Ida

Harbor Lights*
Mountain View Harbor
Mount Ida Arkansas
Begins December 1.

Newport

Light Up Newport*
208 Main Street
Newport, Arkansas
December 1 – December 31
125 Christmas trees in town, Jackson County COurthouse, Iron Mountain Depot, DOwntown Park
and the home of Dr. Patti Mullins (4 Sue Circle) are all the scenes of spectacular outdoor displays.
Special Event:        Christmas Parade down Malcolm Avenue, Dec. 14, 5 p.m.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:          Free

North Little Rock

(See Little Rock)

Paris

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

Pine Bluff

Annual Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends *
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park
Black Dog Drive
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
November 21 – 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 ($10 donations for ornament)
More Information:        
www.pinebluff.cvb.org/calendar/detail.aspx?id=2360

Pocahontas

Annual Candy Cane Lane and Lights*
Maple Street& Downtown Area
Pocahontas, Arkansas
December 9 – December 31
National Historic District in lights, Candy Cane Lane on Maple St..
Hours:        Nightly
More Information: 
www.woodlandhillsee.net/candy_cane_lane.html

Russellville

Winter Wonderland Downtown*
Historic Downtown
Russellville, Arkansas
December 7, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Holiday lights and more in Russellville’s downtown historic district.
Cost:        Free
More Information:        
www.mainstreetrussellville/events/winter-wonderland-downtown.html

Sherwood

Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights *
Sherwood Forest
1111 W. Maryland Ave.
Sherwood, Arkansas
November 27 – December 30
One-mile trail of spectacular lights, the Sherwood Express, Santa Claus and more.
Hours:     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 1 – December 31
Event begins with a Christmas Parade on December 2nd.. Lights on nightly afterwards.
More Information:        http://web.siloamchamber.com/News_and_Events/Annual_Events.aspx

Smackover

Holiday Lights Extravaganza*
Oil Field Park
Smackover, Arkansas
Thousands of lights illuminate Oil Field Park for this annual tradition!
Dates:    December
Hours:    5:30 pm- 8:30pm
Cost:      $10 per car (up to 7 people)

Springdale

The 12 Gardens of Winter has been cancelled for 2017.

Texarkana

Twice as Bright Festival of Lights*
Downtown along Stateline Avenue
Texarkana, Arkansas
Thousands of Holiday Lights.
December 4, 2017 – January 2, 2018
Special Event:        Christmas Parade December 4.
More Information: 
http://mainstreettexarkana.org

Van Buren

Festival of the Trees & Courthouse in Lights *
300 Main Street
Van Buren, Arkansas
December 2 – Christmas Week
Beautiful downtown lights and festivities.
EVENT: Courthouse Lighting and Festival of Trees December 2nd 6:00pm
Free

Hodo’s Christmas Light Show*
1205 Woodland Creek Circle
Van Buren, Arkansas
Massive family Christmas lights display.
November 24 – December 31
Hours:        5 p.m. – 10 p.m.(5-11 p.m. on Friday & Saturday)
Cost:          Free
More Information: 
www.facebook.com/hodoschristmaslightshow

West Memphis

Worthington Park Lights*
Worthington Park
109 S. Worthington
West Memphis, Arkansas
November 21 – New Year’s Day
Beautifull lighted park area.
Hours:        Nightly
Cost:          Free

 

To see lists of Christmas Lights from other states please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/christmas

 



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