I’ll just be honest about it: Christmas light displays are one of my favorite things about the holiday season. I love the family time and food and gift giving, too, of course, but those lights just seem to make everything about a thousand percent more magical. If you love them too, you’re really going to love this article. Below you’ll find a dozen of the coolest light displays in Arkansas, and you should make this list your holiday light bucket list right now, because you don’t want to miss a single one.
1. Lights of the Ozarks (Fayetteville Square)
Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation decorates the Fayetteville square with over 400,000 lights. The event stretches from mid-November until December 31st. On the square you’ll find carriage rides, hot cocoa, Santa, and so much more magic I can’t begin to list it all. You’ll find the Fayetteville Square at the intersection of Block, Mountain, East & Center Streets.
2. Arkansas State Capitol
After the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade in downtown Little Rock on December 3rd, you can head on over and see the annual lighting of the Capitol. This celebration comes complete with fireworks and an amazing time, at 500 Woodlane Street in Little Rock.
3. Saline County Courthouse (Benton)
Located in Benton, the Saline County Courthouse is part of the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. It makes that list because it’s absolutely fantastic. The lights have been on since November 22nd, but if you’re looking for a little extra interest, try their Christmas Parade on December 5th. You’ll find thousands of lights all over the block that holds the courthouse at 200 North Main Street in Benton.
4. Garvan Woodland Gardens
If you’re looking for literally millions of lights, you need to go to Garvan Woodland Gardens. They’ve spread 4.5 million bulbs across 17 acres, and each acre is amazing. Their holiday lights last until December 31st, and there is a cover charge, but it includes all that holiday wonder and complimentary hot chocolate. Garvan Woodland Gardens is located at 550 Arkridge Road in Hot Springs.
5. White River Wonderland (Batesville)
Riverside Park in Batesville is set right beside the White River, and there’s nothing quite like what happens to it around Christmastime. People come from all over to see the park illuminated by thousands of lights. There are also carriage rides and an amazing skating rink! You’ll find White River Wonderland in Riverside Park at 1850 Chaney Drive in Batesville.
You don’t have to go overseas to see Paris in the winter. Paris, Arkansas is an adorable town and there’s no better time to see it than when it’s all lit up for the holidays. From the replica of the Eiffel Tower to the amazing lights at the Logan County Courthouse, you won’t want to miss this adorable Christmas town.
7. Downtown Bentonville
Bentonville lit up its square this year on November 19th, and it will remain lit until the end of December. The square is amazing during the holiday season, and there are plenty of small businesses lining it where you can finish up your shopping list. You can find downtown Bentonville at Main and Central Streets.
8. Finney’s Christmas Wonderland (Crossett)
With over a million lights and literal miles of extension cords, Finney’s Christmas Wonderland certainly lives up to its (admittedly awesome) name. This place has over 150 cut outs and a biblical theme. You’ll find Finney’s Christmas Wonderland at 123 Goshen Road in Crossett.
9. Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends (Pine Bluff)
This is Arkansas’s largest drive-thru light display. At 1.3 miles with over 250 displays, this one is a wonder all its own. This display has been repeatedly lauded as among the best in the Natural State. You can visit it at Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park, which you’ll find on U.S. 65 B in Pine Bluff.
10. Lights of the Delta (Blytheville)
Lights of the Delta bills itself as the Mid-South’s largest holiday lighting festival, and they are not wrong. With over six million lights, this display is sprawling and spectacular. They have a Jingle Bell Park and Santa’s workshop. They’re open from November 21st until December 27th. You’ll find them at 1405 Airbase Highway in Blytheville.
11. Downtown Eureka Springs
If you can imagine a better place to spend your holiday time than in a Victorian village, congratulations, because I can’t. In downtown Eureka Springs, you’ll find all the holiday fun you can imagine: light displays, great food, and endless shopping. Eureka Springs is located in Carroll County.
12. Hodo’s Christmas Light Show (Van Buren)
This light show is so popular among locals that you may wait in line a little while to see it. The good news is, you can turn on your radio and listen to the music that is synced with the display. You can find this truly enchanting light display at 1205 Woodland Creek Circle in Van Buren.