I know we’re still enjoying the gorgeous fall foliage this year, but we have a different kind of color season looming on the horizon. The Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights is fast approaching. If you want to get a jump-start on your Christmas activities, some of the festivities began as soon as November 9 (Conway), followed by El Dorado (November 14), and Bentonville (November 16).
More than 60 communities around the state are taking part in the trail this year, offering everything from caroling, tree and town lightings, to open houses, parades and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus. You’ll find information on all of these on the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights website. Read about the state’s largest Christmas tree making its debut this year in Conway. Check out the locations where you can go ice skating — Bentonville, Ozark, and Helena-West Helena. Horse-drawn carriage rides await you in Fayetteville and Historic Washington State Park, while Blytheville offers hay rides, and Fort Smith has train rides. Wanting to experience a White Christmas? Then head on over to the White Winter Country at Wild River Country in North Little Rock to experience snow tubing, snowman building, snowball throwing and more, featuring REAL snow.
You can download the brochure, make-your-own holiday e-card using Arkansas scenes, and view seasonal photos submitted by our visitors in 2012. Be sure and submit your photographs after visiting any of the sparkly locales.
Printed brochures are available for pick-up at any participating Bank of America, Shell, Subway, and Best Western or any of the 14 Arkansas Welcome Centers.
Join in the chorus as we lift our merry voices in honor of the season.