A chance to enjoy the start of the Christmas season in a historic setting is upon us. The 26th annual Christmas and Candlelight is set for December 1 and 8 at Historic Washington State Park in Washington, Arkansas. The park will be open from 8-8 both days. “But to enjoy the thousands of luminaries and special music you may want to wait until later in the afternoon to pay a visit,” said Patricia Thomas via a news release. “Tour locations and homes will be adorned in 19th century style decorations including natural handmade wreaths and swags tailored by park staff and volunteers the week of the event.”
Evening programming and tours begin at 1 p.m. The lighting of the luminaries will happen at dark, and music from groups and choirs throughout the region will begin at 5.
The William’s Tavern Restaurant Christmas Buffet will be served for both lunch and dinner. Visitors can stroll the boardwalk streets or take a ride on a horse drawn surrey. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (6 -12) plus tax, and may be purchased at a $1 discount when ordered prior to December 1from South Arkansas Regional Archives by calling 870-983- 2633. You may also purchase tickets at regular price at the park the night of the event. Historic Washington State Park, a restoration village preserving one of Arkansas’s most prominent 19th-Century towns, is located on US 278 nine miles north of Hope and can be reached by taking Exit 30 off Interstate 30. For more information contact the park at 870-983-2684 or visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com.