This Saturday (Dec. 14) is a chance to enjoy the holidays in a historic setting during the 27th annual Christmas and Candlelight program at Historic Washington State Park in Washington. Last week’s program got cancelled due to the ice storm that passed through the state so this will be the first and only presentation of the program this year. The park will be open from 8-8 on this day but according to Patricia Thomas, who works at the park, to enjoy the thousands of luminaries and special music you may want to wait until later in the afternoon to pay a visit.
During the program, tour locations and homes will be decorated in 19th century style decorations including natural handmade wreaths tailored by park staff and volunteers. Evening programming and tours begin at 1, the lighting of the luminaries will take place at dark, and music from groups and choirs throughout the region begin at 5 p.m.
According to the Historic Washington newsletter, prep for the event takes park staff many months and the luminaries are made by using white paper bags filled with sand and a lighted candle. Wreath-making begins the week after Thanksgiving with between 250 -300 wreaths assembled from cedar which is cut and trimmed to size, and set by hand. 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. Tickets to the program are $10 for adults and $5 for children (6 -12) plus tax. For more information contact Historic Washington at 870-983-2684, or HistoricWashington@Arkansas.com.