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Experience the Magic of the Holidays In Arkansas


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Ashdown Courthouse
Ashdown Courthouse
    Holiday Lights in Siloam Springs
Holiday Lights in Siloam Springs
       
 
Trail of Lights
Trail of Lights
    Trail of Lights in Jonesboro
Trail of Lights in Jonesboro
       
 
Trail of Lights in Paris
Trail of Lights in Paris
   
November 6, 2009
 
Kerry Kraus, travel writer
Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
 
Over 60 Arkansas communities invite visitors to Experience the Magic this year during the annual Trail of Holiday Lights. The choices of events and decorations are as varied as the towns themselves, with the majority of them beginning in late November or early December. Van Buren gets a head start on other towns Nov. 7-8 with its open house, followed by Wynne’s Festival of Trees on Nov. 16.
 
Live nativities, parades, tree lighting ceremonies, extravagant displays of illumination, open houses and concerts are scheduled. The most popular holiday guest, the “right jolly old elf” himself, will be extremely busy, visiting one event after another, having his photo taken with all the good little girls and boys.
 
Some of the more unusual activities scheduled include Caroling in the Caverns in Mountain View and an Ice Castle complete with falling snow at Smackover. Food is featured in Mena with a chili supper, a free bean feed in Greenwood, the Sweet Treat Cookie Tour of bed and breakfasts in Eureka Springs, and an opportunity for kids to build cookie houses in Batesville. Van Buren once again hosts the city’s annual Living History Windows vignettes, and luminaries light Historic Washington State Park and Heber Springs’ Spring Park. Modes of transportation are highlighted in Blytheville with hayrides, carriage rides in Osceola and West Memphis, and Hamburg’s Little Red Wagon Parade.
 
Arkansas towns in the northwest Ozarks taking part in the Trail of Holiday Lights are Siloam Springs, Bentonville, Rogers, Fayetteville, Eureka Springs and Berryville. North central Ozark participants are Yellville, Bull Shoals, Mountain Home, Horseshoe Bend, Mountain View, Heber Springs, Batesville and Pocahontas.
 
Delta communities include Corning, Piggott, Rector, Blytheville, Osceola, Jonesboro, Newport, Wynne, West Memphis and Marianna. White Hall, Pine Bluff, Monticello, McGehee, Hamburg, El Dorado, Smackover, Texarkana, Ashdown/Little River County, DeQueen, Nashville, Historic Washington State Park and Prescott are locations in the southern Arkansas Timberlands.
 
Gurdon, Hot Springs, Mena and Waldron light-up the Ouachitas region, while in the River Valley Greenwood, Fort Smith, Van Buren, Alma, Ozark, Booneville/Magazine, Paris, Altus, Wiederkehr Village, Clarksville/Johnson County, Dardanelle, Russellville and Morrilton are participating in the holiday campaign. Central Arkansas towns celebrating the season include Conway, Searcy, Beebe, Jacksonville, Sherwood, North Little Rock, Little Rock and Saline County/Benton.
 
To map out a tour, you can download the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights brochure from www.Arkansas.com under “Things to Do.” A printed copy is obtainable by ordering an Arkansas Vacation Planning Kit online by visiting http://www.arkansas.com/helpful-info/free-vacation-kit/ or by phoning 1-800-NATURAL or 501-682-7777. The brochure is available at any participating Shell Super Stop, Best Western property or Bank of America location.
 
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Submitted by the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
One Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201, 501-682-7606
E-mail: info@arkansas.com
 
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