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Multiple Regions- Holiday de Lights - Northern Arkansas

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Day 1

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Best enjoyed in: winter holiday season
 
Well, to be clear, this is a sample trail of lights across the Northern parts of The Natural State for you to follow. Each winter, The Natural State lights up big with the decorations, music and culinary delights of the holiday season. The mild winter weather and affordable travel here make it an inviting and festive place to get into the holiday spirit and even knock some items off you shopping lists. You will rejoice in the one of a kind Caroling in the Caverns, a candlelit choral concert that will take you back in time, and plenty more special holiday music, some delicious treats, and a couple of optional unique shopping stops along the way. No need to check your list twice-holiday tours in Arkansas are always very, very good!
 
Start your evening in the Delta town of Blytheville, Arkansas, home of the famous "That Book Store" and host of the largest holiday light display in the Mid-South! We'll stop in the book store, feed you a private warm and hearty dinner, then take you by Motorcoach through the lights of downtown Blytheville and on over to the myriad of whimsical, elaborate light displays that are the renowned "Lights of the Delta." You just might not believe your eyes when you come around the bend, or you might think you took a wrong turn and ended up headed into Las Vegas! More than twenty displays are arranged over 46 acres to welcome your coach for a scenic drive right through, complete with holiday music and hot chocolate delivered to you in the comfort of your heated seat on the coach! Don't miss "Christmas in a Painted House," a rendition of the house, cotton fields and characters in Arkansas-native John Grisham's novel, "A Painted House."
Overnight in Blytheville.



Day 2

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This morning, after a hot breakfast, head to Jonesboro for a coffee break and a walk through a Winter Wonderland. Depart the Delta for the Ozark Mountain Region, on into Mountain View. There you'll take pleasure in a down-home-cooked Ozark lunch, a visit to the Ozark Folk Center State Park, and time to explore the historic Courthouse Square, known far and wide as the shining gem of the Ozarks when lit with thousands of twinkling holiday lights. Get lost in the spirit of the holidays when you take in the magical experience of "Caroling in the Caverns - A Christmas Concert". You'll delight in this concert of a choir and musicians, inside the enchanting caves at nearby Blanchard Springs Caverns. Another home-cooked meal will delight you in the evening, then how about another private musical concert (this one above ground) that may just make you feel like you've stepped back to a simpler time? Overnight Mountain View.



Day 3

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After breakfast, relax to the dazzling views and vistas of your drive through the crisp, sparkling winter wonderland that is the Ozark Mountain Region as you head over to Harrison for lunch and a holiday tour of homes.  Following your stop in Harrison, jingle on through the Ozarks and over into Eureka Springs, where you'll have time for sightseeing and shopping in this beautiful Victorian Village nestled high in the heart of the Ozarks.  Your evening holds a lovely dinner (Eurekans know how to enjoy life!)  Overnight Eureka Springs.



Day 4

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Following breakfast and a little more free time in Historic Downtown Eureka, take the short drive to the charming original business district of Rogers, where you'll take lunch at a retro tea room or diner and a shopping stop in the graceful historic downtown district. From there jaunt over to Bentonville, where you can take in some more fresh winter air on another preserved downtown square, and also take a few moments to tour the Wal Mart Visitor's Center, Sam Walton's original variety store which now traces the origin and growth of Wal-Mart. If you have time, how about a holiday tour of the Peel House Mansion and Historical Gardens or specially arranged carriage rides? Next we'll drive the short drive to Siloam Springs for a private candlelit dinner in an restored historic building followed by an enchanting evening holiday concert at John Brown College. That evening, head into Fayetteville, widely famous for its award-winning fairyland of lights on the downtown square. Overnight Fayetteville.



Day 5

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After breakfast it's down the road to Winslow, where you'll board for a scenic silvery ride on historic Arkansas-Missouri Railroad. The train will drop you (and your coach will meet you) in Fort Smith, where you'll be welcomed at the unusual Visitor Center at "Miss Laura's," and then and lunch downtown and enjoy a brief tour of the Fort Smith National Historic Site and some other special holiday events just for you in this seasoned, tourist friendly frontier town.

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