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Let twinkling lights lead your way on a drive through the Arkansas Delta this holiday season. Cities and towns across the region pull out all the stops to delight you and your family with parades,live nativity scenes and appearances by Santa, Rudolph, Frosty and more.
The glow of the mid-South’s largest holiday lighting festival can be seen from far away. From Nov. 21-Dec. 27, visit one of two locations - the Arkansas Aeroplex and historic downtown Blytheville – Sun.-Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m. and Fri.-Sat., 5:30-10 p.m. Free pictures with Santa every Tues., Fri. and Sat. Live nativity scene on select Tues. Hayrides every night. Entertainment on the weekends at the souvenir stand. Two new animated displays – a marching band and a Christmas tree, both with music - will be located at the historic Greyhound bus station. Contact George Hubbard, (870) 763-4409, LightsOfTheDelta.com.
Make plans to be in Corning on Nov. 26. Live entertainment begins at 5 p.m., followed by the countdown to the lighting at 6 p.m. and a visit from Santa, who will be giving out bags of candy to every good boy and girl, as well as listening to their Christmas wishes. Christmas lights will be on Nov. 26-Dec. 31, 6 p.m.-midnight. Contact Glen Boyd, (870) 857-9001.
The Christmas Parade put on by the Jonesboro Jaycees begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1. Winter Wonderland will be open beginning Dec. 1 from 5:30-8 p.m. on Wed., Thurs. and Fri., and Sat. from 4-8 p.m. through Dec. 17. For more information, go to JonesboroJaycees.org.
Downtown Square Lighting ceremony takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving and lasts through the holiday season. City streets are lined with snowflakes, poinsettias, Christmas trees and French horns. Victorian-themed city park. Contact Ouida Storey, (870) 295-2469, MariannaArkansas.org.
The Wiley A. McGehee Memorial Park lights up Nov. 25 and stays lit throughout the season! Come see the Santa Train at 3 p.m. at the railroad depot and take a stroll through the celebration in the park, followed by the parade at 5 p.m. Contact City of McGehee, (870) 222-3160 or Paula Mote, (870) 501-2450.
Festivities in Newport begin Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. with the Christmas Parade at Lakewood Park. Contact Johnny Long, (870) 512-8185.
Christmas in Osceola gets in gear Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. Watch the Christmas Parade and lighting of the tree and have your picture taken with Santa and cartoon characters. Take a carriage ride and enjoy a variety of food vendors. For other events, including holiday trees and tables throughout the season, check online for dates. Contact Susan Fetsch, (870) 563-6177, OsceolaChamber.net.
Piggott’s Christmas Fest on Dec. 3 includes arts and crafts around the court square, entertainment performed from a 1930s-style gazebo that’s magically transformed into a carousel, prize drawings, local cuisine, special store sales and a visit from Santa. Don’t miss the parade. Contact Piggott Area Chamber of Commerce, (870) 598-3167, PChamber@Piggott.net.
Follow the 11th Annual Rector Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. down Main Street through downtown to a free reception at the Rector Community Center on Hwy. 49. Contact Kim Romine, (870) 595-3035, RectorArkansas.com.
On Nov. 23, witness the lighting of the 45’ blue spruce at the West Memphis Community Tree and Park Lighting Festivities at the corner of Missouri St. and S. Worthington St. There will be Christmas music, refreshments, snow and thousands of lights. The parade will commence on Dec. 7 and travel down W. Broadway to Worthington Park. There will also be horse-drawn carriage tours through the neighborhood district around the beautifully lit Worthington Park; see unique displays by local homeowners. Contact Sarah Christian, (870) 514-6340, WestMemphis.org.
Local businesses participate in the annual “Festival of Trees” in Wynne. Stop by the Bill Thomas Building at 1790 N. Falls and vote for
your favorite from Nov. 14-Dec. 22. Also check out the lighting display on the courthouse lawn. The Christmas Parade will be held on
Dec. 1. Contact Jan Hess, (870) 238-2601, CrossCountyChamber.com.