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From lakes to gardens to parks, the Ouachitas invite you to appreciate the beauty of nature this holiday season. These scenic settings will make the perfect background for your family Christmas card.


Southern hospitality and Christmas cheer abound in Gurdon. Check out the Christmas parade in early Dec. Call or check online for exact dates and events. Contact Michelle Anderson, (870) 353-2521,

Hot Springs

The Spa City dazzles this season, starting with a parade along downtown Central Avenue on Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. On Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., experience the lighting of the Garland County Courthouse. From Nov. 19-Dec. 31, Lights on the Landscape at Garvan Woodland Gardens is a must-see with more than 1.8 million twinkling bulbs on 15 masterfully sculpted acres. Holiday lights admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children (ages 6-12) and free for ages 5 and under. Lights are on daily from 5-9 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Located at 550 Arkridge Road. Contact Jimmy Sample, (501) 262-9300, (800) 366-4664,



Mena hosts its largest parade of lights on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m., followed by fireworks and the lighting ceremony at historic Janssen Park. Before the ceremony, enjoy festive music in the park. The Ouachita Little Theatre will perform a special Christmas production. See the tour of homes on Dec. 4 from 2-5 p.m. Contact Ilana Burk, (479) 394-8355,


It’s a day packed full of holiday fun in Waldron on Dec. 3, beginning with the annual chamber silent auction, 1st Saturday Tradin’ Days and Kiwanis Toy Sale at 10 a.m. The day continues with an annual free movie at 5 p.m., and that evening, enjoy the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas parade. Contact Linda Davis, (479) 637-2775,