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Add some sparkle to the holiday season in the Arkansas Ozarks. Festive parades, bright home tours and dazzling light displays await you and your family in cities and towns throughout the region. A popular vacation destination year-round, the Ozarks truly shine at Christmastime.
Lyon College gets festive Dec. 2 with the lighting of Brown Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Guests are invited to arrive early for music and hot apple cider beginning at 6:45 p.m. On Dec. 3, the entire town of Batesville will be all aglow with more than a half-million lights
dazzling onlookers. The official lighting ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the Municipal Building. The town Christmas Parade will be Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. Additional holiday events include the Festival of Lessons and Carols on Dec. 4 at 4 p.m. On Dec. 31, ring in the New Year with dinner and music on Main St. Contact Johnathan Abbott, (870) 698-2400, CityOfBatesville.com.
Bentonville transforms into a winter wonderland at its Lighting of the Square on Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. One of the largest daytime parades in the state, the Bentonville Holiday Parade takes place downtown on Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. Enjoy lights, vendors and various special events throughout the holiday season. Contact Andy Green, (479) 254-0254, DowntownBentonville.org.
The Berryville Christmas Parade – full of floats, queens, antique cars, horses and, of course, Santa – will be held Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to watch the parade at Berryville’s historic downtown square. The theme for the 2011 Christmas parade is “Christmas Candy,” and it promises to be a must-see event for the entire family. Contact Ginger Oaks, (870) 423-3704, BerryvilleAr.com.
Twinkling lights adorn branches, benches and more in Bull Shoals city park. For special events throughout the season, call or visit online. Contact Nancy Soares, (870) 736-7043, BullShoals.org.
The newly organized lighting event in Cotter expects to pack a holiday punch! Listed on the National Historic Register, the Arch Bridge will be decorated in its holiday best, as well as the Big Spring Park underneath. Contact Gary Flippin, (870) 321-6144, Cotterchamberofcommerce.com.
Eureka Springs is an enchanting place to celebrate the holidays. Citywide lighting displays illuminate the charming mountain town from 5-11 p.m., beginning Nov. 21. Check out the “Reason for the Season” show and drive-through light display at The New Great Passion Play, “A Season of Celebration” at the Pine Mountain Theatre or the “Ozark Mountain Hoe-Down” holiday music show. On Dec. 9, the highlight of the holidays is the Eureka Springs Historical Museum Annual Christmas Ball at the Historic Basin Park Hotel. Dance to the music of the Jack Mitchell Combo and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres, sweets and libations while spreading the Christmas cheer. Contact Mike Maloney,(479) 253-7333, EurekaSprings.org.
Enter the dazzling winter wonderland of lights on the downtown square beginning Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. with the Holiday Parade and lasting through Dec. 31. Nightly carriage and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an attraction that cannot be missed. Locals and visitors alike will cherish the romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million twinkling lights. Contact Tanner Montgomery, (479) 521-5776, TheLightsoftheOzarks.com.
A newcomer to the trail, the Harrison lighting display has been around since 1991 and is a must-see. The Boone County Courthouse and surrounding Square will be beautifully lit from Nov. 19-Dec. 26. Many events will be announced, call for details. Contact Jim Bumgardner, (870) 754-1078.
On Dec. 3, a lighted Christmas Parade begins on Main Street at 6 p.m. and ends with an appearance by Santa. Snowflakes
line Main Street, and 500 luminaries will glow around the lighted Historic Cleburne County Courthouse. Contact Melissa Gardner, (501) 362-2444, Heber-Springs.com.
Celebrate the season with Horseshoe Bend’s annual Christmas Parade, Dec. 3. Santa will also be at the mall for photos and treats for children beginning Dec. 3. The 14th Annual Festival of Trees takes place Dec. 3-4. Judging of the Holiday Lighting Contest will be Dec. 17, which is also when Music in the Mountains fi lls the air. Contact Karen Johnson, (870) 670-5433, Horseshoebendarcc.com.
There’s much to love about Mountain Home at Christmastime. The celebration begins early with the Frosty Festival, Nov. 4-5 at the Baxter County Fairgrounds. The annual Chamber Christmas Parade is a family favorite. This year’s parade takes place on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. New for 2011 is Breakfast with Santa at Hackler Intermediate School, Dec. 3 at 7-11 a.m. Jingle on the Green at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home will be held Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Eddie Majeste, (870) 425-5111, (800) 822-3536, Enjoymountainhome.com.
Experience an Ozark Mountain Christmas in beautiful Mountain View. The Historic Courthouse, town square and Main Street will be all aglow with lights, music and spirit. The Christmas tree lighting and courthouse lighting ceremonies will be held Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Enjoy Christmas music on the square and a live nativity. Santa will be there for the children. Contact Michalle Stevens, (870) 269-8068, YourPlaceintheMountains.com.
Come enjoy the Ol’ Time Christmas on the Square and parade, Dec. 6, followed by the Christmas tree lighting from 4-8 p.m. Silent auctions and “Mrs. Santa’s Kitchen” baked goods for sale at Randolph County Heritage Museum. Candy canes line each lawn, and beautiful decorations and lights are on display on Maple Street at the 27th Annual Candy Cane Lane, Dec. 21-24, featuring Rudolph, Frosty, Santa and his helpers. Contact Randolph County Tourism Association, (870) 892-0524, SeeRandolphCounty.com.
Come enjoy a “Daisy of a Christmas” in the Rogers Historic Downtown District. The Community Christmas Parade will start things off Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. welcoming Santa to town. Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus on the trains at Frisco Park, where children can have pictures taken with Santa. Contact Rhonda Bezjian, (479) 936-5487, MainStreetRogers.com.
The season starts early in Siloam Springs with the Downtown Holiday Open House and Christmas Tree Auction, Nov. 4. Then the lights come on with the ceremonial Christmas Parade and “Light Up Siloam” at 5 p.m. on Dec. 3. Contact Meredith Bergstrom, (479) 524-4556.
Yellville invites you to get into the holiday spirit at the 15th Annual Tour of Homes on Dec. 4 from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Experience the
excitement of Christmas on the Square, Dec. 4 from 4-7 p.m., with a parade, lighting ceremony, entertainment and appearance by
Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Contact Carolyn Vigna, (870) 449-4676, Yellville.com.