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Experience the Christmas magic across the Arkansas River Valley. Don’t miss the chance to create a new tradition with your family.


The Alma community presents a drive-through lights presentation with over 40,000 lights at the Alma City Water Park. Free to the public,donations are appreciated and will be given to feed the hungry in the area. Contact Eldon Mushrush, (479) 414-9218.


From downtown and beyond, the lights of Altus can be seen as you enter the delightfully lit city, or you can view the bright and beautiful City Park and area businesses from atop St. Mary’s Mountain for a breathtaking view! With over 100,000 lights twinkling for the season, visit downtown Altus and enjoy the glowing lights as you get a taste of Altus in the restaurants and decorated shops. Enter the Christmas Parade held on Dec. 11 at 2 p.m. for a chance to win prize money; bring the whole family. Visit Santa at Altus Park following the parade. Contact Larry Stacy, (479) 213-7081.


Merchants kick off the season with the 2nd annual “Holiday Tour of the Town” held in The Meeting Place at Main and Benton streets from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy holiday treats, punch and hot cider as you select special gifts for those on your Christmas list. Tickets are available at local banks, the Chamber and at the door. The annual Lighting of the Trees will take place on Dec. 2 in front of City Hall located at 2nd and Main streets. The Booneville Annual Christmas Parade is Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. Arrive early and listen to carolers while sipping hot cocoa. The city of Magazine will have its parade Dec. 10. Other events in Booneville include the 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off and “Best Decked for the Holidays.” Don’t miss the “Magical North Pole” in The Meeting Place, where Santa and his elves will spread Christmas cheer to all. Contact Trinity Damron or Latisha Riley, (479) 675-2666,

Clarksville-Johnson County


It all begins with a merchant open house on Nov. 20 from 1-5 p.m. Next, enjoy the Early Bird Sale on Nov. 25 from 7-10 a.m. And on Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m., stop by for the Christmas Parade and Lighting Ceremony. Contact Sue Williams, (479) 754-2340,


The Dardanelle Christmas Parade will be on Dec. 2 on Union St. and Front St. at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to enter the parade. No entry fee to participate. Contact Andrea Pitts, (479) 229-3328,

Fort Smith

Fort Smith spreads the holiday cheer with lights displays in Creekmore Park on Rogers Avenue. “Snowflakes on Garrison” will be in downtown Fort Smith, and festive holiday displays can be found at Pendergraft Park and River Park Downtown. Contact Carolyn Joyce, (479) 783-8888,


The Kiwanis Trail of Holiday Lights display runs from Dec. 1-31, nightly from dark-9 p.m. at Bell Park in Greenwood. The Snow Bird 5K takes place on Dec. 3 in downtown Greenwood. Greenwood’s Garden Club Holiday House Tour, Merchants Open House and Methodist Church Tasting Tea will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Dec. 4. Then on Dec. 5, enjoy free music on the downtown square from 5-7 p.m., followed by the annual Christmas Parade, featuring over 100 lighted entries. Contact Roxanne Sterling or Wanda Kindberg, (479) 996-6357,


Christmas in Morrilton begins with the annual parade through downtown on Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m. The University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton hosts “Night of Luminaries” on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. The free community event features nearly 2,000 candle-lit paper bags illuminating the drive through campus and leading visitors to Santa himself, who will greet children following his duties in the parade. Contact Erin Horn, (501) 354-2393,


Admire the brilliance of Christmas lights on the Ozark Square between Nov. 21-Dec. 25. There will also be a special ice-skating event this holiday season. For details, contact the Visitor’s Center,(479) 667-2525,



Kick off your holiday season in beautiful historic downtown Paris with the Mercy Auxiliary Benefit Holiday Dinner on Nov. 20 at St. Joseph Catholic Church cafeteria from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children and available at the door. After lunch, enjoy the Merchant’s Open House and get a jump on your holiday shopping. On Nov. 26, be there for the 15th annual Trail of Holiday Lights official lighting ceremony. Pre-lighting entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the south side of the courthouse, followed by the parade at 6 p.m. Santa will be there to hear all of your Christmas wishes. On Dec. 4, don’t miss the Logan County Museum’s annual Tour of Holiday Homes from 1-4 p.m. Tickets are $4 per person and available on the day of the tour at the Museum at 202 N. Vine Street. Contact Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, (479) 963-2244,


Russellville presents its Winter Wonderland drive-through lights display and live nativity scene, Nov. 26, Dec. 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 and 23-24 from 6-10 p.m. The Russellville Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the corner of West Main and Boulder. Santa will do the honors of lighting the tree. Contact Christine Graham, (479) 967-1762, or (479) 968-2530, See the state’s largest lighted Christmas Parade on Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. The parade travels from South Arkansas to West Main Street. Contact Mack Hollis or Kelli Nealy, (479) 968-1272.

Van Buren

Historic Main Street will be aglow with Christmas decorations and lights for the open house on Nov. 12-13. The Courthouse Lighting Ceremony and Festival of Trees will be Dec. 3 from 6-9 p.m., along with Living Windows from 5:30-9 p.m., where downtown merchants will show off live displays depicting the colorful history of Van Buren. The annual Christmas parade will be held Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m. Contact Stacie Browning, (800) 332-5889,

Wiederkehr Village

Christmas with a Swiss twist! Discover the Swiss heritage of Wiederkehr Village, located on the southern slopes of the Ozark Mountains and home to mid-America’s largest and oldest winery. The glow comes not from the wine, but the 50,000 twinkling lights. Contact Dennis Wiederkehr, (479) 468-9463,