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When it comes to picturesque settings, the Timberlands don’t disappoint. Snap a pic with Santa or wrap your fingers around a warm mug of cocoa as you discover the magic hidden here.
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
The state park in Smackover comes to life each Fri. and Sat., Nov. 18-Dec. 23 from 6-8 p.m. Each lighted scene represents the sights of the winter holiday seasons. Visit the Ice Castle and watch the falling snow! Listen to Santa’s rock band. Then warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in the museum gift shop. (870) 725-2877, AMNR.org.
Ashdown/Little River County Area
The historic Little River County Courthouse, built in 1907 and still in use today, is a wonderland of lights during the holidays. Completely lighted from dome to lawn, it is truly a sight to behold. The official lighting ceremony will be held Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. Also be sure to stop by the Two Rivers Museum on Main Street. Contact Debbie Crouch, (870) 898-2758, LittleRiverCounty.org.
The official lighting ceremony at the Sevier County Courthouse will precede the annual Christmas Parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. This spectacular nighttime parade features lighted fl oats and marching bands through the downtown De Queen shopping area. Pop over to nearby Lockesburg and Horatio the same day for their parades. Also check out the Sevier County Museum’s Historic Replica Village decorated with hundreds of holiday lights nightly, Dec. 3-Jan. 1. For museum information, (870) 642-6642. For all other information, contact Fonda Hawthorne, (870) 584-3225, DeQueenChamberOfCommerce.com.
Ashdown/Little River County Area
Enjoy the holiday in Historic Downtown El Dorado. The lighting ceremony will be held at the Union County Courthouse on Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. The Festival of Lights at the courthouse, city hall and throughout the town shines until Dec. 31. Take a drive under one of the largest man-made Christmas trees in Arkansas. See the largest Christmas parade in South Arkansas on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. Contact Christy Murphy, (870) 863-6113, (888) 921-BOOM, GoElDorado.com.
Experience the spirit of Christmas during “Hamburg Holidays,” Dec. 1, 3:30-7 p.m. Visit local merchants for special sales and promotions. On the square, enjoy entertainment, holiday treats, Little Red Wagon Parade, pictures with Santa, Santa’s workshop and, of course, the annual Christmas Parade. The lighting of the town will be held at the square. Contact Jennifer Foote, (870) 853-8345, HamburgAreaChamber.org.
Historic Washington State Park
The park will be adorned with 19th-century decorations, and 3,000 luminaries will be lit at dusk on Dec. 3 and Dec. 10 from 1-8 p.m. Docents in historic dress will greet you at the decorated 19th-century buildings and homes. The sound of choirs fills the streets as you enjoy strolling through town. Tickets sold the day of are $10 (plus tax) for adults and $5 (plus tax) for children. For $1 off advance tickets, contact SARA (Southwest Arkansas Regional Archives) at (870) 983-2633. Contact the park at (870) 983-2684, HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com.
Historic downtown Monticello comes alive with lights and music during the celebration of the annual Christmas Parade, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. Thousands of sparkling lights cover fl oats depicting favorite Christmas carols. Following the parade, a candlelight tour complete with carolers, cider and Santa will be enjoyed by all at the Drew County Courthouse Museum. Contact Glenda Nichols, (870) 367-6741, MontDrewChamber.com.
Nashville will be celebrating the holiday season with its annual Christmas parade, which will proceed through the decorated
downtown on Dec. 3 at 4:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree on Main Street. Downtown Nashville will be fi lled with music the entire season. Contact Mike Reese, (870) 845-1262, NashvilleAr.com.
Just three miles north of Crossett on Hwy. 133 N., find an oasis of beautiful lights, Nov. 24-Dec. 31, 6-10 p.m. nightly. Christmas
Wonder land consists of over a million lights with several animated scenes, snow machines, a drive-through tunnel of lights, laser light
show, 20-foot snowman, several lighted 20-foot trees, the Christmas Story and bubbles for kids. This display draws crowds from three states. Contact Sam Finney, (870) 364-8269.
From Nov. 15-Dec. 31, visit the award-winning lights display, “Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends.” Now in its 15th season, this 1.2-mile drive features over 140 beautiful holiday displays, many of which are animated, and is the state’s largest drive-through holiday light display. Admission is free. Donations are accepted. Contact Greg Gustek, (800) 536-7660, PineBluffFestival.org.
Get in the spirit with the Christmas open house, Nov. 20, 2-4 p.m. Christmas on the Square begins Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. immediately following the Christmas parade on the courthouse lawn. Have breakfast with Santa on Dec. 17, 9-11 a.m. at the Potlatch Building-Fairgrounds. Contact Judy Duke, (870) 887-2101, PNPartnership.org.
Texarkana kicks off the holiday season with the 27th Annual Main Street Texarkana Christmas Parade on Dec. 5
at 7 p.m. This year’s lineup that crosses state lines will be “Electric.” Everything will be lighted with a “Toyland” theme. Floats and marching bands will be led by three live camels and their “shepherds” with city dignitaries in the saddles. At the parade’s end, Santa will fl ip the switch to light the community Christmas tree on the Confederate Plaza lawn. Caroling will follow. Visitors will be allowed to pet the camels. Horse-and-carriage rides around historic downtown will be available that evening and throughout the holidays. Contact Main Street Texarkana, (903) 792-7191, MainStreetTexarkana.org.
Christmas starts at Dollarway Rd. and Colonial Park on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. with the “Christmas in the Park” parade. Finish the night with the lighting of the city park and open house at city hall. Contact Lydia Scholebo, (870) 247-2399, WhiteHallArkansas.org.