A Holly, Jolly Holiday Season


The holiday season is upon us. Here are some great events in the Upper and Lower Delta of eastern Arkansas to make the holidays even brighter!

Take a few hours away from the bustle of the season and make a trip to Pocahontas to enjoy a holiday getaway. The beautiful downtown, one of Arkansas’s many National Historic Districts, lights up for the holiday season, including the striking 1872 courthouse in the center of the square. On Dec. 3, the community hosts Old Time Christmas, featuring the annual Christmas parade and Mrs. Santa’s Kitchen at the Randolph County Heritage Museum, where you’ll find dinners and baked goods after the parade. Beginning Dec. 19, it’s the 30th annual Candy Cane Lane, when Maple St. is transformed into a holiday wonderland with candy canes and Christmas lights lining the streets. Santa and his elves will be on hand, offering treats to visitors each evening through Dec. 24. 

Bah, Humbug! The Fine Arts Center on the campus of East Arkansas Community College in Forrest City offers A Christmas Carol on Dec. 5. The classic, written by Charles Dickens, is a powerful story of redemption featuring Ebenezer Scrooge, a most unrepentant, miserly fellow, who is made to see the light after the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future pay him visits. The show is a new adaptation of the Dickens classic, featuring veteran Broadway actors, lush costumes, music, and dancing, as well as beloved traditional carols of the season. 

Head to Powhatan on Dec. 12 as Powhatan Historic State Park hosts the annual Victorian Holiday Ball. Experience the holiday season with a touch of Victorian elegance. Live music and dance instruction will be featured throughout the evening, and 19th century costume is optional.