Editor’s note: The events featured in this article occurred in 2016, but you’ll find other great happenings on our Events page.
December in the Arkansas Delta is a magical time. This month brings holiday music events and beautiful light displays, all guaranteed to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Philip Mann, presents Home for the Holidays at the EACC Fine Arts Center in Forrest City on Dec. 3. The performance features some of the most beloved holiday songs and carols. Enjoy an evening of great music and even a sing-a-long or two. Tickets are $39. For details, log on to www.EACC.edu or call 870-633-4480.
Warfield Concerts offers a Rocky Mountain Christmas at the Lily Peter Auditorium on Dec. 13 in Helena-West Helena. Jim Curry performs the music from John Denver’s Christmas television specials and Christmas music collections. The performance also includes many of Denver’s most loved classics. For more information, visit www.WarfieldConcerts.com or phone 404-697-7197.
And throughout the month of December, the nights are a little brighter because of the great holiday lights displays located throughout the Arkansas Delta. For a complete list, check out the 2016 Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights page here.
In Blytheville, it’s Lights of the Delta, one of the Mid-South’s largest holiday lighting festivals. Drive your way along a lighted path featuring over 6 million lights and over 45 motion displays on 40 acres. Lights of the Delta is open every night beginning at 5:30 through Dec. 27. You can check out their website at www.LightsoftheDeta.com.
Head to Pine Bluff and the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park for the 20th annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends, one of Arkansas’s largest drive-thru holiday lights displays. Located along 1.3 miles of the park, visitors enjoy over 280 displays in over 170 locations. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
Christmas Wonderland, three miles north of Crossett, is a great choice for those wanting to get in the holiday spirit. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the holiday event. In 2015, Christmas Wonderland was Arkansas’s first ABC Christmas Light Fight Champion. Visitors enjoy the oasis of stunning holiday lights, animated scenes, a drive-thru tunnel of lights and singing snowmen. There is a color-changing forest of lights and a scene based on the Christmas Story. Visitors will also enjoy bubble and snow machines, a light show and special visits from Frosty the Snowman. Christmas Wonderland is open nightly through Dec. 31 from 6-10 p.m. Check out a video featuring Christmas Wonderland here.