Three Ways to Make Your Holidays Brighter

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Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is a great way to kick-off your holiday season.
Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is a great way to kick-off your holiday season.

Make your season even brighter in Arkansas’s Upper Delta with a visit to one (or all) of these great holiday light events. Believe me, it will get you in the holiday spirit quicker than you can say “Rudolph.”

A trip to Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.
A trip to Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Lights of the Delta in Blytheville

Blytheville is home to Lights of the Delta, a perennial holiday favorite and one of the largest Christmas light displays in the Mid-South region. With over 6 million lights, more than 40 major motion displays and numerous complimentary pieces, Lights of the Delta sits on a 40-acre tract on the Arkansas Aeroplex (the former Eaker Air Force Base) with lake, trees and paved roads to handle the approximately 1.5-mile, family-oriented, holiday experience. Whether it is a visit with Santa, a stop at the souvenir stand, the various types of entertainment, the live nativity on selected nights, or just to see the lights in a car or on a hayride, there is something for everyone of all ages. Lights of the Delta is open nightly from Monday, Nov. 21, through Tuesday, Dec. 27.

Jonesboro’s Christmas at the Park

In its fourth year, Christmas at the Park in Jonesboro is a winter wonderland. It features over a half-mile drive thru with over 60 collections, consisting of nearly 450 pieces decorated with over 400,000 lights. Enjoy the Snowflake Forest, take a photo with Santa and drive through one of the longest lighted tunnels in the country. You may even run into Arkansas State University mascots Howl and Scarlett. Christmas at the Park opens Wednesday, Nov. 23. For the full schedule and more details visit www.christmasattheparknea.com.  

ASU mascots Howl and Scarlett love the lights at Christmas at the Park.

Head to Stewart Park for holiday lights.
Head to Stewart Park for holiday lights.
Light Up Main lights up downtown Walnut Ridge.
Light Up Main lights up downtown Walnut Ridge.

Walnut Ridge “lights up” for the holiday season

In Walnut Ridge, head to Stewart Park and celebrate the season with Christmas in the Ridge. The 1.5-mile paved loop road provides visitors with the optimal viewing opportunity to enjoy a casual drive from the warmth of their car as they view approximately 250 beautiful LED light displays located throughout the 70-acre park. Many displays are animated or 3D. Turn Christmas music on your car radio and enjoy the magical drive! Also check out Light Up Main, where you’ll find 36 historic light poles festooned with large wreaths wrapped in over 600 bulbs. Christmas in the Ridge and Light Up Main are available to enjoy from Friday, Dec. 2, through Saturday, Dec. 31.