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“Plan-Ahead Event” blogs are posted early in the week and feature events and festivals that are popular or unique…and give readers plenty of time to make plans to attend!

Kimberly J. Williams
One of my favorite things about the holidays is the beautiful light displays. In the next week and a half, three of my personal favorites are opening in the Arkansas Delta.

Pine Bluff lights up for the 14th annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends beginning tonight! Located within the Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park, the Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends features over 150 lighted vignettes, many of which are animated, and is open nightly through Dec. 31. The award-winning event is one of Arkansas’s largest drive-thru holiday light displays. Admission is free but donations are accepted. To find out more, log on to or call them at 800-536-7660.

Blytheville’s Arkansas Aeroplex is the site of the 16th annual Lights of the Delta beginning Nov. 22. With six million twinkling lights and 45 major lighted motion displays on 40 acres, Lights of the Delta is one of the largest lighting festivals in the mid-south. Hayrides are available each night. Live music, pictures with Santa and a live nativity scene will be presented on select nights throughout the festival, which runs nightly through Dec. 28. you can log on to for detailed information.

Ring in the holiday season in West Memphis as the town lights up Worthington Park on Nov. 24. Watch as Santa flips the switch to light up the trees, the water tower, and the bridge located inside the park, all adorned with thousands of beautiful lights. The focal point is always the 45-foot tree in the center of the park. From Nov. 27 through Dec.18, horse-drawn carriage rides are offered each Friday and Saturday evening in the park area and the adjoining neighborhood, where private homes are decorated for the holiday season. Log on to or phone 870-732-7598 to learn more.

If you love holiday lights as much as I do, make SURE and become a fan of the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights page on Facebook. If you take a photo of yourself in three different cities in Arkansas included on the Trail and submit them to the page, you will receive a free, limited edition holiday ornament! Find out more here.

In my opinion, there’s no better time to spend time with family and friends than driving through Arkansas, gazing upon some of the stunning light displays! Click here to find out more about the 2010 Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. You can even download your own copy and plan a trip to see the amazing displays located throughout The Natural State!

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