This Weekend in the Arkansas Delta

Kimberly J. Williams
First off, let me wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving! After you’ve eaten all the food and watched all the football games, you may be in the mood to get out and enjoy some of the offerings in the Arkansas Delta!

As I mentioned last week, Lights of the Delta in Blytheville is open! With six million lights and 45 major 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. Visit for detailed information.

Don’t forget about the activities and events going on at the 75th annual World’s Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival in Stuttgart. Click here to see last week’s blog that outlines all the different events, activities and times.

This weekend, you can head to West Memphis for a horse-drawn carriage ride through Worthington Park. The rides, held on Friday and Saturday nights only, also include a tour of the adjoining neighborhood, where private homes are decked out in their holiday wardrobe. Log on to or phone 870-732-7598 to learn more.

Village Creek State Park in Wynne hosts the annual Christmas Toys Benefit Ride on Nov. 27. Horse riders from around the tri-state area will collect toys to make the holiday season a little brighter for local disadvantaged children. For those who don’t ride, join in the fun and bring an unwrapped gift. Negative Coggins are required on all horses. For more information, contact Village Creek State Park at 870-238-9406.

The 14th annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends is open in Pine Bluff. 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 phone 800-536-7660.

Everyone have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!!

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