Let there be lights! 

Holiday lights always manage to illuminate our Christmas spirit. And with the help of some fellow light lovers around central Arkansas, we know where to go to put even the biggest Grinch in a merry and bright mood. 

Here's a look at holiday light displays around the region.

 

In the Metro:

Trail of Lights at Sherwood's Enchanted Forest

A tradition for many in the metro, this mile-long, drive-thru route in Sherwood Forest features dozens of brightly-lit holiday displays. New this year is the implementation of reservations to attend. Admission is still free, but cash donations are welcome, or you can decide to pay for a "fast pass."

Open from 6-9:30 p.m. through Dec. 30. For info, call 501.413.8030 or visit cityofsherwood.net.

 

Arkansas State Capitol in Downtown Little Rock

The State Capitol has officially been illuminated for its 85th annual holiday display (including some incredible interior decor as well). Admission is always free.

Holiday lights will shine each night through Jan. 2, with indoor hours of 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. - 9 p.m on weekends. For details, call 501.682.1010 or visit sos.arkansas.gov.

 

Holidays on Main

Look no further for the perfect photo spot than the corner of Main and Capitol. Put on by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, this setup is a winter wonderland in Capitol Plaza featuring a new 32-foot tree, holiday scenes and lights.

It will be on display through the new year. For more info, check out the DLRP Facebook page.

 

GloWILD! at the Little Rock Zoo

If you don't immediately think of wild animals during the holidays, this might change your mind. Explore larger-than-life lanterns in the form of your favorite zoo inhabitants, plus holiday activities for the whole family.

Check out GloWILD! 5-9 p.m. on select nights through Jan. 7. For more info, call 501.661.7200 or visit littlerockzoo.com.

 

And don't miss these must-see trees around the capital city:

  • Capital Hotel

  • The Promenade at Chenal

  • Argenta Plaza

  • The Bernice Garden (after Dec. 7)

 

Worth the Drive: 

Hot Springs Holiday Lights on Bathhouse Row

More than a million lights await down Central Ave. in this annual light display along Bathhouse Row in downtown Hot Springs. (We always love the Arlington lawn!)

Holiday lights are on display starting at 5 p.m. through Jan. 4. For more info, call 501.321.2277 or visit hotsprings.org.

 

Mountain Harbor Resort on Lake Ouchita

The day after Thanksgiving is the official start of Christmas at this resort on Lake Ouachita. The festive display — which includes more than 2 million lights — is free and open to the public. 

See them for yourself through the new year. For more info, call 870.867.2191 or visit mountainharborresort.com.

 

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Carol through the botanical landscapes and dazzling lights at Garvan Gardens’ annual Holiday Lights event.

View the lights from 4-9 p.m. through Dec. 31. For more info, call 501.262.9300 or visit garvangardens.org

 

Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends

This Pine Bluff holiday drive-thru exhibition was founded about 30 years ago and features over 240 displays in Pine Bluff's Regional Park. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Peruse the display through Dec. 31. For more info, call 870.536.7600 or visit explorepinebluff.com.