Let there be lights!
Holiday lights always manage to illuminate our Christmas spirit. Thanks to our sister publication, Little Rock Family, 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 in the metro:
A Trail of Holiday Lights at Sherwood's Enchanted Forest
Drive through this mile-long trail of lights in Sherwood Forest to spot more than 90 brightly-lit displays. Don't forget to pick up a complimentary candy cane at the end of the trail. The entrance is at Sherwood Sports Complex, 511 Bear Paw Road. Admission is free but nonperishable items, donated to local food pantries, are welcome.
Open from 6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2-30. For info call 501.833.3790 or visit CityofSherwood.net.
Arkansas State Capitol in Downtown Little Rock
Following the Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade in downtown Little Rock, the State Capitol was illuminated in its annual holiday display. Santa Claus helped lead the festivities, which included fireworks, music and children's activities. When you see it for yourself, don't forget to take in the magnificent Rockefeller pine tree and elegant decorations in the Capitol building's rotunda.
Holiday lights will shine each night through Jan. 1. For details, call 501.682.1010 or visit SOS.Arkansas.gov.
Jacksonville Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest
Jacksonville residents will channel their inner Clark Griswold to compete in the city-wide contest. Homes, churches and businesses in the Jacksonville city limits are eligible to compete. If you're driving through town to ogle the displays, be sure to call and nominate your favorite for a prize. Judging takes place after 6 p.m. on Dec. 17.
For info call 501-982-4171 or visit CityofJacksonville.net.
Worth the Drive: Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs
See more than 4.5 million bulbs (pictured above) transform approximately 18 acres into a memorable animated holiday display. As you amble through through the winter wonderland, your family can sip complimentary hot cocoa.
On special Santa nights (6-8 p.m. Dec. 2-5, 9-12), families can have their photos taken with the big guy. Plus, check the schedule for free holiday concerts held in the Anthony Chapel throughout the season. Leave your pooches at home, except during the special Jingle Dogs Pup Parade on Dec. 2 from 4-9 p.m.
Holiday lights are on display 4-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31 (closed Christmas Day). For more info, call 501-262-9300 or visit GarvanGardens.org.
And don't miss these must-see trees in the capital city:
- Capital Hotel
- Downtown at the corner of Main St. and Capitol Ave.
- Bernice Garden
- The Promenade at Chenal
- Argenta Plaza