Light displays are one of the best parts of the holiday season in Arkansas and driving to see various neighborhood Christmas lights all around the state capital makes for a holiday-perfect evening. But there are also stunning public displays in and near Little Rock. Arkansas. Here are a few of the best to brighten up your holiday season.
The state Capitol building of Arkansas in Little Rock is ablaze with lights for the holiday season all through the month of December, and they are a must-see. As an added attraction, the inside of the Capitol is decorated for the holidays, and you can go inside and have a look around during regular business hours. 2019 will mark the 81st anniversary of the lighting ceremony, which will be held on December 1. The free event starts with the Little Rock Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade, then has the lighting at 5:30 p.m. followed by a fireworks display, a performance by the Gospel Mass Choir, story time for the kids, and visits by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
The Promenade has a great Christmas display in the center of the shopping center with an animated lights that flash in coordination with music. In 2019 the Promenade at Chenal will celebrate another year of the holiday light show. From approximately November 30 to December 29, you can catch the light show and live performances once per hour between 5 and 10 p.m.
Visit Sherwood Forest in Sherwood, Arkansas, about a 15-minute drive from Little Rock, for a 1.5-mile drive-through stretch of holiday lights. The 90 different light displays will be shining brightly from 6 to 9:30 p.m. every night from December 2 until December 30. You can enter the free display via the Sherwood Sports Complex on Bear Paw Road.
Lights of the Ozarks may be a long drive–it's nearly three hours from Little Rock–but it's worthy of a holiday weekend getaway. Fayetteville's downtown square comes to life with 450,000 lights starting November 22 until December 31. Carriage ride, pony rides, hot chocolate, and holiday music in the background add up to a memorable and photo-worthy event.
About 45 minutes from Little Rock is the light display at the Jefferson County Regional Park in Pine Bluff. It runs every evening at 6-9 p.m. from November 19 to December 31. Admission is free, however monetary donations are accepted by volunteers following the tour. Souvenir ornaments will be given to those who make a donation of $10, while supplies last.