Holiday lights are not as big and spectacular as they used to be. It seems neighborhoods are decorating less and less, and we lost those famous Cantrell lights that people still talk about (Jennings Osborne). I remember the area around the old University mall used to be much more spectacular. I remember looking for the "Globe Trotter's House" when I was a kid (Hubert “Geese” Ausbie used to go all out).
There are some neighborhoods that are still worth driving through. I also have a list of public light displays.
1. Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley is located near Rodney Parham road in Little Rock. The houses in this neighborhood normally decorate well.
2. 12th Street / University
This area used to be more spectacular, but some of the neighborhoods are still keeping the spirit alive. The best areas are near 12th, and the area across from the YWCA is always a hit (Cleveland Street).
3. The Heights
The areas around Cantrell and Kavanaugh are fun to drive through. Winding through the neighborhoods you'll see lots of well decorated homes. I didn't see anything jaw-dropping this year, but it's still a nice neighborhood to drive though.
4. Edgewater in MaumelleThough the displays are modest, they are plentiful. Driving down the various streets in the Edgewater neighborhood ( is bound to bring you some holiday cheer. Edgewater is the neighborhood around Lake Wilastein Park.
5. North Hills in North Little Rock
Just driving down North Hills Boulevard is enough to give one a light overload, but if you drive in and out of the neighborhoods, you'll see lots more. Even the golf course (The Greens of North Hills) is decorated. I found a house covered in colored lights on Old Forge and several really neat ones with characters and inflatables. If you travel around the lakes of Lakewood, you'll also see some awesomely decorated houses too
6. Add your ownShare your favorite holiday light displays around the town.
If these homes aren't enough for you, check out these public light displays.