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Holiday Light Displays

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Light displays are one of my favorite things about the holiday season. Besides driving around the city and seeing which neighborhoods decorate the best, there are many great public displays in Arkansas. Here are a few of my favorites. I also have a list of residential light displays (and great neighborhoods to drive through)

1. Garvan Gardens (Hot Springs)

Garvin Woodland Gardens - Hot Springs
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Garvan Gardens, located in Hot Springs, decorates for the holidays like no other place. The large gardens showcase more than 1.7 million holiday lights featuring butterflies & garden scenes, holiday scenes and more. Admission is $6.00 for Adults, $4.00 for Children 6 to 12.  Nov 17-Dec 30.

2. The Arkansas State Capitol (Little Rock)

The State Capitol
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While the lights on the Capitol are a must see, if you've never been inside the Capitol for the holidays, check it out too. They have it nicely decorated every year.  Starts the first weekend in December.

3. Enchanted Forest & Holiday Trails of Lights (Sherwood)

From November 26 to December 30, visit Sherwood Forest for a 1.5 mile drive-thru stretch of holiday lights. Displays for the trail are provided by the Sherwood A&P Commission, businesses and individuals. You can drive through from 6 to 9 p.m. No admission fee, donations accepted.

4. Candy Cane Lane (Pochontas)

Here, Candy Cane lined streets lead to more lights, a nativity and animated light shows in Pochontas Arkansas. You can see these lights the last two weeks of December. No admission fee.  Dec. 20-24.

5. Creekmore Holiday Express (Fort Smith)

This is a unique light display because you get to see them from a miniature train. The Holiday Express runs December 5-22 excluding Sunday's from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This steam engine is the only one of its type in the US and only runs a few times a year. Admission is $0.25. There are also more than one million lights on Garrison Avenue in downtown Fort Smith.

6. The Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends (Pine Bluff)

This is Arkansas' largest drive-thru holiday light display. Over a mile of lights, totaling over 150 displays, some of which are animated. It's open from 6-9 pm nightly from November 16 - December 31 at Pine Bluff's Regional Park. No admission fee, donations accepted.

7. Lights of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Lights of the Ozarks may be a long drive, but Fayetteville's downtown square comes to life with 450,000 lights.  events around the square include carriages, camel and pony rides. Special days for choirs and parades.  Cocoa and coffee served.  From November 17-December 31.

8. Holiday Lights in Burns Park (North Little Rock)

Burns Park
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Over 40 displays along Funland Drive. Hours are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. from December 1 to 30. Admission will be $5 per car, $10 per multi-passenger van or $20 per motor coach. This is just an average light display, but it does have some fun elements.

9. What is Your Favorite?

What's your favorite place to see holiday lights? Click on the link above and tell everyone!

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