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Upcoming Events for Arkansas

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November 16, Smackover
Holiday Light Extravaganza
Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources’ Oil Field Park comes to life with a variety of sparkling vignettes to delight the young and young at heart. Enjoy over 300,000 lights as they twinkle and delight the youngster in all of us. After viewing the lights come into the museum to warm up with hot chocolate and do that last-minute shopping in our gift shop. Admission: $10 per car. 5:30-8 p.m. Call 870-725-2877 for more information.

November 17, Pocahontas
Davidsonville Thanksgiving Feast
Davidsonville Historic State Park

Come celebrate the holiday just a little early at Davidsonville Historic State Park. Join park staff and help cook up a Thanksgiving Feast using historic cookware. We’ll prepare a traditional holiday spread and make new friends with fellow community members as we do. This workshop has limited space and early sign-ups are required. 1-5 p.m. Call 870-892-4708 to register and bring your appetite! Admission: $20.


Nov 17-Dec 31, Hot Springs
Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Garvan Woodland Gardens

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The gardens will be aglow with nearly 5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree that plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Cafe is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks. 5-9 p.m. nightly. Admission: members free/$15 adults/$5 ages 4-12/free ages 0-3. Purchase tickets online or pay at the door. For more information, visit

November 20-December 31, Pine Bluff
22nd Annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends
Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Regional Park

Long recognized as the state’s largest drive-through display of holiday lights, the 1.2-mile display will continue nightly 6-9 p.m. until December 31. Admission to the drive-through is free but donations are accepted by community volunteers at the end of the tour, to be invested in making future exhibits bigger and brighter. Donate $10 and you will receive an ornament (while supplies last.) Just beyond the collection station is a new photography stage where visitors can park and take their own pictures under a festive arch. For more information, call Kerry Battle at 870.536.7600 or visit




December 1, Fayetteville
BGO’s 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5k & Reindeer Fun Run
Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Come take part in BGO’s 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run. Ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, elf ears – anything that sparkles and jingles is highly encouraged! Come run, walk, and be merry! The run takes place at the botanical garden and the nearby Lake Fayetteville trail. Proceeds support the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks’ mission to provide education, entertainment and recreation for the thousands of visitors and students who visit the garden each year. For more information or to register, visit


December 1, Newport
Victorian Style Christmas Ornament Workshop
Jacksonport State Park

Nineteenth-century Christmas ornaments were handmade from natural items, cards, doilies, ribbons, and lace. Make three different historically authentic Victorian style Christmas ornaments to help make your tree beautiful. This workshop is great for children, and especially nice for parents, grandparents, and children to do together. 9 a.m.-noon. Admission: $7.40 per person. Advance reservations required by 3 p.m. Thursday, November 29. Call 870-523-2143 for more information.


December 1, Washington
31st Annual Christmas and Candlelight
Historic Washington State Park

You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the mood for your historic holiday experience. The homes of yesterday are adorned with historic period decorations of pine cones, grapevines, magnolia, and evergreens. Daylight tours are 1-5 p.m. Candlelight tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit and will continue until 8 p.m. Admission: $10 adults/$6 children 6-12. Plan time in your schedule to visit Williams’ Tavern, offering a Christmas buffet from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. You may also choose to enjoy a horse-drawn surrey ride or shop the gift shops for that special holiday gift. For more information, call 870-983-2684.


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.