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Christmas in the Delta:
A Trail of Holiday Lights

by Audrey Poff

With holiday events limited this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no better time to visit one of the many drive-thru holiday lighting displays located in the Arkansas Delta. Whether it’s a day trip or just a quick getaway, 2020 is the perfect year to experience the bright lights and colorful holiday displays located in the Arkansas Delta while social distancing in a personal vehicle.

Upper Delta
Arkansas’ Upper Delta offers three annual lighting displays located in three counties across Northeast Arkansas.

Lights of the Delta
Blytheville is home to Lights of the Delta, a perennial holiday favorite and one of the largest Christmas light displays in the Mid-South region. With more than 6 million lights, more than 48 major motion displays and numerous complimentary pieces, Lights of the Delta sits on a 40-acre tract on the Arkansas Aeroplex (formerly Eaker Air Force Base). The site includes a lake, trees and paved roads to handle the approximately one-and-a-half-mile family-oriented, holiday experience. Whether it is a visit with Santa, a stop at the souvenir stand, various types of entertainment, the live nativity on selected nights or just to see the lights in a car or on a hayride, there is something for all ages at Lights of the Delta.

The holiday light exhibit is open nightly from Nov. 23 through Dec. 27. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 10 p.m. For more information and ticket prices, visit lightsofthedelta.com.

Christmas at the Park
Now in its second year, Christmas at the Park in Jonesboro offers an unforgettable winter wonderland that includes more than a half-mile drive-thru of attractions. The holiday lighting display includes 65 collections, consisting of nearly 450 pieces decorated with more than 400,000 lights. Visitors can enjoy traveling through the Snowflake Forest, take a photo with Santa, drive through one of the longest lighted tunnels in the country and even participate in the A-State Howl and Scarlet Scavenger Hunt. Christmas at the Park is open Nov. 25 through Dec. 23 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; closed Dec. 24-25; open Dec. 26 from 5:30 to 10 p.m.; Dec 27 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.; closed Dec. 28-30; and open Dec. 31 for Night of Fireworks from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit christmasattheparknea.com.

Christmas in the Ridge
Located in Walnut Ridge, Stewart Park is home to the city’s Christmas in the Ridge holiday exhibit. The one-and-a-half-mile paved loop road provides visitors with the optimal viewing opportunity to enjoy a casual drive from the warmth of their car as they view approximately 250 beautiful LED light displays located throughout the 70-acre park. Many displays are animated or are three-dimensional.

Following the trip through Stewart Park, visitors can head to downtown Walnut Ridge for Light Up Main, where they will find 36 historic light poles festooned with large wreaths wrapped in more than 600 bulbs.

Admission to Christmas in the Ridge is free. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both Christmas in the Ridge and Light Up Main are available to enjoy from Dec. 4-31.

Lower Delta
For those wanting to make a day trip to explore more holiday lights, Arkansas’ Lower Delta offers two annual lighting displays that are rich in tradition.

Finney’s Christmas Wonderland
Located three miles north of Crossett, Finney’s Christmas Wonderland continues to be a popular holiday attraction. This year marks the 35th anniversary of the holiday event. In 2015, Christmas Wonderland was Arkansas’ first ABC Christmas Light Fight Champion. Visitors enjoy the oasis of stunning holiday lights, animated scenes, a drive-thru tunnel of lights, singing snowmen, and a display that includes a color-changing forest of lights. Visitors will also enjoy bubble and snow machines, a light show and special visits from Frosty the Snowman. Christmas Wonderland is open nightly from Thanksgiving night through Dec. 31 from 6-10 p.m. Visit Finney’s Christmas Wonderland on Facebook for more information. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

 

Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends
Located in Pine Bluff Regional Park, the Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends is one of the state's largest drive-thru holiday lighting displays. Each year, the park is transformed into 1.3 miles of winter wonderland featuring more than 240 displays. The 24th annual Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends opened Nov. 17 and will continue nightly through Dec. 31 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the city of Pine Bluff at (870) 730-2000.