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11 [SPECTACULAR] Drive-Thru Christmas Light Displays in Arkansas

Arkansas has incredible drive-thru Christmas light displays that usher in the holiday season. With towns like Sherwood, Lonoke and Pine Bluff putting out their best, you will be amazed at these displays!

Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights in Sherwood

The Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights is our favorite Christmas light display in Arkansas. The city of Sherwood puts a lot of work into their display and it shows.

We always take our time, drive slowly and soak it all in.

You’ll find the Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights here:
511 Bear Paw Rd
Sherwood, AR 72120

Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends in Pine Bluff

This beautiful drive-through Christmas light display in Pine Bluff has been going strong since 1997. Pine Bluff puts on Arkansas’ largest drive-through light display with almost a mile and a half of beautiful lights.

You will be mesmerized by more than 240 displays and many of them are animated!

For many Arkansans, the Christmas season doesn’t begin until they take their annual trip through this light display.

“Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends always opens on the third Tuesday in November and welcomes drive through visitors nightly from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through December 31. Admission is free for the Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends. Donations are graciously accepted by volunteers at the end of the drive to help maintain and grow the display of lights.” -source

You’ll find the Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends here:
6300 W 4th Ave
Pine Bluff, AR 71602

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Lights on Linker Mountain in Dover

If you’re anywhere near Dover during the Christmas season, you won’t want to miss the lights on Linker Mountain. This is an animated, musical Christmas light show that has become a tradition for many viewers.

You will find Lights on Linker here:
394 Quail Ridge Rd
Linker Mountain in Dover

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Lights of the Delta in Blytheville

Lights of the Delta in Blytheville began in 1995. They had the crazy idea to decorate the entire downtown area and it was a huge success. Lights of the Delta has been warming hearts during the Christmas season ever since.

Lights of the Delta is the largest Christmas Lighting display in the Mid-South region. With over 6 million lights, 48 + major motion displays and numerous complimentary pieces, Lights of the Delta sits on a 40 acre tract on the former Ecker Air Force Base with lake, trees, and paved roads to handle the approximately 1 1/2 mile family oriented, holiday experience. Whether it is a visit with Santa, a stop at the souvenir stand, the 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 everyone.”source

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Lights of the Ozarks in Fayetteville

Each year, Fayetteville Parks and Recreation puts a tremendous amount of work into their amazing drive-thru light display. In fact, the workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the downtown Fayetteville square to perfection.

You will find over 400,000 lights at this incredible display.

You’ll find Fayetteville’s Lights of the Ozarks here:
Fayetteville Farmer’s Market & Historic Square Fayetteville, AR 72701

Simmons Christmas Light Show in West Memphis

In West Memphis, the Simmons Christmas Light Show is highly popular. This family goes all out to create a magical drive-by experience.

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You will find the Simmons Christmas Light Show here:
416 Gibson Ave.
West Memphis, AR 72301

Stewart Family Christmas Light display in Fayetteville

This Christmas Light display is actually a walk-thru display that is spectacular and enourmous in scope! You will always remember your trip to see this display!

fayetteville ar drive thru christmas light display
Photo credit: Stewart Family Lights

“The Stewart Family Christmas Light Display is made up of over 2 million lights, hundreds of inflatables, a real ride on train, camel ride, pony ride and refreshments.” -source

Entry into the display is $5.

Train ride at Stewart Family Lights
Train ride at Stewart Family Lights

You will find the Stewart Family Christmas Light Display here:
4279 Wyman Rd
Fayetteville , Arkansas

Bentonville Heart Lites

I learned about the best drive-thru Christmas light display when I talked with my friend Stefanie about the best things to do in Bentonville, Arkansas. She said, “Bentonville Heart Lites is one of our favorites! They put on a show that is second to none. They also take donations for MS each year. “

You will find Bentonville Heart Lites here:
3505 NW Edgewood Ave
Bentonville, AR, AR 72712

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Bethlehem Road in Lonoke

Bethlehem Road in Lonoke does their drive-thru Christmas light display a little different. It’s not all about lit up fire trucks and animated reindeer. You won’t find Santa as the main event here either.

“The Christmas Road to Bethlehem is a 2.5-mile display of scenes and posted readable Scriptures that depict the Christmas story. The display ends with a Nativity scene at Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2540 Bethlehem Road.” -source

Many people in this part of Arkansas drive down Bethlehem Road as part of their Christmas tradition. On this road, you learn about the story of Jesus. Almost every scene features Scripture from the Bible that is large enough to been seen from your car. You will see parents there driving slowly and reading the scripture aloud to their children.

Once you get to the end of the story, you’ll find yourself at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church where there is a Nativity scene.

Ricky Phillips, the creator of this event, said, “It is just kind of a tradition and a way of letting people know about the birth of Christ. It is important to me that as long as I’m around, this gets done.” -source

Holiday Light Extravaganza in Smackover

In Smackover, the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources offers a walk-thru Christmas display called the Holiday Light Extravaganza.

“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.” -source

You’ll find the Holiday Light Extravaganza in Smackover here:
4087 Smackover Hwy.
Smackover, AR 71762

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Also, in nearby El Dorado, the square is beautifully lit each Christmas season. Just past the square is a tower that is turned into a “tree” that you can drive under.

Holiday Trail of Lights in Greenwood

I have been to this trail of lights many times and it always brings back good memories. I have never been to a more friendly town than Greenwood, Arkansas and they know how to have a great Christmas celebration.

First, you have to drive through their holiday light display!

“Holiday Trail of Lights begins the weekend of Thanksgiving at Bell Park and runs thru to the end of December. The trail is lined with THOUSANDS of brilliant LED lights on display and several events are scheduled at the Ed Wilkinson Pavilion at Bell Park throughout the month of December.” -source

After Greenwood’s drive-thru Christmas light display opens, you can enjoy their Christmas Parade in the early part of December. Greenwood puts on one of the largest Christmas Parades in the entire River Valley.

It’s not your average Christmas parade either.

Here’s where the magic happens… Right before the Christmas parade, Greenwood hosts it’s traditional “Bean Feed.”

“Prior to the parade, the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce hosts its traditional “Bean Feed” where we serve, free of charge, over 50 pounds of deliciously prepared ham and bean soup with homemade cornbread. The parade, brightly lit, travels down Main Street and has consisted of more than 80 entries. Santa is always on hand and ready to visit with children after the parade when he makes his infamous arrival on the Fire Truck!” -source

After Santa gets off his fire truck, children can sit on his knee and talk with him. Greenwood truly knows how to make magical moments.

You’ll find the Bell Park drive-thru Christmas light display right off Main Street in Greenwood, Arkansas.

All other festivities happen on the Town Square.

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