Get ready to jingle through the Natural State! Although all of Arkansas embraces the Christmas spirit there are a few towns that turn into real-life winter wonderlands!
Let’s dive into the season and discover the most magical and best Christmas towns in Arkansas!
Best Christmas Towns in Arkansas
Christmas is the most special time of the year and here are the Arkansas towns that we believe bring the most enchantment to the season.
You can’t talk about the best Christmas towns in Arkansas without mentioning the North Central Arkansas town of Batesville.
In fact, Batesville is known as the Christmas capitol of Arkansas!
They have millions of lights in the 35 acre Riverside Park that sparkle and reflect off the the White River. You can take a carriage ride through the park or walk or drive. They call this the White River Wonderland.
There is also ice skating, an old fashioned Christmas parade, and even a Ferris wheel.
You will also want to stroll down the main street of Batesville enjoying even more Christmas lights and beautiful window displays in the shops.
Ready for your sugar plum dreams to come true? Visit the amazing Christmas town of Searcy during the holiday season. Southern Living recently named Searcy as the most magical Christmas town in Arkansas.
Your first stop should be the adorable town square where you can see the White County Courthouse. This stately old building will be festooned with lights and the entire square will be studded with Christmas displays.
You will even have the opportunity to take a carriage ride around the downtown area.
The Searcy parks such as Spring Park and Yancey Park will also be ablaze with gorgeous Christmas lights.
And you won’t want to miss the lights at Harding University! They are known for their beautiful campus with huge mature trees that are hung with spectacular white icicle lights.
Hot Springs really puts on a show during the Christmas season.
Garvan Gardens is famous for their amazing display of over 5 million Christmas lights! In fact they have even won an award for being the best botanical light display in the US!
Downtown Hot Springs will also be decked out in holiday finery.
You will want to stroll along bathhouse row, stop into the Arlington hotel to see the giant gingerbread house, and pop into the Kris Kringle shop to purchase a few ornaments.
Bentonville is one of the most popular and charming small towns in Arkansas and it does Christmas right! The town square is absolutely adorable. It is covered in lights with a fountain and a tree right in the middle.
Just off of the square you can go outdoor ice skating at the rink at Lawrence Plaza.
The shops around the square are ready for all your holiday shopping and you will definitely want to stop at the Spark Cafe food truck for an ice cream or into Onyx coffee for a hot beverage.
Eureka Springs is always ready for a party and Christmas is no exception! This Victorian mountain town is decked out with lights and garland and there are more Christmas events than you can stir with a stick.
Of course the boutiques and shops are glittering and full of amazing gifts for every one on your list.
You can also enjoy the Christmas parade, find Santa at Basin Park, enjoy the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and participate in any number of other events such as the ugly Christmas sweater contest, the hot cocoa crawl, lunch with Mr. Grinch, and more.
Fayetteville is another Northwest Arkansas town with an amazing town square that is covered in lights. Lights of the Ozarks is the name of the event and after a Christmas parade the square glows to life each evening.
This is the perfect place to not only be mesmerized by tens of thousands of twinkling lights, but to also pop into all the great shops and finish up your Christmas shopping.
Not only that, but a short drive will take you to the lights of the Stewart Family Christmas Display which is a Christmas extravaganza!
Washington, Arkansas is home to Washington State Park which is a preserved historic village. This is where you will find one of the most unique Christmas celebrations in the state.
The Christmas and Candlelight Celebration is held each year on a December weekend.
The old buildings are adorned with historic period decorations and thousands of luminaries line and light the streets throughout the town. There is also music and food and festivities.
It will give you the feeling of celebrating an old-fashioned Christmas.
Blytheville, Arkansas is known for Lights of the Delta which is the mid-South’s largest light display! This is a 40acre drive-through light extravaganza. You can even ride through on a hay ride in the open air.
Also check out Main Street Blytheville for more lights and shopping and events. Even the Blytheville Welcome Center will be decorated to the nines!
This is Paris, Arkansas for any readers who aren’t from our state.
Paris is a town at the foot of Mount Magazine and the Mount Magazine Scenic Byway. It has an absolutely with a lovely town square with a beautiful, stately, and historic city hall.
At Christmas this town hall is festooned with lights and the grounds are covered in Christmas trees and other decor. It is a beautiful sight!
I hope that you have enjoyed this list of the most magical Christmas towns in Arkansas!
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