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Holiday Lights

November 17 - December 31 2018


5 - 9 p.m. nightly
Garden Gates Open at 3 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas days

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season opens at Garvan the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days). The Gardens will be aglow with over 4.5 million lights in a myriad of natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which 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 Café is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks.

Check the Gardens website for free concerts and events during the 7-week event. Weekend nights are very crowded and visitors experience a minimum of 1-2 hours to park and enter the Gardens. We encourage visitors to come on Monday-Thursday nights if possible. Holiday Lights is open when it rains; the Gardens closes in the case of inclement weather that would threaten the safety of visitors (lightening, ice, hail). Sorry, there are no refunds for closings.

Members Free with Current Membership Card | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3 | Golf Cart Tour $15 per person extra-cannot be reserved | Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Gardens during Holiday Lights except during the Jingle Dogs Pup Parade on Monday, December 3, 2018.

December Art Exhibit: Jamie Sanderlin Parks

December 1 - December 31 2018


3 p.m. - 9 p.m. daily, Magnolia Room

Artist’s Reception:
Sunday, December 2
3 p.m., Magnolia Room

Jamie Sanderlin Parks grew up on a farm in the Mississippi River delta of east Arkansas. Growing up there, she was surrounded by open fields, big skies, bottomland woods, levees, and the Mississippi and White Rivers. She has always been inspired by the beauty of nature, whether it be a fiery sunset, a field of stubble after a grain harvest, reflections on the sur-face of water, or the morning sun beaming through trees. Jamie acquired a love of gardening from her grandmother, who had flowers, shrubs and trees blooming practically year round in her yard next door. That love of gardening is evident in her floral paintings. Jamie feels that if she has captured the spirit of nature on her canvases she has succeeded as an artist.

Art Exhibits in the Magnolia Room are free and open to the public.

Arkansas Youth Chorale Concert

December 16 


6:00 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Arkansas Youth Chorale from Little Rock will perform a holiday concert in Anthony Chapel. The group consists of students grades 6-12. They will amaze you with their vocal talents!

The concert is free and open to the public | Regular admission applies to see Holiday Lights

Introduction to Knitting

February 17 


2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Magnolia Room

Learn the basic knitting skills you will need to make a lovely dish cloth to  keep or give as a gift. With the skills you will learn, you can knit a host of items. There will also be a discussion of online and print patterns and information to broaden your skills after class.

The course instructor, Glenda Kirsch, is a long time, avid knitter whose favorite projects include making dish cloths, socks, and baby hats. All course materials are provided.

$20 Members | $35 Non-members | Reservations Required | Register online or call 800-366-4664.

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