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November-December Art Exhibit: "Two Artists - Two Mediums"

November 1 - December 31 2017


Brenda Bennett and Darlene Garstecki Art Exhibit: “Two Artists – Two Mediums”

In a world where many eyes are glued to smartphones and other high-tech gadgets, Brenda Bennett and Darlene Garstecki seek to show us something different – something pleasing to the eyes – beyond the everyday world and its digital distractions.
Brenda Bennett is an award-winning oil and acrylic painter. Ms. Bennett’s canvases depict a variety of subjects, including landscapes and wildlife. She does not gravitate toward one type of subject matter in particular though, and explains that her paintings choose her. “In essence, my day-to-day experiences dictate my work,” she explains.

Darlene Garstecki is an award-winning contemporary fiber art designer from Hot Springs Village. Her fiber art is a result of her passion for nature, travel and photography. She incorporates her photographs into realistic fiber art for the home or business using bright, clear hues and thread/bead embellishments to enhance each piece to add texture and depth.

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

The Village Big Band Holiday Lights Opening Night Concert

November 18 


6:00 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Village Big Band from Hot Springs Village will perform various holiday pieces to kick-off our Holiday Lights Season.

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

Holiday Lights

November 18 - December 31 2017


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

Online Admission Tickets available NOW!

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 4, 2017.

Lake Hamilton First Grade Choir Concert

December 3 


3 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Lake Hamilton First Grade Choir is an audition-based group with 50 members, directed by Stephanie Smith.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Classics in the Chapel Holiday Concert

December 4 


6:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

Join Ray and Ruth Liebau, Christine Beauchamp, and Ken Goodman and they delight audiences with beautiful piano selections and vocal numbers.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Jingle Dogs Pup Parade

December 4 


5:00 p.m., Great Lawn

For one night only, well-behaved dogs on a short leash* will be allowed admission to Holiday Lights! Join us for a parade around the Great Lawn beginning at 5 p.m., as well as pictures with your pooch and Santa from 6-8 p.m. Each Jingle Dog will also receive a sweet treat from Santa himself! We can’t wait to see you strut your stuff!

Free Members & their dogs | $5 each dog | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3
*Retractable leashes are not allowed in the Gardens!

Santa Nights at Holiday Lights

December 4 - December 7 2017


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Garvan Pavilion

See Santa in the most magical setting around! Santa will hear all the children’s wishes from 6-8 p.m., and professional photographer Rebecca Peterman will be taking photos; photos can be purchased on site for a reasonable fee. There are no reservations for Santa, so come early and tell the kids to bring their wish lists!

Free Members | $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3

Holiday High Tea

December 5 


3:30 p.m. - Magnolia Room

Enjoy over 4.5 million twinkling lights illuminating the Gardens after this festive tea.  The traditional English tea style offers patrons a sampling of assorted scones, finger sandwiches and desserts, all accompanied by a variety of flavorful hot teas.

$30 Members | $35 Non-members | Reservations Required | Reserve online or call 800-366-4664

The Village Chorale Holiday Concert

December 5 


6:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Village Chorale will delight with various holiday-inspired numbers.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The Village Strings Holiday Concert

December 6 


6:30 p.m., Anthony Chapel

The Village Strings ensemble will perform a selection of seasonal favorites in beautiful Anthony Chapel.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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