HOT SPRINGS — It has been two long years since the Christmas lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens shined.
The botanical garden in Hot Springs had an annual tradition of displaying Christmas lights that was wildly popular here in Arkansas. For that matter, people came from across the south and Midwest to see the lights.
They were spectacular.
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This year though, this year was better. There’s a certain amount of absence makes the heart grow fonder going on but the garden also made the acreage of the display smaller and packed in more lights.
More than five million lights this year on a little more than 100 acres. Walking the path and seeing most of the lights worked out to be about a 1.9 mile walk, per the Fitbit on the wrist.
The changes in the displays along with the redone foot paths made for a nice walk on a brisk night earlier this week.
The lights are really something. The garden’s rolling landscape, in combination with the lights, gives a layered look that defies description that is anything beyond pretty.
If you want to go, there’s still time as the lights are on and up until this Saturday night.
Tickets are $20 and have to be purchased in advance by clicking here, or, pro tip, spring for an annual membership. A dual membership is $75 and gets you into the gardens year around with no admission or waiting in some dumb line.
It also saves you a bit of money if you go back in the spring for the tulips