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Lights of the Delta

Many annual events are celebrated in the Blytheville area, but none are as spectacular as Lights of the Delta. From Thanksgiving through just after Christmas, one of the mid-South’s largest festivals of lights is open to the public at the Arkansas Aeroplex.

This drive-through is an absolute wonderland. Just about 1.5 miles long, it features seven million lights, with 50 unique display, including Noah’s Ark — watch the animals come aboard — and depicting local sites, the Greyhound Bus Station and the Painted House, made famous by the novel by John Grisham. Other displays feature an ice-skater (is that really ice she is skating on?), the bouncing ball, Nutcrackers and all array of Christmas-related characters. The beautiful “Legacy” display memorializes loved ones with millions of twinkling stars and angels.

For even more fun, Lights of the Delta offers group hayrides, concession a gift shop. Three nights per week, The Lights are visited by none other than Santa Claus himself, available for photos and Christmas wishes.

Lights of the Delta began as a project of Main Street Blytheville some 15 years ago. Now a nonprofit organization of its own, its board works tirelessly all year to maintain displays and to find new additions to the exhibit. Funding comes almost exclusively from private and corporate donations, along with gate receipts from the 40,000+ visitors that travel through each year.

Indeed, the Arkansas Delta is all a-twinkle during the holiday season! If you don’t believe it, make a special trip through the fabulous Lights of the Delta!

For more information, visit lightsofthedelta.com

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