Overview of the Lights
Over 35,000 people annually visit the Mid-South’s largest holiday lighting festival, Lights of the Delta. Six million lights and 56 major motion displays illuminate the 1.5 mile drive surrounded by lakes and trees. Lights of the Delta opens every year on the Monday before Thanksgiving and closes right after Christmas.
What started as a downtown lighting display has expanded into a complete holiday experience that many visitors consider a holiday tradition. Unique displays, hayrides, visits with Santa and photo opportunities are all part of Lights of the Delta.
Jingle Bell Park lies at the half way point of the drive. Visitors can get out, walk around, and grab a cup of hot chocolate and popcorn. There are several photo opportunities and several displays available for a close-up look. The concession stand also features souvenirs, including ornaments depicting many of the displays. A new ornament is added to the collection every year.
Santa visits Jingle Bell Park every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The Blytheville High School FFA chapter sponsors Santa’s Workshop, where children of all ages can a visit with the Jolly Old Elf and get a picture on the spot. There is no charge for photos, donations are always accepted, in Santa’s Workshop as this is a community service provided by the FFA.
Hayrides are available every night by reservation. Every half hour, a tractor provided by Baker Implement, a local equipment dealer, leaves the hayride parking lot, pulling two trailers with up to 40 passengers (20 per trailer). It is the absolute best way to see the lights and, on some nights, the coldest. A stop at Jingle Bell Park gives riders a chance to warm up, see Santa, and get refreshments.
But the star of the show is always the Lights. In 2001, Charles “Bo” and Myrna Adams donated 14 displays to Main Street Blytheville. Today, over 56 displays catch the imagination of young and old alike. New displays are added every year, so there’s always something new to see. Many of the displays are unique to our festival, depicting local landmarks, like the historic Greyhound bus station, and celebrities, including Johnny Cash and John Grisham.
Local sponsors make it possible to keep prices affordable for everyone, with a low entrance fee and half price nights every Tuesday. For over 20 years, visitors have come from all over Arkansas, 45 states and nine countries. The Lights have had a positive effect on tourism, since 80 percent of visitors come from outside the Blytheville area.
Light of the Delta. It’s a magical place where memories are made that last a lifetime.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How can I sponsor a display?
Check out the Supporting the Lights page or contact George Hubbard, our executive director at 870-762-9788
2. What nights are the Lights open?
The Lights are open every night, starting the Monday before Thanksgiving thru December 27th. Yes, we are open on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
3. When is Santa there?
Santa visits every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday during the season. He is also there Thanksgiving night. His last night with us is always December 23rd.
4. How can I get involved with the Lights?
We are always looking for volunteers and ideas to make the Lights better. For more information, contact George Hubbard, our executive director at 870-762-9788.