Okay, in Texas they have Santa Land and in Arkansas they have Holiday Lights 2015 at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Ark. As I continue my hunt for some of the best places to visit this holiday season Garvan Woodland Gardens is right up there with some of the best light displays to view close to home.

Garvan Gardens Holiday Lights 2015 is a sight to see no matter what age you happen to be. Adorned with over four million lights throughout this picturesque setting nestled between the tallest pine trees in the beautiful Quachita Mountains of Southwest Arkansas, you'll be transported into a Christmas village filled with the sights and sounds of the season at every turn. As you stroll near the four and a half mile wooded shoreline, you can sip hot cocoa or cider along some of the trails as holiday music surrounds every visiting guest. You can even enjoy snacks and treats in front of the open fire pit in the gardens.

One of the highlights of "Holiday Lights" is the all-natural wood glass chapel known as Anthony's Chapel, situated in a wooded area on a hill overlooking the gardens. The sheer peacefulness of standing inside the chapel looking out its tall glass windows at the lights below makes you completely understand the true meaning of Christmas. On Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3PM, The Muses Creative Artistry Project presents its 10th annual “Voices of Angels” sacred Christmas concert in Anthony's Chapel. The concert is the final program of the 2015 subscription series “Four Seasons in Art & Song.” Audiences are invited to this vocally stunning and spiritually uplifting musical experience.

Tickets, $30 each, are available online at The Muses Project or by calling the Muses Cultural Arts Center at 501-609-9811.


Admission to Holiday Lights at Garvan

$15 adults (13 and up), $5 ages 6-12, and free for ages 5 and younger.

I highly recommend you take your family to visit Garvan Woodland Gardens this holiday season because the experience you have will last a lifetime.

Also, if you are going to be traveling in the state of Arkansas, more than 60 communities join in the celebration of Arkansas' Trail of Holiday Lights which begins the week of Thanksgiving and lasts through the New Year. Cities and towns host official lighting ceremonies, parades, pageants, music and more. Visit their Facebook page or go to Arkansas.com.

Click here for a listing of all holiday events in Arkansas.

Check out this video from Arkansas.com on the Trail of Holiday Lights.