Museum of Natural Resources weekend light shows continue through December 17

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, located at 3853 Smackover Hwy., currently welcomes visitors every Friday and Saturday night for its Holiday Light Extravaganza.

Museum director Jonathan Plant said the event, which consists of a quarter-mile walking trail outfitted with hundreds of lights and displays mostly Christmas-themed, has been going on for about 15 years.

“I like that it’s a walking trail, that makes it much more intimate and people bond more than just…driving by,” Plant said. “It’s a fun family event.”

Customers pay as they enter the park – $10 per car load or $30 for larger vehicles such as buses or church vans. Leashed pets are also allowed.

Every Friday and Saturday night, the park’s Oil Patch Gifts Shop is open in the museum lobby until 9 p.m. Free hot chocolate is also available in the lobby.

Plant said holiday-themed holographic glasses are also available for $2 each.

On 3 and 10 December, visitors can have their photo taken with Sinterklaas in the museum lobby from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm free of charge.

The light show was originally started, Plant said, as a commemoration of Smackover’s famous Eddie’s Cross.

In 1935, Rouse decided to enter the city’s Christmas decorating contest with a simple entry: a simple white cross with Christmas lights placed atop an oak tree in his family’s 13th Street residence. Rouse was killed in action in the European theater during World War II, in 1944.

Relatives kept up Eddie’s holiday tradition, and Eddie’s Cross is still on Smackover every holiday season.

The museum’s light show is open every Friday and Saturday night through December 17.

For more information, contact the AMNR at 870-725-2877.


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The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Holiday Light Show is a walking trail consisting of several holiday displays and lights. The display is open every Friday and Saturday night until December 17. (Courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources)



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The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Holiday Light Show is a walking trail consisting of several holiday displays and lights. The display is open every Friday and Saturday night until December 17. (Courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources)



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The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Holiday Light Show is a walking trail consisting of several holiday displays and lights. The display is open every Friday and Saturday night until December 17. (Courtesy of Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources)


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