How to Celebrate an Arkansas Style Christmas

Arkansas chapel christmasChristmas in Arkansas begins much before the actual date while Christmas village displays show how vibrantly the festival is celebrated throughout this state.

Beautiful lighting, joyous songs, parades and festive foods are the main highlights of an Arkansas Christmas celebration. The way to have a true Arkansan Christmas experience is to let go and allow the influence of various cultures to affect your celebration. Get together with your friends and family and spend happy time just letting your hair down and relaxing and allowing the ambiance of togetherness seep into you.

Here’s how you can have an Arkansan experience.

A few suggestions

  1. Send Christmas and New Year cards to all your friends and family and buy gifts for your near and dear ones to give them on Christmas day.
  2. Decorate a Christmas tree with traditional ornaments a few days before Christmas and light it up with Christmas lights. It does not matter if the tree is natural or plastic, big or small as long as the whole family is involved in putting it up. Put gifts under the tree for everyone in the family.
  3. Spruce up your house for the big day and put up lights in the front and the back yard. Hang an inviting Christmas wreath on your front door and a sprig of mistletoe in the doorway
  4. Make a traditional Christmas Eve dinner and leave cookies and milk for Santa when he comes visiting after midnight
  5. Let the children give you a wish list to send to Santa. Hang up stockings at the end of their beds and fill them with goodies for them to find when they wake up in the morning.
  6. Attend Midnight Mass and the morning service, if you so feel like and come back to eat the sumptuous Christmas dinner of roast turkey, mashed potatoes and Christmas pie.
  7. Take a ride on a horse drawn carriage that is provided by the city or watch a 180 foot campus water tower get lighted up in the Southern Arkansas University.
  8. Go to watch the Singing Christmas Tree in Fordyce, which is a delight to the eyes. Try and catch a glimpse of Hermitage’s Christmas celebrations.


  • Keep things simple and keep them fun.


  • Don’t get into the mode of impressing people with your culinary expertise, your élan for organization or your perfectly decorated house.

2 Comments about “How to Celebrate an Arkansas Style Christmas”

  1. Scott Razorback Says:

    Lordy to God! I never seen sich as this! I swan, Christmas from Olde Arkansaw! We’ll all be a tryin’ to get to the Walmart’s soon as we can!
    Merry Christmas!

  2. Tahayla brooks Says:

    what kind of trees do they use?

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