Lighting ceremonies in Searcy for annual Holiday of Lights

There will be no shortage of opportunities in the weeks ahead to celebrate the Christmas season in the 501. Many communities will participate in their annual Christmas parade with floats of all shapes and sizes. Churches, too, will host special events.

Among the special events:



  • The Searcy Holiday of Lights will kick off with a lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. at Berryhill Park and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at the White County Courthouse. 
  • The 2017 Holiday of Lights is a celebration of all the festivities and attractions as well as shopping and dining destinations that Searcy offers throughout the holiday season. It is presented by the Searcy Regional Economic Development Corporation (SREDC), in partnership with the Searcy Regional Chamber of Commerce and the City of Searcy.
  • In addition to the light displays at Berryhill and Spring parks, there will be lights in Downtown Searcy and the Harding University Lights on the Quad. There will also be carriage rides in downtown.


Other events include:


  • Holiday craft fair – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St.
  • Old Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, 1200 Higginson St.
  • Searcy Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, Downtown Searcy
  • Tour of Homes – 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3, sponsored by Women for Harding. (See Page 57 for more information.)
  • Skating Rink at Spring Park – Tuesday, Nov. 21, through Monday, Jan. 1 (closed Nov. 23, Dec. 23-25). For pricing and other information, please call 501.278.1010.
  • Largest Santa collection in Arkansas – will be on display at the Carmichael Community Center, 801 S. Elm St.
  • Santa Hut’s will also be set up on the east side of the courthouse Tuesday, Nov. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 23. There will also be carriage rides Friday and Saturday evenings beginning Nov. 24 and throughout the holiday season. The cost is $5 per person. For more information, visit or call 501.279.5777.



  • The Greenbrier Christmas Parade is planned 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Lineup will begin at 5:30 p.m. “Jingle Bell Rock” is the theme for this year’s parade. For more information or to register, visit or call 501.679.4009. In the event of rain, the parade will be moved to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4.
  • The Searcy Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade is scheduled 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will begin at Spring Park, circle the White County Courthouse to Race Avenue and end at Berryhill Park. No registration is required.
  • The Maumelle Christmas Parade is planned 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. Presented by the River Park Civitan Club, businesses, schools and groups interested in signing up should call 501.920.4298. There is a $25 entry fee.
  • The Annual Morrilton Christmas Parade will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, in Downtown Morrilton. For more information, contact the Morrilton Area Chamber of Commerce at 501.354.2393 or [email protected].
  • “The Magic of Christmas” parade will be 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, in Downtown Conway. Entry forms are available at the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce. For more information, visit the Conway AR Christmas Parade page on Facebook.
  • Cabot’s Annual Christmas Parade will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. The theme for this year’s parade is “A Hollywood-Movies Christmas!” This year’s parade is shaping up to be one of the best ever; including several marching bands, clowns, veterans groups and of course, Santa Claus! Entry forms, parade rules and route maps are available at the Veterans Park Community Center, the Cabot Chamber of Commerce and Entry deadline is Monday, Dec. 4. For more information, email [email protected].