The highlight for the Christmas season in Hot Springs is Holiday Lights at Garvan Gardens! This is an event that makes the season come to life with more than four million lights and transforms the Gardens into a wonderland of imagination and delight for children and adults. Even though we’ve yet to celebrate Halloween, I want all our guests to know that we have a wonderful holiday celebration starting in November and continuing throughout the season.
Holiday Lights starts the Saturday before Thanksgiving and is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas until Dec. 31. We love visiting the Gardens for the Lights with our extended family, where children of all ages are enchanted.
Most nights the Gardens are busy and careful planning on when to arrive helps the outing be even more enjoyable. Along with the Holiday Lights Nov. 21-Dec. 31 are a myriad of holiday events that take place at the Gardens almost daily throughout the season. Some of my favorites are:
- Workshop on “An All Arkansas Holiday” 1-4:30 p.m. Nov. 22
- Jingle Dogs Pup Parade 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 1
- Village Chorale Holiday Lights Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1
- Holiday High Tea 3:30 p.m. Dec. 1
- Classics in the Chapel Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2
- Ringers of Hope Handbell Choir Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8
- The Muses “Voices of Angels” Winter Holiday Concert 3 p.m. Dec. 13
- Crystal Chimes Barbershop Chorus Holiday Concert 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15
At the Inn we decorate early so that we stay festive throughout the holidays. We’d love to have guests stay with us while they are in town to see Holiday Lights and take in one or more of the special events that are available at the Gardens.
In order for more people to stay at the inn to visit the Holiday Lights, we have dropped our rates for a Queen Standard Room to the lowest price of the year from December 1-23. Only $109 per night (Sun-Thur), and that price still includes the freshly prepared breakfast and the Innkeepers Reception every afternoon!
Hot Springs and the Inn are especially charming during the holidays. The view of Lake Hamilton is magical this time of year. The Inn is warm and toasty with fireplaces, hot chocolate and delicious goodies made in our kitchen. Our rooms are beautifully appointed and include comfortable beds and beautiful linens. Make reservations early online or give us a call at 501.525.6155.