Arkansas Museum of Natural Resouces is hosting "Junk Christmas Tree" workshop

Junk and Christmas are not commonly associated but the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resouces is looking to change that with their upcoming "Junk Christmas Tree" workshop.

Set for Sat. Dec 2 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the AMNR State Park in Smackover, the workshop will have participants use "various bric-abrac--nuts and bolts, broken or discarded jewelry, small toys, whatever – to create a holiday decoration that is one-of-a-kind," according to AMNR director Jonathan Plant in a press release about the event.

Participants will be provided canvas, paint, and hot glue to craft their own trees and can scavenge and bring their own junk to make their tree unique.

A small selection of junk will be on hand at the workshop for decoration purposes.

The cost for this family-friendly program is $10 per person or $15 per parent-and-child; space is limited, so reservations must be made in advance, according to the AMNR.

For additional information or to reserve a space at the Junk Christmas Tree Workshop, call the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources at 870-725- 2877.

Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources State Park is located at 4087 Smackover Hwy 7 in Smackover, Arkansas, 71762. Museum operating hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum's major holiday event, the annual Holiday Light Extravaganza, is also currently ongoing each Friday and Saturday night.

The light show features festive holiday scenes on a 1/4 mile walk along museum grounds.

The holiday light event begins at 5:30 p.m. each night, with the last car admitted at 8:30 p.m. and the park closing at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 per vehicle and holographic light glasses (to see holiday shapes in the lights) are $2 each.

On Saturdays Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, Santa Claus will be available inside the museum for holiday photos. Admission to the holiday light event is required to access the museum and visit Santa. A professional Santa, Paul Long of Camden, will pose with children for families to take photos with their own cameras.

On Friday, Dec. 8, the Smackover-Norphlet Buckaroo Choir will perform a 30-minute a cappella concert in the museum's Oil Field Park at 6:30 p.m. The Buckaroo Choir, led by Daniel Clar, includes both junior high and high school students.

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