Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources to host annual Holiday Lights Extravaganza

A "Christmas Rocks" display is seen at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in this 2019 News-Times file photo. The museum's annual Holiday Lights Extravaganza will open this evening.

The Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources will open its Holiday Light Extravaganza this evening, starting at 5:30 p.m.

The annual program will continue on Friday and Saturday evenings through December 23.

Sponsored by the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources Foundation, Inc., the Holiday Lights Extravaganza is the foundation's primary fundraiser of the year.

The event features a one-quarter mile, paved, walk-through trail of more than 100,000 holiday lights, some of which include holiday shapes visible only with holographic light glasses. The museum's Oil Patch gift shop will be open during the event, and free hot chocolate will be available in the museum lobby.

The event will begin 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 Nov. 18, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, Santa Claus will be available inside the museum for holiday photos. Admission to the 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.

The Holiday Lights Extravaganza is held at the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources, 4087 Smackover Highway. For more information, call 870-725-2877.