The 35th Annual Christmas and Candlelight are set for Friday, December 10, and Saturday, December 11, at  Historic Washington State Park.

This has always been one of my favorite events of the year because of that old-fashioned feel you get when touring Old Washington. This small community comes together to decorate this quaint little town with 19th-century style decorations and thousands of luminaries that line the streets and grounds of this vintage town that reminds me of something you would see in a Norman Rockwall painting.

Sheila Little
Sheila Little

Time stands still as you stroll down candlelit streets while the sound of Christmas music feels the air. The Christmas spirit comes alive as actors in Victorian period clothing greet visitors as they walk past many decorated historic homes with homemade wreaths.

Christmas wreath

Some of my personal favorites are the courthouse, post office, schoolhouse, and Williams Tavern restaurant where you can enjoy some great food from 11 AM - 8 PM. There will be plenty of Christmas music for you you to enjoy as well in the churches and the 1940 WPA Gym.

christmas decorations

The park will be open from 8 AM - 8 PM and the Christmas and Candlelight Tour will begin from 5 PM - 8 PM both Friday and Saturday from one of Arkansas' oldest towns.

The cost is $10 for adults, children 6-12, $6 and, kids under 6 are free.


Washington State Arkansas is only eight miles off I-30 from Hope and about 40 minutes from Texarkana. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

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