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Thirty-sixth annual Christmas and Candlelight to be held at Historic Washington State Park starting Friday

A photo from the 2021 Christmas and Candlelight event.

PRESS RELEASE

(WASHINGTON, Ark.) – Historic Washington State Park will host its 36th Annual Christmas and Candlelight event on Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10. Tour venues will open at 1 p.m. Luminary lighting and music programs will begin at 5 p.m. See music schedule below.

Homes and buildings within the historic town will be decorated with period decorations and thousands of luminaries will light the streets. A horse-drawn surrey will be available for rides. Williams’ Tavern Restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission is $10 per adult and $6 per child (up to age 12).

For more information about the event, contact the park at 870-983-2684.

Friday, December 9, 2022 Music Schedule

WPA Gym

5:00 – 5:30        Beryl Henry Elementary Choir – Hope, Ark. 

5:45 – 6:15        Nashville Primary Choir – Nashville, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Roy Hale, guitarist – Malvern, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        Dancetastics – Hope, Ark.

Royston Town House

5:00—8:00        Brenda Westerbuhr, violinist – Washington, Ark.

Washington Methodist Church

5:00 – 8:00        Live Nativity Scene (Front Yard)

5:00 – 5:30        TBA

5:45 – 6:15        Rachel Parson, guitarist – Hope, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Shelly Keith, vocalist – Hope, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        Hempstead County Melody Boys – Hope, Ark.

Washington Presbyterian Church

5:00 – 5:30        Liberty Eylau High School Choir – Liberty Eylau, Tex.

5:45 – 6:15        Cornerstone First Baptist Church Choir – Hope, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Faith Chorus – Texarkana, Tex. 

7:15 – 8:00        Ouachita Baptist University Flute Quintet – Arkadelphia, Ark. 

Williams Tavern Restaurant

5:00—6:15        Jerome Underwood and Friends – Hope, Ark.

1874 Courthouse

5:00 – 5:30        Tishara Arnett, vocalist – Mineral Springs, Ark.

5:45 – 6:15        Mary May, vocalist  – Ashdown, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Grace Point Mennonite Choir – Nashville, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        “Twas the Night Before Christmas” reading & Father Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2022 Music Schedule

WPA Gym

5:00 – 8:00        Nighthawk Band – Hope, Ark.

Royston Town House

5:00—8:00        Brenda Westerbuhr, violinist – Washington, Ark.

Washington Methodist Church

5:00 – 8:00        Live Nativity Scene (Front Yard)

5:00 – 5:30        Nashville First United Methodist Church Choir – Nashville, Ark.

5:45 – 6:15        Hope First United Methodist Church Choir – Hope, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Shelly Keith, vocalist – Hope, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        Hempstead County Melody Boys – Hope, Ark.

Washington Presbyterian Church

5:00 – 5:30        Mark Hall, vocalist – Oakhaven, Ark. 

5:45 – 6:15        Roz Thompson, pianist – Washington, Ark.

6:30 – 7:00        Jimmy Ivers, vocalist & Anette Pollack, pianist – Hope, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        Brady Rhodes, vocalist – Rosston, Ark.

Williams Tavern Restaurant

5:00—6:15        Jerome Underwood and Friends – Hope, Ark.

1874 Courthouse

5:00 – 5:30        Autumn Newsom, guitarist – Hope, Ark. 

5:45 – 6:15        Four States Fusion — Texarkana, Tex. 

6:30 – 7:00        Jeff Smith, guitarist – Hope, Ark.

7:15 – 8:00        “Twas the Night Before Christmas” reading & Father Christmas

Historic Washington State Park

Historic Washington State Park, located in Washington, Arkansas, is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The park is a restoration village interpreting the historic Arkansas town in the 19th century. Daily tours are provided to over 15 historic sites and museums, such as the B.W. Edwards Weapons Museum and Blacksmith Shop. To learn more, visit HistoricWashingtonStatePark.com or call 870-983-2684. 

Arkansas State Parks

Arkansas State Parks is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Arkansas state parks and museums cover 54,400 acres of forest, wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation facilities, and unique historic and cultural resources. Established in 1923, Arkansas State Parks preserve special places for future generations, provide quality recreation and education opportunities, enhance the state’s economy through tourism and provide leadership in resource conservation. Connect with ASP on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and visit ArkansasStateParks.com and ArkansasStateParks.com/media to learn more.

Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism

The Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism protects and promotes our state’s natural, cultural and historic assets, contributing to a thriving economy and high quality of life. It is made up of three divisions: Arkansas State Parks, Arkansas Heritage and Arkansas Tourism. Stacy Hurst serves as the cabinet secretary for the department.

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