Every year decorations appear out of nowhere, lights begin to twinkle, and Christmas trees sparkle in all their festive glory. Traditions are a huge part of Christmas for my family. Some of our traditions involve making our family recipe for cutout sugar cookies, putting up the tree and sharing memories with each ornament that goes on the tree, putting our jammies on and watching a great Christmas movie (like Christmas Vacation), and more. We have one really special tradition as the days draw closer to Christmas. It involves a warm cup of hot chocolate and sparkling, glittering lights.
We’ll usually grab a quick bite to eat, fill our travel mugs with hot chocolate, and pile into the car … hats, coats, scarves, mittens, and all. Turn on the Christmas music, and we’re off. It’s something we all look forward to, especially our youngest. We don’t always know where we’re going; we just go.
Over the years we’ve come upon some pretty fascinating lighting displays. There was the display set to music with soldiers standing in front of the house, collecting donations for Toys for Tots. Then there was Christmas on Collins Circle in Rogers … a display set to coordinate with music from Charles Schultz’ A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was pretty amazing! In fact, I happened to capture it on Instagram last year.
I’m really excited to see what we’ll find this year.
Rogers is hosting a Holiday Hoopla Kick-off on November 29th from 5 to 6pm. Not only will Santa be making an appearance; Mayor Greg Hines is going to flip the switch on a 22-foot tall Christmas tree and light up Downtown Rogers! Oh, and one more thing … family photos can be taken by the tree or with Santa after all is said and done. So much fun!
Besides attending the amazing holiday events, I definitely recommend just taking a drive. Drive through Downtown Rogers, as well as through neighborhoods, and just explore. Turn up the Christmas music and celebrate with a swig of hot chocolate! Make new family traditions as you celebrate the holidays this year.
Where have you found the best holiday lights around the Rogers area? Do you recommend a place to go to find the most spectacular lights?
Mel is a wife and homeschool mom to 2 boys, as well as a lifestyle/travel blogger and freelance writer residing in Northwest Arkansas. Mel blogs at MamaBuzz. You can also find Mel on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.