Louisiana Has Its Very Own 'Christmas Wonderland in the Pines'—and Here's Why You Should Plan a Trip
Every year, downtown Jonesboro is transformed into its own winter wonderland, minus the snow, of course. The annual Christmas celebration was started in 1978 when one shop owner decorated his store with Christmas lights. Former Mayor Richard Zuber was so inspired by the small-scale light display that soon he began to have the public works department deck the halls, or, in this case, the streets of downtown Jonesboro with festive decorations. Since 1978, the celebration has since expanded into a tourist destination for merrymakers during the holiday season. Jonesboro's "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines" is just another bright and shining example of why there's really no place quite like the South to usher in good tidings and Yuletide cheer.
Adorned with more than 5 million Christmas lights and all the trimmings, the heart of Jonesboro is truly a sight to behold on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving (November 25). Everything downtown is covered in lights, including the trees. One of the many activities for visitors to participate in during "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines" is the Grand Marshal Coffee event. The lights will officially be turned on the morning of the ceremony, and they'll stay lit from sunup to sundown until the end of the year. The main attractions, such as the annual parade, carriage rides, and grand fireworks show will take their usual spot along Cooper Avenue through Jimmie Davis Boulevard.
With so much to see and do, the jolly occasion has become something both new and returning visitors look forward to every year. If you don't reside near Jonesboro (or in Louisiana, for that matter), you can turn the holiday celebration into a weekend getaway. Arcadia is only a short drive away, and each year the city hosts a Christmas bonfire. Not only that, but both Monroe and Shreveport are about an hour and a half away from Jonesboro. Both of those cities are part of the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, which occurs around the same time as "Christmas Wonderland in the Pines."
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"Christmas Wonderland in the Pines" is a nostalgic trip down memory lane of Christmas traditions gone by, and you'll enjoy every moment of it. For more information, specific times, and the exact parade route, visit the city's events page here.