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White River Wonderland

Each winter, the light display that earned Batesville recognition as the Christmas Capital of Arkansas™ takes over Riverside Park for locals and visitors to experience a magical holiday season on the White River!

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The show features over a million lights and welcomes thousands of visitors each year. Beyond the lack of admission cost, the feature that makes the display so unique is the variety of ways visitors enjoy it. Watch the lights dance to holiday tunes from the warmth of your car. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through the tunnel of lights with your closest loved ones. Ride our custom-built White River Express train with your whole family. For a limited time, enjoy the display from the top of our 70-foot tall Ferris wheel. 


Want to really experience the beauty up close? The entire display is walkable, with illuminated trails throughout the park. Guests can even take it a step further and enjoy the skating rink. Make life-long memories with a trip to Batesville’s White River Wonderland.

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White River Wonderland features millions of lights and welcomes thousands of visitors annually. Admission to the lights display at Riverside Park is FREE! Donations are accepted.

November 23 – January 2

Open Daily from 5 p.m. to midnight.

One of the best ways to take in the sights and sounds of the White River Wonderland is from the comfort of a horse-drawn carriage. Carriage Rides can get chilly. We recommend wearing warm clothing and bringing a blanket. 


November 25 – December 30
Closed December 25

Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 6 – 10 p.m.

$10 per person for ages two and up.
Tickets must be purchased in person. No reservations are accepted.

Enjoy White River Wonderland's millions of dancing lights from the comfort of our custom-built White River Express train. The train can get chilly. We recommend wearing warm clothing and bringing a blanket. 


November 25 – December 30
Closed December 25

Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 6 – 10 p.m.

$6 per person for ages two and up.
Tickets must be purchased in person. No reservations are accepted.

Enjoy the dancing lights at the White River Wonderland from our synthetic-ice skating rink.


November 25 – December 30
Closed December 24 and 25

Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 9 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 6 – 10 p.m.

$6 per person for 1 hour

Bring your camera and your kids and take some Selfies with Santa at the White River Wonderland. 


November 25 – December 23

Weekends ONLY • $6 for a 3-minute session.


Santa will be here on the following dates:

  • Friday, November 25: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, November 26: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, November 27: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Friday, December 2: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, December 3: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, December 4: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 8: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Friday, December 9: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, December 10, following the Christmas parade to 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, December 11: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 15: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Friday, December 16: 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Saturday, December 17, 6 – 10 p.m.

  • Sunday, December 18: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 22: 6 – 9 p.m.

  • Friday, December 23: 6 – 10 p.m.



Enjoy the dancing lights at the White River Wonderland from our synthetic-ice skating rink.


December 16 – 23

Sunday – Thursday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5 – 11 p.m.

$6 per person


Ferris Wheel inclement weather policy: The White River Wonderland will operate continuously throughout the scheduled time. The Ferris Wheel will not run if winds are 67 mph or higher, the ground becomes too saturated, or lighting has struck within the last 30 minutes. If this happens during your scheduled time, please email projects@batesvillesareachamber.com, and we will reach back out to you to find a new time for your ride. We will not reschedule rides for those who are late or miss their scheduled rides for non-weather-related issues.


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