The 2023 Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights in Sherwood will officially open on Friday, Dec. 1! The Lighting Ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the trail opening at 6 p.m.


The ceremony will feature local musicians and hot chocolate with Santa and Mayor Mary Jo Heye Townsell. The operating hours of the 2023 Trail of Lights are 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Dec. 1 through Dec. 30.  


Some changes have been made to this year’s Trail of Lights. First, general admission to the trail is still completely free to patrons, but this year, a reservation must be made on the city’s website. Click here to make your reservation!


This new free reservation system provides guests with a QR code that ensures a reserved time slot for the trail, which will prevent visitors from being turned away in case the trail should reach capacity. This also helps the Sherwood Police Department manage the flow of traffic in and out of the trail. 


It is extremely important for all visitors to have their QR code passes ready to be scanned when they enter the line to ensure traffic will keep moving at a steady pace and move cars off HWY 107.


Just like last year, the general admission trail entrance is in the Sherwood Sports Complex parking lot, which must be accessed from Dee Jay Hudson Drive from Arkansas Hwy 107. Specifically, the entrance is located just beyond the Sherwood Tennis Center driveway, which is located at 420 Dee Jay Hudson Drive. Staff will block Sylvan Hills High School entrances along Dee Jay Hudson Drive during the Trail of Lights hours to prevent line jumping. Students, parents and guests may access after-hours events scheduled at SHHS from Bear Paw Road, including playoff games, band, choir and theater performances.


The entrance gate to the general admission queue will close at 9:30 p.m. to allow visitors to get through the light display.  


Patrons will also have the opportunity to purchase a $25 ticket for their vehicle to bypass the regular line, much like a theme park “fast pass.” The number of fast passes will be limited to 15 cars per 30-minute reservation time slot. This feature will be particularly useful to large groups visiting the trail. Please note fast pass ticket holders will have a separate entrance to the trail. They will enter the queue on Bear Paw Road, not Dee Jay Hudson Drive.


Cash donations and non-perishable food donations will be collected again this year, but they will be accepted at the beginning of the trail this year instead of at the end. Donations collected and funds paid for fast passes will be reinvested in new displays and upgrades next year.


Photo Credit: Arkansas Tourism
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