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Northern Lights Festival Brings A Merry & Bright Vibe to Argenta

There may not be snow, but that didn't stop the holiday celebration in Argenta Arts District on November Saturday, November 30th. In its 5th year, Northern Lights Festival is a community event for the whole family, even your furry family members 🐕. The festival has something for everyone, from vendor booths, food trucks, face painting, fireworks, horse-drawn carriage rides, and live music.

"Argenta Plaza belongs to everyone in North Little Rock," says North Little Rock Mayor Joe Smith in an article for Little Rock Soirée. "Our Northern Lights Festival is a perfect opportunity for all neighborhoods to come together and celebrate the holiday season as one community."

The festival took place on Main Street, with the Argenta Plaza as the "hub" for all the action. The festival was the first at the plaza, which is a community space that will include a food court, First Orion offices, Tusk & Trotter, Trash Creamer, and residential living spaces.

The Big Dam Horns played through the night, and the Argenta Community Theater's production of "A Christmas Carol" brought holiday carols and photo ops throughout the festival.

The kiddos were able to visit Santa, listen to Christmas stories on the trolly provided by the library, and play with the animals from the NLR Animal Shelter. Couples and families were able to snuggle up on horse-drawn carriage rides around Argenta.

Attendees were able to enjoy tasty treats at some fantastic food trucks. On location were Crepe Coop, Tren Al Sur, Fly By Night Coffee, Delta Biscuit Company, Low Ivy Food Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster dishing out their best dishes. Our local brewery, Flyway, was also present in a big way, serving up the holiday cheer. 🍻

The night included a fireworks ✨ show and the lighting of the tree 🎄, located in the Argenta Plaza community area. Towering over the neighborhood with its festive red lights, the tree could be enjoyed throughout the entire month of December by the whole neighborhood, thanks to the NLR CVB.

The 2019 Northern Lights Festival had over 10,000 festival goes, compared to 1,000 in 2018, and we are looking forward to an amazing 2020 festival, bringing even more holiday festivities to the community!

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