Holiday season

10 Must-Do Activities in Northwest Arkansas During the Holidays

“A Christmas Carol” is on stage in Fayetteville. Photo courtesy of TheatreSquared

If you’re hungry for social interaction this season, there’s plenty to do with a date or a group of besties.

  1. Christmas concerts for adults – Catch “The Heart of Christmas: Songs and Stories of the Season” at TheatreSquared from December 11-26 and “A Very SoNA Christmas” on December 11 at the Walton Arts Center.
  2. And a Christmas concert for children – Get tickets to “The Snowman: A Family Concert” on December 12 at the Walton Arts Center here.
  3. Be naughty or nice at Holidaze – This pop-up event has a “naughty” venue for the 21-and-over crowd open through New Years at 101 N. Block St. in Fayetteville and a “nice” venue for kids at the Walton Arts Center open through 1st December. 23. Check social media for special events.
  4. Miracle on 2nd Street — Undercroft Bar in Bentonville has transformed into a festive holiday bar with seasonal cocktails. Reservations are strongly recommended.
  5. “The Polar Express” – Take the kids to see the movie screening at the Walton Arts Center two days before Christmas. Get tickets here.
  6. “A Christmas Carol– The classic kicks off today at TheatreSquared and will run until December 26 with live performances and digital streaming. Get tickets here.
  7. Bentonville Christmas Parade – 6 p.m. December 11 in the town center square.
  8. Northern Forest Lights – OK, so it’s not a party, but it’s a whimsical, wintry night of lights and music in the forest and it’s only available until January 2 at Crystal Bridges. Get tickets here.
  9. To ice skate — The Lawrence Plaza seasonal skating rink in downtown Bentonville is open until February.
  10. “The Best Christmas Show Ever” — It’s a comedy about the casting of unruly children in a Christmas pageant. Showtimes are December 10, 11, 17, and 18 at the Trike Theater in Bentonville. Get tickets here.
Bonus: essential light effects
Place de Bentonville is all lit up.
Place de Bentonville is all lit up. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios
  1. Fayetteville Ozark Lights is awesome, but don’t forget to check out some of NWA’s other great light displays.
  2. Downtown Bentonville Square has 35 miles of lights, on display through Jan. 2.
  3. Downtown Rogers has lots of historic charm mixed in with the new Railyard Park for a pleasant stroll.
  4. Springdale threw Christmas on the creek in November, but Emma Avenue stays all dressed up for the season.
  5. And the Stewart family of Fayetteville is back in action this year, showing lights from 5-10 p.m. until January 3.
Fayetteville Ozark Lights
Fayetteville Ozark Lights. Photo: Courtesy Experience Fayetteville

Want more? Check out the Arkansas Department of Tourism’s Trail of Holiday Lights site.

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