Northwest Arkansas Holiday Activity Interactive Guide

by Angela Forsyth

We all know the Christmas season can be highly stressful. From spending endless hours shopping for the perfect gifts to late nights of last-minute wrapping, even the best of us get caught up in the madness. How many of us want to let go of the holiday requirements and just enjoy this time with our families? If you're looking for some quality family time this December, there are a lot of ways to celebrate the season in Northwest Arkansas, and we've compiled a long list of choices for you. You might still have to fulfill your holiday obligations, but maybe you can take some time to catch your breath, pick something from the list and enjoy this time with the people you love.


We all know the Christmas season can be highly stressful. From spending endless hours shopping for the perfect gifts to late nights of last-minute wrapping, even the best of us get caught up in the madness. How many of us want to let go of the holiday requirements and just enjoy this time with our families? If you're looking for some quality family time this December, there are a lot of ways to celebrate the season in Northwest Arkansas, and we've compiled a long list of choices for you. You might still have to fulfill your holiday obligations, but maybe you can take some time to catch your breath, pick something from the list and enjoy this time with the people you love.


There is a large number of activities (over 315+ at the time of posting this), so please use the PULL DOWN filters above the list to narrow your search (e.g. parades, light displays, shows, etc.)


Note: If you have a holiday activity you would like to add, please use add a calendar event form and we will add it!
We also have a winter holiday filter on the main calendar located on our home page



2017 NORTHWEST ARKANSAS HOLIDAY ACTIVITY GUIDE - UPDATED DAILY

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December 14, 2017Springdale to Johnson "Holiday Express" TrainEnjoy a one hour round trip with Santa and friendsTickets start at $15Arkansas Missouri RailroadSpringdale9:00am, 11:00am
December 14, 2017Gingerbread WorkshopMake your own Gingerbread House the Young Chefs Academy Way!$45Young Chef's AcademyRogers4:30pm - 6:00pm
December 14, 2017Lights of the Ozarks Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.FreeFayetteville Town SquareFayetteville5:00pm - 1:00am
December 14, 2017Bentonville Square LightsThis dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts hundreds of people to the downtown square nightly.FreeDowntown Bentonville SquareBentonvilleNightly
December 14, 2017Bentonville Heart LitesWe are Bentonville Heart Lites. We love putting on a Christmas show to help bring the focus of Christ in Christmas to families through our lighting display. We have run our show for 4 years and love doing it! We have been asked by many to take donations over the past three years. Last year, we raised $723 for a community member with Parkinson's.Donations Accepted3505 NW Edgewood DriveBentonville5:00pm - 10:00pm S-T, 5:00pm - 11:00pm F-S
December 14, 2017It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayThis inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears.Tickets start at $10Walton Arts CenterFayetteville7:30pm
December 14, 2017A Rogers ChristmasCome learn about Christmas traditions in Northwest Arkansas at the turn of the century through a guided tour of the 1895 Hawkins House. Exhibit is open all month.FreeHistoric Hawkins House & Exhibit GalleriesRogers10am - 5pm
December 14, 2017Visit Santa - NWA MallSanta has arrived at Northwest Arkansas Mall and will be here until Christmas Eve! Pets are welcome for photos Dec. 5th and 12th from 6 - 8 pm.Northwest Arkansas MallFayetteville11:00am - 8:00pm
December 14, 2017Stewart Family Christmas Light displayOver 750,000 lights and over 350 inflatables and come take a ride on the train . Please park in the field on the corner lot before the display . The display will be on nightly from 5:30-10 .DonationStewart Family HomeFayetteville5:30-10:00pm
December 14, 2017Christmas Tree ForestVisit this special holiday fundraising tradition in the Gardens of the Crescent Hotel.  Local charities decorate a tree and you get to vote on which you like the best.  The trees will be on display in the Garden throughout the month of December.  Come and meander through this magical Christmas forest & help our local charities.FreeCrescent Hotel - Eureka SpringsEureka SpringsDaily Display
December 15, 2017Springdale to Johnson "Holiday Express" TrainEnjoy a one hour round trip with Santa and friendsTickets start at $15Arkansas Missouri RailroadSpringdale11:00am
December 15, 2017Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama TrainEnjoy a three hour ride round trip with Santa and friends. Tickets start at $15Arkansas Missouri RailroadSpringdale7:00pm
December 15, 2017Lights of the Ozarks Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.FreeFayetteville Town SquareFayetteville5:00pm - 1:00am
December 15, 2017Bentonville Square LightsThis dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts hundreds of people to the downtown square nightly.FreeDowntown Bentonville SquareBentonvilleNightly
December 15, 2017Bentonville Heart LitesWe are Bentonville Heart Lites. We love putting on a Christmas show to help bring the focus of Christ in Christmas to families through our lighting display. We have run our show for 4 years and love doing it! We have been asked by many to take donations over the past three years. Last year, we raised $723 for a community member with Parkinson's.Donations Accepted3505 NW Edgewood DriveBentonville5:00pm - 10:00pm S-T, 5:00pm - 11:00pm F-S
December 15, 2017It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayThis inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears.Tickets start at $10Walton Arts CenterFayetteville7:30pm
December 15, 2017A Rogers ChristmasCome learn about Christmas traditions in Northwest Arkansas at the turn of the century through a guided tour of the 1895 Hawkins House. Exhibit is open all month.FreeHistoric Hawkins House & Exhibit GalleriesRogers10am - 5pm
December 15, 2017Visit Santa - NWA MallSanta has arrived at Northwest Arkansas Mall and will be here until Christmas Eve! Pets are welcome for photos Dec. 5th and 12th from 6 - 8 pm.Northwest Arkansas MallFayetteville11:00am - 8:00pm
December 15, 2017Stewart Family Christmas Light displayOver 750,000 lights and over 350 inflatables and come take a ride on the train . Please park in the field on the corner lot before the display . The display will be on nightly from 5:30-10 .DonationStewart Family HomeFayetteville5:30-10:00pm
December 15, 2017Santa's WorkshopCalling all elves!  This Santa's workshop is for kiddos to create three hand-painted Christmas gifts. $35Imagine StudiosRogers6:00pm - 8:30pm
December 15, 2017Christmas Tree ForestVisit this special holiday fundraising tradition in the Gardens of the Crescent Hotel.  Local charities decorate a tree and you get to vote on which you like the best.  The trees will be on display in the Garden throughout the month of December.  Come and meander through this magical Christmas forest & help our local charities.FreeCrescent Hotel - Eureka SpringsEureka SpringsDaily Display
December 16, 2017Winter Wonderland Princess BallOver 10 princesses and characters will be there hosting. There will be fun activities such as crafts, mini manicures, face painting, light makeup application, and sweet treats! Brock entertainment will be there running the dance floor encouraging all the children and princesses to bust a move! $52 General AdmissionJohn Q Hammons CenterRogers4:00pm - 6:00pm
December 16, 2017Donuts With SantaDonuts With Santa at The Goddard School! Delicious donuts, Coffee + Hot Cocoa from Bolder Coffee and fun arts and crafts! Every child will have an opportunity to get a picture on Santa's lapTBDGoddard SchoolFayetteville9:00am - 11:00am
December 16, 2017Lights of the Ozarks Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.FreeFayetteville Town SquareFayetteville5:00pm - 1:00am
December 16, 2017The Little Craft Show BentonvilleEnjoy shopping directly from all of your favorite artists and makers from across the US in this one-of-a-kind shopping event. Expect over-the-top booth setups and decor along with handmade items that are so high-quality that you won’t believe it was made by hand! There will also be an adorable Photo Booth just for you!FreeThe Record in Downtown BentonvilleBentonville12:00pm - 6:00pm
December 16, 2017Bentonville Square LightsThis dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts hundreds of people to the downtown square nightly.FreeDowntown Bentonville SquareBentonvilleNightly
December 16, 2017Bentonville Heart LitesWe are Bentonville Heart Lites. We love putting on a Christmas show to help bring the focus of Christ in Christmas to families through our lighting display. We have run our show for 4 years and love doing it! We have been asked by many to take donations over the past three years. Last year, we raised $723 for a community member with Parkinson's.Donations Accepted3505 NW Edgewood DriveBentonville5:00pm - 10:00pm S-T, 5:00pm - 11:00pm F-S
December 16, 2017It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayThis inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears.Tickets start at $10Walton Arts CenterFayetteville2:00pm and 7:30pm
December 16, 2017A Very SoNA ChristmasA mix of sacred and secular holiday favorites featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists.Tickets start at $30Walton Arts CenterFayetteville2:00pm and 7:30pm
December 16, 2017A Rogers ChristmasCome learn about Christmas traditions in Northwest Arkansas at the turn of the century through a guided tour of the 1895 Hawkins House. Exhibit is open all month.FreeHistoric Hawkins House & Exhibit GalleriesRogers10am - 5pm
December 16, 2017Visit Santa - NWA MallSanta has arrived at Northwest Arkansas Mall and will be here until Christmas Eve! Pets are welcome for photos Dec. 5th and 12th from 6 - 8 pm.Northwest Arkansas MallFayetteville11:00am - 8:00pm
December 16, 2017Christmas Open HouseCome Visit the Peel mansion all dressed up for Christmas! This years theme is the Twelve Days of Christmas so you can expect a Twelve Day different theme in each of the rooms as you tour the house. We love to welcome the community in to share the spirit of Christmas with some music, hot cocoa, cookies and a visit from Santa. This is a free and family frFreePeel MansionBentonville10:00am - 3:00pm
December 16, 2017Stewart Family Christmas Light displayOver 750,000 lights and over 350 inflatables and come take a ride on the train . Please park in the field on the corner lot before the display . The display will be on nightly from 5:30-10 .DonationStewart Family HomeFayetteville5:30-10:00pm
December 16, 2017Skate-a-Long at Lawrence PlazaCome join us at Lawrence Plaza for Frosty Flix and a Skate-A-Long! Enjoy a festive holiday movie after skating to the soundtrack with some of the movie stars themselves! Grab a picture with your favorite star after the Skate-A-Long!$10 in advance / $15 day ofLawrence PlazaBentonville5:00pm - 8:30pm
December 16, 2017Christmas Tree ForestVisit this special holiday fundraising tradition in the Gardens of the Crescent Hotel.  Local charities decorate a tree and you get to vote on which you like the best.  The trees will be on display in the Garden throughout the month of December.  Come and meander through this magical Christmas forest & help our local charities.FreeCrescent Hotel - Eureka SpringsEureka SpringsDaily Display
December 17, 2017Lights of the Ozarks Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.FreeFayetteville Town SquareFayetteville5:00pm - 1:00am
December 17, 2017Bentonville Square LightsThis dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts hundreds of people to the downtown square nightly.FreeDowntown Bentonville SquareBentonvilleNightly
December 17, 2017Bentonville Heart LitesWe are Bentonville Heart Lites. We love putting on a Christmas show to help bring the focus of Christ in Christmas to families through our lighting display. We have run our show for 4 years and love doing it! We have been asked by many to take donations over the past three years. Last year, we raised $723 for a community member with Parkinson's.Donations Accepted3505 NW Edgewood DriveBentonville5:00pm - 10:00pm S-T, 5:00pm - 11:00pm F-S
December 17, 2017It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayThis inventive twist on Frank Capra’s classic film brings the ever-timely story of disaster, redemption and holiday magic to life on stage before your eyes and ears.Tickets start at $10Walton Arts CenterFayetteville2:00pm and 7:00pm
December 17, 2017Visit Santa - NWA MallSanta has arrived at Northwest Arkansas Mall and will be here until Christmas Eve! Pets are welcome for photos Dec. 5th and 12th from 6 - 8 pm.Northwest Arkansas MallFayetteville12:00pm - 6:00pm
December 17, 2017The Snowman: A Family Concert Your favorite holiday treat returns for a fourth year! SoNA and Walton Arts Center present a very special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” on Sunday, Dec. 17. Watch in wonder as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones. Tickets only $9. For tickets and more info, inclu$9SONA Walton Arts CenterFayetteville2:00pm
December 17, 2017Stewart Family Christmas Light displayOver 750,000 lights and over 350 inflatables and come take a ride on the train . Please park in the field on the corner lot before the display . The display will be on nightly from 5:30-10 .DonationStewart Family HomeFayetteville5:30-10:00pm
December 17, 2017Christmas Tree ForestVisit this special holiday fundraising tradition in the Gardens of the Crescent Hotel.  Local charities decorate a tree and you get to vote on which you like the best.  The trees will be on display in the Garden throughout the month of December.  Come and meander through this magical Christmas forest & help our local charities.FreeCrescent Hotel - Eureka SpringsEureka SpringsDaily Display
December 18, 2017Lights of the Ozarks Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed.FreeFayetteville Town SquareFayetteville5:00pm - 1:00am
December 18, 2017Bentonville Square LightsThis dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts hundreds of people to the downtown square nightly.FreeDowntown Bentonville SquareBentonvilleNightly
December 18, 2017Bentonville Heart LitesWe are Bentonville Heart Lites. We love putting on a Christmas show to help bring the focus of Christ in Christmas to families through our lighting display. We have run our show for 4 years and love doing it! We have been asked by many to take donations over the past three years. Last year, we raised $723 for a community member with Parkinson's.Donations Accepted3505 NW Edgewood DriveBentonville5:00pm - 10:00pm S-T, 5:00pm - 11:00pm F-S
December 18, 2017A Rogers ChristmasCome learn about Christmas traditions in Northwest Arkansas at the turn of the century through a guided tour of the 1895 Hawkins House. Exhibit is open all month.FreeHistoric Hawkins House & Exhibit GalleriesRogers10am - 5pm
December 18, 2017Visit Santa - NWA MallSanta has arrived at Northwest Arkansas Mall and will be here until Christmas Eve! Pets are welcome for photos Dec. 5th and 12th from 6 - 8 pm.Northwest Arkansas MallFayetteville11:00am - 8:00pm
December 18, 2017Stewart Family Christmas Light displayOver 750,000 lights and over 350 inflatables and come take a ride on the train . Please park in the field on the corner lot before the display . The display will be on nightly from 5:30-10 .DonationStewart Family HomeFayetteville5:30-10:00pm
December 18, 2017Christmas Tree ForestVisit this special holiday fundraising tradition in the Gardens of the Crescent Hotel.  Local charities decorate a tree and you get to vote on which you like the best.  The trees will be on display in the Garden throughout the month of December.  Come and meander through this magical Christmas forest & help our local charities.FreeCrescent Hotel - Eureka SpringsEureka SpringsDaily Display
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