Yes, it is already that special time of year again.  Don’t miss out!  Checkout our list of fun-filled Northwest Arkansas holiday events scheduled from now through New Year’s Eve. Regardless of what you do or where you go, take time to enjoy your loved ones during this wonderful season of joy.  Join in the fun and create some wonderful holiday memories. Check back often, we will continuously update this page.

Events are listed in chronological order below each city.


downtown bentonville square christmas

Photo courtesy of Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Event:Lighting Of the Tree at Lawrence Plaza
Saturday, November 21st
12:00 pm
Schedule of Events:
12:00-1:45pm-Session1: Ice Rink Open Skate (FREE!)
2:00-3:15pm-Session 2: Ice Rink Open Skate (FREE!)
3:30-4:45pm-Session 3: Ice Rink Open Skate (FREE!)
5:00-6:00pm-Session 4: Ice Rink Open Skate (FREE!)
6:00pm-Orchestra begins at Lawrence Plaza
6:00pm-Lighting of the Square Ceremony
6:20pm-Mayor speaks at Lawrence Plaza and Lighting of the Tree ceremony
6:45pm-Ice Skating Show (FREE to watch!)
8:00-9:30pm-Session 5: Ice Rink Open Skate (Paid Session)
Lighting Of the Tree at Lawrence Plaza to kick off the Rink Season.

Event: Lighting of the Square
Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Square
Description: Come enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate the beautiful lights and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season in downtown Bentonville.

Event:  Small Business Saturday
Date:  Saturday, November 28th
Time:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Bentonville
Description: Small Business Saturday is the day to celebrate the Shop Small movement which drives shoppers to local merchants across the U.S. in partnership with American Express.

Event: Santa at The Walmart Museum
Date: Friday, December 4th
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Walmart Museum
Description: Santa Claus will be at the Walmart Museum and ready for pictures with you, your family, and friends. Come down and see us on the square. It’s free!

Event: ARTansas Presents: A Cultured Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: 207 NE 2nd St.
Description: Celebration of a new gallery in downtown Bentonville.  Join the fun with music, food, drink and an arts showcase highlighting many rising stars of the scene – just in time for the holiday season.

Event: Caroling at The Walmart Museum with the LDS Girls Youth Group
Date:  Wednesday, December 9th
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Walmart Museum
Description: Christmas carols sung by the LDS Girls Youth Group.

Event: Bentonville Christmas Parade
Date: Saturday, December 12th
Time: 11:00 am
Location: Bentonville Square
: A fun filled Christmas parade that includes floats of all kinds and much more. You can enter a float or just enjoy the show – either way this is a wonderful tradition to share with family & friends!

Event: The Nutcracker presented by NWA Conservatory of Classical Ballet
Date: Saturday, December 12th and December 13th
Time: Saturday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m. and
Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 p.m.7:00 pm
Location: Arend Arts Center
Cost: $17.00 – $20.00
Description: Support your local arts community and enjoy a magical performance of the world’s most well-loved ballet! For more information, click here. Win (2) FREE Tickets to the Nutcracker.. Click HERE.

Event: Frosty’s Flicks-How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 12th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Plaza
Cost: Free
Description: It might be cold outside, but how much fun you will have.  Come Bundled up and  watch some of your favorite winter classics with the community!

Event: Caroling, Spiced Cocoa Cabernet
Date: Thursday, December 17th
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Two25 Gallery & Wine Bar
Description: Come sing and help usher in the holidays….Spiced Cocoa Cabernet recipe provided by The Spice & Tea Exchange of Bentonville.  A true neighborhood event… Carols OLD and NEW… come join the fun…all ages welcome.

Event: Frosty’s Flicks – The Santa Clause
Date: Saturday, December 19th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Plaza
Cost: Free
Description: It might be cold outside, but how much fun you will have.  Come Bundled up and  watch some of your favorite winter classics with the community!

Event: Christmas with Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra (APO)
Saturday, December 19th
7:30 pm
Arend Arts Center
Cost:  Tickets are $5.00 – $25.00
The APO performs one of the region’s finest Christmas programs, featuring the Ozark Bronze Handbell Ensemble, Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and the Choruses of Bentonville Junior High Schools, including a great variety of your holiday favorites! Click Here for more information.

Event: Christmas Open House
Date: December 19th
Time: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location:The Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens
Cost: FREE
Description: The Peel Mansion will be fully decorated for Christmas!

Event: Frosty’s Flicks – Frozen
Date: Saturday, December 26th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Lawrence Plaza
Cost: Free
Description: It might be cold outside, but how much fun you will have.  Come Bundled up and  watch some of your favorite winter classics with the community!

Event: NEW 365
Date: Thursday, December 31st
Time: 9:00 pm – 1:00 am
Location: Crystal Bridges
Description: Celebrate the New Year through an immersion of art, fantasy, and inspiration set within the breathtaking architecture of Crystal Bridges. Click Here for more information.

Eureka Springs

Event: Santa in the Park
Date: Friday, November 27th
Time: 5:00 pm
Location:  Basin Park
Description: Santa arrives in Basin Spring Park with Goody bags for children.

eureka springs christmas

Photo Courtesy Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism

Event: Christmas Parade of Lights
Date: Friday, December 4th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Downtown Eureka Springs
Description: This evening parade features floats, walkers, bands, and thousands of lights as it makes its way through downtown Eureka Springs

Event: Downtown Living Windows
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Downtown Eureka Springs
Description: The Shop Windows Downtown come alive with  Elves, Santa, and delightful characters for kids and adults to be surprised! Holiday spirit is in the air as the magic unfolds one shop after the other.

Event: Christmas Tour of Homes
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Eureka Springs
Cost:  $20.00 (Kids 12 and under Free)
Description: This fun filled self guided walking tour is a sampling of  Eureka Springs most beautifully restored homes that gives guests a glimpse of a bygone era. Each stop will be lavishly decorated for the season with Victorian attired docents to relate the history of each home. Christmas music, carolers and refreshments are all part of the experience.  Click Here for more information

Event: Winterfest Fine Art & Craft Show/ Sale 
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
Description: Come and support art and artists of Eureka Springs. Admission is either $3.00 at the door or by a donation of two food items to the Flint Street Food Bank.

Event: Snow Village & Train Exhibit
Date: Nov 22nd- December 23rd
Time: Saturdays from 10am-6pm, and on Sundays from 11am-5pm. Additional hours on Dec. 21-23 from 5pm-7pm.
Location: Gaskins Switch Village
DescriptionThe largest privately owned Snow Village & Train exhibit in the United States and consists of well over 300 buildings which take you back in time to the 1930’s to 1950’s of small town America. The panorama  exhibit includes 3 Lionel 0 scale trains, a Lionel 0 scale trolley, and the Polar Express train. Click Here for more information.


Event:The Lights of the Ozarks
Date: Friday November 20- December 31st
Time: 5:00 pm – 1:00 pm
LocationDowntown Fayetteville Square
Description: Be sure to see this magical winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 20th at 6 p.m. with the Lighting Night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening fom 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. There are nightly carriage and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music. Click Here for more information.

Event:  The 2015 Little Craft Show
Date:  Friday and Saturday, December 4th -5th
Time: Various Times… click here for specific times.
Location :Fayetteville Town Center, 15 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
Description: Jaw dropping crafts, local eateries, giveways from vendors, VIP shopping and more. Click Here for more information.

Event: 15th Annual Holiday Art Sale
Date: December 4th, 5th and 6th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Time: Friday 7 pm – 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday Noon – 4:00 pm
Location: 545 W. Center Street
Description: Formerly known as the Art Block Sale, this is the oldest running holiday art sale in Northwest Arkansas. It’s known for the exceptional quality and variety of work, ranging from textile, paper and photographic art to award-winning ceramics, watercolors,  fiber arts and jewelry.

Event: Gardenland Express at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Date:  Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Botanical Garden of the Ozarks
Description: Fantastic train display from the Northwest Arkansas Garden Railway Society and Santa.

Event:  A Very SoNA Christmas
Date: Saturday, December 5th
7:30 pm
Walton Arts Center
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

Event:  The Snowman:  A Family Concert
Date: Sunday, December 6th
2:00 pm
Walton Arts Center
Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

Event: Choirs on the Square
Date: December 10 -15th
Time: Click Here for performance times
Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square
Description: Various groups singing Christmas carols.

Event:Community Christmas Party & Raffle: A Gathering of Love
Date:  Friday, December 18th
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Northwest Arkansas Center for Spiritual Living
Description: A Gathering of Love – Gifting, Gratitude, Thanksgiving and Angels everywhere!

Event: The Polar Express
Date: December 19
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Walton Arts Center
Description: A favorite holiday film shown on the silver screen.

Event: Last Night Fayetteville
Date: Thursday, December 31st
Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square
Description:This exciting performing arts festival is the biggest New Year’s Eve party in Arkansas. Click Here for more information.


rogers christmas paradeEvent: 31st Annual Rogers Christmas Parade
FridayDecember 4th
6 p.m. Nutcrackers performance by Ballet Westside
6:30 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting of the Christmas at the Frisco Stage
7 p.m. Christmas parade
Downtown Rogers, Frisco Park

Event: The Polar Express at the Victory Theatre
Date:  Saturday, December 12th
Time: 10:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m.
Location: Victory Theatre, 116 S. Second St., Downtown Rogers
Description: Families with children ages 3-12, will have fun watching the Polar Express on the big screen while enjoying cookies & hot cocoa. You can wear your pajamas and visit with Santa before the movie, take home treats, and start a new family tradition! Seating is limited. Click Here for more information.

Event: Santa on the Caboose
Date: Saturday, December 5, 12 and 19,
Time:  10:00 am – 2 pm
Location: Downtown Rogers, Frisco Station
Description: Boys and girls get to sit on Santa’s lap and tell Santa what they want under the Christmas Tree

Event: A Christmas Carol
Date: December 11-13 and 17-20
Time: 8 p.m. (Sundays at 2 p.m.)
LocationArkansas Public Theatre at the Victory
Description: A Christmas Carol for the whole family.  Click Here for more information.

Siloam Springs

Event:  Breakfast with Santa
Date:  Saturday, December 5th
Time: 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Siloam Springs Community Building
Description: Click Here for more information

Event: Main Street Siloam Springs Christmas Reception
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: 28 Springs Banquet Room, 100 E University St.
Description: Indulge yourself in homemade cookies & hot cocoa at the Main Street Siloam Springs Christmas Reception.

Event: Christmas Candyland Parade
Date: Saturday, December 5th
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: Parade will begin at intersection of Dogwood and Tulsa
Description: Float filled parade complete with Santa Claus


Event: 19th Annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks
Date: Monday, November 30th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Parsons Stadium, 1423 E Emma, Springdale
Description: Christmas Parade and  First Ornaments of Christmas!

Event: Breakfast with Santa
Date: Saturday, Dec 5th
Time: 8:30 am/9:15 am/ 10:00 am
LocationArts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S Main St,
Description: Santa and Mrs. Claus share a special breakfast with Sant and Mrs. Claus at the Annual Christmas Parade of the Ozarks. Lots of fun treats planned for children of all ages including a yummy breakfast, a personal visit with Santa, a keepsake photo with Santa, decorating gingerbread cookies with Mrs. Claus, creating special ornaments and more. Click Here for more information.

Event: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Date: December 11th – 13th
Time: Friday, Saturday @ 7:30 pm / Sunday @ 3 pm
Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks
Description: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever


NOTE:  Know of an event, not listed?  Please contact us and let us know about it.


Photos on this page are courtesy of Arkansas Dept of Parks and Tourism