Monthly Archives: November 2016

Must See Holiday Lights Displays

Northwest Arkansas flips the switch on the best and the brightest holiday lights displays this season! From dazzling downtowns to breathtaking parades of light, experience the magic of the season during this bright and colorful time of year.

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Lights of the Ozarks

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville, Thru Dec. 31

The historic Fayetteville square transforms into a winter wonderland of nearly a half-million twinkling lights during the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks! A lighting ceremony on Nov. 18 kicks off this breathtaking display that is cherished by locals and visitors alike. With nightly carriage and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music, the Lights of the Ozarks is a holiday experience you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Lighting on Polk Square, Huntsville, Nov. 18

The quaint town of Huntsville amps ups the magic on Nov. 18 for the annual Christmas Lighting of Polk Square. Young and old alike gather to watch in wonder as this historic square transforms into something straight out of a holiday movie scene!

Winter Wonderland, Bentonville, Nov. 19

Welcome the holiday season to Bentonville on Nov. 19 with the Winter Wonderland Lighting of the Square! This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to the historic downtown square. Come celebrate the season and enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate and the beautiful lights.

The Great Passion Play’s Christmas Drive-Through Lights, Eureka Springs, Nov. 25 thru Jan. 1

After dark, drive the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs for a lights display that is sure to inspire. Enjoy a forest of lighted Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue, and celebrate the light of the world!

Eureka Springs Parade of Lights, Dec. 2

This Christmas Parade of Lights rolls through the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of lights! This year’s theme is Welcome to Toyland.

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Light Up Siloam Springs

Light up Siloam Springs, Dec. 3

As part of the annual Light up Siloam Springs ceremony, a portion of downtown illuminates in a stunning display of holiday lights when the mayor of the city waves his magic candy cane! Followed by the Siloam Springs Christmas Parade.

NWA Holiday Celebrations and Events

From children’s trains, Christmas parades and winter gardens of lights, to a night of 1,000 Santas, a snow village and a historic home tour by candlelight, these Northwest Arkansas holiday happenings will have everyone in the spirit!

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Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade, Fayetteville, Nov. 18 — Flip the switch on nearly a half-million twinkling lights at the Fayetteville Square during the Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night Parade!

Eureka Springs Snow Village & Train Exhibit, Nov. 25 thru Dec. 24 — The Eureka Springs Snow Village and Train Exhibit tells the story of small-town American from the 1930’s through the 1950’s. This privately owned exhibition features more than 300 buildings, accessory pieces and trees, along with three Lionel 0-scale trains, and a Lionel 0-scale trolley.

Christmas on the Creek: A New Springdale Tradition, Nov. 26 — Springdale begins a new holiday tradition! Christmas on the Creek takes place downtown on the banks of Spring Creek with a Christmas parade, the lighting of the state’s largest live Christmas tree, caroling, and holiday displays in area stores and businesses.

Eureka Springs Christmas Festival, Month of December — Let the magic of Eureka Springs pull you into its enchanted holiday spell! This year’s Christmas Festival features family fun, historic hotel celebrations, Santa strolls and more! Highlights include a Santa Brunch at the 1886 Crescent Hotel on Dec. 4, an illuminated Stroll of the Springs on Dec. 11, and the Night of 1,000 Santas: Let’s See Who’s Naughty or Nice! celebration on Dec. 17.

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Rogers Christmas Parade

Rogers Christmas Parade, Dec. 2 — Bundle up and head downtown for the 32nd Annual Rogers Christmas Parade. This year’s theme — A Woodland Christmas — will feature more than 100 floats, marching bands, cars, kids, animals and more.

Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — The 36th Annual Siloam Springs Christmas Parade is sure to bring the whole community together for a celebration of fun, family and the holidays. Sponsored by the Heritage League of Siloam Springs, there is also a light breakfast with Santa, plus pictures and crafts.

Candlelight Tour of Homes, Eureka Springs, Dec. 3 — Tour Victorian homes lavishly decorated for the holidays during the Eureka Springs 34th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes. The self-guided tour of a bygone era also features Victorian-attired docents, Christmas carolers and holiday refreshments.

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A&M Railroad Children’s Christmas Train

Children’s Holiday Train Excursions, Springdale, Dec. 3 — All aboard for a day of special holiday fun! The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad caters to kids on Dec. 3 when it hosts the 13th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day, and the Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train, featuring Santa Claus and friends.

Huntsville Christmas Parade, Dec. 3 — Floats with wonderful characters, Christmas music, holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Huntsville Christmas Parade?

Bentonville Christmas Parade, Dec. 10 — Enter a float or just enjoy the show… Either way, the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a great way to celebrate with family and friends!

 

NWA Winter Fun Roundup

Have a blast this winter with fun for every age, taste and style. From art markets and chocolate tastings to a mountain music jam, trail run and ride, and even a Civil War reenactment, you’ll stay entertained December through February in Northwest Arkansas!

HOLIDAY ICE SKATING — The area’s only outdoor ice rink, Lawrence Plaza Ice Skating Rink in Bentonville hosts Frosty Flicks during the winter holiday season. Skate around the rink while classics like “The Grinch,” “Frozen” and “The Santa Claus” play on the big screen. Opens Nov. 19!

TIS THE SEASON — For the liveliest of holiday entertainment right here in Northwest Arkansas, these concerts, plays, ballets and symphonies are sure to get you in the spirit of the season!

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PINKIES UP! — Get your white gloves ready for the 50th Annual Silver Tea on Dec. 1 at the 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa in Eureka Springs! Invite your best gals and make a day of it!

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COVER YOUR EARS — Relive a Civil War battle during the biennial Battle of Prairie Grove Reenactment on Dec. 3-4 at the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park.

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HIT THE BACK 40 — Trail runners and mountain bikers alike can experience the newest trail system in Northwest Arkansas on Dec. 10-11 at The Back 40 Trail Run & Ride in Bella Vista.

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12 GARDENS OF WINTER — Gear up for fun during the month of December as Fayetteville’s Botanical Garden of the Ozarks transforms into a land of holiday cheer for the 12 Gardens of Winter! As night fall, the gardens light up and activities will be available for all ages.

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LOST IN THE MUSEUM — Larger than it appears from the outside and packed with cool exhibits, the Museum of Native American History in Bentonville traces history through pottery, attire, tools and artifacts. It’s the perfect way to spend a quiet afternoon!

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SEASONAL GIFT MARKETS — Just in time for the holidays, find unique gifts at the Winter Art Market in downtown Bentonville through Dec. 10, and the Holiday Gift Market at Walton Arts Center’s McBride Studio through Dec. 23.

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TAKING IN THE VIEW — Winter is the perfect time to visit two of the most beautiful and inspiring chapels in the world! Thorncrown Chapel in Eureka Springs and Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel in Bella Vista feature world-renowned E. Fay Jones architecture in stunning wooded settings.

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KEEP CALM AND EAT CHOCOLATE — Sample this smooth and creamy favorite in the form of bars, brownies, cakes, chocolate-covered espresso beans, ice cream and more during the 2017 Chocolate Lovers Festival on Feb. 11 in Eureka Springs.

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WORLD-CLASS ART — Visit Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville for the internationally acclaimed museum’s latest exhibitions: The Art of American Dance, through Jan. 16, and Border Cantos: Sight & Sound Explorations from the Mexican-American Border, starting Feb. 18. (Richard Misrach, Wall, East of Nogales, Arizona, 2014, pigment print, 60″ × 80″)  

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RING IN THE NEW YEAR — Whether you’re with your buddies or the kiddos and family, we have unique and affordable ways to celebrate New Year’s in Northwest Arkansas!

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ELEVEN ACTS IN FOUR DAYS — A fusion of Bluegrass, Folk and American Roots Music, the Ozark Mountain Music Festival on Jan. 19-22 in Eureka Springs touts live music all day long at multiple indoor venues. 

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EUREKA GRAS PARADE — The Lights and Sound Parade on Feb. 18 features themed floats, walkers and dancers to the sound of Mardi Gras music. Part of the month-long 12th Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras festival.

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TINKER TIME — Tap into your creative side at the Scott Family Amazeum in Bentonville where kids and families can learn, explore and just plain have fun at the 3M Tinkering Hub, Canopy Climber, General Mills Lift, Load & Haul and other cool exhibits.

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TOY STORY ­— View the Vintage Toy Exhibit on display now at the Siloam Springs Museum. With collectibles dating back to 1904, this display offers a fascinating look at all kinds of toys from the past.

 

 

NWA Theater and Performing Arts

Northwest Arkansas is the state’s hub for performing arts, including the jolliest of holiday performances and events. With Christmas symphonies, holiday musicals, ballets, plays and beyond – this stellar entertainment is sure to bring you smiles and joy!

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The Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center

Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Nov. 25-27 — Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. The Nutcracker is a sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the Mouse King. A holiday classic for the whole family!

 

 

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Symphony of Northwest Arkansas

A Very SoNA Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 3 — The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas kicks off the 2016-17 Season with its annual holiday concert, A Very SoNA Christmas. The region’s finest professional musicians perform a collection of favorite sacred and secular music celebrating the magic and beauty of Christmas. Featuring the SoNA Singers, UA Schola Cantorum and special guest soloists.

SoNA and Walton Arts Center Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 4 — Your favorite holiday treat returns to Walton Arts Center for a third year with The Snowman: A Family Concert. Come experience this special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as SoNA musicians bring to life the extraordinary score in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your little ones.

Tim Warfield’s All-Star Jazzy Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 10 — Acclaimed saxophonist Tim Warfield, known for his distinctive and soulful tone, has assembled an all-star cast to perform arrangements of holiday gems like you’ve never heard them before. An All-Star Jazzy Christmas puts a soulful, contemporary spin on classic holiday tunes like “Let It Snow,” “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and more.

Christmas with the APO, Arend Arts Center, Bentonville, Dec. 17 — Join the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra for one of the finest Christmas performances in the region. Christmas with the APO features all your yuletide favorites along with the Singing Men of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas Children’s Choir and the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 22 — This isn’t your typical holiday production! Switch up a classic Christmas fable by setting it in 1980’s Brooklyn, NY, add hip-hop music and breakdancing, and you have The Hip Hop Nutcracker! This exciting rendition of The Nutcracker is told by an onstage hip-hop DJ accompanied by electric violinist, all while integrating the classic compositions of Tchaikovsky.

TheatreSquared Presents Great Expectations, Nadine Baum Studios, Fayetteville, Nov. 30 thru Jan. 1 — After a terrifying Christmas Eve graveyard encounter, young orphan Pip’s life will never be the same. Follow Pip on his dynamic journey in a quest for love while facing the certainty of his perplexing past. This return of Great Expectations is amazingly performed with only six cast members who depict more than 40 different characters. Don’t miss this fascinating adaptation of Charles Dickens’ timeless tale!

Lightwire Theatre Presents A Very Electric Christmas, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, Dec. 23 — A twist on the art of storytelling, A Very Electric Christmas brightens up the holidays this year with familiar characters such as Nutcracker soldiers and the Mouse King, caroling worms, dancing candy canes and much more. Perfect for all ages.

Walton Arts Center’s 25th Anniversary & Grand Reopening Celebration, Fayetteville, Nov. 19 — Northwest Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse will debut its new expansion and renovation at this 25th Anniversary Grand Reopening Celebration. Enjoy free family friendly activities during the day and a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that happens in the theater. In the evening, pop in the jazz lounge for live performances, or dance away the night with entertainment in Starr Theater.

PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming, including Broadway productions: Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Arkansas Public Theatre and Trike Theatre.

Ring in the New Year NWA Style

Turn the hours leading up to 2017 into memories that will last a lifetime at one of these popular New Year’s destinations!

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Hog Drop at Last Night Fayetteville

Last Night Fayetteville, Dec. 31 — Find out why TripAdvisor named Last Night Fayetteville one of the Top Ten New Year’s Eve celebrations in the nation. With the famous Hog Drop at midnight and a spectacular fireworks display, Arkansas’s largest New Year’s festival provides a full evening of entertainment for revelers of all ages. Performers including Handmade Moments, Arkansauce and The Silvershakers will headline the main stage at the Fayetteville Town Center, while other indoor stages around the downtown square will host live music, comedy, theater, dance, and youth and kids shows.

Noon Year’s Eve Family Celebration, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Dec. 31 — Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime!) at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s family friendly Noon Year’s Eve celebration. Enjoy fun art projects, performances, and a huge family dance party!

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The Great Hall at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 at Crystal Bridges, Dec. 31 — Whether you prefer a stylish supper or a get-your-groove-on dance party, Crystal Bridges offers two unique ways to ring in the New Year at the NEW 365 event. Knock on the secret door and slip into our speakeasy-style supper club in the museum’s Great Hall for a fine dining experience paired with cocktails or wine. Or kick into high gear with the Dance Party that sweeps throughout the art galleries featuring electro-swing DJ, silent disco and more. Members ages 21 and up are welcome.

 

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Dancing on Dickson

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville — Celebrate New Year’s Eve in the heart of downtown! Whether your idea of a evening out is an easygoing game of billiards or a dance-til-you-drop experience, the Dickson Street Entertainment District has it all. With an eclectic miscellany of dive bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries, nightlife on Dickson Street delivers!

 

 

 

 

Crystal Bridges Announces 2017 Lineup

In 2017, the world-class Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville will showcase a roster of exciting temporary exhibitions celebrating a diverse group of artists and media.

The exhibitions highlight complex issues at the U.S.-Mexico border, showcase transformative glass installations inside the museum and outside on museum grounds, and feature more than 100 artworks from a preeminent figure in American Modernism.

Border Cantos: Sight & Sounds Explorations from the Mexican-American BorderFeb. 18 thru April 24 — Border Cantos, a unique collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican composer Guillermo Galindo, harnesses the power of art to explore, share, and humanize the complex issues surrounding the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. The artists created works of photography, sculpture, and sound that document and transform artifacts from the border.

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Dale Chihuly, Drawing Wall, 2009

Chihuly: In the Gallery and In the Forest, June 3 thru August 14; Chihuly: In the Forest, August 16 thru Nov. 13 — Dale Chihuly, an American sculptor, has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces, as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens. Crystal Bridges will present extensive indoor and outdoor installations, featuring new works by the artist, as well as iconic works spanning the breadth of his career.

Stuart Davis: In Full Swing, Sept. 16 through Jan. 8. Stuart Davis began as an illustrator of the urban life around New York, and after a year in Paris was one of the first American artists to bring the lessons of French avant garde art into American painting. This exhibition will focus on three phases of his work: from 1927 to 1937, in which he applied the forms of Cubism to still-lifes and landscapes; from 1938 to 1943, during which his work increased in both size and abstraction; and from 1944 to Davis’ death in 1964, in which he invented a new abstract language that merged the aesthetics of advertising and jazz with language, and an American-inspired subject matter.

For more information, visit crystalbridges.org.

 

 

Razorback Sports Action at its Finest

In Northwest Arkansas, we call the Hogs year ‘round! Whether you’re a basketball, baseball or gymnastics fan, the University of Arkansas Razorbacks have what you need this season!

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Bud Walton Arena

Razorback Basketball

Fans love to fill up the state-of-the art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville and cheer for Razorback basketball. With the men’s and women’s seasons in play through March 4, 2017, there is plenty of time to get in on the action.

Head Coach Mike Anderson and the men’s team are well underway to delivering their signature “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” for the 2016-17 season. Plus, Anderson added to the coaching staff Razorback legend Scott Thurman, who played during one of the most decorated seasons in Razorback history and made the three-point buzzer beater than won the 1994 NCAA championship for the Hogs. For the 2016-17 men’s basketball schedule, click here.

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Razorback Women’s Basketball

The Razorback women’s basketball team is on a roll after cruising to a 79-32 win over Oklahoma Baptist in an exhibition game on Nov. 3. Head coach Jimmy Dykes is entering his third year at the helm with nine returning players from a team that went 12-18 overall last season. For the 2016-17 women’s season schedule, click here.

Razorback Baseball

The Razorback baseball team is preparing for an action-packed 2017 season. The Diamond Hogs will play 34 home games at Fayetteville’s Baum Stadium, home of the largest video board in collegiate baseball. Look forward to a great turnout at the team’s season opener at Baum against the Miami University Redhawks on Feb. 17. For the 2017 season schedule, click here.

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Razorback Fans

Razorback Gymnastics

Don’t miss the Arkansas Gymbacks as they prepare to cartwheel their way through a loaded 2017 season. The Razorback gymnastics teams will host home meets against SEC opponents Alabama on Jan. 27, LSU on Feb. 10, and Florida on Feb. 17 — all at UA’s Barnhill Arena. For the gymnastics team’s 2017 schedule, click here.

 

 

Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Extravaganza

Each winter, Eureka Springs comes alive with a Mardi Gras festival that is celebrated with revelry for more than a month in this colorful Victorian-styled arts hamlet nestled in the Ozark Mountains.

girlsThe 12th Annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras festival features jazz music, lively parades, masquerade balls, costume contests, authentic New Orleans style food and so much more in a myriad of activities that are spread over January and February and sometimes into March.

The theme of this year’s festival is the Roaring 20’s with a fabulous repertoire of events including:

Kings Day Kick-off at the Rowdy Beaver, Jan. 7 — Come meet the king, queen and members of the royal court! Break out your masks and costumes and enjoy free food and music!

The Taste of N’Awlins, Feb. 4 A favorite among Eureka Gras-goers takes place at the Grand Central Hotel and Taverne. Indulge in delicious New Orleans style cuisine, including hot beignets and café au lait, which truly rivals the French Quarter.

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Mayor’s Ball, Feb. 25 — The Basin Park Hotel hosts this colorful ball. This year’s theme is Red Carpet Masquerade, accompanied by live music and beads galore!

Eureka Gras Lights & Sound Parade, Feb. 18 — Colorful floats with riders in full costume will light their way through downtown to the sound of Mardi Gras music. After the parade, visitors are welcome at the Black Light Ball, an artistic soiree held in an underground space featuring black light paint, models, music and more! Line dancing on 2nd St. follows the festive procession.

Jazz Brunch at the Crescent Hotel, Feb. 26  The aroma of traditional Cajun food will fill the air of the historic hotel as guests enjoy fine dining, a champagne brunch and live jazz music. Attendees are invited to bring their decorated umbrellas, a Mardi Gras tradition that dates back decades.

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St. Liz Cajun King Cake Ball, Feb. 28 — Wrapping up the festival on Fat Tuesday, this evening features the jazz combo “Naturally Brass,” an authentic Louisiana dinner and partaking of “the largest King Cake in Arkansas.” Costumes are encouraged! This event is reservation only, so call and reserve your seat today!

For more info, visit eurekaspringsmardigras.org.