From classics like Rudolph: The Musical, and the flutes and fiddles of Irish ensemble Danú, to a soulful holiday concert by hit-maker LeAnn Rimes, each one of these vibrant performances will leave you with that warm holiday glow!
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Nov. 29 – Dec. 31, TheatreSquared
A classic Christmas tale with an inventive twist! Frank Capra’s film inspires sheer holiday magic on the big stage. Telling the story of George Bailey on a live Christmas Eve radio broadcast, five actors take on dozens of different characters recreating Bedford Falls with live foley sound effects and high-energy performances.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical, Dec. 2, Walton Arts Center
You’ll want to bring the entire family to this beloved holiday classic. Watch your favorite holiday characters come to life including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph! Go on a yuletide adventure where you just might discover how being different makes you special. Fun for families and all ages!
Danú, A Christmas Gathering: Féile na Nollag, Dec. 10, Walton Arts Center
This award-winning Irish ensemble makes its awaited return to Walton Arts Center! The spirited band brings the tradition of a Celtic Christmas with songs, music and stories that have emerged from the history of their homeland. Listen as virtuoso players on flute, fiddle, button accordion and percussion alongside the voice of Nell Ní Chróinín and traditional dancers bring the rich heritage of Ireland to you!
A Christmas Story, Dec. 8-17, Arkansas Public Theater
You’ll shoot your eye out! It’s the line we all know too well from the 1983 comedy film and holiday classic, A Christmas Story. You’ll find yourself in stiches as you follow the quest of Ralphie and for the only thing on his Christmas list: a genuine Red Ryder BB gun. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, watch as Ralphie, his family and friends find themselves in all sorts of situations including a tongue stuck to a frozen flag pole and an unorthodox Chinese Christmas dinner. Don’t miss the laughs!
Film Screening: Elf and Food Drive, Dec. 9, Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Come dressed as your favorite holiday character for a special film screening of the Will Ferrell Christmas comedy, Elf. Festivities include live music, hot chocolate and more! Also, bring your canned goods to donate to the Gearhart Full Circle Food Pantry.
LeAnn Rimes: Today Is Christmas, Dec. 12, Walton Arts Center
Rimes, a two-time Grammy Award winner, made a splash in country music becoming the youngest recipient of the award at the age of 14. Now, the internationally acclaimed pop-country icon brings tidings of joy to Northwest Arkansas as she performs a compilation of both original and traditional Christmas songs from her own holiday albums.
A Very SoNA Christmas, Dec. 16, Walton Arts Center
Have yourself A Very SoNA Christmas! This annual holiday Pops performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) will include the beloved melodies that celebrate magic and beauty of the season. Also featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists.
Walton Arts Center and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas Present The Snowman: A Family Concert, Dec. 17
This magical holiday concert especially for children and families features a special screening of the hit film “The Snowman” with a virtuosic orchestral soundtrack that SoNA performs live. All ages will be enchanted as a winter wonderland comes to life in this timeless tale of a young boy’s special friendship with his snowman.
Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Winter Concert, Jan. 23, Faulkner Performing Arts Center
All four of APO’s youth orchestras, plus featured ensembles, will perform in this special concert event. The philharmonic plays a vibrant role in the lives of young musicians in the area by bringing them together for coaching, mentoring, practice and performing.
PLUS MUCH MORE! — Periodically check these Northwest Arkansas performing arts venues for year-round programming: Walton Arts Center, TheatreSquared, Arts Center of the Ozarks, Arkansas Public Theatre, Trike Theatre and Faulkner Performing Arts Center at the University of Arkansas.