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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, 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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

The NWA Craft Brew Craze

Come fall, craft brews take the spotlight as Oktoberfest is celebrated all around the world! And with its growing number of breweries, Northwest Arkansas is the perfect place to raise a glass year-round. Here are some of our favorites!

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Apple Blossom Brewing Company in Fayetteville — Named after the Arkansas state flower, this 250-seat brewpub is the largest in the state! Twelve taps flow with craft beer all made on-premises. The food menu features affordable classics and amazing desserts, too. appleblossombrewing.com

Bike Rack Brewing Company in Bentonville — With the lifestyle of the NWA biking community as its namesake, Bike Rack Brewing is located in the hub of downtown, right on the bike trail in the heart of the newly rezoned arts district – it’s a great place to ride in for refreshing faves and great conversation. bikerackbrewing.com

Bentonville Brewing Company — This production craft micro-brewery and tasting room has its beer available in bars and restaurants throughout Benton and Washington County. This fall, there will be live music on select Thursday and Friday nights. bentonvillebrewing.com

Black Apple Crossing in Springdale — Arkansas’ first cidery, Black Apple Crossing was named by Nightclub & Bar Media Group as one of 2015’s Top Rated Hotspots. The entrance is cleverly tucked in the back of the building, and there’s a great patio for seasonal alfresco enjoyment.

Core Brewing Co. in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Lowell — Founder Jesse Core started production in 2010 on a 1-barrel RIMS brewhouse with eight small fermenters. Now, his product can be found in more than 500 locations. With a family dog, Barney, as the company mascot, Core’s brews are big, innovated and rooted in tradition. corebeer.com

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Creekside Taproom in Siloam Springs — Serving local craft brews and wines, Creekside is a popular neighborhood eatery featuring special events on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. creeksidetaproom.com

 

Fossil Cove Brewing Company in Fayetteville — With its quirky taproom and colorful one-off brews, Fossil Cove pushes itself with the ongoing creation of new and interesting beers. Stop by and try the Birch Ave. Blonde, the Oatty Stout, or the IPA #3. fossilcovebrewing.com

 

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New Province Brewing Company in Rogers — Established in 2014, New Province features Civilian Pale Ale, Philosopher IPA, Migrant Belgian Dubbel and Yeoman Porter. newprovincebrewing.com

Ozark Beer Company — This Rogers brewery operates under the culture that hard work makes honest beer. Featuring American Pale Ale, Belgian Style Golden Strong, Onyx Coffee Stout and others. ozarkbeercompany.com

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Saddlebock Brewery in Springdale — Housed in a red and white barn, Saddlebock is complete with two outdoor patios great for hosting events, a horse stable, a sand volleyball court, and even a guest cottage. saddlebock.com

West Mountain Brewing Co. in Fayetteville— Located on the historic downtown Fayetteville Square, West Mountain Brewing places a large emphasis on what their customers want, and then crafts the selections from there. Enjoy eats from Tiny Tim’s Pizza along with your beverage.

Fayetteville Alre Trail — The Fayetteville Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Northwest Arkansas. Pick up the Official Fayettteville Ale Trail passport at participating breweries or the Fayetteville Visitors Center on the Downtown Square. You can also print a copy of just the passport here or fill out this form and we’ll send you one in the mail. fayettevillealetrail.com

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Go Hogs! Arkansas Razorbacks Kick Off New Seasons

Once the leaves start changing and school is back in session at the University of Arkansas, one thing is for certain: It’s time for Razorback sports! Get ready for Hog calling and tailgating as the Razorback football and basketball teams kick off their 2016-17 seasons.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is home to some of the best collegiate sports venues in the nation. While you are in town, stop by the Dickson Street Entertainment District for beverages, dining and live music.

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There is nothing quite like the crisp, fall air and the roar of the fans at Donald W. Reynolds Stadium on the U of A campus! The Razorback football team begins its 2016 season with a home-game match-up against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 3, in Fayetteville. (Other home games include Sept. 17 vs. Texas State; Oct. 1 vs. Alcorn State; Oct. 8 vs. Alabama; Oct. 15 vs. Ole Miss; Nov. 5 vs. Florida; and Nov. 12 vs. LSU.)

What can Razorback Nation expect this year? Head Coach Bret Bielema returns for his fourth season at Arkansas, while Razorback Austin Allen is poised to take the starting quarterback position in place of his older brother, Brandon Allen, a Jacksonville Jaguar who was the Hogs’ star quarterback from 2013 to 2015. Get ready to call those Hogs – it’s football season! Visit arkansasrazorbacks.com for more!

Razorback Basketball

Join the Razorback men’s basketball team this fall for a new season of Head Coach Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes of Basketball.” Fans come alive when the basketball Hogs hit the court at the state-of-the-art Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville. This season welcomes new Assistant Basketball Coach Scotty Thurman, the former Arkansas shooting guard who hit the win-clinching three pointer to win the Hogs’ 1994 NCAA Basketball Championship!

Keep your eyes out for a full-season game schedule at arkansasrazorbacks.com.

ALSO: Check out our blog post 18+ Things to Do in Northwest Arkansas on Razorback Game Day Weekends for more to do while you’re in town for the big game!

 

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Scenic Rides in Northwest Arkansas

Autumn in the Ozarks… From the seat of your car, the back of a motorcycle, or the passenger car of an excursion train, take in the rugged natural beauty of Northwest Arkansas on one of these great rides! 

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NWA’s Scenic Byways and Trails

Nearby scenic byways include the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Ozark Highlands Scenic Byway (Ark. Hwy. 21), Scenic 7 Byway, Scenic 71 Loop, and I-49 Scenic Byway. Others are Scenic Hwy. 12, U.S. 62, and Ark. Hwys. 123, 59, 43, and 74. Visit arkansas.com for more info.

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Top Motorcycle Rides

Eureka Springs is a hub for great motorcycle rides, as is Rogers, and Fayetteville is host to the annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally on Sept. 21-24. Our bike-friendly region has numerous routes worthy of a ride, including Ark. 21, the Pig Trail (Ark. Hwy. 23), Beaver Town Bridge (Ark. Hwy. 187), and more. Additional info at arkansas.com.

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad Scenic Tours

Ride in style on the meticulously restored antique passenger cars, ranging from the 1920s to the 1950s, while conductors enhance the journey with anecdotes about the area’s rich history. The train travels to the top of the scenic Boston Mountains and into the historic Arkansas River Basin. Visit amrailroad.com for day-excursion ticketing options.

Fall Foliage Update

With the landscape painted in beautiful golds and reds, fall colors in Northwest Arkansas are simply incredible! Keep tabs on the best places to see the colors as they reveal themselves with this Arkansas Fall Foliage Update.

 

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Crystal Bridges: The Art of American Dance

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville is debuting a new exhibition, The Art of American Dance, on display Oct. 22, 2016 through Jan. 16, 2017. Don’t miss it!

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Arthur Bowen Davies, Dances, 1914-1915, oil on canvas, 87 x 14.5 x 1.25 in.

The Art of American Dance is the world-class Crystal Bridges’ first major traveling exhibition to explore American visual art related to the many forms of dance. This amazing exhibition features 90 works, ranging from realistic to abstract, by iconic and wide-ranging artists such as John Singer Sargent, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, William Merritt Chase, Nick Cave and Faith Ringgold.

The Art of American Dance examines dance-inspired paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs from the 1830s to the recent past – from dance in Native American cultures to ballroom dancing, from Jitterbug to swing, modern dance and others. The exhibition explores the variety of ways Americans embrace dance as part of everyday life, as well as the diverse forms of professional dance, including burlesque, flamenco and classical ballet.

Artists did not merely represent dance; they were inspired by dance to think about how Americans move through space, share culture, and express themselves through movement. Visitors can also examine the American history of race, gender, ethnicity and class through the lenses of dance and the visual arts.

For more information about The Art of American Dance, visit crystalbridges.org.

[Artwork shown in e-newsletter intro: John Singer Sargent, Capri Girl on a Rooftop, 1878, oil on canvas, 20 x 25 in.]

 

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