Monthly Archives: November 2018

NWA Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations

The magic and wonder of the holidays are alive in Northwest Arkansas! With Santa Trains, candlelight tours, and dazzling downtowns adorned with thousands of twinkling lights, these celebrations will fill you and your family with holiday cheer this season. 

 

Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

Lights of the Ozarks Lighting Night & Parade, Fayetteville | Nov. 16

Don’t miss the kickoff to this award-winning lights display surrounding the beautiful downtown Fayetteville Square: Lights of the Ozarks! On Friday, Nov. 16, enjoy a parade of floats and walkers and prepare to be dazzled as nearly a half-million twinkling lights come to life at 6pm! Every night through Dec. 31, stroll, drive or take a carriage ride through this magical display with festive music and a warm cup of hot cocoa – it’s a holiday tradition that can’t be missed!

Hunstville: A Hometown Christmas | Nov. 16

You’ll feel right at home at Huntsville’s Christmas celebration. It all begins downtown in Polk Square at 5 p.m. with a community dinner, followed by joyful carolers, photos with Santa and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life! Young and old come out to watch as the town square transforms into a glistening holiday scene right before their eyes. 

Lighting of the Square, Bentonville

Winter Wonderland and Lighting of the Square, Bentonville | Nov. 17

This dynamic nighttime holiday lights display attracts thousands to Bentonville’s historic downtown square. The community gatheres from 4-6 p.m. to celebrate the season with live music, steaming hot chocolate and photos with Santa. At 6 p.m., watch as the mayor flips the switch and illuminates downtown with bright, beautiful lights!

The Great Passion Play: Christmas Drive-Thru Lights | Nov. 22

After dark, embark upon on an inspirational display of lights on the grounds of The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs. Through Jan. 1, the forest will be lined with illuminated Christmas trees along the way to the Christ of the Ozarks statue. Come celebrate the light of the world!

Winter Market at Christmas on the Creek, Springdale

Sprindale’s Christmas on the Creek | Nov. 24 

Don’t miss the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree! The 3rd Annual Christmas on the Creek includes everything from live music, photos with Santa, mini-train rides, carolers, food trucks and a winter market. Held downtown near Spring Creek and the new Walter Turnbow Park from noon – 7 p.m., it’s a holiday extravaganza you won’t want to miss!

Springdale’s Christmas Parade of the Ozarks | Nov. 24

There’s nothing like a parade of shimmering holiday floats to get you in the spirit. This year’s parade starts at 6 p.m. to help close out the Christmas on the Creek celebration and will carry the theme “Merry Christmas Wishes.” The parade has become a Springdale tradition, bringing together a diverse audience to ring in the holiday season together.

Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights | Nov. 30

Beginning at 6 p.m., the Christmas Parade of Lights glides along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown Eureka Springs with holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and of course thousands of twinkling lights!

Light Up Siloam Springs Parade

Light Up Siloam Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

All it takes is a wave of the Siloam Springs mayor’s magic candy cane and downtown becomes a stunning display of holiday lights. Following the lighting ceremony, the annual procession will take off down Jefferson Street with floats dressed up for this year’s theme of “Over the River and Through the Woods to Siloam Springs We Go.” The magic begins at 5:30 p.m.

Berryville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

The entire town comes together to celebrate with a parade of floats, decorated bikes and dazzling equestrian groups at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held at 6 p.m. on the public square in the heart of downtown, the theme for this year’s parade is “Christmas Around the World.”  

Eureka Springs Candlelight Tour of Homes

Eureka Springs 36th Annual Candlelight Tour of Homes | Dec. 1

Journey back to days gone past when you tour Eureka Springs’ most beautifully restored homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. This annual self-guided tour features Victorian attired docents who tell the history of each of the homes. Visitors will be treated to carolers, Christmas music and refreshments along the way.

Hunstville Christmas Parade | Dec. 1

Floats with delightful characters, candy, Christmas music, beautiful holiday lights and a snowball drop for the kiddos – what’s not to love about the Hunstville Christmas Parade?! With a theme of “Christmas Candy,” the parade is set to begin at Polk Square at 6 p.m. sharp. Be sure to bring your stocking to fill with treats!

Rogers Christmas Parade | Dec. 7

Families and kids – both naughty and nice — line the sidewalks of downtown for the annual Rogers Christmas parade. This year’s event, called “Simply Christmas,” starts at 7 p.m. and includes floats in all colors, shapes and sizes, and a guest appearance by Santa himself.

All aboard!

Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Annual Holiday Trains

All aboard for a day of ho-ho-ho-liday fun! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad caters to the kiddos on Dec. 1 when it hosts the 15th Annual Children’s Christmas Train with rides throughout the day and a winter wonderland of games and activities before departure. Other holiday rides offered include a Springdale to Fayetteville Pajama Train and dreamlike rides on the Holiday Express Train featuring Santa Claus and friends. Check out the online calendar for tickets and more information. 

Bentonville Christmas Parade

Bentonville Christmas Parade | Dec. 8

Enter a parade float, or just sit back and enjoy watching nearly 100 jolly and bright floats make their way down A Street in Bentonville. Starting at 11 a.m. with a theme of “Movies on Main Street,” the Bentonville Christmas Parade is a wonderful way to celebrate with family and friends. And you might just see one of your all-time favorite movie characters!

Culinary Arts Events: Taste and Toast the Season

Winter food and drink events brighten the days with warmth and flavor! Give your taste buds the divine gift of flavor this holiday season at any one of these chef-hosted events, wine tours, and food and beer-centric gatherings.

 

1. Holiday Spirits with Weisi Basore, Dec. 5, Brightwater NWA, Bentonville

Part of Brightwater’s Winter 2018-19 Cocktail Series, culinary master and mixologist Weisi Basore kicks off the first of four cocktail making courses. The series continues on Jan. 30 with Hibernation Libations with Weisi Basore. Basore’s new Restaurant NEFF is set to open in Bentonville in 2019!

 

2. Art of Meals Series with Chef Lindsey Hardin, Dec. 7, Brightwater NWA

Join Chef Lindsey Hardin for final class of her culinary series: Vegan Holiday Treats. Hardin’s vegan versions of dining favorites and holiday treats are to die for, and tickets sell out fast!

 

3. Ozark Wineries Tastings & Tours

Commercial winemaking in Northwest Arkansas dates back to the early 1900s when families who emigrated from Italy, Germany and France found the climate favorable to growing grapes. Today, that rich tradition continues at family owned vineyards and small operations that produce exceptional wines and celebrate the culture of the Ozarks. 

 

Keels Creek Winery in Eureka Springs 

Keels Creek grows eight varieties of grapes and has been producing wine since 2006. Experience award winning wine in the Spanish style tasting room, which is shared with the Keels Creek Art Gallery where the work of more than 15 regional artists is on display.

 

Railway Winery & Vineyard, Eureka Springs

Nestled in the Ozark hills, along the route of the historic Missouri & North Arkansas Railroad line, this small family farm operation grows twelve different varieties of grapes and several fruits. Featuring artisan wines plus plus jellies, coffees and other local products. 

 

Tontitown Winery, West of Springdale

The Taldo House built in 1917 houses the Tontitown Winery, owned by the Ranalli family who have been in the wine business since 1923. Wines are made on-site from local Tontitown-grown grapes. Free tastings seven days a week.

 

Sassafras Springs Vineyard, East of Springdale

Sassafras Springs not only features an award-winning winery, but two event venues at the Chapel Ruins and The Stables on its 30 acres. What was a milk barn 50 years ago is the cozy tasting room, which also has a covered patio with a fireplace. Enjoy daily tasting flights as well as several Arkansas beers.

 
4. CR(EAT)E, Dec. 9, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

The Crystal Bridges culinary team presents this cooking demonstration, which you’ll enjoy with five courses paired with wine!

 

5. Farm to Table Dining in Fayetteville  

Fayetteville takes farm to table seriously with some of the freshest locally sourced and organic fare around. With dozens of FTT options in town, Experience Fayetteville spotlights some of its top picks.

 

6. WOW: High South Greatest Hits, Dec. 19, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Join regional chefs and mixologists to discuss and eat the virtues of Northwest Arkansas High South Cuisine.

 

 

7. Frost Fest: Arkansas’ Premier Winter Beer Festival, Feb. 2, Fossil Cove Brewing

Spend the day enjoying craft beer, live music, food trucks, live art and local vendors. Brewery reps will be pouring samples and discussing their product. This festival goes down rain, sleet, snow or shine!

 

8. Plus, NWA restaurant listings by city include:

Bentonville
Eureka Springs
Fayetteville
Rogers
Springdale
Siloam Springs

Razorbacks Draw Fans to Northwest Arkansas

The Arkansas Razorbacks provide fans with some of the best collegiate sports matchups around. With back-to-back basketball, gymnastics, baseball, softball, and other sports, too, don’t miss your chance to see the Razorbacks in action!

During the 2018-19 Season, don’t miss: 

  • Fan extras and giveaways

  • Special entertainment 

  • Family programming

  • And, the finest in SEC sports 

Arkansas Razorback Basketball

Thru March 9, 2019

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Razorbacks’ NCAA national championship win in 1994, Razorback basketball is back in action! After falling short by one point in overtime against old rival the Texas Longhorns on Nov. 9, the Hogs are back home and ready to bring fans to their feet! Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville comes alive when the Hogs play Coach Mike Anderson’s “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball.” And with 21 home games this year, there’s plenty of excitement to go around.

 

Razorback Women’s Basketball

Thru March 3, 2019

The 2018-19 season is underway for the Arkansas Women’s Basketball Team, now in its second year under the direction of Head Coach Mike Neighbors. Look for Arkansas’ leading scorer Malica Monk and top rebounder Kiara Williams, along with five newcomers. If you’re a University of Arkansas student, all regular-season home games are FREE. In addition, all season tickets this year include an official Razorback women’s basketball chrome license-plate frame. Score!

 

 

Razorbacks Gymnastics

Starts Jan. 5, 2019

Join the excitement this season as the Arkansas gymnastics team officially returns to the mat! The 2019 season vaults into action on Saturday, Jan. 5, at the University of Arkansas’ Barnhill Arena. Fans flip for Razorback gymnastics and ranked ninth in attendance last year at just under 4,000 fans per meet. For families looking for fun and affordable entertainment, these meets are a blast. 

 

Photo by Walt Beazley

Other 2018-19 Seasons include:

Razorback Track & Field – Starts Jan. 11, 2019

Razorback Tennis – Starts Jan. 16, 2019

Razorback Softball – Starts Feb. 9, 2019

Razorback Baseball (Diamond Hogs) – Starts Feb. 15, 2019

 

 

For tickets and more information about Arkansas Razorback sports team action, visit arkansasrazorbacks.com.

 

Winter Roundup: Baby it’s Cold Outside!

Indoors or out, kids in school or not, with family, friends or solo, check out our handpicked list of awesome ways to have fun this winter (December thru February) in Northwest Arkansas! 

 

1. HOLIDAYS ON THE BRICKS

Enjoy a merchants’ winter wonderland as businesses in downtown Rogers pull out all the stops for Holidays on the Bricks, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

 
 
2. JINGLE BELL JOG 5K & FUN RUN

Don your reindeer ears and leg warmers for the Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Fun Run on Dec. 1 at the lovely Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, Fayetteville. 

 
3. PEEL MANSION CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE

Enjoy music, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa at the historic Peel Mansion & Heritage Garden’s Christmas Open House, Dec. 1, Bentonville.

 

4. BATTLE OF PRAIRIE GROVE RE-ENACTMENT

Watch the actors skirmish and real cannons discharge during this bi-annual Civil War battle re-enactment at Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park on Dec. 1-2. 

 
5. OZARK FIGURE SKATING ON ICE

Glide into the holidays with the Ozark Figure Skating Club as they present A Merry and Bright Christmas Show, Dec. 8, at the Jones Center, Springdale.

 

 

6. HOLIDAY PERFORMING ARTS

Performing arts venues all over the region will gear up for Christmas concerts, symphonies, plays and theater showings. Here’s a sampling from area lineups:

 

 
7. BACK 40 TRAIL RUN & RIDE

Ride, run, or do both on Bella Vista’s newest trail system at the 3rd Annual Back 40 Trail Run & Ride on Dec. 8-9.

 

 

 
8. WINTER WONDERLAND NWA  &  HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET

Looking for the perfect gift? Shop Winter Wonderland NWA on Dec. 15-16 at the Benton County Fairgrounds, and the Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market at Walton Arts Center’s McBride Studio on Nov. 23 thru Dec. 16.

 
9. THE ICE SKATING RINK AT LAWRENCE PLAZA

Beginner or experienced, lace up with your crew for a day or evening of gliding around on the cold stuff at the Lawrence Plaza ice rink in downtown Bentonville. Nov. 17 thru Jan. 21.

 

 
10. THADEN FIELD *NEW

Watch planes take off and land at Bentonville’s newly renovated Thaden Field airport and field house. Featuring a large spectator balcony and new modern American diner, Louise at Thaden Field.

 
11. WINTER BREAK WONDERS

Kids! Enjoy art making and other family friendly activities at Winter Break Wonders in December and January at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. 

 

12. MUSIC SCENE

From the venerable George’s Majestic Lounge in downtown Fayetteville, to the vibrant, young sounds emerging from Bentonville’s “New American Town,” discover diverse music and entertainment in NWA. Here are but a few listings:

13. PINNACLE HILLS PROMENADE

Stay primed for the holidays with the stores and brands you love, along with great dining and entertainment options, at Pinnacle Hills Promenade mall in Rogers.

 
14. PREMIER BIKE TRAILS

Get your daily dose of nature! Explore hundreds of miles of paved trails connecting cities, parks and neighborhoods, and mountain bike trails featuring downhill runs, pump tracks and some of best singletrack in the country.

 

15. VEORIDE BIKESHARE *NEW

Don’t own a bike? Pick up two wheels and discover Fayetteville with the new VeoRide Bikeshare program.

 

16. WANGO TANGO *NEW

Bundle up for the Wango Tango – a rowdy, endurance mountain bike race at Siloam Springs’ new City Lake Trail on Dec. 18.          

 

17. DIVERSE MUSEUMS

Experience rich culture, engaging learning and just plain fun at Northwest Arkansas’ area museums:

 

18. OZARK MOUNTAIN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Head over to Eureka Springs and groove to bluegrass, folk and American roots at the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival on Jan. 17-20.

 

 
19. BLACK HEARTS BALL 

Break Valentine’s traditions and indulge in art, music and dance at the annual ArtInfusion Black Hearts Ball on Feb. 16 at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville.

 

Ring in the New Year NWA Style

Celebrate New Year 2019 the Northwest Arkansas way! Enjoy parties and bashes held for kids and families. Or if you’re a night owl, head to any of our vibrant downtowns to socialize and welcome the new year with a midnight toast at a variety of pubs, nightclubs and live-music venues offering special entertainment, libations and fun! 

 

DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN

Bar hop and mingle with other partygoers, or keep it low key at a restaurant or coffee house with friends. Our dynamic downtowns have a variety of venues to help you ring in 2019.

Arkansauce at George’s Majestic Lounge

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville

Dickson Street Entertainment District, Fayetteville: An eclectic mix of bars, live music stages, restaurants, wine bars and breweries in the heart of the city. On New Year’s Eve, check out George’s Majestic Lounge for its New Year’s Eve Bash with Arkansauce including special guests Deep Sequence and the Julian Davis Band. Also happening just around the block is soul/rock band Full House at The Chancellor Hotel.

Downtown Bentonville

The nightlife scene is young and vibrant here, amidst upscale wine bars, coffee shops and an impressive brewery scene. If you’re the trendy cocktail bar type, look no further than Undercroft – a speakeasy-style bar beneath The Preacher’s Son, a restored historic church-turned-restaurant. For a more laid back and casual evening, you’ll want to hit up The Holler, where they serve up everything from coffee to cocktails, and it’s always fun to sling some biscuits on the indoor shuffleboard court!

Raising a toast at the Crescent in Eureka Springs

Downtown Eureka Springs

With more than 20 bars, restaurants and clubs within walking district, downtown Eureka is where you can dance your way into 2019. Swing in the New Year at the 1886 Historic Crescent Hotel, enjoy dancing, hors d’oeuvres and champagne at the Inn of the Ozarks party, or kick back in a swanky lounge and mingle with locals at Upstairs at Grotto. There’s always some great live music and a feisty atmosphere at Chelsea’s Corner Café & Bar, too!

 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Strike a pose! Photo Booth Fun at Crystal Bridges

NEW 365 – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with this magical evening of music, art, and adventure at Crystal Bridges museum. Make your way through the galleries to experience art through relaxing massages, tai chi, gongs and dream interpreters. Stroll between the lounges for dancing and jiving by a Northwest Arkansas dream-cast of musicians. A champagne toast, appetizers, and a Crystal Bridges dream pillow come with the purchase of a ticket. For ages 21+ from 9:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This event usually sells out, so get your tickets now!

Noon Year’s Eve Kids and Family Celebration – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville

Ring in the New Year (without staying up past bedtime) at this fourth annual family celebration! Festivities include games, fun art projects, performances, a Coca-Cola toast at noon, and a family dance party. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is free.

Zing in the New Year

Zing in the New Year ­– Scott Family Amazeum, Bentonville

Zing in the New Year with family and friends at the Scott Family Amazeum! Activities include a photo booth, creating wishing balloons to be released during a celebratory countdown, the Hershey’s S’mores Pit, and the final end-of-day parade for 2018. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

FIRST DAY HIKES

Set out on your first adventure of 2019 by exploring any of the region’s state and national park properties!

Devil’s Den State Park

Devil’s Den State Park – With 2,500 unspoiled acres adjoining the Ozark National Forest, Devil’s Den is a favorite for its multi-use trails.

Hobbs State Park and Conservation Area – A massive park with more than 12,000 acres, 36 miles of multi-use trails and a state-of-the-art 17,000 square-foot visitors center. Includes ADA accommodating routes.

Withrow Springs State Park  – Hiking trails offer views of and access to War Eagle Creek.

Prairie Grove Battlefield State ParkThe site of the last major Civil War battle in Northwest Arkansas on Dec. 7, 1862. Features a museum, visitor center, the one-mile Battlefield Trail and a five-mile driving tour.

Pea Ridge National Military ParkThe site of the Battle of Pea Ridge on March 7-8, 1862. Spanning 4,300 acres, includes a visitor center and museum, a driving tour, and approximately 2.5 miles of the Trail of Tears.

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs

2019 Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Festival

January thru March, 2019 

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Eureka Springs during this carnival-style festival – the largest of its kind in the state of Arkansas! Each year, Eureka Springs residents and businesses come together to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Ozarks, drawing revelers from all over Northwest Arkansas and neighboring states, too.

 

 

COMIC REVELRY

For 2019, the theme of the festival is Comic Book Characters. So come as your favorite superhero or villain and get in on the action. This year, Eureka Gras (as the locals call it) kicks off in mid-January and stretches into March with costume balls, parades, Cajun food, coffee and beignets, umbrella decorating and much, much more.

2019 Schedule of Events:

  • Kings Day Kickoff on Jan 12

  • Umbrella Decorating on Jan. 16, 23 & 30

  • Taste of N’Awlins on Feb. 9

  • Coronation Ball on Feb. 22

  • Eureka Gras Night Parade on Feb. 23

  • Jokers Masquerade Ball on March 1

  • Eureka Gras Day Parade on March 2

WATCH FOR UPDATES

Details are still being finalized, so watch for updates at eurekaspringsmardigras.org. Eureka Springs Mardi Gras is hosted by the Krewe of Krazo.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler à Eureka Springs, Arkansas!