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!
Enjoy a merchants’ winter wonderland as businesses in downtown Rogers pull out all the stops for Holidays on the Bricks, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.
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.
Enjoy music, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa at the historic Peel Mansion & Heritage Garden’s Christmas Open House, Dec. 1, Bentonville.
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.
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:
The Snowman: A Family Concert with the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas at Walton Arts Center
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at the Arkansas Public Theatre
Victor Penny & the Loose Change Orchestra at Faulkner Performing Arts Center
Jane Eyre at Arts Live Theatre
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
Head over to Eureka Springs and groove to bluegrass, folk and American roots at the annual Ozark Mountain Music Festival on Jan. 17-20.