Merry & Bright Holiday Activities


Kids, there’s lots to do and experience this holiday season! Live stage shows, ice skating, Christmas parades, and other outings and activities are all around. It’s shaping up to be the best holiday ever!

Fun Activities: 

Children’s Christmas Train

Start the holiday season off by taking a ride on the A & M Railroad! The old train cars will each be decorated for the season and include “Holiday Express” trains “Pajama Trains” and “Holiday Pizza Express” trains. 

Date: Now through December 23

Time: See full train schedule at

Location: The Depot (Springdale)


Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Children’s Fun Run Botanical Garden of the Ozarks (Fayetteville)

Runners and walkers of all levels and ages are invited to participate in the 7th Annual Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run on Saturday, December 7th.  Everyone is encouraged to wear ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, elf ears and anything that sparkles and jingles! 

Date: Saturday, December 7

Time: The 5K will begin at 9:00 am, the Fun Run will start at 10:00 am.

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Ice Skating at The Rink at Lawrence Plaza (Bentonville)

Ice skating is fun! And you can do it this winter in downtown Bentonville! From November to January, the chiller is turned on and the concrete pad of Lawrence Plaza is converted into the region’s only permanent outdoor ice rink. Skate rental is $5 per session. Admission is $3 if you have your own skates.

Date: Through January 20th

Time: See website for schedule

Location: Lawrence Plaza (Bentonville)


Frosty Flix & Skate-A-Long 

Also at Lawrence Plaza! Enjoy a fun holiday movie after skating to the soundtrack with some of the movie characters! 

Dates: December 7 – Smallfoot

December 14 – The NEW Grinch

December 28 – Spiderman Far From Home

Time: Skate-A-Long 5:00-6:15

Movies begin at 6:00 pm.

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Holiday Shows & Performances:

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Arts Center of the Ozarks (Springdale)

This show follows the Herdman siblings, who take over the annual Christmas pageant in a hilarious tale involving the Three Wise Men, a ham, scared shepherds, and six rowdy kids. 

Dates & Times: Friday, December 13, 7:30 p.m. 

Saturday, December 14, 3:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.  

Sunday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.

Location: Arts Center of the Ozarks 

214 S. Main Street

Springdale, AR 72764

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A Christmas Carol – TheatreSquared, Fayetteville

A live theatre production of the Charles Dickens’ classic: three spirits come to visit the mean Ebenezer Scrooge and take him on a fantastic journey through past, present, and future. But will it be enough to save him? For all ages. With a hot chocolate bar at intermission.

Dates: Nov. 20-Dec. 27

Location: TheatreSquared

477 W Spring St

Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Dr. Suess’ The Grinch – Arkansas Public Theatre (Rogers)

Spend a fun afternoon with your family watching the movie “Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” while you enjoy hot chocolate and treats. 

Date: Saturday, Dec. 7 

Time: 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.

Location:  Arkansas Public Theatre

116 S 2nd St

Rogers, AR 72756

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The Nutcracker – Arend Arts Center (Bentonville)

Enjoy an enchanted evening with this classic ballet musical performance. The show tells the story of Clara as she receives her most treasured Christmas gift, a Nutcracker doll. Follow along as he comes to life in her dream, and saves her from the grip of the evil Rat King and Queen and their mice minions and toy soldiers. Continue with Clara and the Nutcracker prince as they journey through the wintry Snow Forest and into the kingdom of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her magical Land of Sweets.

Dates and times: Friday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, December 8, 2:00 p.m. 

Location: Arend Arts Center 

Bentonville High School

1901 SE J Street 

Bentonville, AR 72712

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The Polar Express – Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville)

Put on your pajamas and enjoy some hot chocolate, a photo with Santa and a special screening of the family-favorite Christmas movie about a young boy who takes a magical ride to the North Pole!

Date: Monday, December 23

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Baum Walker Hall Walton Arts Center 

495 W Dickson St, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Appropriate for all ages


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – Arts Live Theatre (Fayetteville)

Celebrate the holidays with the original Arts Live Theatre production of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas! This classic poem comes to life with sugar plums, refreshments and a few special guests!

Dates: December 12-14

Location: Arts Live Theatre 

818 North Sang Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701

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Christmas Lights & Parades:

Christmas Lights at the Great Passion Play

A drive-through forest of over 300 lighted Christmas trees on the way to the seven-story Christ of the Ozarks statue in Eureka Springs. 

Date: Thanksgiving Night through January 1. 

Time: From dark through 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays.

Location: Christ of the Ozarks 

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Bentonville Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Bentonville, AR


Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights

Date: Friday, December 6

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Location: Downtown Eureka Springs, AR


Fort Smith Christmas Parade

Date: Saturday, December 14

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Location: Garrison Avenue, Fort Smith, AR 


Lights of the Ozarks, Fayetteville

The Fayetteville Downtown Square becomes a sparkly winter wonderland with thousands of lights. On some nights there are carriage rides, pony rides and food trucks and more. 

Date: Throughout the season beginning with a lighting ceremony and parade on Friday, November 22

Time: After dark

Location: Downtown Fayetteville Square 


Rogers Christmas Parade 

Date: Friday, December 6

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Rogers, AR


Siloam Springs Christmas Parade, 

“Light Up Siloam Springs” 

Siloam Springs will come together to celebrate the Christmas season with the 39th annual event and Christmas parade 

Date: Saturday, December 7

Time: 5:30 p.m.