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Christmas Time is Near — Dec. 13-15 Weekend


There are only two more weekends before it is officially Christmas! Take some time this weekend to check out and enjoy some of the Christmas festivities around the state. Enjoy! 

Old-Fashioned Christmas (Batesville)

This weekend take a trip to Batesville for an Old-Fashioned Christmas. There will be a wide variety of activities, performances, vendors, and shopping all on Main Street in Batesville, AR. 

Venue: Main Street Batesville
Date: December 13-14
Time: Friday begins at 3 p.m., Saturday begins at 10 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Ballet Arkansas’ Nutcracker Spectacular (Little Rock)

Experience Ballet Arkansas’ Nutcracker Spectacular! The largest holiday production in the state of Arkansas, this year’s production features live music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, two choral ensembles, over 200 children and adults from across the state alongside professional ballet dancers, and a handful of holiday surprises! There are still tickets available for this weekend!

Venue: Robinson Performance Hall
Date: December 12-15
Time: Multiple Showtimes available
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Ugly Sweater Race (Little Rock)

Dig out that ugly holiday sweater and celebrates the best of the season with a healthy dose of physical fitness!

Venue: Outlets of Little Rock
Date: December 14
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Admission: Race Registration is required-FREE to be a spectator
Contact: Click Here

A Tuna Christmas (Rogers)

In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun. A Tuna Christmas is a total delight for all seasons.

Venue: The Victory Theater
Date: December 13-15
Time: Multiple Showtime
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens (Hot Springs)

The most celebrated outdoor light display in Arkansas for the holiday season is open at Garvan Woodland Gardens.  The Gardens will be aglow with nearly five million lights in multiple natural settings. Features include the luminescent Garden of the Pine Wind, the 50-foot tall Holiday Tree which plays holiday tunes animated to a light show, the Parterre garden on the Great Lawn, and traditional holiday scenes in the woodlands. Conclude your walking tour with free hot chocolate. The Chipmunk Café is open nightly until 9 p.m. serving soups, sandwiches, and snacks.

Venue: Garvan Woodland Gardens
Date: Month of December
Time: 5 p.m.-9. p.m. (gates open at 3 p.m.)
Admission: $15 adults | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 0-3
Contact: Click Here

A Night of Merry Making & Main Street Merry Eats (Eureka Springs)

This year the Holiday Dine Around will provide guests the opportunity to enjoy small plates and unique holiday cocktails at participating restaurants. Guests start by purchasing their dining pass at the Main Street Welcome table in Basin Spring Park (or online) for just $25, and that dining pass will include four vouchers that can be redeemed for a featured plate or holiday cocktail at one of many participating locations.

Venue: Downtown Eureka Springs
Date: December 14
Time: 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.
Admission: $25
Contact: Click Here

Creekmore Holiday Express (Fort Smith)

The Creekmore Holiday Express is a colorful journey on the Creekmore Train through the hundreds of animated lights adorning Creekmore Park during the holidays.

Venue: Creekmore Park
Date: December 2-21 (Excluding Sundays)
Time: 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Contact: 479-785-4225

Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert (Little Rock)

The Arkansas Chamber Singers will be performing at the Old State House this weekend. This season brings a heightened sense of Revelry, Reflection, and Revelation, and the singers will bring music celebrating this ‘most wonderful time of year! 

Venue: Old State House
Date: December 13-15
Time: Friday 7 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required
Contact: Click Here

Holiday Open House (Scott)

Start a new holiday tradition to kick off the Christmas season. Plantation Agriculture Museum will open the grounds and building to the public for our 9th annual Holiday Open House. Bring the family and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while making crafts, sipping hot, mulled apple cider or coffee, and trying out some treats. All items in the museum gift shop will be discounted 20% during this event.

Venue: Plantation Agriculture Museum
Date: December 14
Time: 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Admission: Admission to the main event is free. There is a $3 charge for each craft or a $15 charge per family to enjoy making all the crafts
Contact: Click Here

Bentonville Heart Lites

Bentonville’s largest animated Christmas light display is back for its 5th year, and it’s still free!  See over 100,000 lights dancing to music.  Sing along with Christmas favorites. Enjoy a special time with family and friends. This year the money raised will go towards Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Research.  Donate in the candy cane mailbox at the display or online here.

Venue: Bentonville Heart Lites (3505 NW Edgewood Ave)
Date: The month of December
Time: 5:30 p.m. 9:30 p.m.
Admission: Free (Donations Accepted)
Contact: Click Here

Christmas & Candlelight (Washington)

You and your family will be in awe of the natural beauty that candlelit streets provide as you stroll through our historic village. Decorations, music, and more set the mood for your historic holiday experience. The homes of yesterday are adorned with historic period decorations of pine cones, grapevines, magnolia, and evergreens. Daylight tours are from 1-5 p.m. Candlelight tours begin at 5 p.m. when thousands of luminaries will be lit and will continue until 8 p.m.

Venue: Historic Washington State Park
Date: December 14
Time:  1 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Admission: Adults $10, Children Ages 6-12 $6
Contact: Click Here

Deck the Halls with Santa Claus — Santa Collection on Display (Searcy)

View one of the largest Santa collections in the US! The collection of Mrs. Wanda Emde is on display for the Christmas season throughout the Carmichael Center. To read more about this amazing Santa collection, click here.

Venue: Carmichael Community Center
Date: Month of December
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Drive Through Christmas (Conway)

Head to Central Baptist Church in Conway for a  Drive Through Christmas! This event will be a fun time driving through the city of Bethlehem.

Venue: Central Baptist Church
Date: December 12-13
Time: 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Razorback Basketball Vs. Tulsa

The Arkansas Razorbacks host the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, December 14. Tipoff is set for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

Venue: Bud Walton Arena
Date: December 14
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Admission: Tickets Required

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There's a lot to celebrate in Arkansas. It's unique. Southern. Delightfully eccentric. Which is why we love every nook, cranny, cave and corner. In fact, some of our favorite things can't be found anywhere else. They're only in Arkansas. So we love them even more. The attractions we visit, the food we crave, the festivals we attend, the mountains we hike, the rivers we float, the stories we tell and the company we keep – it all adds up to one incredible state. And that familiar, meandering silhouette? Looks like home to us.

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