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Get Up and Make it Happen December Weekend

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The best thing about this time of year is all the great choices for fun holiday outings and other events. Check out the list below for some ideas for a fun way to spend your weekend. Then get on your feet, get up and make it happen!

Photo Credit: Ballet Arkansas

Ballet Arkansas — 40th Anniversary Nutcracker (Little Rock)

Ballet Arkansas is excited to present the beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker” with live music from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. It’s the foremost professional ballet company in the State of Arkansas, and each year they bring in over 200 community cast members to participate in this production. Enjoy the magic of the holidays with your family and experience the beauty of the arts!

Venue: Robinson Performance Hall
Date: December 7- December 9
Time: Showtimes Vary
Admission: Click Here for Tickets and Schedule
Contact: Click Here

Holiday Hoopla (Smackover)

Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! It’s time to get your holiday cheer in gear! A fun-filled festival will do the trick as the Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources presents Holiday Hoopla! Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of crafts, storytelling, traditional carols and roving holiday characters set in the oil field atmosphere amid bright, twinkling, colorful lights. Visitors will be enchanted by a variety of festive and fun holiday-themed music, carolers and thousands of lights. An ice carver will be on hand to display the talent of sculpting masterpieces out of blocks of ice, on display from 5:30 until 7:30. Join Santa in his workshop to create your own holiday crafts to take home. On Saturday there will be a Live Penguin! Along with a short presentation about penguins and our understanding of them and their environments, visitors will be able to view these adorable creatures.

Venue: Gingerbread House (Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources)
Date: December 7 and December 8
Time: Both nights begin at 5:30 p.m.
Admission: $20 per carload
Contact: Click Here

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Broadway Musical (Fayetteville)

From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and the groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. 

Venue: Walton Arts Center
Date: December 4- December 9
Time: Showtimes Vary
Admission: Tickets Required-Click Here
Contact: Click Here

NWA Holiday Geek Market (Fayetteville)

The Holidays are coming up fast, and Northwest Arkansas has a big nerdy fan base! Some geeks thought it might be great to have a weekend of vending just for Nerdy types. There will be 100 Vendor booths and 60 Artist booths featured all under one roof! The facility is climate controlled, indoors and with FREE admission to the public!

Venue: 2537 N McConnell Avenue, Fayetteville
Date: December 7- December 9
Time: Friday 12 p.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Festival of Trees at the Bay (Fairfield Bay)

Trees, Trees, and More Trees! Explore this special forest of trees and leave inspired and ready for the season. Each Christmas tree is decorated from its starry tip top to its blanketed base. No two are alike and range from whimsical to traditional! Vote for your favorite. And while you’re there, look for the donation box to help local families in need with your food bank donation.

Venue: Fairfield Bay Conference Center (110 Lost Creek Parkway)
Date: Trees will be on display December 3- December 14
Time: Operating Hours
Admission: Free
Contact: 501-884-4202

Silver Tea (Eureka Springs)

On December 6 from 1:30 to 3:30, the Crystal Dining Room at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas will be turned into a Winter Wonderland by the St. James Episcopal Church members. The tables are covered with silver trays full of tea cookies and sandwiches. Each year a nonprofit organization in Carroll County is chosen to receive the proceeds

Venue: Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs
Date: December 6
Time: 1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Admission: Donations
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Capital Hotel

Christmas Afternoon Tea (Little Rock)

Christmas Tea will be served on the Mezzanine certain weekdays in December. Tea is the perfect way to enjoy your friends and family throughout the holiday season. Savor delicate sweets and savory treats as you sip on a cup of hot tea and catch-up.

Venue: Capital Hotel
Date: Weekdays, December 3 — 7th, 10th — 14th, 17th — 21st,
Time: 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Admission: $38 per person plus tax and gratuity ($48 includes a glass of sparkling wine)
Contact: Click Here

First Fridays at the Forum: A Shatley Family Christmas (Jonesboro)

Come to enjoy a night of holiday cheer brought to you by the ever talented father-daughter duo Andy and Ava Shatley with piano accompaniment provided by local favorite Ken Wadley. They’ll be performing all of your Christmas faves with style and flair, so bring the family and get into the spirit! Ava is a thirteen-year-old eighth grader at MacArthur junior high school. She regularly performs at various large events and has recorded her own original music. She’s received numerous talent awards and was recently selected for the National ACDA Honor Choir. Andy is a physical therapist in Jonesboro and has graced the Forum stage in many productions including Les Mis, 1776, and Hunchback. Together, along with pianist Ken Wadley, they plan to serve their audience a big helping of Christmas cheer with some holiday favorites, stories, and the occasional scripture mixed in. Join us for this truly unique concert!

Venue: The Foundation of Arts (115 E Monroe Ave)
Date: December 7
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Adults $7, ASU/Senior/Military/Children $5
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Pope County Farmers Market

Winter Festival- Santa is coming to town (Russellville)

Santa is Coming to Town. Pope County Farmers Market will have Santa Visit from 9 to 12 for photos with the kids. Come out and get fresh veggies, baked goods, roasted nuts, honey, eggs, jelly, peanut & pecan brittle. There will also be crafts with the goodies so you can stock up on things for your stockings.

Venue: Pope County Farmers Market (Train Depot Downtown)
Date: December 8
Time: 8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Living Nativity (Searcy)

The Christmas story comes alive as First Assembly transforms the outside of the church to reflect the hustle and bustle of Bethlehem as it would have appeared in biblical times. Nearly 300 church members, exotic animals, handmade costumes and crafts set the scene for the Nativity. Visitors come face-to-face with the Roman guards at the city gates before being swept into an authentic-looking and multidimensional experience of the first Christmas. The Living Nativity includes replicas of Herod’s palace, the inn with a ‘No Vacancy sign, multiple storefronts, the temple, tents of the three wise men and the manger. Church members portray Bethlehem townspeople as they would have appeared on the first Christmas night. For more on this story Click Here.

Venue: 101 S Benton Street
Date: December 7- December 9
Time: Friday 6:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. Saturday 5:30 p.m.- 9:30 p.m., Sunday 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

Photo Credit: Crescent Hotel

Christmas Tree Forest (Eureka Springs)

More than 30 trees will adorn the holiday focal point of the hotel’s nearly 15 acres. The annual Christmas forest is a communitywide decoration event that allows votes/collections with all money raised going directly to the charity with the top three vote-getters receiving an additional bonus from the Crescent and Basin Park Family. The Christmas Forest will remain on the East Lawn of the Crescent Hotel for display through January 1, 2019.

Venue: Crescent Hotel Gardens (75 Prospect)
Date: Trees will be on display until January 1
Time: Trees can be viewed anytime
Admission: Free
Contact: Click Here

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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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