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Ringing in the New Year Weekend


Let’s give a cheer for the New Year! Ring in 2017 with a great play or art show. Head to the museum for an early countdown with the kids. Or party the evening away. Celebrate the first day with hikes around the Natural State. It’s all waiting for you!

Great Expectations – Fayetteville

After a terrifying Christmas Eve graveyard encounter, young orphan Pip’s life will never be the same. Plucked from poverty and thrust into the upper class by a mysterious benefactor, Pip strives to discover himself and find love in his radically changed circumstances, even while untangling a fascinating web of long-hidden secrets. Six actors portray more than 40 characters in this virtuosic on-stage adventure that serves up heart and hope with Dickensian shadow — a world premiere adaptation for all ages. Performances: Wednesday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday at 2 p.m.
Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, November 30, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Nadine Baum Studios
505 W. Spring St.
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Admission: $10-45

Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America, 1920 to Present – LittleRock

The first nationally traveling exhibition in more than 50 years to survey this dynamic field, “Little Dreams in Glass and Metal” is organized by the Los Angeles-based Enamel Arts Foundation, and includes 121 works from the foundation’s collection of modern and contemporary enamels.
Sundays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, October 7, 2016 – December 31, 2016
Arkansas Arts Center
501 E. 9th Street
Little Rock, AR 72202
Admission: Free

Noon Year Countdown – Little Rock

Has it been a while since you heard that iconic countdown on the final day of the year? If you’re a parent of small children, staying up late to ring in the New Year can be just plain unfeasible. Or maybe you long for a more family-friendly affair.
Well, don’t let the night owls have all the fun. Bring the kids out to the Museum of Discovery and join us as we ring in the “Noon Year” on Saturday, Dec. 31. We’ll have kid-friendly activities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and, of course, a whopping big countdown to the noon hour!
December 31, 2016, 10:00am – 1:00pm
Museum of Discovery
500 President Clinton Ave. Ste 150
Little Rock, AR 72201
Admission: $8 – $10

Midnight Masquerade – Fort Smith

The Arc for the River Valley provides education, recreation, and advocacy for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 2016, The Arc for the River Valley was able to purchase our own building located at 7821 Texas Road in Fort Smith. Following this exciting move, we are also hosting our first ever large fundraiser. Midnight Masquerade will feature hors d’oeuvres, drinks, live and silent auctions, and live entertainment provided by local band, Wingnut the Band. The event will take place at the DoubleTree by Marriott (currently the Executive Hotel) and tickets are $100. Come ring in the New Year with The Arc!
December 31, 2016, 8:00pm – 12:00 am
DoubleTree by Hilton
Fort Smith City Center
700 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901
Admission: $100


3 Ways to Celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Arlington – Hot Springs

Make it a great start to a memorable evening by enjoying our New Year’s Eve Celebration Buffet in our Venetian Dining Room from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Ring in the New Year at the Festival Party & Dance, 8:30pm-1:00am, in the Arlington’s Conference Center. Music provided by White Chocolate; party favors and champagne toast included. Or Celebrate New Year’s Eve in style! The Gala Dinner Dance in the Crystal Ballroom includes a 5-course gourmet dinner with wines, two before or after dinner drinks, champagne toast, party favors and dancing to the music of the Stardust Big Band (16 piece orchestra with outstanding vocalist). 7:30pm Dinner; Band plays 8:30pm-12:30am. Guests of this party can also attend the Festival Party next door. Black Tie Optional.
December 31, 2016
The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
239 Central Ave
Hot Springs National Park, AR 71901
Admission: Varying prices. Check Website

First Day Hikes – Arkansas State Parks

There is no better way to begin the New Year than taking in the fresh air on an invigorating hike! Come take a stroll down through many of the beautiful trails in our amazing Arkansas State Parks. Don’t forget to bring water, wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers.
January 1, 2017
Various State Parks
Admission: Free

*Header Image “Christmas Lights at the Arlington Hotel” Courtesy of Arkansas Parks & Tourism


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