Lights of the Ozarks—Thru Dec. 31

Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights. More than 400,000 lights light the square each night from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Plus, nightly holiday activities, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music. Free admission. Downtown Fayetteville Square. (479) 521-5776.


Christmas Parade of Lights—Dec. 3

This year’s parade rolls at 6 p.m. through the beautifully decorated downtown streets with floats, walkers, bands and thousands of lights. This year's theme is "A Cinematic Christmas," so pick your favorite holiday movie and run with it. Free admission. Downtown Eureka Springs. (479) 253-8737.


Rogers Christmas Parade—Dec. 3

The annual city parade will feature floats, vehicles, music, candy, marching units, thousands of lights and much more. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Rogers. (479) 936-5487.


Pea Ridge Christmas Parade—Dec. 4

This year’s parade theme is “Blue Christmas.” Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end downtown, where the city will celebrate the tree lighting. Curtis Street. Downtown Pea Ridge. (479) 451-1122.


Holiday Markets on the Square—Dec. 4, 11 & 18

Fayetteville presents its annual holiday market on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Downtown Fayetteville Square. (479) 236-2910.


Art on the Bricks—Dec. 9 & Jan. 13

Our monthly art walk returns in person to downtown Rogers. See artwork from regional artists featured in local businesses and shops. Free admission. Downtown Rogers. (479) 636-1240.


Bentonville Christmas Parade—Dec. 11

A Christmas tradition must for the whole family! Parade will begin at 6 p.m. and feature dozens of floats, music and, of course, Santa Claus himself. Free admission. Downtown Bentonville. (479) 254-0254.


Christmas Parade of Lights—Dec. 11

Come join the fun for Main Street Prairie Grove’s 2nd Saturday event! Build a float, drive your old car, ride your horse, dance your shoes off, or sit on the curb and enjoy the parade. Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Free admission. E. Buchanan Street. Prairie Grove.


Tiny Beautiful Things—Thru Dec. 5

A celebration of the simple beauty of being human, this funny and deeply touching exploration of resilience is based on Cheryl Strayed's (Wild) journey as the beloved anonymous advice columnist for "Dear Sugar." Over the years, thousands of people turned to Sugar for words of wisdom, compassion and hope. At first unsure, Sugar finds a way to weave her own life experiences together with the deep yearning and heartrending questions from her readers. This play will be offered both in person and through virtual streaming. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.


A Christmas Carol—Dec. 3 thru 26

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details Fayetteville Public Library. (479) 777-7477.


It’s a Wonderful Life—Dec. 4

Families are invited to come enjoy the 1946 American Christmas family fantasy drama about the life of George Bailey and the miracle of the holiday season. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.


Best Christmas Pageant Ever—Dec. 10 thru 18

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Trike Theatre. Bentonville. (479) 464-5084.


Best Christmas Pageant Ever—Dec. 10 thru 19

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 631-8988.


Yikes! Somebody’s Haunting My Holiday Pageant!—Dec. 10 thru 19

It’s a holiday celebration with a new script by Arts Live Theatre alum Avery Batson. Novice detectives Dakota and Caroline get backstage passes for the world famous Holiday Pageant, but festivities turn sour when props and costumes start going missing. Dakota is pretty sure a ghost is to blame. Will the detectives get to the bottom of the case in time for the show? Or will this Holiday Pageant be the last? Arts Live Theatre. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4932.


The Polar Express—Dec. 11

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. The Victory Theater, Arkansas Public Theatre. Rogers. (479) 936-5487.


The Polar Express—Dec. 23

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—Thru Dec. 5

Roald Dahl's amazing tale is now Northwest Arkansas’ golden ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Admission varies. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Marie and Rosetta—Thru Dec. 12

Fresh off its recent run at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre and directed by Arkansas native Stephen H. Broadnax III, this show is a celebration of gospel, rhythm, blues and rock. The story chronicles Arkansas's own Sister Rosetta Tharp at her first rehearsal with a young protégée, Marie Knight, as they prepare for the tour that would establish them as one of the great duos in music history. This play will be offered both in person and through virtual streaming. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.


Asleep at the Wheel—Dec. 8

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Admission: $21-$39. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Ray Bonneville—Dec. 9

With a greasy guitar style, horn-like harmonica, smoky vocals and pulsing foot percussion, Ray Bonneville is a hard-driving, blues-dipped, song and groove man writing about people on the fringe of society. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $33, $53. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Samara Joy—Dec. 10

With a voice as smooth as velvet, Samara Joy’s stardom rises with each performance. Following her win in the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, the not-yet-21-year-old Ella Fitzgerald Scholar began recording her debut album backed by the Pasquale Grasso Trio — released in July 2021. Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission: $33, $53. Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Together (Again) for the Holidays!—Dec. 9

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Admission: $35. Faulkner Performing Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 841-4644.


A Very SoNA Christmas—Dec. 11

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Admission: $11-$57. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Heart of Christmas: Songs and Stories of the Season—Dec. 11 thru 26

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. TheatreSquared. Fayetteville. (479) 777-7477.


Beer & Carols—Dec. 12

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Four Points by Sheraton. Bentonville.


Mary Lattimore with Ana Roxanne—Dec. 12

Enjoy the music of this Los Angeles-based harpist who experiments with effects through her Lyon and Healy Concert Grand pedal harp, concocting half-structured improvisations, which can include both ambient glitter and unsettling noise. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Clapp Auditorium, Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville. (479) 443-4531.


The Snowman: A Family Concert—Dec. 12

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Admission: $10. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Mean Girls—Dec. 14 thru 19

Direct from Broadway this hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team follows Cady Heron who may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Soon, this naïve newbie falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. Admission varies. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Van Cliburn Concert Series: Conrad Tao—Dec. 16

We invite you to join us for an evening of an evocative performance by renowned pianist Conrad Tao. Set against the backdrop of the Great Hall, this latest installment of this series is not one to miss. Performance begins at 7 p.m. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700.


The Nutcracker—Dec. 17 & 18

See our Holiday Happenings article for more details. Arend Arts Center. Bentonville.


An Officer and a Gentleman—Jan. 4 thru 9

Based on the Oscar-winning film, this musical is a timeless love story that celebrates triumph over adversity. Join Zack Mayo as he tries to survive the rigors of the US Navy’s Officer Training School and finds comfort in the arms of a strong-willed local factory worker. Admission varies. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Ozark Mountain Music Festival—Jan. 20 thru 23

Don’t miss this annual one-of-a-kind bluegrass, folk, urban and American roots music celebration. 1905 Basin Park Hotel. Eureka Springs. (888) 388-4776.


Digging Up Arkansas—Jan. 22 & 29

Adults and kids alike will enjoy this educational play by Trike Theatre that uses artifacts, songs, stories and student participation to teach Arkansas history from the year 1000-1936. Recommended for ages 9 and up. Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Arkansas Air & Military Museum—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Visit website for current hours and our special events calendar. Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Fayetteville. (479) 521-4947.


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art—Current Exhibitions

Currently on display thru Jan. 2, 2022: North Forest Lights; running thru Jan. 10, 2022: Selena Forever/Siempre Selena; running thru Jan. 31, 2022: In American Waters: The Sea in American Painting;

running thru March 21, 2022: Cross Pollination: Heade, Cole, Church, and Our Contemporary Moment; and running thru May 16, 2022: Julie Alpert: Altars, Keepsakes, Squiggles, and Bows. Visit website for more information on reservations, event and exhibit updates, virtual tours and admissions. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (479) 418-5700.


The Momentary—Current Exhibition

Currently on display thru March 13, 2022: In Some Form or Fashion. Visit website for exhibit information, event updates and virtual tours. The Momentary. Bentonville. (479) 367-7500.


Museum of Native American History—Upcoming Events

The MONA is reopened to the public with limited capacity, timed ticket admission and new safety measures. Visit website for hours of operation and reopening information. Museum of Native American History. Bentonville. (479) 273-2456.


Rogers Historical Museum—Current & Upcoming Exhibitions

Reopened to the public. Visit website for current hours and COVID-19 safety procedures. Currently on display thru Dec. 18: Pel-Freez: 110 Years of Food and Science; and beginning Dec. 4 running thru Dec. 31: A Patriotic Christmas. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. (479) 621-1154.


Shiloh Museum of Ozark History—Current Exhibitions

Visit us online for current hours and COVID-19 safety procedures. Currently on display thru Dec. 4: Día de Muertos: A Cultural Interpretation of the Times presented by Arts One Presents; running thru Jan. 8, 2022: I Just Know I Like to Paint: Ozark Folk Artist Essie Ward; running thru April 26, 2022: Seen Through Her Wardrobe; and running thru Dec. 11, 2022: Gone Fishing!. Free admission. Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. (479) 750-8165.


Annual Holiday Open House—Dec. 4

This year’s theme is “A Patriotic Christmas.” Enjoy guided tours of the 1895 Hawkins House exploring some of the ways that Americans have incorporated displays of patriotism into the holiday season from the Civil War to World War I. Kids of all ages will have the chance to make a fun patriotic ornament craft, write and mail a letter to Santa, and of course, enjoy a visit from jolly old St. Nick himself. Event is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Rogers Historical Museum. (479) 621-1154.


Fayetteville Half Marathon—Dec. 4

For this year’s event, choose from one of four distances: half marathon, 10k, 5k and a 1k fun run. The race will visit some of Fayetteville’s most unique spots with beautiful scenery. Virtual race options also available. Walker Park. Fayetteville. (479) 521-7766.


Freedom Frosty 5K—Dec. 4

Warm up this holiday season with Run Bentonville and Camp Alliance for this event in the Run Bentonville Race Series. Medals will be awarded to top overall and age group finishers. Race begins at 8 a.m. Admission: $30, $35 for virtual option. Lawrence Plaza. Bentonville. (479) 464-7275.


All Cross Events—Dec. 4 & Jan. 8

Join us for the last two All Cross events in the four-event Northwest Arkansas series. All Cross welcomes all types of bikes, all ages, and all levels of riders, plus, spectators who are ready to have some fun. Events include skills clinics, races for kids and 15 min., 30 min. and 45 min. rides for adults. Dec. 4 event is at Railyard Bike Park in Rogers with Afterparty at Onyx Coffee; Jan. 8 event is at Ironhead in Bentonville with an Afterparty at Bike Rack Brewing. Visit website to register.


Devil’s Den Trail Race—Dec. 11

This 10th annual event is a trail run/race directed by Extreme Events, LLC. There are three courses/distances. The routes go over some of the recently improved mountain bike and hiking trails along Lee Creek. Devil’s Den State Park. West Fork.


Pedal Kids Race Series—Dec. 11

Kids will compete in lap races through fun obstacles on a truly unique, kid-friendly racecourse full of surprises. Distances adjusted for age. Event will be from 1 to 4 p.m. A portion of the proceeds generated from the race series will be donated to Canopy Northwest Arkansas. Admission: $15. Buddy Pegs HQ. Bentonville. (479) 268-4030.


R.A.P.T.O.R. Gravel Grinder—Dec. 11

This R.A.P.T.O.R. biking event features three different ride lengths and includes a combination pavement, gravel and a little single-track dirt riding. Mount Sequoyah Center. Fayetteville.


White Elephant 5K—Dec. 11

Join us for this inaugural winter race beginning at 8 a.m. The road race will be held along the city streets connecting several Fayetteville landmarks such as the square, Old Main lawn, Wilson Park and Dickson Street. Admission: $25 adults, $10 ages 16 and under. Downtown Fayetteville Square. (479) 444-3471.


Jingle Bell Jog 5K & Reindeer Fun Run—Dec. 18

This annual event welcomes runners and walkers of all levels and ages. Wear your ugly Christmas sweaters, Santa hats, and elf ears — anything that sparkles and jingles. Gates open at 8 a.m., 5K will begin at 9 a.m., Fun Run will begin at 10 a.m. Botanical Garden of the Ozarks. Fayetteville. (479) 750-2620.


Frozen Toes 5K & 15K Trail Run—Jan. 22

Bust out your coziest socks, your warmest trail-running shoes and your favorite hat because it is time for Fayetteville’s annual winter weather trail running race. First-timers will love the technical, single-track trails of Kessler Mountain that reward you with breathtaking views of the Ozark Mountains. Returners are in for a treat as 2022 courses will be modified to accommodate for current park construction, providing for a new experience for even the most seasoned veterans of Frozen Toes. Kessler Mountain. Fayetteville.


2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships—Jan. 28 thru 30

This is only the second time the championships have been held in the United States. The Worlds is a two-day event featuring six championship races for Elite Men and Women, Under 23 Men and Women, and Junior Men and Women spanning a festive weekend. The World Championships give athletes the opportunities to compete for their country, just like the Olympic Games. Centennial Park. Fayetteville. (479) 521-5776.


Arkansas State Parks—Upcoming Events

Arkansas State Parks have lots of family-friendly fun and educational events to keep you busy this winter! Three local parks right here in our backyard feature a variety of experiences from guided hikes to educational workshops: Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park, Devil’s Den State Park and Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area. Search for fun activities and ways you can get involved to make Arkansas State Park memories to last a lifetime. (888) 287-2757.


Holidaze—Thru Dec. 23

Check out our Holidaze article in the Arts & Culture section for more details. Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 443-5600.


Eagle Watch Tours at Hobbs State Park—Thru Feb. 27

Come view the majestic bald eagle as it migrates through Northwest Arkansas. These tours provide an easy, comfortable way to view and get photos of these gorgeous birds. Tours leave at 3 p.m. Visit website for a complete schedule. Rocky Branch Marina, Beaver Lake. Rogers. (479) 789-5000.


Community Creative Center Holiday Market—Dec. 1 thru 18

Featuring affordable gifts made by regional artists and craft makers. Pottery, jewelry, candles, gift cards, prints and many more handmade items will be available for purchase, with part of the proceeds directly benefitting programming at the CCC. VIP event on Dec. 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. An Open House with Makers present will be held on Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Regular hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nadine Baum Studios, Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville. (479) 571-2706.


Christmas at the Mansion—Dec. 3

Celebrate the holidays with the Peel Compton Foundation at their annual Christmas event that includes food, wine and live music. This unique experience flows throughout the entire Mansion, Conservatory, Carriage House and into two heated tents on the north and south lawns of the grounds. This year’s honorary chairs are Sue and Charles Redfield. Admission: $75. The Peel Mansion. Bentonville. (479) 254-3870.


Holiday Art Sale—Dec. 3 thru 5

Start your holiday shopping with 16 local artists and artisans offering unique creations affordably priced for giving, including prints and originals, ceramics, jewelry, art glass, textiles, photography and more. Event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Friday with a wine reception, Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. 545 West Center St. Fayetteville. Visit social media for details.


Holiday Market at NWA Mall—Dec. 3 thru 12

A craft show just in time for the holidays. The mall concourses will be full of craft vendors and one-of-a-kind direct-selling home businesses. Come find the perfect Christmas gift for that special someone. Open during mall hours. Free admission. Northwest Arkansas Mall. Fayetteville. (479) 774-8159.

Christmas Toy Run—Dec. 4

Join the parade as Santa leads the way to the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter! Check in begins at 10:30 a.m. at Bass Pro Shop in Rogers, with the ride leaving at 11 a.m. Free lunch is provided for all riders at the Pig Trail H-D afterward. Cost to ride is $5. All proceeds go toward the NWA Children’s Shelter. They will be collecting toy donations. 2300 S Promenade Blvd. Rogers. (479) 636-9797.


Cookies with Santa at the Movies—Dec. 4

Come join Santa at this festive and socially distanced event beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be snacks, drinks, light-up toys, books, activity packs, appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus, music by DJ Antonio with Entertain4nwa, and more. A holiday movie will be played at dusk. There will also be a Toy Drive with all toys going to Sharing and Caring of Benton County. Proceeds from the event benefit Canopy NWA and Jack and Jill of America Foundation. Admission: $15 per child, free for adult chaperones. Benton County Fairgrounds. Bentonville.

Light up the Night with Mercy—Dec. 4

Bring your friends, family and colleagues to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment at Crystal Bridges in support of Mercy Health Foundation. Event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. with an outdoor concert, a Christmas drone show and a walk through the North Forest Lights. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Arts. Bentonville. (479) 338-2990.


Wampus Wonderland—Dec. 4

Come shop with local artists and crafters for all of your holiday needs. Bailey Center. Mount Sequoyah. Fayetteville.


Whoville Holiday Extravaganza—Dec. 4

Join us for an exciting interactive trip to Whoville!

Children and families coming to Whoville can look forward to meeting the Grinch and many other Whoville citizens, enjoy breakfast with Santa, have fun with interactive storytelling, decorate delicious cookies, receive a letter from Santa and much more. Proceeds benefit Oasis of Northwest Arkansas. 115 N. Dixieland Road. Rogers.


Burlsworth Trophy Presentation—Dec. 6

Join us for this annual event honoring college football’s most outstanding player who began his career as a walk-on. The Burlsworth Trophy will be presented to a young man who embodies the values that Brandon Burlsworth stood for. Event begins at 7 p.m. Great Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Bentonville. (870) 741-1443.


Jingle Mingle—Dec. 9

This annual gathering, hosted by the Single Parent Scholarship Fund of NWA, offers scholarship recipients and supporters a chance to usher in the holiday season together and celebrate this year’s successes. Get into the spirit of the holidays by hearing stories of hope and determination from single parent scholarship recipients creating better, brighter futures for their families through higher education. Heroncrest Event Center. Springdale. (479) 935-4888.


Festival of Stars Toy & Donation Drive and Radiothon—Dec. 10

This is your opportunity to help provide joy to kids this holiday season and beyond! This annual Arkansas Children’s event helps parents and caregivers create a holiday experience for their hospitalized children they may not otherwise be able to provide. Shop Amazon or Walmart wishlists or purchase and drop off curbside at Arkansas Children’s Northwest on day of drive. Event is hosted by the NWA Circle of Friends chapter and will be partnered with Magic 107.9, 4029 KHOG and CitiScapes Magazine. Visit website for a complete ACH Wishlist. Free admission. Arkansas Children’s Northwest. Springdale. (479) 725-6800.


Winter Craft Fair—Dec. 11

Join dozens of authentic crafters with festive Christmas décor, beautiful home items and unique holiday gifts for all ages! The eventwill take place from noon to 4 p.m. Ward Nail Park. Lowell. (479) 372-7521.


Dress My Tree Fundraiser Auction—Dec. 15

Join us for an event raising funds for the Alzheimers’s Association. View the beautifully decorated trees on Facebook and then bid on your favorite as part of a virtual live auction. Village on the Park. Bentonville. (479) 364-0259.


Kings Day Kick-Off—Jan. 8

Join the Krewe of Krazo for the annual Eureka Springs Mardi Gras Kings Day Kick-Off Party. Event begins at 5 p.m. Center Stage. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-2265.


NWA Wedding Show—Jan. 16

NWA’s premier wedding show featuring vendors from venues and photographers, to DJ’s and caterers, and many more of the area’s best wedding vendors. 12 to 3 p.m. Four Points by Sheraton. Bentonville. (479) 222-1655.


Eureka Springs Paranormal Weekend—Jan. 28 thru 30 & Feb. 4 thru 6

Every year this event brings paranormal investigators, of all experience levels, for overnight ghost hunts including hands-on explorations of the unexplained. Conference attendees also receive admissions to the nightly ghost tour, ESP Mask, discount to the Basin Park Paranormal Investigation, hospitality breaks, and breakfast on Sunday. Choose from two weekends to have a 48-hour immersion in the paranormal. 1886 Crescent Hotel. Eureka Springs. (479) 253-9766.