Festivals & Events
From Thanksgiving through the New Year, enjoy holiday lights displays and Christmas celebrations across Northwest Arkansas. Cities host ceremonies, parades and open houses in shopping districts, while Santa makes his first appearances of the season.
LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS Downtown Fayetteville experiencefayetteville.com This award-winning winter wonderland kicks off with a parade that brings nearly a half-million twinkling lights to life on Fayetteville’s historic downtown square.
ROGERS CHRISTMAS PARADE
Downtown Rogers mainstreetrogers.com / 479-936-5487 Head downtown for the 35th annual Rogers Christmas Parade featuring dozens of floats, marching bands, carolers and families.
LIGHT UP SILOAM CELEBRATION AND CHRISTMAS PARADE
Downtown Siloam Springs siloamspringsheritageleague.com With the wave of a magic candy cane, thousands of lights illuminate downtown. Stick around for a parade with lighted floats, bands, dance troupes, fire trucks and antique cars.
Downtown Eureka Springs eurekasprings.org This historic arts enclave known for its Victorian architecture hosts a bevy of holiday events, including a Candlelight Tour of Homes, an annual Silver Tea, a Christmas parade, and a holiday decorating contest.
CHRISTMAS ON THE CREEK Downtown Springdale downtownspringdale.org With the region’s largest live Christmas tree, this festival includes carolers, food trucks, a winter market and the annual Rodeo of the Ozarks Christmas Parade.
HUNTSVILLE: A HOMETOWN CHRISTMAS Downtown Huntsville /huntsvillear.org Held on Polk Square with a community dinner, joyful carolers, a Christmas train for children, photos with Santa, and that magical moment during the lighting ceremony when the bulbs come to life!
BENTONVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE & WINTER WONDERLAND
BERRYVILLE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Eventful Arts: See Pages 40-42
Eventful Sports: See Pages 62-63
Downtown Bentonville downtownbentonville.org One of the largest daytime Christmas parades in the state! The fun takes place in Bentonville’s vibrant downtown, with horsedrawn carriage rides and ice skating.
EUREKA SPRINGS CHRISTMAS
berryvillechamber.com The entire town comes together to celebrate with floats, decorated bikes and dazzling equestrian groups at the annual Berryville Christmas Parade. Held on the public square.
All photos on this page courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism