Light Up NWA! Holiday Lights, Parades & Celebrations
NWA pulls out all the stops to make the holiday season spectacular with award-winning light displays, tree lightings, Santa trains, parades, candlelight tours and more.
Don’t miss these top holiday light displays, parades and celebrations taking place across the region at the most magical time of the year!
Lights of the Ozarks | Historic Downtown Square, Fayetteville
Nov. 22 thru Dec. 31 Prepare to be dazzled by this show-stopping winter wonderland of lights! Nearly a half a million twinkling lights adorn the historic square for Lights of the Ozarks, which kicks off with the traditional lighting parade at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 22. Lights of the Ozarks is on display evenings from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. through Dec. 31, with nightly activities, hot chocolate and Christmas music.
Bentonville Lighting of the Square | Historic Downtown Square
Saturday, Nov. 23 Families pack the Bentonville square to watch the mayor flip the ceremonial switch and illuminate the square in thousands of lights! Sip hot chocolate, snap a photo with Santa, or explore the one-of-a-kind shops and award-winning restaurants this vibrant downtown has to offer. Lights are on display from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly.
Lowell Christmas Parade | Downtown Lowell
Saturday, Nov. 23 Friends and family gather to watch the beautiful Lowell Christmas parade as it illuminates a path through downtown streets. After the parade, head to Heritage Park for the live tree lighting ceremony. Put the star on top of the evening with hot chocolate, caroling, a special manger scene, and visiting with Santa!
Drive-Thru Christmas Lights | The Great Passion Play, Eureka Springs
Nov. 28 thru Jan. 1 Cruise in the comfort of your car to view this festive outdoor lights display on the grounds of The Great Passion Play, home of the outdoor theater drama of the story of Jesus and the Christ of the Ozarks statute atop of Magnetic Mountain. The drive-thru lights display is open nightly from dark to 8 p.m.
Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek | Shiloh Square Downtown
Nov. 30 Always the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Springdale’s Christmas on the Creek celebration attracts thousands over the course of the day and evening. Featuring the lighting of the region’s largest live Christmas tree, there is also the Handmade Winter Market, photos with Santa, and the passing through of the Christmas Parade of the Ozarks.
Hunstville: A Hometown Christmas | Polk Square Downtown
Nov. 22 A lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. transforms Huntsville’s Polk Square into a glistening scene straight out of a Christmas movie! Merchants will stay open late while families and the entire community enjoy holiday carolers, a children’s Christmas train, vendors and more.
Light Up Siloam Christmas Parade | Downtown
Dec. 7 Floats, horses, beauty queens and Santa Claus are part of Siloam Springs’ 39th annual Christmas Parade. The evening kicks off with a packed lighting ceremony that is an annual tradition for many. The magic begins at 5:30 p.m. with a wave of the mayor’s candy cane.
Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights | Historic Downtown
Dec. 6 Spreading holiday cheer to residents of and visitors to Eureka Springs! The Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights sets off along the beautifully decorated streets of historic downtown at 6 p.m., featuring holiday music, floats, parade walkers – and thousands of twinkling lights!
Eureka Springs 40th Annual Christmas Tour of Homes | Historic Downtown
Dec. 7 The magic, merriment and mystery of a bygone era is yours when residents of Eureka Springs invite visitors inside their historic homes for the holidays. Stroll through one of the largest downtown historic districts in the nation admiring the grandeur of these enchanted homes lavishly decorated for Christmas.
Rogers Christmas Parade | Downtown
Dec. 6 Thousands line the streets of downtown for the Rogers Christmas parade each year, with floats of all colors, shapes and sizes and guest appearances by Santa and the Grinch. Beginning at 6 p.m., catch the pre-parade festivities at the Frisco Stage. The parade starts at 7 p.m.
Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Children’s Christmas Train | Springdale Depot
Dec. 7 All aboard for the holidays! The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad hosts its Children’s Christmas Train from Springdale to Johnson on Dec. 7 for a one-hour round trip of fun, games and festivities. A&M also hosts a Pajama Train with Santa and a Holiday Express route, both on a number of days during December. Visit amtrainrides.com.
Bentonville Christmas Parade | Downtown Square
Dec. 14 The night parade returns! Bentonville has been waiting for years to bring back its nighttime Christmas Parade – an exhilarating way to celebrate with family and friends. There will be lots of viewing opportunities along the route, but pick you spot early because ultimately it will be packed! Starts at 6 p.m.
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