Awesome Winter Activities in Northwest Arkansas

Image by Alfredo Carrillo

Though the weather makes it hard to believe, winter has arrived in our neck of the woods. Instead of snow, villages and neighborhoods are adorned with sparkling lights, trees are tied to the tops of SUVs and headed home for trimming, gift shopping is at full tilt, and the region is offering several fun ways to revel with your family—including the little one who’s on the way—in the spirit of the season.

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights

Mild temps this month mean the roads are safe for travel, and you may prefer to be off your feet for a while, anyway. So follow the glow to any of the dozens of cities and towns on the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights. Drive less than two hours to Altus for the Christmas Parade in the afternoon, and stay till after dark when over 100,000 lights beautifully transform the downtown and city parks. Visit Bell Park in Greenwood for any one of the many events in December, including a visit from Santa and his elves, Cocoa and Cookies with Santa, and the Live Nativity. Or pass through the scenic highways around Jasper and the Buffalo National River Country to glimpse “Santa’s reindeer”—the enchanting elk and deer herds roaming the area. Choose from a range of itineraries by region and enjoy the magical scenery wherever you go!

Bentonville Christmas Parade

You’ll find a unique holiday parade on practically every street corner in the Ozarks during December. The annual parade in Rogers, for instance, starts after sunset and features floats and cars and marching bands decked out in thousands of lights.  One parade in particular is another level of awesome: the Bentonville Christmas Parade. It’s one of the largest daytime holiday parades in the state of Arkansas, drawing thousands of people to its 1,800-acre downtown area. The spectacular procession features more than a hundred participants from local schools, organizations, and businesses who have created floats that could give the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade a run for its money! (At least, we think so.) Bentonville has several other fun holiday-related events throughout November and December, including Toyland, the Winter Market, and the Lighting of the Square.

The Lights of the Ozarks

If you want to experience a true wonderland of lights in Northwest Arkansas, The Lights of the Ozarks in Fayetteville will spark your holly jolly spirit. This spectacular showcase runs from November 17th through the first of the year. More than half a million tiny bulbs adorn the downtown, and by nightfall the display is simply mesmerizing. Sip hot cocoa, hear the festive carolers, take a carriage ride around the square, and bask in the glow that Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spent upwards of 3,300 hours creating!

Explore the Park

There’s no reason to hole up inside all winter when there’s so much to see outdoors right here in Rogers. Step into those sturdy hiking shoes and bring the whole family to a fun-filled day at Hobbs State Park Conservation Area. Talk with a local wildlife rehabilitator, discover if you have a knack for identifying frog calls, or take a guided hike on the extremely well-groomed and easy Ozark Plateau Trail for more chances to encounter native species.

Everyone at [client] wishes you a happy and safe holiday season, and if you bump into any of our wonderful employees out along the Trail of Lights, we hope you’ll say hello!

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