It’s December in Northwest Arkansas, and we all know what that means! That’s right – holiday light displays! In the “olden days” it wasn’t easy to find nice light displays, but thankfully, most towns in the area have decided that attracting folks to their downtowns to ooh and aah and maybe have a little dinner or at least a cup of something warm to drink is a very good idea. If you’re ready for an outing with the kids, your sweetie, or just to do a little solo-reflecting in the spirit of the season, pack the family in the car, crank up the holiday music playlist, and spend a couple of hours taking in the holiday light displays around the region.
The downtown square in Bentonville will glow with holiday spirit this month during their annual Winter Wonderland events and light display. A Christmas Parade is scheduled for December 10, and a Winter Market at Meteor Guitar Gallery on December 3 and 10th will provide gift-giving inspiration. Find out more about times and locations on their website.
Lights of the Ozarks on the historic downtown square is considered by many to the be “Granddaddy” of light displays in the area. Not only is the entire square covered with half-a-million twinkling lights in every color, but there are also carriage rides, pony rides, hot drinks and snacks, and holiday music piped in over the loudspeakers. Lights glow from 5:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. nightly. Additional events like choir performances are listed on the website.
Carlin Stewart has been dubbed “The Clark Griswold of Fayetteville, Arkansas” thanks to his family’s light display at their home at 4229 E Wyman Road. This year marks the 13th year that the Stewarts have been entertaining the masses, and it gets bigger every year. The display is free for people to view, but donations are welcome if you are so inclined. Visit their Facebook page for information about parking. Plan to visit between 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Antique original bricks pave the street, and a cozy shopping vibe makes Rogers’ downtown one of the most lovely to visit for light-viewing this season. Make your way to their historic area bordered by Walnut and First Streets, and be sure to stop into one of their locally-owned eateries to warm you up after getting in the holiday spirit. Check out their December calendar of events.
The Heritage League and Main Street Siloam Springs will make the town a little brighter this year with a kickoff celebration and parade at the first of the month. Find your favorite family photo opportunity downtown through December 31.
Springdale’s historic downtown area along Emma Avenue is dressed for the holidays with lights that begin at Thompson Street and stretch almost to Crossover Boulevard. The centerpiece is this year’s addition of a 36-foot tall living Christmas tree – the largest in the state of Arkansas –that was erected just after Thanksgiving at Shiloh Square. The city of Springdale has many other holiday events listed on their calendar.