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Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks. There's always something to do in Northwest Arkansas. Now you know! See our full calendar of activities.


Top picks for Weekend Activities: Nov 30th - Dec 3rd

by Angela Forsyth


Are you looking for something for your family to do this weekend? Check out FamilyLifeNWA.com each week for our top weekend picks. There's always something to do in Northwest Arkansas. Now you know! See our full calendar of activities.


Also check out our interactive NWA Holiday Guide which has over 350 activities for families over the next 3 weeks. We also included pull-down filters by event type so you can find specific event such as parades, light displays, shows, santa, and more.

  1. Rogers Christmas Parade

  2. This year's theme is "A Hollywood Christmas." The sidewalks line up with all the naughty and nice boys and girls enjoying beautiful floats passing through downtown. Santa makes his appearance at the end of the parade to the delight of all the kiddos.


    When: Friday, December 1; 7 - 9pm

    Where: Downtown Rogers, 113 N. 4th St., Rogers, AR 72756

    Cost: Free

    Link: Event Webpage


  3. Springdale to Rogers Christmas Parade Train Ride

  4. Enjoy a ride to the Rogers Christmas Parade with a layover for 2 hours. The train leaves Springdale at 6:30pm and departs out of Rogers at 9pm. When you ride the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad, you get a window to history. Seating for various excursions is available in restored commuter coaches, a parlor car, dome, dining car and caboose.


    When: Friday, Dec. 1 at 6:30pm

    Where: Springdale Depot; 305 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764

    Cost: General admission $25, Children $15

    Link: Tickets


  5. Nativity & Noel 2017

  6. Nativity & Noel is the perfect Christmas community event focusing on the birth of the Savior. In addition to a heart-warming live nativity re-enactment and an extraordinary display of international creche exhibits, there is a Christmas concert featuring the rich musical talents of local musical groups and the Ozark Mormon Chorale. Truly, there is something for the whole family to enjoy! There will be another showing on December 10.


    Friday & Saturday, December 1st & 2nd:

    • 6:00-7:30pm International Nativity Exhibit & Live Nativity
    • 7:00-7:30pm Live Prelude Music
    • 7:30-8:30pm Christmas Concert

    When: Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1st and 2nd; 6-8:30pm

    Where: 1101 McCollum Rd, Bentonville, AR 72712-9115

    Cost: Free

    Link: Facebook Event Page.


  7. Lights of the Ozarks

  8. Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 17th at 6 p.m. with the lighting night parade. The lights illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. Each year Fayetteville Parks and Recreation workers spend over 3,300 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over 400,000 lights. The lights will remain up through January 1st, 2018.


    When: Nov. 17 - Jan. 1; 5pm - 1am

    Where: Fayetteville Square; Block, Mountain, East & Center Streets, Fayetteville, AR 72701

    Cost: Free

    Link: Web Page Event Page


  9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

  10. A few tickets still remain. The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different might just be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition when it makes its highly anticipated return to Walton Arts Center!


    When: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10am, 1pm and 4pm

    Where: Walton Arts Center; 495 West Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR, 72701

    Cost: Tickets start at $42

    Link: Buy Tickets



    Angela Forsyth, free lance writer with Firefly Marketing, LLC

    Angela Forsyth, Editor - FamilyLifeNWA.com