Arkansas Holiday Events
Sit on the
bluffs of Spadra Park overlooking Lake
Dardanelle and the Arkansas River to enjoy
Spadra Marina's Lighted Boat Parade on Dec. 16
and 17 in Clarksville. The boats leave the
marina by 6 p.m. and travel east the length of
Spadra Park where they circle around and pass
for a second time. Event-goers can view the
parade from automobiles, or sit under the stars.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be stopping at the
east boat ramp to visit with the kids. The event
is free. Spadra Park is located at Exit 58 on
Interstate 40. Call 479-754-5021 or visit
www.spadramarina.com for more information.
The Fort Smith
Symphony presents "A Jubilant Christmas," a
fun-filled evening of traditional holiday music
for the family, on Dec. 3 at the Arkansas Best
Corporation Performing Arts Center. American
baritone Jubilant Sykes has been the featured
soloist with many of the world's finest
orchestras and now performs with another
outstanding orchestra--the Fort Smith Symphony.
Admission, based on seating location, is $35 or
$30 for adults and $20 or $15 for students. Call
479-452-7575 or visit
www.fortsmithsymphony.org for tickets or
In Hot Springs
visit the Garvan Woodland Gardens - Lights on
the Landscape, November 20 - December 31, 2010.
Nov 20 - Dec 31, 2010, 5:00pm - 9:00pm daily.
More than 1.7 million holiday lights will
illuminate Garvan Woodland Gardens daily,
transforming the woodland landscape into a
winter wonderland of delight. The display is one
of Arkansas' most impressive holiday events.
Don't miss this amazing display!!
Cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for children
6 to 12 years old. Free for children 5 and
under. *Golf Carts available for $5 per person.
501-262-9300. 550 Arkridge Rd. Hot Springs, AR
Courthouse Christmas Lights, Paris
beautifully decorated holiday homes from 1 p.m.
to 4 p.m. on Dec. 4 during the Logan County
Museum Tour of Holiday Homes. Tickets are
available the day of the tour from the museum,
located at 202 N. Vine St. in Paris. All
proceeds benefit the Logan County Museum.
Admission is to be announced but is less than
$10. Call 479-963-3936 or visit
www.logancountymuseum.com for more
Dardanelle State Park in Russellville offers
free winter lake cruises on Dec. 1, 6, 9, 15,
17, 18, 23, 28, and 30. It provides a great
chance of seeing an American Bald Eagle. Many
other spectacular birds may also be in the area
for viewing including American white pelicans,
ducks, and snow geese. Dress warmly because
temperatures and winds can be more severe on the
lake. This year the park is taking reservations
in an effort to accommodate as many people as
possible for the popular tours. Call the visitor
center at 479-967-5516 to reserve your seat.
Boarding begins 15 minutes before the tour at
the boat dock near the Fishing Tournament
Weigh-In Facility. Also, in case of inclement
weather, call one hour before tour time for
Downtown Art Walk & Holiday Open House takes
place Dec. 2. During this magical event,
participating downtown businesses feature
talented area artists and their one-of-a-kind
works just in time for holiday gift giving.
Downtown will be dressed for the season and
guests can enjoy art, live music, and
refreshments. The art walks are held quarterly
on the first Friday in March, June, September
and December from 5 to 8 p.m., and are a project
of the Russellville Downtown Association, a
committee of Main Street Russellville, in
partnership with the Arkansas River Valley Arts
www.mainstreetrussellville.com or call
479-967-1437 for more information.
about how nature’s creatures prepare for winter
at the Lake Dardanelle State Park "Winter at the
Lake" event on Dec. 10 in Russellville. Enjoy
free programs, crafts, and refreshments.
Activities are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors
can sip hot apple cider, samples free sweets
made by local businesses, and browse through the
gift shop in the park visitor center. They can
also follow the migration of a bird while
playing a life-sized board game, and help feed
the winter birds by making some edible ornaments
to decorate the park tree. The day ends with a
ceremonial lighting of the Master Naturalists'
bird feeding tree. Call 479-967-5516 for
season, Van Buren offers its Living Windows
displays. This year’s event is at 5:30 p.m. on
Dec. 3. Van Buren’s Historic Main Street becomes
a history lesson as merchants host live window
displays depicting the city's colorful history.
Call 479-410-1024 or visit
www.vanburen.org for more information.
Enjoy a winter
"Walks Through History" tour on Dec. 10 starting
at the 1836 Drennen-Scott House in Van Buren.
Van Buren was initially developed as a steamboat
landing on the Arkansas River, but the town
experienced a second period of growth in the
1870s and early 1880s with the arrival of the
Little Rock & Fort Smith Railroad followed by
the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad. Van
Buren quickly became a regional center of
commerce, serving as a distribution point for
goods shipped to towns throughout northwest
Arkansas. Van Buren has a very intact historic
streetscape, including excellent examples of the
Queen Anne, Romanesque Revival, and Italianate
styles. The tour will also include Fairview
Cemetery, Van Buren’s oldest public cemetery,
which is located about three blocks north of the
district. Admission is free. Call 501-324-9880
www.arkansaspreservation.org for more
Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism