Candlelight Service at JBU House Celebration, Headquarters, Ozarks Chorale Performs

John Brown University in Siloam Springs hosts its 80th Annual Candlelight Service at 7 pm December 8-10 at JBU’s Cathedral of the Ozarks. The free event will feature performances by the John Brown University Choirs.

“The candlelight services are the biggest event at JBU each year, even surpassing attendance at commencement exercises! JBU has a long history of choral excellence, and our choirs help usher in the holiday season in a way very meaningful to our community in this service,” says Jan Lauderdale of JBU’s Department of Music and Theater. “People travel from all over Northwest Arkansas and surrounding states to attend every year. We’re happy to go back to pre-pandemic protocol, so we just have to limit the number of people joining us based on how many of seats available. Choirs are conducted by Steven Hamilton, M.Mus., and this year’s services will include the premiere of a song by R. Christopher Teichler, ‘Savior of the Nations, Come.’ The song was written for the JBU Cathedral Choir”.

Learn more about Candlelight Services at JBU at

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Holiday Dulcimer Music — With Gary McCarty at 2 pm on December 7; 1:00 p.m. December 14; 11 am on December 19 and 21 at the Bella Vista Public Library, 1 Dickens Place, Bella Vista.

Perfect Harmony Christmas Concert — Featuring a food drive for the Food Bank of Northwest Arkansas, December 18 at 3 pm at Highland Christian Church, 1500 Forest Hills Blvd.


The Rink at Lawrence Plaza: Open through February, a 7,000-square-foot ice skating rink at 214 NE A St. $7 per skating session, including skate rental. Ice skating lessons are available through Bentonville Parks and Recreation. See for more information.

Bentonville Christmas Parade — December 10 at 6 pm in downtown Bentonville. This year’s theme is “Colours of the Season.” Learn more about the parade and route at

Beer & Carols — Featuring Beer and Hymns and special guests from the Arkansas Philharmonic Orchestra, special prizes for ugly sweaters or tacky holiday clothes. The charity for December is the Children’s Shelter of Northwest Arkansas. Singing begins at 6:30 pm on December 9 at The Ballroom on I Street, 2202 SW I St. Tickets are $40 at


Decatur Christmas Parade: The Decatur Chamber of Commerce’s annual Christmas Parade through downtown Decatur will begin at 6 p.m. is “Let your light shine for Christmas.” 752-3912.

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Holiday Concert Sounds of the Ozarks Choir Season — 7-9 pm. December 11 in the Auditorium. Tickets are $10, free for students. Link to tickets and more information at

Lights and Train Village: The display of lights at the Great Passion continues through December 31. Snow Train Village with 300 buildings from the 1930s to 1950s, three Lionel 0 scale trains, a Lionel 0 scale tram and a Polar Express Train. Hours 4-8 pm Friday, 2-8 pm Saturday and 4-8 pm Sunday. Admission $5; children under 5 years free. Great Passion Play Grounds, 935 Passion Play Road.

Santa in the Park: Santa will be at Basin Spring Park the first three Saturdays in December from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

Christmas Tree Forest — Sparkles through January 1 on the East Lawn of the Crescent Hotel.

Santa Brunch — 10 am to 4 pm on December 4 in the Crystal Dining Room of the Crescent Hotel.

Downtown Christmas – Featuring live music, selfie stations, a bonfire and holiday decorations in downtown Eureka Springs at 6 pm on the first four Thursdays of December.


Santa Drop: Santa Claus and his elves parachute at 11 a.m. on December 10 (weather permitting) and then Santa will take his place in a C-130 Hercules at the Arkansas Air & Military Museum. Doors open at 10 am Back-up date December 17th. Learn more at

Christmas Open House — Featuring a choir of historians and Heritage School students dressed in mid-19th century costume and a children’s craft ornament, from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm on December 11 at the Casa Washington County Historical Society Headquarters Museum, 118 E. Dickson St. Donations of unwrapped items under $20 will be accepted for area children ages 3-18.

Lights of the Ozarks — With more than 500,000 LED lights on display every night from 5 pm to 1 am through January 1. Fayetteville downtown square.

Santa Claus: Will be in downtown Fayetteville on the following dates to meet and take photos during Lights of the Ozarks. There is no cost to meet or take photos with Santa. The dates will be December 9, from 5 to 8 pm; December 10, 6-9 p.m.; December 11: 3-6 p.m.; December 16, 5-8 p.m.; December 17, 6-9 p.m.; December 18, 3-6 p.m.

The Little Craft Show Holiday – Featuring over 100 makers, artists and creatives from 10 am to 6 pm on December 4 at Fayetteville Town Center, 15 Mountain St.

White Elephant 5K Run/Walk & Run: Registration is open through December 10. The race begins on the Mountain Street side of the Fayetteville plaza at 8 am on December 10. Celebrations before and after the race will be at Town Center Plaza. . Goody bags and timing devices will be available for pick up from 4-6 pm on December 9 at Rush Running in Fayetteville. Adult 5K (ages 16 and older), $30; Youth 5K, $15; 1 mile adult, $20; 1 mile Youth, $10. Information and

Holiday Hangar Dance: Dinner, dance lessons, silent auction and more at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum, 4290 S. School Ave. Tickets are $60 for members, $70 for non-members and $23 for children. Email [email protected] for tickets.

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Western Arkansas Ballet — Presents its annual Sugar Plum Fairy Tea at 1 and 3 pm Dec. 4 at the Glass Pavilion, 100 N. “B” St. in Fort Smith. Tickets are $30 for children and $25 for adults available at Call 785-0152 for more information.

“The Nutcracker” — Presented by Western Arkansas Ballet at 7 pm December 17 and 2 pm December 18 at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St. in Fort Smith. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for children/students at Call 785-0152 for more information.

Festival of Trees: On view through December 18 at The Bakery District. Sponsored by the Fort Smith Optimist Club. The money raised is used to help various youth organizations.

Christmas Parade — Organized by Bonneville House, Clayton House and the Fort Smith History Museum, the parade begins at 3 pm on December 10 around Garrison and Rogers avenues. There will be a hot chocolate stand, cookies and candy canes available.

Creekmore Holiday Express and Lights: Miniature train ride through the holiday lights from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, Monday through Saturday at Creekmore Park 3301 S.M St. Free.


Christmas Parade — December 10 at 6:30 pm on Main Street in downtown Gentry. Line-up will begin at 5:30 pm This year’s theme is “Miracles on Main Street”. The parade is sponsored by the Gentry Chamber of Commerce.

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Parade of Lights — December 10 at 4 pm in downtown Prairie Grove. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will be at The American Legion, 120 S Neal St., after the parade. Soft drinks available.

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Riverside Festival of Lights: Featuring a life-size Nativity Scene, honor trees, hayrides, photos with Santa and more from 6-10 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 31. Prices are $25 for up to 10 people in a vehicle, $40 for 10 or more per vehicle. Intake at the door, 17023 Chamber Springs Road.


Whoville Christmas Show – Meet the citizens of Grinch and Whoville, have breakfast with Santa, decorate ornaments and cookies, and write letters to Santa. Interactive storytelling and dance parties and photo opportunities available. Tickets are $12.50 each or $30 per family. Children under 1 year free. December 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Springdale Civic Center, 2323 S. Old Missouri Road.

“Polar Express Movie” and Hot Chocolate Bar — Screening of the classic Christmas movie with hot chocolate. 11 a.m. December 22 at the Springdale Public Library Children’s Auditorium, 405 S. Pleasant St.

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“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Jr.” — A 60-minute musical adaptation of the beloved Community School of the Arts television special, December 9 at 7 pm and December 10 at 2 and 7 pm at the King Opera House, 427 Main St., Van Buren. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for children and $12 for groups. Information at

Christmas at the Parks: Holiday displays throughout historic downtown Van Buren will be on display through January 1. Get a map and more information at

Do you have an event for our Christmas list? Send it to [email protected]

Photo The Ozarks Chorale has been rehearsing for its first performance in three years. The Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert will be at 7 pm. December 11 at the Eureka Springs Auditorium. Tickets are $10, free for students. Link to tickets and more information at (Courtesy photo)
Photo A choir sings Christmas carols during the Washington County Historical Society’s 2021 Christmas event. WCHS will host a Christmas Open House from 2:30-4:30 pm on December 11 at the Headquarters House Museum in Fayetteville. (Courtesy photo)

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