Out & About: Holiday Performing Arts

Tis the Season: Holiday Performing Arts and Entertainment

Northwest Arkansas has the best and the brightest entertainment this holiday season! Experience the magic with Christmas symphonies, Broadway musicals, family theater productions, and the award-winning Lights of the Ozarks on the downtown Fayetteville Square.

Walton Arts Center

Northwest Arkansas’ performing arts powerhouse has a lineup of holiday performances you won’t want to miss. To purchase single tickets or subscriptions, call the WAC box office at (479) 443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org.

The Swingles – Winter Tales
Dec. 5

Five-time Grammy®-Award winners The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music for more than half a century. Today, the seven young singers who make up the London-based group perform a cappella arrangements that transport well-loved songs in powerful and surprising ways.

A Christmas Story, The Musical
Dec. 10-15

The infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas and a triple-dog-dare are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and the holiday gift of his dreams. You’d have to have a Grinch-sized heart not to feel a smile spreading across your face.

Robert Earl Keen

Robert Earl Keen
Dec. 17
Robert Earl Keen performs fan favorites from his much-loved Countdown to Christmas album during this larger-than-life concert full of holly-jolly costumes and joyful tunes. After three decades, with well over a dozen records to his name and thousands of shows, there’s no denying that “the road goes on forever” for Keen.

A Very SoNA Christmas
Dec. 21 | Two performances

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) celebrates its 65th Anniversary season with this yuletide favorite! Under the baton of Maestro Paul Haas, SoNA will perform a mix of holiday favorites featuring the SoNA Singers, area high school and collegiate choruses, and special guest soloists. With a 2 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. evening performance.

SoNA & Walton Arts Center Present
The Snowman: A Family Concert

Dec. 22
Your favorite holiday treat! Experience this very special screening of the award-winning film “The Snowman” as musicians from the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) bring to life the magical score in an unforgettable performance for children of all ages.

The Polar Express
Dec. 23
Round up your movie-loving family and friends, don your most festive PJ’s and enjoy this special screening of the family-favorite Christmas movie about a young boy on an exciting journey to the North Pole. Don’t forget to grab a cup of delicious hot chocolate and have your photo snapped with Santa.

A Christmas Carol
TheatreSquared, Fayetteville

Nov. 20 thru Dec. 27
TheatreSquared puts its spin on a holiday staple with the reimagining of Dickens’ classic ghost story A Christmas Carol. This world premiere adaptation sets the stage for a new Northwest Arkansas holiday tradition!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale

Dec. 12-15
Follow the unruly shenanigans of the six Herdman children as they take over the annual Christmas pageant. Will the show go on? Find the true meaning of Christmas in this crowd-pleasing favorite of ACO!

A Tuna Christmas
Arkansas Public Theatre, Rogers

Dec. 13-15, 19-22
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third-smallest town in Texas where the local radio station reports various Yuletide activities, like the hot competition in the annual lawn-display contest. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun.