December 2012: Northwest Arkansas Calendar of {Christmas} Events

Gardenland Express, Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Date: Starts Dec. 1

Time: Varies

Location: BGO in Fayetteville

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Block City Bizarre 2012

Toast some marshmallows! Get your Christmas shopping done! Do it local, and do it indie. See the list of participating businesses and special things they have planned here.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 2

Time Noon to 4 p.m.

Location: Various Block Street businesses, Fayetteville

More info: Click here

Rogers Christmas Parade

Don’t miss the spectacular sparkle of the annual lighted Christmas parade, right through downtown Rogers on the evening of Dec. 3 (it’s always the first Monday in December). Floats, candy… and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to visit with good boys and girls.

Date: Dec. 3

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Downtown Rogers

More info: Click here

FUPC Celebration of Light

The Fayetteville First United Presbyterian Church (FUPC) is pleased to announce their second annual Celebration of Light. FUPC cordially invites the community to join them on December 5, 12 and 19 for food, fun and fellowship from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. All programs include dinner at no charge. Wednesday, December 5 will be a Celebration at the Manger; On Wednesday, December 12 the program will be The First Noel; and Fa-La-La and other Favorite Christmas Songs will be featured Wednesday, December 19. All events are open to the public. In addition to the programs and dinners, atop the hill on the church campus there will be a spectacular life-size Nativity scene created by acclaimed local artist, Leilani Law. The lighted, drive-by Nativity scene may be viewed nightly throughout the Christmas season.

Date: Dec. 5, 12 and 19 (plus drive-by Nativity scene nightly)

Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Location: Fayetteville First United Presbyterian Church is located at 695 Calvin just off Old Wire Road.

More info: Visit or call the church office at (479) 442-4411.

Bentonville Christmas Parade

The theme is “Holiday Traditions Around the World”. One of the largest daytime parades in the state, the Bentonville Christmas Parade hosts thousands of participants and brings over 10,000 people into downtown to celebrate the holiday season.  Come early and stay late for the live music, food and festivities surrounding the event.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 11 a.m.

Location: Downtown Bentonville

More info: Click here

Kappa Gala Event benefiting the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

Guest are asked to bring a charitable gift or toy to benefit the Northwest Arkansas children’s Shelter. Highlights: Scholarships for graduating local senior students; Dinner; Live Entertainment; Celebrity Host; Celebrity Guest DJ; Custom Art Display for sale. Ticket Price: $50 per person

Date: Dec. 8

Time: Cocktail hour 7 p.m.; Dinner at 8 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn Springdale, Grand Ballroom

More info: For tickets or more information:

MOPS Craft Fair and Cookie Walk

Free admission, merchants, raffle for gift baskets, and pack-your-own box of festive cookies.

Date: Dec. 8

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: First United Methodist Church, Rogers

Events at The Rink at Lawrence Plaza

The ice skating rink is now open! Through Jan. 20 in Bentonville. Look for movie night events here. Pictures with Santa will be Dec. 17-18, Dec. 20-21 and Dec. 22. While you’re at the rink, drop a letter to Santa in the adorable mailbox they have there. Include a return address and mail it by Dec. 15 to make sure you get a letter back by Christmas.

Date: Varies

Time: Varies

Location: Lawrence Plaza, Bentonville

More info: City of Bentonville’s website