Giveaway: The Nutcracker tickets at Walton Arts Center!

nutcracker_headerThe Nutcracker is a beautiful holiday tradition and we love sending local mamas and their families to the Walton Arts Center show every year.

And this year TWO lucky mamas will win family 4-pack of tickets to the Nov. 25th show! There will be a variety of shows because Walton Arts Center wants to make sure as many families as possible can see this classic. The shows will November 25-27 | Fri 7pm, Sat 2 & 7pm, Sun 2pm. Tickets start at $20

Friday, November 25 at 7pm  GET TICKETS!
Saturday, November 26 at 2pm  GET TICKETS!
Saturday, November 26 at 7pm  GET TICKETS!
Sunday, November 27 at 2pm  GET TICKETS! 

To get you in a holiday state of mind — and to give you a taste of what the show will be like — here’s a video clip from Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s The Nutcracker:

ABOUT THE SHOW: Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet – qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim.

Help welcome them to Walton Arts Center for the first time as they present The Nutcracker, a sparkling holiday tradition with enchanting costumes, timeless storytelling and a brilliant score by Tchaikovsky. Relive Clara’s Christmas fantasy with familiar, endearing scenes and a few unique twists! Watch with delight as toys come to life, the Sugar Plum Fairy spreads her magic and the valiant Nutcracker helps Clara defeat the evil Mouse King.

nutcracker_web_700x300HOW TO ENTER: If you’d love to win these tickets to see The Nutcracker at Walton Arts Center, click on the word “comments” (right under the headline of this post) and scroll down to the bottom of the comments posted by other moms. Then write a quick comment telling us about a holiday tradition you look forward to every year.

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We’ll choose the winner on Friday! If you want to go ahead and grab tickets to this show, CLICK HERE to visit the Walton Arts Center page with more details.



  1. I love putting up our Christmas tree. Since I was little, we have added an ornament every year. It’s usually an ornament that holds significance. Since getting married and having kiddos of my own, I’ve continued the tradition. It’s fun to put the ornaments up and see which ornaments belong to whom and the year.

  2. Our favorite tradition is putting up the Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. We each take turns decorating while loudly playing our favorite Christmas tunes.

  3. Our tradition is watching Christmas movies starting December 1st. We watch one per day leading up to the holiday.

  4. We love driving around and seeing the Christmas lights with the kids and being a part of the Siloam Springs Christmas Parade.

  5. My family and I love going to the children’s mass Christmas Eve and then coming home to our seven fish feast. It’s my Italian family’s wonderful tradition every year. My kids would love to win!

  6. There are so many traditions! A big extended family Christmas Eve breakfast, Christmas Eve church service and communion, seeing the Christmas light displays in the community, watching It’s a Wonderful Life and the Christmas Story, stockings Christmas morning. They all give the season the significance it deserves!

  7. we always watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas with Jim Carey and laugh at our favorite quotes 🙂

  8. Our favorite holiday tradition is all gathering at my mom’s house for Christmas Eve dinner after Christmas service. We have family come in that we only see once or twice a year. We enjoy a nontraditional meal, watch the Christmas Story and sit around in a cramped living room laughing. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

  9. I love decorating the Christmas tree as a family the day after Thanksgiving. I love watching Christmas movies with the kiddos all snuggled up in blankets on the floor. I love driving around NWA looking at Christmas lights. I love all of the magic that’s part of the holiday season. I especially love seeing the excitement in my children’s eyes Christmas morning.

  10. The kids still getting excited to open their Christmas Eve present even as they get older!

  11. I love picking out a tree and decorating as a family while we listen to Christmas music!

  12. I look forward to decorating Christmas cookies and decorating the tree with my boys! 🙂

  13. I love to make buckeye’s every year (aka chocolate covered peanut butter balls). My Aunt Marsha McCarty taught me. I’ve taught my kids to make them. Last year I kept up the tradition and taught my niece, Jadyn.

  14. Its a special time of year the atmosphere changes the tradition of love, and caring people during this season. The family time and gatherings and shopping for those we love. Its Jesus’s birthday and he came to save us. This is the what makes the atmosphere full of love and caring people. Its the spirit of Christmas!

  15. We always get our Christmas decorations out the weekend after Thanksgiving and spend the afternoon decorating and then watching Christmas shows as a family.

  16. We LOVE decorating the Christmas tree with the first Christmas carols, but cinnamon rolls Christmas morning is my favorite!

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  17. We all sit down and decorate our gingerbread house (now almost a village) the Sunday after Thanksgiving and talk about what gifts we are going to make for our friends and neighbors. We also start our holiday baking then so we can start our “you’ve been elf-ed”! We have not seen The Nutcracker at the WAC but I would love to add this to our holiday traditions too!

  18. Some of our favorite traditions include cooking large meals just like my Granny did, baking tons of treats, and decorating the house. We love Christmas and start listening to Christmas music before summer is over!!!!!

  19. My favorite Christmas tradition is spending all day Christmas Eve watching Christmas movies with my family. We make lots of hot chocolate & goodies and just enjoy being together.

  20. Our favorite family tradition is baking cookies together each year and sharing them with friends and family.

  21. Every year, my daughters choose a new ornament for the tree. Our tree really tells a story of who the girls have been throughout the years. We have everything from ice skates to Yoda to curly haired clams on the tree. It’s so fun to get the ornaments out and talk about each of them and try to remember who picked out each one.

  22. We love attending the lighting ceremony for the Lights of the Ozarks every year!

  23. Our fun family tradition is to head to McGarrahs Farm in Pea Ridge and pick out the perfect Christmas tree. We love to run around and play hide and go seek. Before leaving we we enjoy a cup of warm coco. Then we come home turn on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation or Planes Trains and Automobiles and decorate the tree!

  24. Decorating the tree together as a family. Remembering the ornaments and when we made or purchased them. Memories. 🙂

  25. We do an annual “Polar Express” ride in our vehicle. We drive around looking at lights, drink hot cocoa and deliver goodies to EMS, Police and the Firefighters.

  26. My children get a new ornament every year. It usually represents their interest for that year or point in life. It’s so fun to unwrap them, look back on that particular memory, and decorate the tree together. We also drive around and look at the lights each year and take pictures on the Fayetteville square.

  27. My favorite family tradition is on Christmas Eve we have a Christmas picnic in the living room and watch Christmas movies

  28. We visit Silver Dollar City every year to look at the lights and watch the shows. I can’t wait to do that again this year!

  29. This a has been a family favorite for many years! My granddaughters will really enjoy it!

  30. Exchange Christmas pajamas. This is something we started last year. Everyone gets new pajamas, we put them on eat dinner, watch a movie, go to bed, then wake up and open presents.

  31. As a young girl my grandma always baked up a large batch of sugar cookies and let all of us grandkids decorate them with icing, sprinkles, and lots of red hots. So now as a mom- I enjoy baking sugar cookies and decorating them with my girls. This year I plan to invite my grandma to join us!

  32. We open pajamas on Christmas Eve and our kids also get an ornament each year.

  33. We love driving around looking at Christmas lights while in our PJ’s snug under fuzzy blankets and singing Christmas songs!

  34. My daughter and I bake 6 dozen cookies to take to the Jackson Graves Cookie Exchange to get a variety of cookies for our holiday and to donate cookies that will be taken to Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

  35. I love Christmas!! I love the reason for the season and it is my favorite time of the year!! I love so many things about Christmas, the lights, Christmas trees, the smell, giving gifts! Most of all, I love the time spent with family and friends!!

  36. My favorite tradition is watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” surrounded by as many of my family as possible!

  37. This time of year our tradition has become to focus so much more on giving from our hearts to some in our community in need, and then some in impoverished countries with great needs. Our eyes tend to be looking for those who have no family traditions, and just pouring out care To many outside of our own personal family. The Christmas Spirit is contagious, I wish that we all held it in our hearts all year long.

  38. Christmas is such a special time in our family. It’s a time to look back on all the blessings God filled our lives with, and a time to thank him for our greatest gift, Jesus! Our family loves celebrating the true reason for the season!

  39. One thing my mother and I have done together for as long as I can remember is wrapping gifts. We set aside an entire evening devoted to it, and we eagerly await it every time! We have shared so many stories and so many laughs. Can’t wait for this year!

  40. Definitely the lights of the Ozarks! Our best friends from Tulsa come in every year for the parade. 10 years and counting!

  41. We have so many….but my absolutely love decorating the xmas tree and drinking hot cocoa afterward!

  42. My favorite tradition with my family is baking the cookies for Santa and leaving the carrots outside for His reindeer. And the look on the kids face when the carrots are all chewed up and the cookies are gone is awesome 🙂

  43. I love seeing my family, especially, my 2 & 3 year old nephews as the experience all the sights & sounds of Christmas. They get so excited about everything! It’s like you are experiencing being a child again!

  44. One of our favorite holiday traditions is to visit the Lights of the Ozarks in downtown Fayetteville. We love strolling around the square and taking a ride around in a horse drawn carriage. My grandchildren love the lights and so do I. It is always a breath taking experience.

  45. My family and I like to bake a series of traditional holiday treats–some savory and some mildly sweet–and watch every last one of our curious collection of Charles Dickens’ “The Christmas Carol” movies, all the way from the 1950’s version to one from the mid-90s. Joyful, joyful! Each time, it’s a wake-up call to remember the spirit of why we celebrate and why we open the doors of our hearts!

  46. My granddaughter is seven this year and I would love to start this tradition with her. I have so many Christmas decorations we had to build shelves to hold all the boxes. I love being able to decorate my new home inside and out. One tradition I have started with the grandkids is getting them a new ornament every year.

  47. Our tradition is taking my oldest daughter Rachel to see The Nutcracker!! We have 4 children total, so one on one time is a commodity. After the show we do dinner so we can sit and talk and visit. How much cooler would it be if we actually WON the tickets to go!!!!
    Thank you!!’
    Diana Kerkis

  48. I always look forward to decorating the Christmas tree together. I have all the ornaments I/my mom had collected through the years from the time I was born, and I love getting to talk about the significance behind each of them with my girls. We’ve continued the same tradition by adding ornaments for each of them now too; I hope they cherish it as much as I do. We decorate as we drink egg nog, which is the way I always did it growing up. I also look forward to the Christmas Eve midnight service that ends in candlelight with everyone leaving singing Silent Night. It’s such a beautiful way to begin Christmas Day.

  49. My favorite Christmas tradition, besides putting up the tree as a family, is going to Christmas Eve service at church and then having dinner with family.

  50. My granddaughter would LOVE to see this. She already thinks she’s a ballerina! She turns 5 on Dec. 12th and this would be an awesome early birthday present for her to see. I’ve carried on my family traditions with my grandchildren and also started a few new one’s, my favorite is baking and decorating cookies with my granddaughters. They also have their “own” little trees they get to decorate. Let the HOLIDAY festivities begin!

  51. We skip turkey and have a Thanksgiving meal of finger foods and watch a move marathon all day–usually Harry Potter. Did I mention we stay in our pajamas all day?! It’s a very low-key relaxed holiday tradition.

  52. I look forward to decorating the tree with the kids and movie nights with all the holiday movies.

  53. Our family tradition that I look forward to is to watch a Christmas movie on Christmas Eve & drinking hot chocolate. We all pile in the living room ( no cell phones allowed) & just spend quality time together.

  54. Baking all our favorite cookies and making snack mix and candy is a tradition my daughters and I enjoy together every year.

  55. Our family has so many wonderful traditions. I don’t think I could pick a favorite. I love this time of year!

  56. One of my favorite moments of the Christmas season is putting up our tree while listening to the Charlie Brown Christmas album…listening AND singing along! My kids absolutely love it which makes it even more special! 🙂

  57. My husbands family always left the Santa gifts unwrapped and hidden behind a closed door. Christmas morning him and his brothers would open the closed door to see what Santa brought them that year. We now do that we our children. It’s so much fun to see their faces as they open the door. Full excitement. I love this tradition. We also have a Christmas Elf. Frostbite comes back every year the day after thanksgiving. I’m pretty sure my son has figured out the secret but he plays along. They look forward to his return every year. I love Christmas. This year I would like to start a new tradition. I want the kids to bake a birthday cake for Jesus. We will sing happy birthday and celebrate His day as a family.

  58. I always look forward to the ornament exchange I do with the ladies of my extended family.

  59. My daughter, husband and I love participating in the local Nutcracker each year! What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season!

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