The Friday 5: Things to do this weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Friday 51. Walton Arts Center grand re-opening, Saturday. You really want to make it out with the kids to the grand re-opening of the Walton Arts Center on Dickson Street in Fayetteville. we’re excited to invite the community to come see the newly renovated and expanded facility during our Grand Reopening Celebration!

walton-arts-starThe newly renovated facility will be open for the community to explore during two public events. The morning event will have light snacks and drinks as well as a number of family-friendly performances and interactive activities, giving patrons a behind-the-scenes look at the magic that happens in the theater.

The evening event, suggested for audiences 14 years of age or older, will feature a performance by the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) along with special performances by Memphis a cappella group DeltaCappella and Chicago’s Mucca Pazza. Attendees can pop into the jazz lounge in McBride Studio to hear Champian Fulton or dance away the night with The Silvershakers and the Fayetteville Jazz Collective in Starr Theater.

All events are FREE & open to the public! Plus, FREE PARKING will be available in the new Spring Street Parking Deck and the West Avenue parking lot.

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2. Santa arrives at the NWA Mall, Friday at 6 p.m. Santa will be holding court in Center Court at the NWA Mall starting tonight, Friday, Nov. 18.  and Pinnacle Hills Promenade Mall.

santa-hatSanta’s mall hours are:

Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

(Breaks: 2-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-6 p.m.)

Sundays: Noon to 6 p.m.

(Breaks: 3-3:30 p.m.)

Santa will be available on Christmas Eve until 6 p.m.

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3. Lighting of the Fayetteville Square and Lights of the Ozarks Parade, Friday night. The lighting of the Fayetteville Downtown Square kicks off with the lighting night parade on the 18th at 6 p.m. Many civic clubs and business are represented in the parade with cars and characters. The parade closes with a special guest, Santa Claus.  The lights will illuminate the square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music.

Click here for more info about the Lights of the Ozarks!

holiday-on-the-bricks4. Holidays on the Bricks, Rogers, Friday and Saturday. This is the first annual Rogers downtown-wide holiday open house and they have lots of big plans for families to enjoy downtown Rogers. Join merchants and restaurants in kicking off the holiday season with fun, festive activities and great shopping. There will be something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Keep up-to-date with activities in downtown Rogers by visiting

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5. Lighting of the Bentonville Square, Saturday. Downtown Bentonville, 3-6 p.m. This marks the beginning of the holiday season. Wrap up warm and come celebrate with other families to enjoy live music, steaming hot chocolate and the beautiful lights. Entertainment starting at 3 p.m. and at 6  p.m. the mayor will throw the switch.

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6. Lighting of the Stewart Family Christmas Display, Sunday. This is a popular display for Northwest Arkansans to visit every year. 4423 E. Wyman Road, Fayetteville. 6-10 p.m. The lights will be turned on for the season at 6 p.m.

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