It’s never too early to start planning for the holidays, and Walton Arts Center has plenty of holiday activities and shows to get the whole family into the holiday spirit. =
Looking for a holly, jolly spot to grab a drink or a picture? Don’t miss Winter Nights. The Bradberry Amphitheater and Rose Garden and Joy Pratt Markham Gallery are decked with silver bells, frosty firs and snowy scenes and open 6 pm – midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through Friday, Dec. 22.
Walk-up outdoor seating on benches and in the amphitheater, as well as indoor seating are free and open to the public on a first-come first-served basis. Enjoy nightly live music featuring local performers. Grab a holiday picture in the Cox Communications photo booth created by floral design studio, The Flowerslinger. Write a note of cheer to a patient or staff member spending the holidays at Washington Regional Medical Center. Letters are sponsored by CDI Contractors and will be delivered to Washington Regional in time for Christmas. There are delightful treats and heartwarming drinks to purchase for both kids and adults. To-go drinks will also be served nightly until 10 pm as part of the Fayetteville Outdoor Refreshment Area.
Lorrie Morgan is bringing her holiday magic-filled Enchanted Christmas show on Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 pm. Morgan has been around great songs all her life as a Nashville native and the daughter of Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry stage at age 13, singing “Paper Roses.” Morgan was the youngest member inducted into the Grand Old Opry when she was just 24.
If you are looking for a non-traditional holiday show, the Squirrel Nut Zippers Holiday Caravan will turn the Baum Walker Hall stage into a magical place where Christmas lights meet the allure of a speakeasy on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm. In a holiday extravaganza like no other, the Squirrel Nut Zippers will perform hits from their beloved Christmas Caravan and Mardi Gras for Christmas albums.
Then just before Santa makes his appearance, you can see the film screening of The Polar Express on Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 pm. Reserve your free tickets starting at 10 am on Friday, Dec. 1. Families are encouraged to wear their PJs, cozy up with some free hot cocoa and enjoy the heartwarming story of a boy who takes a train ride to the North Pole to meet Santa Clause.
Purchase tickets by visiting waltonartscenter.org, by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am until 5 pm or in-person at the Walton Arts Center Box Office weekdays 10 am until 2 pm.
Show Days and Times:
Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas | Friday, Dec. 1 at 8 pm
Squirrel Nut Zippers’ Holiday Caravan | Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 7 pm
The Polar Express | Friday, Dec. 22 at 7 pm
Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.