Attractions November 19, 2017
12 Winter Attractions For The Family In Arkansas That Don’t Involve Long Lines At The Mall
We’ve slid into the holiday season and all the festivities are underway. We’ve gathered a variety of wintry attractions and activities that everyone can enjoy. From caroling to carriage rides, ditch the lines at the mall and start a new family tradition or two.
Most of the events have multiple dates so be sure to check out their websites to get all the details for your next trip.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Walk Through This Indoor Christmas Show
The Christmas Winter Wonderland is about to open for another season in Fort Smith. Beginning 5 PM on Dec. 1st, 2017, guests can enjoy more than 30 different Christmas scenes from Rudolph's Forest to Santa's Workshop. Snack at Mrs. Claus' Bake Shop or ride on Santa's Express Train. Tickets are $5 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under.
The Christmas Winter Wonderland is located at 7300 Wells Lake at Chaffee Crossing in Fort Smith. For more details, go
2. Rent A Cozy Cabin
You really can't go wrong with any of Arkansas' cabins. One of the five log cabins at Rockin' Z Ranch in Alpena would make for a fantastic wintry weekend getaway. Hike the nearby Ozark Mountain trails, take a wagon ride, and then warm up fireside.
Rockin' Z Ranch is located at 92 County Road 9782. For cabin rates and reservations, go
3. Ride A Horse-Drawn Carriage
Downtown Benton has horse-drawn carriage rides offered nightly from Thanksgiving until New Years. Snuggle up under a blanket as you ride past the lights around the square. Rides are only $5 per person and will begin at 5 PM.
Carriages will be boarded at the courthouse which is at 200 North Main in Benton. For more information or booking ahead, you can call 501-520-9955.
4. Listen To Caroling In A Cave
Hear classic carols in an extraordinary setting, the Blanchard Springs Caverns. The ethereal concert is being held multiple dates starting Nov. 24th through Dec. 17th, 2017.
Blanchard Springs Caverns is located at 704 Blanchard Springs Road in Fifty-Six. For more details or to purchase a ticket for $25, go
5. Peruse This Seasonal Store
Get in the holiday spirit at Kringles In The Park at Hot Springs. They have a fantastic selection of seasonal decor you didn't know you needed (why yes I do need the most adorable camo-clad snowman ever). It's perfect for finding gifts or that missing piece.
Kringles In The Park is located at 118 B Central Avenue in Hot Springs. For more information, go to their Facebook page
6. Skate At This Ice Rink
The Rink at Lawrence Plaza in Bentonville has started its skating season. For only $5 (that includes skate rental), you can test your skating skills for a little over an hour. The Rink will also have three Skate-A-Longs throughout the season that will be themed around a different holiday movie. Skate to the soundtrack and get pictures with with the movie stars.
The Rink At Lawrence Plaze is located at NE Blake Street in Bentonville. For more information, go
7. Watch A Parade Of Lights
Eureka Springs' annual Parade of Lights is happening Dec. 1st, 2017. Watch the parade of floats, characters, and bands starting at 6 PM downtown. Santa will be making his appearance at the finale of the parade.
The parade will be along Main Street in downtown Eureka Springs. For more information, go
8. Take A Trail On Horseback
Rimrock Cove Ranch offers up to three hour tours of the gorgeous Upper Buffalo River area. They also have hayrides complete with a campfire for toasting marshmallows.
Rimrock Cove Ranch is located at Highway 103 Newton County Road 1762 in Green Forest. You can read our in depth article
9. Find The Perfect Tree
Christmas Tree Lane is more than just a field of stout trees in Ozark. This bonding experience involves free hot chocolate and cookies and a Christmas Cabin to shop for locally created crafts.
Christmas Tree Lane is located at 8102 AR-23 in Ozark. For more information, go
10. Cruise To Spot Winter Wildlife
Pinnacle Mountain State Park is hosting a couple of different wintry events including a Winter Discovery Lake Cruise. On Dec. 2nd, 2017, guests can cruise around Lake Maumelle to spot different migratory critters. You may even get the chance to see an eagle or two.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park is located at 11901 Pinnacle Valley Road in Little Rock. For more information on this event and their other winter festivities, go
11. Board The Holiday Express
All aboard the Van Buren "Holiday Express" Train! Get the chance to spend an hour round trip with Santa and his friends aboard this festive excursion. Multiple dates are available for $25 (or $15 for those 3-12 years old).
The Van Buren Depot is located at 813 Main Street. For more information or to book your ride, go
12. Stroll This Outdoor Light Display
The Holiday Lights are on at the Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs. Walk around 18 acres of different festive displays until Dec. 31st, 2017. Adults are $15 and children ages 4-12 are $5.
The Gardens are located at 550 Arkridge Road in Hot Springs. You can read our in depth article
What’s your favorite Arkansas family tradition? Where do you think you’ll take your family first? Share with us in the comments below!