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Holidays and Events this Fall/Winter 2015-2016

The fall and winter season in Arkansas is always exceptionally beautiful. The colors of the fall leaves are brilliant all across the state, and it provides a beautiful backdrop for the October and November events and holidays. Even after the holiday season, there is much to do in Arkansas during January through April.

Here are some suggestions for must-do events in Arkansas this fall and winter.

Oct. 2-31 – The WILDS of Wild River Country – After the sun has set, the grounds of Wild River Country water park will come alive with hordes of mutants, zombies, monsters and maniacs. Visitors will explore three terrifying mazes, and make their way through multiple scare zones where creatures lurk around every turn. Admission is $20. Visit the website for coupons and discounts www.wildrivercountry.com. Located at 6820 Crystal Hill Rd., North Little Rock, AR 72118. Call 501.753.8600 for more details.

Oct. 25 – Vienna Boys’ Choir in Concert – The world-renowned choir comes to Wildwood for an afternoon of music and culture. The newly refurbished Lucy Lockett Cabe Festival Theatre will reopen with the angelic voices of the Vienna Boys Choir. Reserved seats are $35 and VIP seats are $75. A VIP Reception begins at 2 p.m. with the performance at 3 p.m. Located at Wildwood Park for the Arts, 20919 Denny Road, Little Rock, AR 72223. Visit www.wildwoodpark.org or call 501.821.7275.

dreamlandNov. 6 – 6th Annual Dancing into Dreamland – Experience the magic of a vintage ballroom during Dancing into Dreamland from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Dreamland Ballroom, located on the third floor of Arkansas’ Flag and Banner at 800 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock. The fundraiser benefits Friends of Dreamland, an organization committed to restoring and reintroducing the historic site. The event features one hour of competitive dancing. A panel of local judges will determine the first-place winner, and the audience will text vote for people’s choice. Guests will have a chance to spin and whirl during the evening when the dance floor opens to all. Admission is $69. Tables and sponsorships are available. Visit www.dreamlandballroom.com for details or to order tickets.

Nov. 19 – 16th Annual Taste of the Holidays – This fun-filled event features food, drinks, music and hands-on activities in the new Mid-America Science Museum. Complete with a silent auction and other entertainment, this event is a fundraiser for Mid-America Science Museum. The fundraiser will be held at the museum located at 500 Mid America Blvd., Hot Springs, AR 71913. Tickets are $85 each. Visit www.midamericamuseum.org or call 501.767.3461 for more information.

Dec. 4 – Christmas Parade of Lights – Eureka Springs hosts an evening parade with floats, walkers bands and thousands of lights in downtown Eureka Springs. Visit www.eurekaspringschamber.com or call 479.253.8737 for more information.

Dec. 31 – Last Night Fayetteville – Join the fun during this non-profit performing arts festival taking place on the downtown Fayetteville square on New Year’s Eve. As the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in Arkansas, Last Night features over a hundred performance artists in more than eight venues throughout the evening, culminating with the world famous Hog Drop countdown to midnight and fireworks finale. The event is held in the Fayetteville downtown square at 15 W. Mountain, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Visit www.lastnightfayetteville.com for more details.

Notable events Winter 2016

Jan. 15 – Oaklawn Opening Day – visit www.oaklawn.com for more details.

Feb. – Eagle Tours at Lake Dardanelle State Park – Tours take place throughout the month. Admission is free, call 479.967.5516 for more details.

April 7 – Amity Trade Days – Amity Trade Days is an outdoor market with many events taking place throughout the month of April. Visit www.amitytradedays.com or call 870-223-6185 for details. 

Information courtesy Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Photography by Arkansas Media Room.

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