With the Holiday Season quickly approaching Fort Smith and the surrounding area have an extensive list of events to get you and your family in the Holiday spirit!

If we missed something that your organization is doing, feel free to e-mail lauren@greatplainsdigital.com and we’ll be happy to add it to the list!

Fort Smith

Lights at Creekmore Park and Creekmore Holiday Express

December 4 – 23

5:30pm -8:30pm

3301 S. M St.


Selfies with Santa

December 2, 9, 16

12:00 – 5:00pm

Pendergraft Park 200 Garrison Avenue


Christmas Honors

December 15-January 8

Fort Smith National Cemetery


Fort Smith Christmas Parade

December 16

3:00 pm

Garrison Avenue


Santa at BrickCity

December 2, 9, 16

11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brick City Emporium 3215 S. 74th St.


Christmas in the City Shopping Extravaganza

December 1 -2

11:00 a.m. to 7:00  p.m

Ben Geren Events Center  7200 Zero St.


Gingerbread Man Cookie Craft

December 4

3:30-4:30 p.m.

Dallas Branch Library, 8100 Dallas St.


The Polar Express Movie Night

December 4

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Booneville House 318 N 7th St.


“An Old Time Radio Christmas,”

December 7

7:30 p.m.

Fort Smith Little Theatre, 401 N. Sixth St.

Tickets are $5 at the door.


Fort Smith Symphony’s Epic Christmas

December 2

7:30 p.m.

ArcBest Corp. Performing Arts Center, 55 S. Seventh St.

Call (479) 452-7575 or visit fortsmithsymphony.org.


Junior League of Fort Smith Toast and Tour Brunch

December 3

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

8500 Royal Ridge Drive

Cost is $40 per person. Visit www.jlfs.org.


Junior League of Fort Smith Holiday Home Tour

December 3

1:00pm – 5:00 pm

Cost is $25. Visit www.jlfs.org.


The Nutcracker

December 16 – 17

2:30 pm, 7:30 pm

ArcBest Performing Arts Center


Fort Smith’s 200th Birthday Celebration

December 25


Fort Smith National Historic Site


Van Buren


Christmas Open House and Downtown Merchants’ Living Windows Displays

December 1 – 3

5:00 – 8:00 p.m

Downtown Van Buren.


 “Trains! Trains! Trains! The Van Buren Great Train Experience,”

November 30, December 1, December 7, December 8

5:00 -7:00 p.m.

December 2 and December 9

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

The various displays are from the collection of Bob Bretch of Crawford County. The locations include the Van Buren Public Library, the Train Depot, Willy Nilly, Firefly Boutique and Gifts, Chapters on Main, Boom-A-Rang Diner, the Van Buren Senior Center and the Women’s Literary Book Club. The Van Buren Trolley stops at each location.

Visitors can get a free passport book and tokens after seeing each exhibit. Completed passport books can be used to register for a chance to win a free train set.


Courthouse Lighting

December 2

6:00 p.m.

Crawford County Courthouse, 300 Main St. in Van Buren


 Van Buren Pajama Train,

December 4

9:00am 5:00pm 7:00 pm

December 5-6

9:00am 11:00am 5:00pm 7:00pm

Old Frisco Depot 813 Main Street

Come visit Santa and Friends on the one hour round trip Holiday Express Train

For Reservations call 479-725-4017 or purchase tickets online at www.amrailroad.com




Lights on the Island

November 17 – December 25

6:00 – 9:00

Lake Wister State Park, 25567 U.S. 270

Santa will be visiting December 16th and 23rd




Alma Christmas Parade

December 1

6:30 p.m

Starting at the high school parking lot north up Fayetteville Avenue. Visit www.almachamber.com for more information




Christmas Shopping at the Library

December 2

10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Mulberry Public Library, 220 N. Main St. in Mulberry. Call (479) 997-1226.


Mulberry Christmas Parade

December 2

1:00 p.m.

Main Street




Mountainburg Christmas Parade

December 9

11:00 am – 12:00 pm



Dyer Christmas Parade

December 16

7:00 – 8:00 pm




Tour of Holiday Homes benefit for the Logan County Museum

December 1

1:00 – 4:00 p.m

Cost is $4 per person. Call (479) 963-3936.




“It’s Christmas” concert

December 5

7:00 p.m.

Hamilton Auditorium, Carl Albert State College Campus




Vian Christmas Parade

December 7

6:00 p.m.

Old Main Street


Donation Opportunities


“The Perfect Gift: Library Books for Christmas” fundraiser, donate money to have books added to the Fort Smith Public Library collection in honor of or in memory of someone special now through Dec. 31. Visit fortsmithlibrary.org or call 783-0229.


Sebastian County Public Library can food drive, accepting donations through Monday at the library, 18 S. Adair St. in Greenwood, and at the Greenwood Head Start Center, 444 E. Gary St. in Greenwood..


Fort Smith Public Library community outreach, accepting donations of nonperishable food items at all Fort Smith library locations through Dec. 31. Visit www.fortsmithlibrary.org.


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