With its family-friendly atmosphere, unique amenities, and community feel, Bentonville is always a great place to spend the holidays! There are many amazing events and festivities to put you in the holiday spirit. The Bentonville Square is charming throughout the holiday season, covered in twinkling holiday lights that look beautiful at night, and the stores surrounding it always chip in with their own festivities.
Here are some holiday activities for you and your friends or family to enjoy during your visit this holiday season:
Come one, come all! The Downtown Square is a hub for the holiday season. Here’s what you can do in the heart of our city:
The Downtown Square is Lit!
November 18–January 1: Bask in our merry and bright park daily after dark.
The Rink at Lawrence Plaza
Located just a block away from the Downtown Square, The Rink opens on Saturday, November 18, and operates until February 11, 2024. Pro tip: Book your tickets in advance on their website.
Shop our Downtown Square
You’ll find great gifts for everyone on your list in our boutiques downtown.
Peel Museum & Botanical Garden
A short drive down Central Ave, enjoy the historic Peel Family home decked out for the holidays.
Whether you’re in town for a weekend visiting family or looking for weekday activities, we have you covered.
A must-do during your visit to Bentonville, this hands-on science museum is fun for kids of all ages. Take note: they’re closed on Tuesdays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Don’t miss their daytime New Year’s eve party, Zing in the New Year!
Take a Bike Ride
Pick up a rental bike and explore Bentonville by bike. Our miles of paved and singletrack trails are built to be accessible to riders of all levels. Pro tip: real-time trail conditions are just a click away on the Flowfeed App.
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Immerse yourself in art and nature. The hands-on studio space is always open and makes for a perfect pit stop during your stroll through the galleries. Heads up: the museum will host their annual drop-in art studio, Winter Break Wonders between 1 and 4 pm, December 22 through January 2. Plus, Noon Year’s Eve returns on December 31—celebrate the new year without staying up past your bedtime.
Check out Best Friends Animal Resource Center
If you have an animal lover in the crew, don’t miss this first-of-its-kind resource center! You can visit with cats and dogs, grab a snack at all-vegan Third Space Coffee, or do some hands-on crafting for animals in their studio. All free!
Discover the best 21+ seasonal events and evening activities for adults!
Miracle Pop-Up Bar at Undercroft
This dazzling pop-up Bar returns to Undercroft on November 30.
Read our blog "Spreading Holiday 'Cheers' at Miracle in Bentonville."
From Onyx Coffee Lab and Airship to the Tower Bar at the Momentary, our bar and coffee shops have stellar winter menus.
Nov 3: Toyland
Nov 18: Lighting of the Square
Nov 23: Gobbler Run
Dec 7: Peel Museum Christmas Open House
Dec 7—Dec 10: Bentonville's Christmas Kaiseki
Dec 9—Dec 10: Holiday Treat Lab: Christmas Cookies for Pets
Dec 9: WYDLE Holiday Vintage Market
Dec 10: Photos with Art Santa
Dec 11: Pet Photos with Santa Claus
Dec 23: Winter Break Wonders
Dec 31: Noon Year's Eve