We’ve compiled the ultimate list of Hot Springs holiday destinations – explore the Spa City with your family this season, and experience the magic of lights, concerts, drive-in movies and more!
Now – December, 31 2016 – Garvan Gardens
Open nightly 5-9 pm (closed Christmas Day)
See 4.5 million brilliant bulbs transform approximately 17 acres into a memorable animated holiday display in one of the state’s most anticipated events. Members Free, $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, Free ages 0-5 ~ no reservations.
Garvan Gardens Holiday Lights
Arlington Hotel Gingerbread House Contest
Now – Dec 31, 2016 – The Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
The three-story Victorian house, standing more than 8 feet tall, requires approximately 300 pounds of gingerbread, 350 pounds of candy and 250 pounds of frosting to complete. The house will be on display through New Year’s Eve and everyone can enjoy this visionary delight and try their luck at guessing the number of pieces of candy used in its creation. First place prize for coming the closest to the correct number is brunch for four at the hotel; second place winner receives an Arlington t-shirt.
Gingerbread House at the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa
The Five Star Dinner Theatre presents Five Star Christmas Shows
December 16-18, 2016 and December 22-23, 2016 – The Five Star Dinner Theatre
Dinner at 6pm // Showtime at 7pm
Home of the finest dinner theatre buffet in the South. Reservations suggested – call 501-318-1600 for more information.
The Muses Voices of Angels Concert
December 18, 2016 – 3:00 pm – Garvan Gardens at the Anthony Chapel
The Muses Creative Artistry Project presents its 11th annual Voices of Angels sacred classical Christmas concert and is the final program of the Muses 2016 subscription series Four Seasons in Art & Song.
This beautiful offering also features a lovely dance element provided by choreographer and principal dancer Amy Bramlett. Tickets are $30 each, available online or by calling the Muses Cultural Arts Center at 501.609.9811.
Hot Springs Flute Ensemble Holiday Concert
December 19, 2016 – 6:30 pm – Garvan Gardens at the Anthony Chapel
The Hot Springs Flute Ensemble, conducted by Sigilda Naidin, will present Christmas Around the World, featuring songs from many different countries as well as some great American favorites! The concert is free and open to the public. (regular admission applies to see Holiday Lights)
Christmas for Kids
December 22, 2016 – 11am – Hot Springs Convention Center
Santa will be on site with gifts and goodies for the children. Children MUST be present and accompanied by a chaperone to participate.
Reels and Wheels – A Drive-in Movie, The Polar Express
December 23, 2016 – 6pm-9pm – Hot Springs Memorial Airport
Visit Hot Springs and Resort TV Cable pay homage to the golden days of the drive-in movie and celebrate the holidays with a special + FREE screening of The Polar Express. It’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the holidays in the cozy confines of your car, watching a movie on the big screen and listening on the car stereo. This is a free event – for more information, contact Visit Hot Springs Assistant Special Events Manager, Bill Solleder (501-321-2027 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
Christmas Day Feast at the Arlington
December 25, 2016 – 11am-3pm, The Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa
A special Christmas menu is served in the Venetian Dining Room and the Fountain Room. $36 for adults (does not include tax and gratuity), $17 for Children 6-12, no charge for children 5 and younger.