Quick vacation trips to enjoy this Christmas season

Two hours of driving are enough for a fun vacation. Here is a list of short vacation trips that you and your family can enjoy this Christmas time.

Northwest Arkansas

The Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs hosts Christmas at the Crescent, eight days of vacation events for their guests. From December 4, the hotel will host its Christmas parade the following week.

Throughout the next week, guests can enjoy sleigh rides, Christmas tree forest lighting on December 5, crafts like making ornaments and hand-carved rubber stamps. hand.

There will also be wine tastings, beer tastings, and the only place in Arkansas to skate on a truly frozen pond is at the Crescent Hotel.

If you fancy adding a little horror to your trip, the hotel will be offering free ghost tours for guests to what is dubbed “America’s most haunted hotel.”

Until January 1, A Journey to the Christ of the Ozarks, a 67-foot-tall statue of Jesus, is lined with more than 300 lighted Christmas trees and dozens of nativity scenes.


The Gathering Place in Tulsa, a 100-acre waterfront park, will turn into a winter wonderland. The festivities will begin on December 17th and last until December 26th. Events held throughout the dates are live holiday music, a winter market with holiday gifts made by local vendors, an elven dance party, festive food and holiday drinks.

On the way to Tulsa, you can stop at Muskogee Castle for their Christmas at the castle. Open until December 27, you can take a train ride through the village, bundle up with your loved ones on an old-fashioned walk, or ride the Christmas ponies.

The village is filled with over 2,000 holiday exhibits and thousands of colorful lights.

Central Arkansas

If the arts are more appealing to your vacation trip, “The Nutcracker Spectacular” is the state’s largest and longest-running vacation production, reaching over 10,000 in a single weekend. The performance includes live accompaniment from the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a community of dancers alongside professional dancers from Ballet Arkansas. The show will last from December 9 to 12.

Many Christmas light shows will be open to the public in Little Rock until December. The Sherwoods Enchanted Forest Lights Trail is a 1.5 mile trail with over 90 different light shows.

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Garvan Gardens in Hot Springs will transform into a winter wonderland. The garden will have exhibits showing the wonders of nature and sea creatures. It is a daytime installation with nine main areas with different themes that reflect the spirit of winter. Some of the things that will be seen are giant sea creatures, jellyfish floating in the forest and many other sculptures that show the magical side of winter.

Each week, the Garvan Gardens will offer concerts, snacks, a daily treasure hunt and winter-themed workshops. The festivities will last until December 31.

Ty Thompson is the Crawford County reporter for the Argus-Courier Press. He can be contacted at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Fort Smith Times Record: Quick Vacation Trips to Enjoy This Christmas Season

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