Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018

November 23rd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights 2018Come travel the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights and discover a cornucopia of Christmas light displays stretching from the North Central region to the Lower Delta.

Who doesn’t love seeing the fun and festive holiday light displays that spring up around this time of year? Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, you can’t deny that the multi-colored lights and decorations bring life and joy to what can otherwise be a cold and bleak season.

Arkansans certainly seem to enjoy decorating. In fact, Arkansas becomes a true holiday wonderland every year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. Communities and individuals across the state invest a lot of time, money, and heartfelt effort into decorating for the season. Expansive arrays of twinkling lights and animated displays spring up in parks, fields, city greens, and elsewhere. Many are so big you have to walk or even drive through them to see everything.

If this sounds like fun to you then you should definitely consider making a stop or two along the Arkansas Trail of Holiday Lights.

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A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

November 16th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train 2018Come experience a magical holiday adventure aboard an A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train. These special, holiday season excursions will take you back in time to a Christmas past – and they aren’t just for kids!

There’s something exciting about trains that spark our sense of adventure.

The tracks leading off, seemingly either into the future or the past, as far as the eye can see. The noise and bustle; the long cars linked obediently together behind the engine. That sense of entering a world now mostly long since passed.

All these elements and more go towards making a rail journey in today’s world seem a very magical and romantic experience, indeed!

The A&M Railroad is one of the only commercial lines in the country that still offers both freight and passenger services. Their trains make regularly scheduled trips over the Boston Mountains, along the Arkansas River Basin, and through the Winslow tunnel.

These modern, shortline routes have been very successful in both carrying freight and for sight-seeing round-trips. A&M takes the romance and adventure one step further every holiday season with their Holiday Express train excursions.

A&M Railroad Holiday Express Train Excursions

Boarding an A&M Railroad Holiday Express train is like stepping into a classic Norman Rockwell holiday painting. The leisurely elegance of the refurbished, turn-of-the-century, passenger cars will transport you before the train even leaves the station.

A&M’s Holiday Express excursions are offered from November 23rd to December 23rd in a variety of guises. There are hour long pizza party trips, three hour long pajama party trips, Christmas Parade trips and more.

While these Holiday Express excursions are definitely designed around entertaining the little ones, they aren’t exclusive to children. Many holiday and train loving adults make the trip every year. If you qualify as one or both, we can’t recommend the experience enough!

A&M Railroad 2018 Holiday Express Train Schedule

Most Holiday excursions are 1 hour, round trips with Santa, snacks, holiday music, and the stunning scenery of the A&M line. Most excursions also include multiple departure times per date. Be sure to visit the A&M Railroad website for more details.
Van Buren “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 23-25, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Van Buren “Holiday Pizza Express” Train – Nov 23, Dec 10-12
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Express” Train – Nov 24, Dec 4-8, 14, 18-23
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Johnson “15th Annual Children’s Christmas Train” – Dec 1
A one hour round trip followed by a winter wonderland of games and activities.

Springdale to Rogers “Christmas Parade” – Dec 7
Ride the train to the Rogers Christmas Parade with a 2 hour layover.

Springdale to Winslow “Pajama Train” – Dec 9, 16
A 3-hour scenic excursion.

Springdale to Johnson “Holiday Pizza Express” – Dec 13
A one hour round trip.

Springdale to Fayetteville “Pajama Train” – Dec 14-15, 20-22
A 3-hour ride.

Seligman, MO to Rogers “Holiday Express” – Dec 15
A one hour round trip.

Monett, MO to Exeter “Holiday Express” – Dec 16
A one hour round trip.

The Arkansas & Missouri Railroad

Visit amtrainrides.com for tickets, a full schedule, and more information. You can also follow A&M on Facebook.

Arkansas Lodging

Arkansas is full of beauty, history, and fun for those who take the time to discover it. This includes a wonderful collection of locally owned and operated Arkansas Bed and Breakfasts. Do yourself a real favor the next time you’re in Arkansas and book yourself accommodations in one. You’ll be so glad you did – and Happy Holidays!

Don’t Miss Out On Wings Over the Prairie Festival 2018

October 22nd, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Wings Over the Prairie Festival 2018Come to Stuttgart, AR the “Duck Capital of the World” for the 83rd annual World Championship Duck Calling Contest and Wings Over the Prairie Festival. November 17th through the 24th, 2018.

The Wings Over the Prairie Festival is the largest outdoor duck hunting expo in the Mid-South and one of the Arkansas Delta’s biggest annual events. The festival originated in Stuttgart and has been held here every year since 1936 and it never fails to draw a crowd of thousands from around the country.

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Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 – Fall Session

October 8th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018November brings three full days of bluegrass goodness to the Ozarks with the Fall session of Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018! November 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2018!

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival 2018 is the 16th annual return of what has become an Ozarks’ tradition.

The 3-day festival takes place every year at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, AR. Each day sees a jam-packed schedule of first rate, bluegrass music from local and regional bands.

Mountain View Bluegrass Festival has been going strong since 2001. In fact, it grew so popular, drawing so many wonderful musicians and large crowds alike, that it is held in two sessions, spring and fall.

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Hillberry Music Festival 2018 – The Harvest Moon Music Festival 2018

September 21st, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Hillberry Music Festival 2018Come out to Eureka Springs, AR for the 5th annual Hillberry Music Festival 2018! October 11th through the 14th, 2018 at “The Farm” in the Ozarks of Eureka Springs.

Hillberry Music Festival is a 4-day, annual music experience held right here in the Ozarks, just ten miles outside Eureka Springs. The festival kicks off Thursday night at 6pm and continues on into the wee hours every night through Sunday.

This years event features headliners Railroad Earth on two nights and a host of others, including Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Lettuce, and The Wood Brothers.

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Helena’s King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018

September 7th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018October 3rd through the 6th will see the 33rd annual King Biscuit Blues Festival take over downtown Helena, AR, for four days and five stages of great blues music and so much more!

King Biscuit Blues Festival 2018 headliners include Bobby Rush, Blackberry Smoke, Dave Mason, and Steve Cropper.

King Biscuit Time

The annual King Biscuit Blues Festival was founded in 1986 but its roots go all the way back to 1941 and the nation’s longest-running radio show.

King Biscuit Time,” still broadcast on Helena’s KFFA, debuted in 1941. The show featured live, daily performances by the “King Biscuit Entertainers:” Sonny Boy Williamson II and Robert Lockwood Jr.

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Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2018

August 20th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Bikes Blues and BBQ 2018Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2018 is the world’s largest charity motorcycle rally, held each fall in Fayetteville, AR. The event includes rides, live music, contests, vendors and so much more. September 26th through 29th, 2018.

Fayetteville is the perfect place for Bikes, Blues & BBQ 2018. Its location in the Ozark Mountains gives access to several well-maintained roads that seem almost custom built for scenic rides. on well-maintained roads.

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The 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship

August 6th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship 2018Come out to Harrison, AR for the 22nd Annual Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship! The two day event includes a cornucopia of attractions, including hot air balloon rides, competitions, live music, and much more! September 7th to the 9th, 2018!

The Arkansas Hot Air Balloon State Championship that was begun in 1995 grows bigger and better each year! The event, aka the Arkansas Balloon Festival and the Arkansas Hot Air Balloon Race, features more than 20 hot air balloons.

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3 Days of Fun at Hope Watermelon Festival 2018!

July 13th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

2018 Hope Watermelon FestivalCome out to Hope, AR this August for the 42nd annual Hope Watermelon Festival! This year’s celebration includes the Urban Cowboy Reunion Tour with Mickey Gilley and Johnny Lee – plus tons more! August 9th through the 11th, 2018.

Hope Watermelon Festival has been held every August since the mid-70’s, with roots going back to the 1920’s. This beloved and historic festival serves up 3 solid days of food, music, and old-time fun.

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One of Arkansas’ Oldest Festivals – Tontitown Grape Festival!

July 9th, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Tontitown Grape Festival 2018The annual Tontitown Grape Festival is one of Arkansas’ largest and oldest festivals. In fact, 2018 is Tontitown Grape Festival’s 120th anniversary! Come celebrate, August 7th through the 11th, 2018!

Tontitown Grape Festival is a tradition in Northwest Arkansas that goes all the way back to 1898. The event draws folks from all over for 3 days of spaghetti dinners, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and much more.

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