Holidays are a special time to visit with family and reconnect with old friends, but more importantly they give us those extended weekends we love so much!

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday for experiencing Fayetteville in the fall. Of course, deciding what to do with so many events and attractions can be overwhelming. Don’t worry! We’re here to help.

Whether you’re coming back home, coming back for another needed getaway or visiting Fayetteville for the first time, here are some popular things to do in Fayetteville over the Thanksgiving break.

Lights of the Ozarks

This is a must-do during the holiday season in Fayetteville. Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Historic Downtown Square each evening from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Nightly carriages and pony rides, fresh hot chocolate and festive holiday music make Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed for all ages.

More than 400,000 lights are hung around the square, which is lined with clothing boutiques, restaurants and plenty of stores for holiday shopping. There’s even a microbrewery on the square, West Mountain Brewery, that’s part of the Fayetteville Ale Trail.

Live Music

No trip to Fayetteville is complete without a night on Dickson Street, the entertainment capital of Northwest Arkansas. Dickson Street has seen some of the greatest musical acts play its stages, but over the Thanksgiving holiday it will host a tribute to an American music legend, Tom Petty.

On Saturday, Nov. 25, several local musicians will take the stage at the legendary George’s Majestic Lounge to pay respect to Petty, who passed away last month. This is sure to be a heartfelt event filled with classic songs you know by heart.

The Little Craft Show

The Little Craft Show returns to the Fayetteville Town Center Nov. 24-25 for all your holiday shopping needs! With more than 100 makers and artists, The Little Craft Show is Northwest Arkansas' most talked-about indie craft fair. The Winter 2017 show takes place on Small Business Saturday weekend to celebrate all things handmade, slow made and well made. 

Not only is The Little Craft Show the best place to check off your shopping lists by purchasing amazing handmade gifts, but it’s also an art and craft experience unlike any other. With it’s inviting atmosphere, juried indie crafters, small-town feel, exciting playlists and art installations, The Little Craft Show strives to seek out and provide the best of the best for both it’s makers and patrons. Expect high-quality, affordable products and the cutest booths you’ve ever seen.

Friday, Nov. 24, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. — Ticketed VIP Preview Party
Saturday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. — Free and open to the public

Last Saturday

Last Saturday is Fayetteville's monthly variety show and poetry slam featuring local musicians, comedians and performers of all kinds. Admission is free, and this month’s spotlight artists include Willi Carlisle, Jesse Dean, Laura Weiderhaft and Christina Davis Serrano-Torres. The event is held at 1195 S. Curtis Ave., and doors open at 7 p.m.

This month’s Last Saturday also will feature the Word War, an audience-judged entertainment competition open to anyone. Each competitor gets two 3-minute slots to entertain the audience with their own original words: poetry, comedy, singing, any vocal performance at all — except covers. Entertainers are then judged olympic-style by five randomly selected audience members, and the highest cumulative score at the end of the night wins $50.

Additionally, there will be local crafts vendors and live art. Plus, the Post will be serving food and drinks.

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