Holiday Happenings in Rogers

Rogers is full of holiday spirit with the parade in downtown and a visit from Santa kicking off the season.

The first Friday in December marks the annual parade through the streets of downtown all decked out with Christmas cheer. See floats, marching bands, decorated cars, scouts, dogs, choirs, and kids in the parade that will keep you coming back year after year to check out the new theme.

Wondering where to set up to see the fun? Festivities start at 6 p.m. at the Frisco Stage. The parade begins at 7 p.m. at South Fifth and Poplar streets. It follows Poplar Street to the east, turning left onto South First Street, then heads north past the Frisco Stage, turns left onto West Walnut Street, and continues to South 7th Street ending at Tillery Elementary.

Santa makes his appearance at the end of the parade. If you don’t get a chance to tell him what you want for Christmas that night, you will find St. Nick on the Bricks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday in December at the Caboose located at the corner of Walnut and First streets. 

3rd Friday on The Bricks is Dec. 16 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Gather with friends, stroll the sidewalks, and shop. Downtown businesses and restaurants are open late.

The Arkansas Public Theatre (APT) at Victory Theater will make you feel Holly Jolly with the showing of holiday movies.

On Dec. 16 see “It’s a Wonderful Life,” courtesy of Main Street Rogers and Iron Horse Coffee Company. Doors and a cash bar open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7:30 p.m. Built in 1927, the Victory presented the first sound pictures in Rogers in 1929. Considering its history, it’s a classic place to see a classic. Tickets are $8 each.

On Dec. 17 enjoy cookies and hot cocoa during the 10 a.m. showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas and the 1 p.m. show of the movie “Elf.“ Get your tickets, just $5 per person including movie and snacks, at

You can learn the history of the Christmas tree while on a guided tour through the 1895 Hawkins House at the Rogers Historical Museum. Tours are offered now through Jan. 1 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday. No reservations needed. Check it out at

And as if that’s not enough, here are some additional holiday happenings:

The Nutcracker

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Dance Company presents the Christmas classic, Nutcracker Ballet. Dec. 10-11; 7 p.m.-9 p.m.; Rogers Heritage High School. Admission $12 adults; $8 students; $6 children.

The Santaland Diaries

To see what a slackers Christmas must feel like, head to the Arkansas Public Theatre at the Victory. Dec. 2-4 and 8-11.

Christmas Train

Take Arkansas & Missouri Railroad’s Christmas train enjoying a two-hour ride with Santa and a two-hour layover in Fayetteville. Dec. 17; 4:30 p.m. Rogers Depot. $49 adult; $25 child.