Holidaze Relocates to Walton Arts Center

Move Gives Holiday-Themed Pop-Up Bar More Space for Social Distancing and Holiday Cheer

Jennifer Wilson
Public Relations Director
Walton Arts Center
(479) 571-2762

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, October 23, 2020 – With just two months until Christmas, it’s time to start planning for the holidays, and nothing will get you in the spirit faster than Holidaze at Walton Arts Center. 

Created last year by Hannah Withers and Ben Gitchel of Maxine’s Tap Room and Leverett Lounge along with Richard Gathright, the successful holiday-themed pop-up bar is taking over the Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Sudduth Garden Room and Bradberry Amphitheater and Rose Garden outdoors at Walton Arts Center. The move gives Holidaze more space for social distancing and, of course, more vintage holiday decor. 

"We had pretty much resolved that Holidaze couldn't happen this year because of space restrictions due to COVID-19. But Walton Arts Center offered to partner and host, and it was nothing short of a holiday miracle,” Withers said. “The gorgeous facilities with both indoor and outdoor space are sure to give us a holiday experience that we all need this year. We are excited to anchor Dickson Street with some obnoxious seasonal cheer!” 

The expanded Holidaze will also include a walk-up bar for to-go drinks in accordance with Fayetteville’s Outdoor Refreshment Area. Patrons can enjoy a drink as they take a walk to the square for Lights of the Ozarks or come in and experience a vintage holiday wonderland.

Holidaze will be open 5 pm until midnight nightly Nov. 20 through Dec. 31 except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To-go ORA drinks will be available from 5 until 9:30 pm nightly.

Holidaze will continue its tradition of giving back to the community by supporting nonprofits and hospitality workers during the holiday season. This year, proceeds from Holidaze will go to support Walton Arts Center’s Ghost Light Recovery Fund and the bar will provide much-needed seasonal employment for hospitality workers who have been hit hard during the pandemic. Select nights will also give patrons the opportunity to support additional area nonprofits.

In addition to limiting capacity and social distancing, safety precautions will be in place including the requirement that all patrons wear a mask whenever they leave their seating areas. For a full list of health and safety precautions, visit www.waltonartscenter.org. 

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit www.waltonartscenter.org.

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