‘Tis the Season in NWA

Some cities shut down during the winter. Whether it’s the brutal weather or the lack of tourists, some areas do not have a lot to offer in December. That is not the case for Northwest Arkansas. While the air might have a chill to it and the leaves may have turned and fallen, NWA is booming in December and there are some unforgettable experiences to take part in. If you need a little help planning your Winter Adventure, Divergent Experience is ready to help curate your dream excursion right here at home in Northwest Arkansas. We already have some incredible events on our December calendar, and we’d love for you to join us.

Santa! I know him!

The famous movie ‘Elf’ is not the only place to catch Santa this Holiday season. Join us December 5th, 2021, for a private visit with Santa. The fun doesn’t stop there as you will also get the once-in-a-lifetime experience of taking a carriage ride into the forest to find Santa in his village. Your adventure begins when you and your family climb aboard your private horse drawn wagon, pulled by our very own Black Beauty. Your expert elf will zip you on a short ride over the pasture and through the woods…. to see Santa, we go!

As your wagon pulls up, Santa himself will be waiting to greet you and your family! Your family will have a private session with Santa to discuss their Christmas list as well as encourage the kids… or spouse… to keep on Santa’s nice list! Not only will you have private time with Santa, Mrs Claus and the elves have left hot cocoa (special cocoa for mom and dad) treats to enjoy with Santa during your private time. 

Do You Want to Work off Those Holiday Meals?

With Thanksgiving behind you, the RAPTOR Gravel Grinder race on December 11th, 2021, in Fayetteville could be just the thing you need to work off the turkey and dressing. Crisp, fall Northwest Arkansas day on the bike is an adventure you don’t want to miss. The summer heat is long gone, mosquitos have retreated for the winter months and the hundreds of miles of backcountry roads in Fayetteville are just waiting for your next experience. You’ll ride through the White River Valley into the Boston Mountain range of the Ozark Mountains. Spending a full day of scenic gravel racing starting and finishing at Fayetteville’s Mount Sequoyah Conference Center. There will be three groups riding anywhere from25 to 75 miles on pavement, gravel, and dirt. Many will tell you that while the ride is beautiful, the ending is quite distinct. You’ll finish up your race on a single-track climb up Fayetteville’s highest point for almost two miles. But never fear, at the top of Mount Sequoyah there will be a post-race party complete with food, drinks, games, and a bouncy house.

To learn more about Gravel Grinder, pleases visit: https://runsignup.com/Race/RAPTORAdventureSeries/Page/gravel.

And, if you don’t think you are quite ready for the RAPTOR Gravel Grinder this year, contact us at Divergent Experience and sign up for some of our biking events and clinics throughout 2022 to get you ready for next year’s Grinder!

Are You Wanting to go the Distance?

On December 4th, Fayetteville will host its 11th annual Half Marathon. Can’t quite make it 13 miles? Never fear, there are four distances available for entrants: Half Marathon, 10K, 5k, and 1K Fun Run. And if you are still not ready for in-person group events, all distances are also available as virtual events. If you are ready for a crowd, there’s arguably not a better way to see Fayetteville in the fall than on this run. Starting and ending in Walker Park, this event was designed with all the landmarks that make Fayetteville unique in mind.

For more information about the Fayetteville Half Marathon including registration details, schedules, and course maps visit fayettevillehalfmarathon.com.

A Last Chance Event You Don’t Want to Miss

Crystal Bridges’ North Forest Lights are back for their final season in Northwest Arkansas. Moment Factory, a Montreal-based multimedia and entertainment studio, created and produced this event exclusively for Crystal Bridges using the stunning environment of the museum’s surrounding forest for five light-and-sound installations. While accessibility and assistance are available, be ready for a lot of walking in the almost 2-mile exhibit. And it’s not just about walking, the Village area was created in the food truck area where you can purchase snacks and drinks, and even a little something to spice up your beverage. To learn more about this incredible experience, visit: https://crystalbridges.org/calendar/north-forest-lights/.

Lights, Camera, Action

Each year, The City of Fayetteville spends over 2000 hours decorating the Downtown Square with over half a million LED lights. The Lights of the Ozarks are a family favorite experience for many who call Northwest Arkansas home. The lights illuminate the square nightly with vendors available to purchase treats and drinks from. There’s always festive music playing throughout the square and you will find horse drawn carriages and more to complete your experience. The Lighting Night Parade will take place at 6 pm on the Friday prior to Thanksgiving this year, immediately followed by the Lighting Ceremony. To learn more about the parade route, please visit: https://www.experiencefayetteville.com/images/2021_LOTO_ParadeMap.pdf.

Are You Searching for a Hometown Feel this Christmas?

Families searching for a hometown feel this Christmas should check out the historic Victorian Village of Eureka Springs, right here in Northwest Arkansas. Eureka Springs goes all out for every holiday, but they really know how to put on a show at Christmas. Lights, music, and festive displays line the streets of the historic district. November 28th-January 4th you can check out the drive-through light display at the Great Passion Play. December 5th-January 1st, you will find more than 30 trees adorning the east lawn of the Crescent Hotel. To learn more about this community-wide event, visit: www.christmasatthecrescent.com. Nothing is ordinary in Eureka Springs and their December 4th Giving Back Stationary Parade is no different. Floats and displays will be setup where you can drive-by and donations will be welcomed along the parade route for your favorite charities. To learn more, check out this year’s parade route.  

While all the outdoor adventures are fun, don’t forget we have two indoor activities we are hosting this December as well. Join us December 7th, 2021, for a Cooking Decorating experience with Debra Lewis from Mamie’s Bakery. Brush up on your cookie baking skills or brand new looking for expert tips. Debra will demonstrate while providing detail instruction on how to decorate holiday themed sugar cookies. She will discuss the tools needed, icing consistency, and decorating techniques. Each participant will decorate half a dozen cookies. Take leftover icing home to have even more decorating fun!

The fun doesn’t stop there, December 8th, 2021, put on your Santa hat and join us for some fun while we create traditional holiday candy with professional candy maker Frances Bailey. Learn how to create Christmas favorites by Frances Bailey, our Candy Maker Pro. By the end of the night, you will be able to create all your favorites for your holiday parties or create some beautifully curated tasty gifts. Frances will detail out everything from mixing ingredients and technique so you can create like a professional candy maker! The Christmas season is a special time of year that is full of experiences, often free, to celebrate the most wonderful time of year with family and friends. At Divergent Experience, we have the team and knowledge necessary to make this December one your family will never forget with a personally curated adventure in Northwest Arkansas. Contact us today to plan your next experience.

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