With the cold weather we’ve had lately in the Ozarks thanks to that polar blast, people are really starting to think about the holidays. Christmas lights, holiday parades, Santa Claus and of course, snow are on the minds of area residents. Bentonville, Arkansas has that nostalgic Christmas-card town appeal with its historic buildings and eye-pleasing aesthetics. It’s never more beautiful in downtown Bentonville than it is during the Christmas holiday season. From the lighted Christmas trees and tinseled doorways, to the hot chocolate served at The Pressroom and holiday packaging of fabulous finds at Kate Austin on the square, you’ll feel the warmth of Bentonville’s downtown district while feeling a little nostalgia while walking along the bustling sidewalks. But wait, there’s more! Downtown Bentonville becomes even more of a Kodak-moment town when the outdoor skating rink opens this weekend!
The Rink is located at Lawrence Plaza, a 7000 square foot multi-use facility located just north of the City Square at the corner of NE “A” and Blake St. The Rink opens this Saturday, Nov. 22 and will be open until Jan. 19. There are two sessions Monday thru Thursday each week (5 to 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 to 7:45 p.m.) and on Friday there is an additional session from 8 to 9:30 p.m. On Saturdays, there are sessions that last one hour and fifteen minutes. Those sessions start at noon, 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and the last session is an hour and a half, starting at 8 p.m. There are only two sessions on Sunday, 2 to 3:15 p.m. and 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. Cost is $3 per session and if you need to rent skates, rental is available for $2.
There are extended hours for holidays, including Nov. 24-26, The Rink will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m., closed on Thanksgiving Day, and open Friday, Nov. 28 from noon to 9:30 that night. The Rink is closed on Christmas Day, but will be open from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 24-26 and Dec. 26-Jan. 2. On Christmas Eve, The Rink will be open only from noon to 3 p.m., and on New Year’s Eve, the Rink will open noon to 5 p.m.
This year, The Rink will offer Wild Wardrobe Wednesday. Each Wednesday night is a theme night.
- Nov. 26-Superheroes
- Dec. 3-Sports Night
- Dec. 10-Disney’s Frozen
- Dec. 17-Glow in the Dark
- Dec. 24-A Very Merry Winter Wonderland
- Dec. 31-Great Gatsby
- Jan. 7-America! True to the Red, White, and Blue
- Jan. 14-80’s Night
Every Sunday at 5 p.m. is Drop In Hockey Night, free to the public! Goals and pucks are provided and there is a $2 skate rental available if you need to rent skates.
Another free event held at The Rink during the holiday season includes Frosty’s Flicks. The Bentonville Parks and Recreation hosts a family friendly holiday-themed movie on a 25 foot inflatable outdoor screen. There’s no charge to attend these events. The schedule for Frosty’s Flicks this year include:
- Dec. 6-A Christmas Carol
- Dec. 13-Frozen
- Dec. 20-The Santa Clause
- Session 1: Dec. 1,8, 15 & Jan. 5, 12, 19 from 4:30-5:00pm
- Session 2: Dec. 6, 13, 20 & Jan. 3, 10, 17 from 9:00am-9:30am
- Session 3: Dec. 6, 13, 20 & Jan. 3, 10, 17 from 9:00am-9:30am
Also, the Arkansas Figure Skating Association will put on free ice skating shows on Dec. 21 and Jan. 1. For more information, contact the Bentonville Parks and Recreation office at 464-7275 (PARK).
The Burnett Real Estate Team hopes to see you out at The Rink this year. As your downtown Bentonville real estate experts, we want to personally invite you to come down and find out why Bentonville’s downtown is one of the most unique and prosperous in the southern U.S., and why so many people want to make Bentonville their home. If you’re looking for property in Bentonville or Northwest Arkansas, we invite you give us a call. We’d be happy to show you around!
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