Holiday celebrations are a great time to connect with friends and family. 

Here are five fun activities to try this holiday season in Fort Smith and make lasting memories with your loved ones.

skating1. Fort Smith Ice Skating

It’s never too cold to go ice skating, especially if it’s skating for a purpose. 

The Skating Rink returns to Fort Smith for the holiday season, bringing a fun option for families to stay active and support families in crisis due to homelessness. This year, all proceeds will go to support the Community Rescue Mission. 

The Ice Skating Rink is located at Cisterna Park, 1001 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, and will be open until January 1, 2023. For more information, visit

2. Fort Smith Symphony-The Joy of Christmas

‘Tis the season! The Fort Smith Symphony is bringing one of the season’s most awaited concerts, including holiday favorites such as The Nutcracker, Sleigh Ride, We Three Kings, and more. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 3, at 7 p.m. at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in downtown Fort Smith. Purchase your tickets by visiting

Parade3. Fort Smith Christmas Parade

Get in the holiday spirit and enjoy the Fort Smith Christmas Parade on Saturday, December 10, at 3 p.m. Festive floats, marching bands, and the one and only Santa Claus will make this a fun event for the entire family.

The Fort Smith Christmas Parade is hosted by The Bonneville House, The Clayton House, and The Fort Smith Museum of History and sponsored by the city of Fort Smith. To get all the details about this event, visit

Pups on Parade

The holiday festivities also include the pups! If you’re a pet lover, the Fort Smith Christmas Parade will be followed by the Pups on Parade. Dress up your pet in their favorite festive Christmas clothing. All registered dogs (limited to 20) and their people will follow behind the FS Museum of History Float. Please note dogs will need to be leashed, fixed, and updated with their vaccines, and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pups. 

4. Festival Of Trees

Choose a favorite Christmas tree! Presented by the Optimist Club of Fort Smith and hosted by the Bakery District, the Festival of Trees is on display throughout December 18th. Participants can buy votes for their favorite Christmas Trees. All proceeds raised in this charity event will be used to support Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club. For more information, visit

5. Creekmore Holiday Express and Lights

Take a FREE tour of Creekmore Park on a miniature train! The Creekmore Holiday Express will take visitors through thousands of Holiday Lights adorning Creekmore Park in Fort Smith. The Holiday Express runs until December 17, but the holiday lights will be on display until January 7, 2023. Find more details on

Enjoy these festive events and create good memories with the people you love this holiday season—happy holidays from our family to yours.