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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Glover

Five Fun Activities in Fort Smith to Mix-Up the Holiday Break

Going into this cold December, many of my fellow lions are going to be wanting to shake off the stress and sweat for what has been, for many of us, a hectic finals week! As we inch closer and closer to our winter break, I wanted to take the opportunity to make a list of fun activities and other things to do in the Fort Smith area over break.

In no particular order these hopefully will give you, my wary reader, a better idea of how to relax over this holiday season. Have a happy holiday, and remember to wrap your gift with the receipt! (I’m sorry you didn’t like the coat last year, grandma)

Number 1: Fort Smith Christmas Parade

On December 9, join the rest of Fort Smith in celebrating the 2023 annual Christmas Parade! The parade is also FREE, and will take place at 3 PM on Garrison Avenue, 72901. Hosted by The Calyton House, Fort Smith Museum of History.

Courtesy of Fort

Number 2: Creekmore Park Light Show & Holiday Express

Starting with the classic, these two FREE events take place 5:30-8:30 PM at Creekmore park. Take a walk through the park and enjoy the Christmas light display, or take your family on the Holiday express train around the park! Holiday Express runs Monday-Saturday through Dec 23, lights on display until Jan 6.

Contact: 479-784-2368

Courtesy of Fort

Number 3: Fort Smith Escape Room

Fort Smith Escape Room has been redecorated for the holidays! With new festive escape scenarios, take a trip to 4301 Region Parks Drive and see if you and your friends can escape and save Christmas! Groups of 4 and under are $20 per person, but groups of 5 and over are only $17.50 per, so group up! Fort Smith Escape Room is by appointment only and open all week, operating hours vary.

Contact: 479-259-2300

Courtesy of Fort Smith Escape Room

Number 4: Garrison Gallery “Fun Paint and Sip class”

Looking for an event where you can get a drink AND take home beautiful art? Look no further, The Garrison Gallery is hosting a Christmas themed painting party, drinks welcome at $35 per person. On December 15th, the subject is a happy snowman!

Courtesy of The Gallery On Garrison

Number 5: Contender Esports

Wanting something a little more chill and a little less festive? Gotten bored of bowling already? Contender Esports has you covered! This newly opened gaming center boasts a large array of gaming systems, offering games like Call of Duty, VALORANT, Pokémon, Fortnite, and more! Open all week, operating hours vary.

For more information, visit:

Courtesy of Five News

Remember to bundle up and stay warm out there, and hopefully one of these may strike your interest for your friends and family over the break. Keep that stress low and fun high. Have a good holiday break lions!


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