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Win­ter bucket list

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - CONTENTS - Pho­tog­ra­phy by Mara Kuhn

With Thanks­giv­ing be­hind us, we can fi­nally, with­out guilt, cel­e­brate the up­com­ing Christ­mas hol­i­day and new year. The kids are look­ing for­ward to win­ter break, adults are look­ing for­ward to those ugly Christ­mas sweater par­ties, and fam­i­lies are par­tak­ing in their an­nual hol­i­day tra­di­tions.

It’s easy to fall in with the rather ma­te­ri­al­is­tic men­tal­ity that seems to con­sume the hol­i­day. In­stead, HER has com­piled a list of hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties that fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als alike can en­joy this sea­son:

Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens

Visit Gar­van Wood­land Gar­dens to ex­pe­ri­ence your own win­ter won­der­land right in our back­yard. Bring the en­tire fam­ily and en­joy more than 4.5 mil­lion lights span­ning 17 acres, golf cart tours, a gift shop, the Chip­munk Cafe and com­pli­men­tary hot choco­late. The lights are on from 5-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31. Ad­mis­sion is $15 for adults, $5 for chil­dren ages 6-12 and free for chil­dren 5 years of age and younger.

Hot Springs Flute En­sem­ble Christ­mas Con­cert

The Hot Springs Flute En­sem­ble, di­rected by Kristin Grant, will present its fi­nal Christ­mas con­cert for De­cem­ber at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 in the Arlington Re­sort Ho­tel & Spa lobby, 239 Cen­tral Ave. The en­sem­ble has 30 mem­bers and in­cludes a va­ri­ety of flutes, in­clud­ing al­tos, basses, and con­tra basses. The con­cert is free and open to the pub­lic. Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted.

Paired Wine Din­ner Fes­ti­val

Rich Wittman Ca­ter­ing will present this fes­ti­val at Whit­ting­ton Gallery/Stu­dios, 307 Whit­ting­ton Ave. at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Upon ar­rival, guests will en­joy a glass of Cham­pagne with pomegranate juice. Four cour­ses will be served: First course, Maine lob­ster and royal red shrimp cock­tail, paired with New Zealand sau­vi­gnon blanc; Sec­ond course, Ital­ian in­salata, paired with Ital­ian pinto gri­gio; Third course, thin filet mignon with com­pound gar­lic but­ter, but­ter­nut squash and potato gratin, paired with apothic red; Fourth course, choco­late pecan bars, paired with Greg Nor­man pinot noir. Call 501-915-2457 or email chefrichw@gmail.com to RSVP.

Bath­house Row

Walk downtown along Bath­house Row and see the Christ­mas lights and dis­plays that line the street. Stop for hot choco­late at one of the downtown eater­ies or a beer at Su­pe­rior Bath­house Brew­ery and do some shop­ping to make a day out of it.

Christ­mas for Kids 2017

Take the kids to the Hot Springs Con­ven­tion Cen­ter at 11 a.m. Dec. 21 for Christ­mas for Kids. Santa will be on site with gifts and good­ies for chil­dren.

Arlington Re­sort Ho­tel & Spa Christ­mas Day Feast

Din­ner will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Vene­tian Din­ing Room and the Foun­tain Room. Ad­mis­sion is $36 for adults, $17 for chil­dren ages 6-12, and free for chil­dren younger than 5 years old.

Reels & Wheels, a pop-up drive in movie

Visit Hot Springs will pay homage to the golden days of the drive-in movie and cel­e­brate the hol­i­days all in one night with its free screen­ing of “The Po­lar Ex­press” on Dec. 23 at Hot Springs Me­mo­rial Field, 525 Air­port Road Fam­i­lies can watch the movie on the big screen and lis­ten on their car stereo. The fun be­gins at 6 p.m.

New Year’s Eve Mas­quer­ade Ball at Le­go­ria’s Jazz Bistro

The bistro will host its in­au­gu­ral New Year’s Eve Mas­quer­ade Ball on Dec. 31. Guests will en­joy cock­tail hour from 8-9 p.m., com­pli­men­tary hors d’oeu­vres and a cash bar, and com­pli­men­tary party fa­vors and Cham­pagne toast. Live en­ter­tain­ment and danc­ing be­gins at 9 p.m. un­til 1 a.m. Tick­ets are $35 per per­son or win­dow seat­ing ad­vance tick­ets for $45.

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