Book Donation Drive During Two Walton Arts Center Shows That are Based on Popular Children’s Books

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 6, 2019Walton Arts Center has partnered with NWA Books for Kids for a holiday book drive during the SoNA performance of The Snowman: A Family Concert on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2 pm and the screening of The Polar Express on Monday, Dec. 23 at 7 pm.

Both The Snowman and The Polar Express are movies based on beloved children’s books, and the drive is an opportunity for families to give back during the holiday season by donating new or gently used books to children in need. Drop off books in collection boxes located in Walker Atrium when you attend these shows.

Northwest Arkansas Books for Kids provides books to children in need in order to encourage every child to learn to read and read to learn. All donated books will be re-distributed by NWA Books for Kids to nonprofit organizations throughout the area that directly serve disadvantaged families.

Now an NWA holiday tradition, this is the fifth annual screening of the 1982 Academy Award®-nominated film The Snowman, based on Raymond Briggs’ classic children’s book of the same name. The film about a snowman who comes to life has won the hearts of families across the world for more than 30 years. The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, performing under the baton of acclaimed Music Director Paul Haas, will bring to life the film’s extraordinary score along with other holiday favorites in an afternoon that is sure to enchant your whole family.

Come early on Dec. 22 and listen to the Arkansas Philharmonic Youth Ensemble perform holiday tunes in Walker Atrium from 1:15-1:45 pm. You can also register for a post-show family activity at Community Creative Center and create your own snow person. Cost for the workshop is $20 per person. Kids five years old and younger are free, but everyone must register.

Wear your best holiday pajamas, get your picture made with Santa before the show, then snuggle in with free hot chocolate and watch the The Polar Express on the big screen in Baum Walker Hall. The Polar Express tells the story of Billy, who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do. This all changes on Christmas Eve when a mysterious train visits Billy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. This film is rated G.

Tickets for each event are $10 plus applicable fees and can be purchased in-person at the Walton Arts Center and Walmart AMP box offices, by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Walton Arts Center is Arkansas’ largest and busiest performing arts presenter. Each year more than 215,000 people from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma and beyond attend more than 300 public events at Walton Arts Center, including performances, rehearsals, community gatherings, receptions, weddings and more. Approximately 35,000 students and teachers participate annually in arts learning programs at Walton Arts Center, and almost 250 volunteers donate 28,000 hours of time each year to its operations. Walton Arts Center presents entertainers and artists from around the world including Broadway musicals, renowned dance companies, international artists, up-and-coming jazz musicians and more. As a non-profit organization, Walton Arts Center enjoys the generous support of public sector funding, corporate sponsorship and private donors, allowing audience members to enjoy world-class performances at a great price. To learn more about Walton Arts Center, visit