The Polar Express Returns to Walton Arts Center

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, December 12, 2020 – Walton Arts Center presents two free screenings of The Polar Express Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 2 and 7pm as part of Procter & Gamble Ghost Light Programming.

Wear your best holiday pajamas for this family holiday tradition and snuggle in to watch the show. Tickets are free but must be reserved by calling 479.443.5600 or by visiting

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. The train's conductor, voiced by Tom Hanks, and the other passengers help turn Billy's crisis-in-faith into a journey of self-discovery. This film is rated G.

The film will be screened in Baum Walker Hall to allow for a minimum of four empty seats between parties and every other row will remain empty. These empty rows, with select seats removed, will also serve as walkways to seats located in the center of the theater, reducing contact between patrons.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be enforced. For a complete list of health and safety precautions that will be in place for this and future performances at Walton Arts Center visit

Before or after the show, patrons can drop by Community Creative Center’s Holiday Gift Market in Walker Atrium. This annual maker’s market features one-of-a-kind gifts by local artists, and it supports the Community Creative Center. The market is open through Dec. 23 from 5-9 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

You can also grab a festive drink for kids or adults and enjoy holiday décor at Holidaze, a pop-up bar at Walton Arts Center. Holidaze offers a mix of reserved and walk-up seating and ORA to-go drinks. Reservations are $15 for a two-hour period and can be made at

Ghost Light Programming is presented by Procter & Gamble and provided in part by supporter of the Ghost Light Recovery Fund.

Support for Walton Arts Center is provided, in part, by the Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 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