From Silver Bells to Blue Christmas: Winter Nights and Million Dollar Quartet Christmas Make a Perfect Holiday Night Out

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS, Nov. 25, 2022 – Audiences for Million Dollar Quartet Christmas on Dec. 2 – 3 will have the first opportunity to experience Winter Nights at Walton Arts Center.

Grab a cup of cheer and snap a selfie in Winter Nights before or after rockin’ around the Christmas tree with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley. Million Dollar Quartet Christmas brings to life the momentous Dec. 4, 1956, Sun Records homecoming of the four music legends with unforgettable performances of classic holiday hits and favorite chart toppers with a rock ‘n’ roll twist.

Sun Records, now donned with a Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. Follow along the gang’s usual antics as we journey through a story of Christmas past, present and future. Performances are 8 pm Friday, Dec. 2, and 2 and 8 pm Saturday, Dec. 3.

Tickets to Million Dollar Quartet Christmas normally range from $32 to $62. If you purchase during the Black Friday sale from Friday, Nov. 25, to 11:59 pm on Monday, Nov. 28, tickets are just $25 plus applicable fees. Tickets are available online at waltonartscenter.org, by visiting the box office weekdays 10 am – 2 pm or by calling 479.443.5600 weekdays 10 am – 5 pm.

Winter Nights, Walton Arts Centers drop-in holiday experience, will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays Dec. 1-23. The Joy Pratt Markham Gallery and Bradberry Rose Garden will be transformed into a winter wonderland, full of thousands of twinkling lights, larger-than-life snowflakes and frosty firs.

The public is welcome to stop by and enjoy a festive treat. Specialty themed menu items are available for purchase, including holiday cocktails for adults, mocktails for kids, hot cocoa, coffee, s’mores, savory charcuterie boards, cookies and popcorn. To-go drinks will also be served as part of the Outdoor Refreshment Area.

Don’t miss the photobooth for a holiday family photo or find one of many social media-worthy selfie spots. While warming up inside, patrons can write letters and holiday greetings to veterans overseas and local retirement home residents.

“This really is a drop-in family-friendly holiday space,” says Shannon Eubanks, director of events at Walton Arts Center. “A typical evening here will look like lots of smiling faces under thousands of twinkle lights, the smell of s’mores roasting, enjoying delicious drinks, tons of holiday photos, laughter and catching up with family and friends.”

Reservations are sold out for fire pits and snow globes, but walk-up outdoor seating on benches and in the amphitheater with heaters, as well as indoor tables and couches are free and open to the public on a first-come first-served basis. 

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 www.waltonartscenter.org.

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