Holiday Open Houses

Jill M. Rohrbach
Tis the season already. I can’t believe Christmas is so near. But a sure sign of it is the numerous towns that hold open houses, usually in their quaint downtowns, to start the holiday shopping season.

So if you’re ready to get into the holiday spirit, check these upcoming events out:


Heber Springs will offer a Christmas Open House on Nov. 7. Participating merchants open their decorated businesses to the public with special refreshments, sales and gift giving ideas. Call 501-362-8287 for more information.

Calico Rock’s kicks off the holiday season on Nov. 20 with a Merchants Open House. Many merchants will have holiday sales, refreshments, and special drawings for door prizes. Visit or call 870-297-4129 for more information.

Take advantage of Black Friday at the Gallery on Nov. 26-27 in Mountain View. The Arkansas Craft Guild is the best place to kick off your holiday shopping and enjoy a hot cup of apple cider while you shop. The guild is offering free shipping throughout the weekend on purchases of $75 or more. The gallery is located at 104 E. Main St. Call 870-269-4120 or visit for details.

Rogers’ 11th annual Holiday Open House at the Rogers Historical Museum is set for Nov. 28. Activities include entertainment, crafts, refreshments, and tours of the 1895 Hawkins House decorated for the season. This year’s theme in the Hawkins House is “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” and the rooms of the historic house will illustrate scenes from the famous poem. Call 479-621-1154 or visit for details.

River Valley

Van Buren’s Main Street Christmas Open House will be Nov. 13-14. Van Buren’s historic Main Street will be decorated with a variety of Christmas decorations and lights. Downtown merchants will serve hot apple cider and homemade cookies. Call 479-410-1024 or visit for more information.

A Merchant’s Holiday Open House in Paris will be Nov. 21 in the downtown. Retail merchants in the area will hold open houses from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Some will serve refreshments. Call 479-963-2244 or visit for more information.

Join Clarksville and Johnson County merchants for the annual Merchants Open House and Early Bird Sale on Nov. 21. Call 479-754-2340 or visit for details.

Booneville Merchants’ “Get up & Go” Sale is set for Nov. 26. You can even show up in your pajamas to receive discounts for this early 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. sale. Call 479-675-2666 or visit for more information.

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