Arkansas is home to beautiful lakes, lush landscapes, and exciting cities. When spending New Year’s Eve in Arkansas, you can enjoy lively celebrations such as the thriving downtown Last Night Festival in Fayetteville, or formal galas at hotels in Little Rock. Plan for a family-friendly trip when heading to Lowell, or get ready to party in the city of Springdale. As for accommodations, choose from a range of Arkansas vacation rentals, which include cabins nestled in the woods and lofts in the big city. When ringing in the new year, choose one of these stunning cities in Arkansas that offer so much excitement.

1. Fayetteville

A vacation rental near the downtown square of Fayetteville puts you in the heart of the city’s Last Night New Year’s Eve festivities. The square, decorated with holiday lights, is filled with more than 100 performance artists throughout the evening. Tap your toes to the live music while you wait for the midnight Hog Drop and fireworks extravaganza. The refined vacationer may also enjoy dinner and dancing at the Swanky New Year’s Eve Soiree at the Inn at Carnall Hall. Spend the rest of your days taking in the history of the city with visits to the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, the Arkansas Air and Military Museum, and the Clinton House Museum.

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2. Little Rock

If you’re wondering where to go in central Arkansas for New Year’s Eve, the parties in Little Rock rival those of big cities. Head to the New Year’s Eve gala at the downtown Marriott for dueling pianos, live music, American cuisine, and a 70s disco ball. Little Rock is also home to one of the biggest Masquerade Balls in the state as well as the Black Tie celebration at the Embassy Suites. Live entertainment and fresh seafood are also available at the New Year’s Eve party at Cajun’s Wharf. You can’t complete your vacation without a stop in at the Soul Fish Cafe for a southern meal.

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3. Eureka Springs

Perfect your moves at the Basin Park Hotel in Eureka Springs when attending the Barefoot Ballroom Blitz on New Year’s Eve. Located within minutes of your Eureka Springs vacation rental, this celebration includes live music and fine dining for those wondering where to go in Arkansas for a swanky gala. Expand your dance repertoire when choosing to celebrate at the Crescent Hotel and Spa’s SWING in the New Year event that includes an evening rich with dancing and a four-course meal. Daytime activities fit for the kids include a visit to the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge or a tour of Onyx Cave.

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4. Bentonville

You don’t have to travel to Las Vegas for bright lights and a big city celebration to ring in the new year when you have a vacation rental in Bentonville. Watch the clock strike midnight while toasting champagne at the Viva Las Vegas party at the Double Tree Suites. Family-friendly activities include some fun and frolics at the Amazeum or the Scott Family Museum that features interactive games and exhibits just for the little ones. You can also start off your holiday celebration with some genuine Arkansas cuisine at The Hive.

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5. Hot Springs

Hot Springs offers a variety of family-friendly activities to keep your kids entertained on New Year’s Eve. See the lush forests and trees abundant in Hot Springs when taking an adventurous ride at the Zip Line Adventure Park or opt for a riverboat cruise on the Belle of Hot Springs. For an adult-only evening, purchase a ticket for a dinner show at the Five Star Dinner Theatre or the New Year’s Eve gala at the Arlington Hotel and Spa before heading back to your cozy vacation rental or cabin.

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6. Jonesboro

Get in touch with your artistic side when attending the Foundation of Arts’ New Year’s Eve Gala in Jonesboro. This special event at the St. Bernard’s Auditorium features dinner and a murder mystery before the live music prompts your feet to start dancing. Take advantage of the scenic lake area in Jonesboro for a more family-friendly celebration with a hike through Craighead Forest Park during the day before ringing in the new year. If you’re not sure where to go in Jonesboro for southern cuisine, consider stopping in at Skinny J’s.

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7. Lowell

Families love spending New Year’s Eve in Lowell, especially since Fast Lane Entertainment hosts a family-friendly festival. Countdown to midnight with the kids while bowling, playing laser tag, riding go-karts, and chomping down on the pizza buffet at the bowling alley’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza. Make good use of your kids’ energy when opting to join in the holiday celebration at Highrise Extreme Airsports, a trampoline park located within minutes from your Lowell vacation rental. This rustic city in Washington County is also home to Farmland Adventures where you can spend the next day in a country setting with pony rides.

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8. Springdale

Rock your socks off with the live music blaring from the New Year’s Eve Bash at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Springdale. This party includes not only rock and roll but also champagne toasts and a balloon drop at midnight. A vacation rental in Springdale also puts you within close proximity calmer New Year’s Eve celebrations at Tontitown Winery and Sassafras Springs Vineyard. History buffs can spend the rest of their holiday exploring the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History and scenic railroads of the state.

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