Discuss downtown development and updates and new happenings for the final quarter in downtown Conway.
For nearly 50 years, downtown merchants have opened their doors on a Sunday afternoon in early November as the start to the holiday shopping season. Customers flock to the area to take advantage of the special hours and to be among the first to see the retailers’ holiday collections.
Well in to its 40th decade, the Downtown Christmas Open House boosts over 50 shops and restaurants that open their doors on a special Sunday, so customers and visitors alike can see and shop what is new for the holiday season.
Visiting downtown Conway the Saturday after Thanksgiving is the newest holiday tradition in central Arkansas! Come around 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, for Small Business Saturday and stick around for Illuminate! Now in its second year, Illuminate will take place in Rogers Plaza around Conway’s 54-foot-tall Christmas tree. In addition to the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., Illuminate will feature a Ferris wheel, mini-train rides for kids, live music, a food truck, horse-drawn carriage rides, photo opportunities with an oversized snowman and gingerbread man, and, of course, a visit from Santa Claus! A month-long event, Illuminate attractions will be around throughout the holiday season.
Mistletoe Madness kicks off the final two weeks before Christmas. On Saturday, Dec. 9, you’ll find storewide holiday markdowns at participating downtown Conway merchants. While you’re in town, enjoy the sights and sounds from Conway Symphony Orchestra, area elementary schools, and local artists and performers. Finish the day downtown with the Conway Christmas Parade at 6 p.m.