In addition to the 15th annual Magazine Christmas parade this weekend, here are a few of the things going on in the South Logan County and surrounding area.

See The Clan

The Willis Clan will be performing at the Greenwood Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10. The Willis clan is a family of 12 brothers and sisters from Nashville, Tenn. The group performs regularly on The Grand Ole Opry stage alongside many of today’s hottest names in country music.

The Willis Clan became a household name after receiving mainstream national attention as contestants on season nine of “America’s Got Talent.” 2015 was an exciting year for the clan with the popularity of their new reality show on TLC, “The Willis Family,” along with releasing their third album, Heaven.

Ride The Express

The 6th annual Polar Express will be Dec 10, from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Fort Smith Trolley Museum. There will be free readings of well known author Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Polar Express along with free hot cocoa and cookies while they last, a free ride on one of the museum’s vintage streetcars, a gift shop to browse for holiday gifts and children get to meet Santa and have their picture taken with him.

Organizers say they will have both streetcars running this year and have the book reading in two locations instead of one this time. For more information check

Christmas Musical

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith will bring holiday cheer to Fort Smith when the acclaimed musical group Mannheim Steamroller travels to the city for a matinee concert Dec. 13 as part of the university’s Season of Entertainment 36.

The concert will take place at 3 p.m. at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center in the Fort Smith Convention Center, located at 55 S. 7th St. The matinee performance was added after the original 7:30 p.m. showing sold out.

Considered one of the top Christmas musical groups in the nation, Mannheim Steamroller has enjoyed mass acclaim for its rock interpretations of classic holiday songs. The group has sold more than 28 million albums in the United States and has performed across the nation, including at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Tickets for the concert are $50 or $53, depending on the seating tier. For tickets or to find out more information, visit or contact the UAFS Box Office at 479-788-7300.

Bonus Idea (Yes, Virginia)

Fort Smith Little Theatre’s 2016 season is ending on a poignant note with the true story of the famed letter from the editor, “Yes! Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus.” Directors Eric and Victoria have set the story in modern day and cast the show perfectly to evoke the emotions that run deep through ​​the ages.

The show is set for Dec. 8-10 with doors opening each night at 6:45 p.m. for a 7:30 curtain time.

Four talented young girls along with a fantastic group of FSLT veterans will make you laugh, bring you to tears, get you thinking, and definitely put a smile on your face. A great family-friendly production, this show is only on stage for three nights.

There are no reservations. Tickets are only $5 each, and can be purchased in the lobby just before each of the performances.


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