Have A Holly(wood) Jolly Christmas

Six easy ways to bring your favorite Christmas movies to life

1. Create A Christmas Story  of your own with an “official Red Ryder, carbine-action, two-hundred-shot range model air rifle”

Is it just us, or did Ralphie Parker’s obsession with getting a Red Ryder BB gun in A Christmas Story totally make you want to have one of your own? Well, it just so happens that Daisy Outdoor Products still makes the classic air rifle, and they’re actually manufactured just up the road in Rogers. Just don’t shoot your eye out! (daisy.com)

2. Dine with the Ghosts of Christmas Past at the Allen House  in Monticello

You don’t have to be Ebenezer Scrooge to fraternize with spirits during the holiday season. This month, the Allen House in Monticello, a residence reportedly haunted by six different specters, is hosting four events for those of us who like to take the whole ‘spirit of Christmas’ thing literally. Sign up for “Dinner and a Ghost” or “Tea and a Tour,” depending on whether you want to enjoy a full catered dinner or just tea and finger foods during your spooky visit. Both events include a guided tour of the house and time to explore on your own. (facebook.com/theallenhousemonticello)

3. Take a ride on Arkansas’ Polar Express

How jealous of the boy in The Polar Express were you as a kid? Riding a train to the North Pole in your pajamas, meeting Santa—does it get any better? Why not let your kiddos find out for themselves? Throughout the month of December, the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad is offering a variety of holiday-themed train rides (pajamas encouraged on most!), complete with Christmas cookies, hot chocolate and a special visit from you-know-who. (amtrainrides.com)

4. Stay in an adorable cottage straight out of The Holiday

Listen, we get it: The holidays are stressful. Sometimes you just need to get out of town and treat yourself to a little winter vacay. When The Holiday came out in 2006, the idea of a home exchange was a fairly novel idea. But now with the advent of Airbnb, anyone can do it. If you’re feeling Cameron Diaz’s desire for a quaint, idyllic bungalow, search for the “Mount Sequoyah Historic Cottage” in Fayetteville. But if Kate Winslet’s luxurious mansion getaway is more your speed, you’ll want to check out the Mediterranean “Marlin Houzz” in Hot Springs. (airbnb.com)

5. Visit The Griswolds of Fayetteville’s stunning holiday light display

If you thought the 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights from Christmas Vacation were impressive, just wait till you see the Stewart Family Christmas light display in Fayetteville. We actually highlighted the Stewarts’ display last year, but since then, they’ve more than doubled their lights, now featuring a whopping 1.5 MILLION bulbs, over 500 inflatables, plus train and camel rides. If that doesn’t bring you Christmas cheer, nothing will. (facebook.com/stewartfamilylights)

6. Channel your inner Kevin McCallister and just stay Home Alone

Hey, no judgment here. Staying at home in your PJs, warm mug of mulled wine in hand, a yule log crackling in the fireplace and a holiday flick on the TV sounds like a perfectly delightful evening, if you ask us, ya filthy animal. Just don’t forget to set your traps for the Wet Bandits. You won’t want any distractions.