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All things Holidays 2020: Arkansas events, holiday headlines and more

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Christmas events, fundraisers and heartwarming local stories will all be combined here and updated throughout the season.
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ARKANSAS, USA — This has not been an easy year, but even in 2020, the holiday season brings hope and opportunities to feel joy and good cheer.

Christmas 2020 festivities, charities, shopping events, local stories and national headlines will all be combined here and updated throughout the season.

Lists to follow:

Christmas 2020 Festivities

People of all ages feel excitement and anticipation for Christmas as they think about their most cherished holiday traditions. For many, "Christmas" is a month-long festival of indulging in all things jolly, merry and bright.

If Dec. 25 is the destination, then driving to look at Christmas lights with loved ones, waving to Santa in a parade and visiting a live nativity scene are stops along the journey. 

READ: Local 2020 festivities, parades, Santa stops, kids' events and more

Holiday Charities, Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers

The holiday season is a time of giving, charity and love, and each year, people come together to raise money for worthy local causes.

With most holiday fundraising events being canceled throughout the year due to coronavirus, the need has never been bigger for community support.

To learn about charitable events happening in our area this holiday season, click on the link below.

READ: NWA, River Valley 2020 holiday season charities and fundraisers

Holiday Shopping Events

'Tis the season of giving! If you still have Christmas gifts to buy, consider wrapping up your holiday shopping while supporting local businesses. This list of NWA and River Valley shopping events will be updated throughout the season. Click on the link below to learn more.

READ: 2020 Christmas shopping in NWA and River Valley

Suggested Local Holiday Stories

It's the most wonderful time of the year and the busiest too. 5NEWS articles and video clips covering the 2020 holiday season in NWA and the River Valley are posted here and will be updated throughout the season. To catch up, click on the link below.

READ: ICYMI: 5NEWS coverage of the 2020 holiday season in NWA and River Valley

National 'Holidays 2020' Headlines

The 2020 holiday season is in full swing across the country, and there is a lot to keep up with. Charlie Brown holiday specials will air on TV after all, Dr. Fauci says Santa has immunity from COVID-19 and Black Friday deals are underway.

National stories covering the 2020 holiday season are posted here and will be updated throughout the season. Click on the link below to see what you might have missed.

READ: ICYMI: 2020 holiday season national headlines

Holiday Weather

WATCH: A great Thanksgiving Day forecast with mild temperatures and sunny skies

READ: What are the chances for a stormy Thanksgiving and white Christmas in the US?

READ: Rainy Thanksgiving Day forecast from Florida to Maine

Christmas-Themed Photo Sessions

Small photography businesses were hit hard during the coronavirus epidemic. You can support a local photographer and get a wonderful Christmas 2020 keepsake.

READ: Christmas-themed family photo sessions happening in NWA and River Valley

NWA and River Valley Holiday Clips

WATCH: Adventure Arkansas: Lights on the Bentonville Square

WATCH: NWA Snowball Effect Charity Campaign

WATCH: Creekmore Park Holiday Lights Switched On for 2020 Season

WATCH: City of Van Buren continues Hodo Christmas lights tradition with two displays at parks

WATCH: Alternative plans made for 2020 Christmas Honors in Fort Smith

WATCH: No Holiday Express Train at Creekmore Park this year due to COVID