Christmas Events in Little Rock and Central Arkansas

If I am missing an event or have incorrect info, please let me know at December 1-2 is the big weekend this year. That is when the Little Rock parade and capital lighting take place.

Santa Sightings:

Santa is at the Mall
Santa is at Park Plaza mall starting on November 7 and McCain Mall starting on November 23.

Santa is at Bass Pro
The Bass Pro Shop has Santa starting on November 10.

Santa is at the Promenade on Chenal
Santa is at the Promenade Saturday, December 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and December 8 from 1-6 p.m.  Photos with Santa are free.

Sundays with Santa at the Capital Hotel
Santa is the Capital Hotel every Sunday in December.  No charge to visit Santa, and he’s usually very good.  Many of the other Santa centred events sell out quickly.   The hotel also has tea with Mrs. Claus (Dec 17) and Storytime with Santa (Dec 17-21 and 23).  Those events are ticketed and require reservations. When aiming to make a missive event just like this one, consider hiring help from this event planner in Los Angeles.

The Capital is offering afternoon tea from 2-4 p.m. every weekday for $38.  You can also make reservations for this (501-370-7068).

Special Events:

November 8-10
Holiday House
Statehouse Convention Center
Times vary. Holiday shopping for gifts and decor. Junior league fundraiser.

November 11
Holiday Open House in the Heights
Special sales, carriage rides, trolley rides, carolers and special guests.  Many shops open up for the date.  It’s free.

November 15
Holiday Open House at the Pleasant Ridge Town Center
Santa visits.  They’ll have decorations, carolers and carriage rides.  It’s free.

November 15-17
CARTI Auxiliary Festival of Trees
Statehouse Convention Center
Festival of trees has many events including. my favorite, the Tux and Trees gala on November 17 (tickets are $250). Admission varies and benefits Arkansas cancer patients. Most events feature a silent auction of great items, including decorated trees.  Some of the other events are: the Sugar Plum Ball (16th, $50), Festival After Dark (19th, $50), Festival of Fashion (16th, $50), be sure to view more collections.

November 15
Mid-America Museum’s Taste of the Holidays
500 Mid America Boulevard
For this year’s Taste there will be over 20 vendors, science activities and demonstrations and a silent auction.   Tickets are $70 in advance.

Nov 16 (members) -17
Museum School Annual Holiday Sale
Arkansas State Fairgrounds
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Museum school faculty and students showcase their wares. Articles include pottery, jewellery, woodwork, glass and more. Admission is free.

November 16-17
Jacksonville Holiday Craft and Gift Sale
Purchase original works of art and unique gifts from Arkansas artists and vendors from surrounding areas.  Handmade creations include woodwork, paintings, jewelry, holiday décor and more.  Concessions available. Open from 2-8 pm. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.  Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 12 – 18. For more information, call 501-982-0818.

Nov 23-25, 40, December 1-3, 7-9, 14-16
Caroling in the Cavern
Blanchard Springs Caverns, Mountain View
Local musicians perform traditional carols inside Blanchard Springs Caverns’ Cathedral Room.  The acoustics make it almost magical.  , which are located near Mountain View. Starting on Nov. 23, performances will be every weekend until Dec. 16. Tickets are $25, and do not include a cavern tour (they can be purchased separately).

November 25
Tree Lighting in the Promenade
This yearly event features cocoa, snacks, a visit from Santa, an Ice Princess, Snow Queen and Snowman (think “Frozen”) from 3-5 p.m. and door prizes.  Their tree is pretty neat too.  The tree lighting is at 5 p.m.

November 26
Capital Hotel Tree Lighting
Capital Hotel
Tree Lighting in the Capital Hotel Lobby.  It starts at 6:30 p.m. and they will have carolers, Santa and snacks for the kids.

November 26 – December 30
Sherwood’s Festival of Lights
Sherwood Forest
6-9:30 p.m.
Holiday light display featuring Robin Hood, forest animals, Santa’s workshop and more. Free admission, donations accepted.

November 30-December 2, December 7-9
Living Nativity: Searcy’s First Assembly of God
6:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturdays, 5:30-8:30 Sundays.
Live nativity with exotic animals and a bustling Bethlehem village.  This is a great way to experience the first Christmas in a living setting. There are replicas of Herod’s Inn, the temple, tends for the wise men and the manger.

November 30-December 2
Toys for Tots “Toy Hill”
KSSN Parking Lot, Clear Channel Metroplex on 10800 Colonel Glenn Rd
Donate toys, with a parade and special events.

December 1-2
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase
Arkansas State Fairgrounds
A juried show of contemporary art and fine crafts by over 100 members of the Arkansas Craft Guild.

December 1
City of Little Rock’s Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade & Capital Lighting
3:00 p.m.
Downtown Little Rock
Parade and Capitol lighting ceremony. Admission is free.  It’s also the start of the choral season at the Capitol.

December 1
Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
This is a fun 5k run in downtown Little Rock. Participants wear seasonal costumes, tie jingle bells to their shoelaces and take to the streets. You can register on the website.

December 1
How to Catch a Snowman Story
Barnes & Noble 11500 Financial Centre Parkway
In December, there are winter and holiday-themed stories at Barnes and Noble Storytime.  Dec 7 @ 7 p.m. is a “Polar Express” pajama party (this is a Friday)

December 1
Santa Paws for the Little Rock Animal Village
423 E. Capitol Avenue
8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Live music, food and drink and a silent auction to benefit the Little Rock Animal Village.  Tickets are $50.  Located at Trapnall Hall.

December 1
Deck the Rex
Museum of Discovery
From 2-4 p.m.  Kids aged 3-10 can help decorate “Rexy” the T-Rex for the holidays. Tickets to this event must be purchased in advance.  Tickets are $5 for adult and children Museum of Discovery members and $15 for adult non-members and $13 for children non-members.

December 2
North Little Rock Christmas Parade
Main Street
2 p.m.
Begins on Pershing Blvd at Main Street.

December 2
Christmas Frolic
Historic Arkansas Museum
From sack races to stilts, from fiddling to frolicking, this favorite seasonal event charms one and all with old-fashioned fun. It’s from 1 to 4 p.

December 6
Old State House Holiday Open House
Old State House Museum
1-4:30 p.m.
Crafts, carols, cookies and punch. Free admission.  501-324-9685.

December 6
Mosaic Templars Holiday Open House
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th & Broadway, Little Rock
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Holiday music, crafts and refreshments. They have a “Say It Ain’t Say’s” sweet potato pie contest. Admission is free.

December 6
Governor’s Mansion Holiday Open House
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th & Broadway, Little Rock
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The mansion’s rooms are decorated for the holidays. Admission is free.

Take a trolley between each of the above open houses (Governor’s Mansion, Mosiac Templars, Old State House and Historic Arkansas Musuem)

December 16
Christmas Grand High Tea at the Empress of Little Rock
2120 S Louisiana St
The tea has a Downton Abby theme. Tickets are $50/person. Reservations are Required.

December 6
Little Rock Wind Symphony presents “Making Spirits Bright”
3000 W Scenic Dr, North Little Rock, AR 72118
7:30 p.m.

December 7-9
Ballet Arkansas’ “The Nutcracker”
Robinson Center
Tickets $20-99.  [Moscow Ballet is presenting the “The Nutcracker” at the Robinson on December 27]

December 7-9
Arkansas Chamber Singers Christmas Event
Arkansas Old State House Museum
Time varies.
Christmas carols. Free admission.

December 8
Holiday Hayride at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
A holiday hayride complete with hot cocoa and marshmallows. $12 adults, $6 children. 501-868-5806.

December 14
114h Ever Nog-off
Historic Arkansas Museum

This eggnog competition is from 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. 501-324-9351.

December 22
Teddy Bear Tea
Capital Hotel
The tea is for families. Teddy bears will adorn Restaurant One Eleven, and live music by a harpist.  Admission is $25 for kids and $35 for adults.  It’s from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

December 14-16
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents “Holiday Pops”
Times vary.
Fun, holiday concert. Tickets $16-58.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
TSO is not in Arkansas this year.

Mannheim Steamroller
Mannheim Steamroller will perform in Fort Smith and Memphis, but not central Arkansas.



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