Little Rock Christmas Events

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If I am missing an event or have incorrect info, please let me know at littlerock@aboutguide.com. December 5-6 is the big weekend this year. That is when the Little Rock parade and capital lighting take place.

Events around Arkansas are found on page 2.

Santa Sightings:

Santa is at the Mall
Santa is at Park Plaza mall starting on November 7 and McCain Mall starting on November 14.

Santa is at Bass Pro
The Bass Pro Shop has Santa starting on November 14.

Santa is at the Promenade on Chenal
Santa is at the Promenade every Saturday, starting November 28.  He is there from 3-5 p.m. on November 28, from 1-5 p.m. on December 5 and 12 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 19.  Photos with Santa are free.

Sundays with Santa at the Capital Hotel
Santa is the Capital Hotel December 6, 13 and 20 from 1-3 p.m.  No charge to visit Santa, and he's usually very good.  He's doing storytime with Santa on December 21 from 6-8 p.m.  That is $10 and requires reservations.

The Capital is offering afternoon tea from 2-4 p.m. every weekday for $35-40.  You can also make reservations for this (501-370-7068).

Santa at the Clinton Presidential Center
Santa is at the Clinton Presidential Center on December 5, 12 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  A visit with Santa is free with admission to the library.  Bring your camera.

Special Events:


October 28-November 1
Holiday House
Statehouse Convention Center
Times vary.

Holiday shopping for gifts and decor. Junior league fundraiser.

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 18-21
CARTI Auxiliary Festival of Trees
Statehouse Convention Center
Festival of trees has many events including.

my favorite, the Tux and Trees gala on November 21 (tickets are $200). 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 (18th, $40), Festival After Dark (19th, $50), Festival of Fashion (20th, $50) and only November 20th you can stroll through the trees before they are auctioned off.

November 19
Mid-America Museum's Taste of the Holidays
500 Mid America Boulevard
For this year's Taste there will be live music by Jacob Flores and the Jay Payette Jazz Trio, and  museum education staff will be performing fun science experiments throughout the evening.  Tickets are $70 in advance or $85 at the door.

November 20-21
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 14
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 potter, jewelry, woodwork, glass and more. Admission is free.

Nov 27-29
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. 27, performances will be every weekend until Dec. 20. Tickets are $20, and do not include a cavern tour (they can be purchased separately).  Friday performances are 6 p.m., Saturdays are 6:30 p.m. and Sundays are 4:30 p.m.

November 28
Elf on the Shelf Story
Barnes & Noble 11500 Financial Centre Parkway
Elf on the Shelf is the hot thing in Christmas.  If your family hasn't started this fun tradition, bring your kid to hear the story about this nosy elf.  Barnes and Noble Saturday Storytime the whole month of December are Christmas themed: Dec 4 @ 7 p.m. is a "Polar Express" pajama party (this is a Friday), December 5 @ 11 a.m. is "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," and December 19 @ 11 a.m. is "How to Catch Santa."

November 29
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 30
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.

December 1 - 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.

December 4-6, 11-13
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.

Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-19
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. 27, performances will be every weekend until Dec. 20. Tickets are $20, and do not include a cavern tour (they can be purchased separately).  Friday performances are 6 p.m., Saturdays are 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sundays are 4:30 p.m.

December 4
Hillcrest Tree Lighting
The Promenade on Kavanaugh Blvd
Santa comes early to Hillcrest. He'll be on hand to meet your kids and help them light their Christmas tree.  Starts at 5:30 p.m.

December 4-6
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 4-6
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase
Statehouse Convention Center, Gov. Hall I
A juried show of contemporary art and fine crafts by over 100 members of the Arkansas Craft Guild. Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Free admission.

December 5
Breakfast with Santa at Children's Hospital
Arkansas Children's Hospital
7 a.m. - 11:30
Santa comes on a big, red fire truck to meet your kids. firefighters from the Little Rock Fire Department cook and serve attendees a meal of pancakes, eggs, sausage and fruit. The children in attendance have the opportunity to take a picture with Santa, create holiday crafts, call the North Pole and enjoy festive music. Tickets $10.

December 5
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 5
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 5
Holiday Open House at Heifer Village
1 World Ave.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Experience Heifer during this celebration of living gifts with a festival of sights, sounds and tastes of the holiday season. There will be free activities for all ages including making an international holiday themed craft and photo booth where guests can have their picture taken with a Heifer Ranch animal. 

December 5
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 5-6
Christmas in the Wild
Little Rock Zoo
6-9 p.m.
This is new this year.  Join the zoo for pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, carousel rides, a  lighted train ride to the North Pole, crafts for kids, special meet-n-greets with our penguins, live music, and food.  Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for kids.  Reservations required.

December 6
North Little Rock Christmas Parade
Main Street
2 p.m.
Begins on Pershing Blvd at Main Street.

December 6
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
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.m.

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 8
Tales from the South Holiday Show
Capital Hotel
From 5 to 8 p.m. Music by The Salty Dogs.  Admission is $45.

December 10
Little Rock Wind Symphony presents "Christmas Festival"
Second Presbyterian Church
3:00 p.m.
Concert.

December 7
Winter Wonderland Festivus
6-9 p.m.
Kramer School Art Lofts, downtown
Enjoy Festivus dinner of delicious hors d'oeuvres, sip on beer, wine.  There will be live music and a silent auction.  Benefits Quapaw Quarter UMC.

December 11
11th Ever Nog-off at the Historic Arkansas Museum
This eggnog competition is from 5 to 8 p.m. and admission is free. 501-324-9351.

December 11-13
Ballet Arkansas' "The Nutcracker"
Maumelle Performing Arts Center
Shows are Dec 11 @ 7:30, Dec 12 @ 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Dec 13 @ 2:00.
Tickets $20-52.  [Please note that the Moscow Ballet is not appearing in Little Rock this year, but are presenting "The Nutcracker" in Memphis on November 27 and Forth Smith on November 18]

Dec 11-13, 18-19
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. 27, performances will be every weekend until Dec. 20. Tickets are $20, and do not include a cavern tour (they can be purchased separately).  Friday performances are 6 p.m., Saturdays are 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. and Sundays are 2:30 and 4:30 p.m.

December 11-13
Arkansas Chamber Singers Christmas Event
Arkansas Old State House Museum
Time varies.
Christmas carols. Free admission.

December 11-13
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.

December 12
Science with Santa at Museum of Discovery
Musuem of Discovery
Pictures with Santa and holiday themed experiences.  Santa will do some experiments with Kevin Delaney.  It's 11:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 3 p.m.  Free with admission.

December 12
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 12
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 16
Little Beginnings Holiday Program
Arkansas Old State House Museum
At 11 a.m., your toddler aged 2-4 can join the educators at the Old Statehouse Museum for songs, stories and crafts with a holiday theme.

December 17
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Verizon Arena
7:30 p.m.
Lights, fire and music. Tickets $43.00-$88 through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000.

December 19
Christmas Cookie Decorating Class
Aimed at families, the cookie decorating class is from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. It's $35 for children and $40 for adults.

December 20
Holiday Concert at the Arsenal
MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History
2:00 p.m.
Piano and vocal concert. Admission is free. 501-372-3372.

Dec 18-19
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. 27, performances will be every weekend until Dec. 20. Tickets are $20, and do not include a cavern tour (they can be purchased spearately).  Friday performances are 6 p.m., Saturdays are 2:30, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

December 18-20
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Pops"
Times vary.
Fun, holiday concert. Tickets $19-58.

Mannheim Steamroller
Not schedule in Arkansas this year.

 

 

There are events taking place in small towns in Arkansas almost every weekend. Please call for details. Little Rock and central Arkansas events are listed on page 1 and contain more detailed information.

  • November 21 - Jacksonville - Holiday Craft and Gift Sale - Jacksonville Community Center
  • November 2 - Heber Springs - Open House
  • November 8-9 - Van Buren - Holiday Open House
  • November 12 - Van Buren - Main Street Open House
  • November 12 - Conway - Downtown Celebration of Christmas
  • November 12 - Hot Springs Chili Cook-off and Christmas Lighting
  • November 18 - Pine Bluff - Enchanted Land of Lights & Legends Opens
  • November 21 - Mount Ida - Harbor Lights Starts - Mountain Harbor Resort
  • November 21 - Smackover - Holiday Light Extravaganza (every Friday and Saturday) - Oil Field Park
  • November 22 - Booneville - Christmas Festival
  • November 22 - Fayetteville - Lights of the Ozarks starts
  • November 22 - Conway - Tree Lighting
  • November 22 - Hot Springs - Lights on the Landscape starts at Garvan Gardens
  • November 23 - Helena - Historic Downtown Holiday Open House
  • November 23 - Paris - Holiday Open House - Town Square (parade the 30)
  • November 24 - Altus - Festival of Lights
  • November 27 - Fort Smith - Festival Fort Smith Christmas
  • November 27 - Jasper - Light trail lighting
  • November 27 - Perryville - Christmas Light Display lighting
  • November 27 - Blythville - Lights of the Delta starts - downtown
  • November 27 - Ashdown - Little River Courthouse Lighting
  • November 27 - Prescott - Holiday Light Ceremony
  • November 27 - Wiederkehr Village - A Swiss Twist Christmas
  • November 27 - Crossett - Christmas Wonderland Light Display
  • November 28, Alma - Christmas Lights in the Park
  • November 29-30, December 6,7,13,14,20,21 - Mountain View - Caroling in Blanchard Springs Caverns
  • November 29 - Springdale - Christmas Parade of the Ozarks - Parson's Stadium
  • November 29 - Batesville - Jingle Bell Fun Run
  • November 29 - North Little Rock - Burns Parks turns on their holiday lights
  • November 30 - McGehee - Christmas Lights in the Park
  • November 30 - Corning - Christmas in the Park
  • November 30 - Rogers - Holiday Open House - Rogers Historical Museum
  • November 30 - Hot Springs - Mid-America Museum Taste of the Holidays
  • November 30 - Gurdon - Christmas Parade
  • November 30 - North Little Rock - Parade
  • November 30 - Mountain View - Courthouse and Tree Lighting
  • December 1 - Rogers - Christmas Parade
  • December 1 - Ashdown - Christmas Parade
  • December 1 - Texarkana - Christmas Parade
  • December 1 - Batesville - Christmas Parade
  • December 1 - Harrison - Boone County Christmas
  • December 1 - 12 - El Dorado- Deltic Timber's Annual Festival of Trees - 110 E. 5th Street
  • December 1 - Salem - Christmas Parade
  • December 2 - Monticello - Christmas Parade
  • December 2 - Nashville - Holiday Lights
  • December 4 - El Dorado - Holiday Lighting Ceremony and Parade
  • December 4 - Prescott - Holiday Open House and Parade
  • December 4 - Russleville - Christmas Parade
  • December 4 - Fordyce - Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade
  • December 4 - Nashville - Lighting in the Park
  • December 4 - Bryant - Christmas Parade
  • December 4 - Rector - Christmas Parade and Lighting
  • December 5 - Eureka Springs - Christmas Parade (walk through Christmas forest opens)
  • December 5 - Mena - Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - Pocahontas - Old Time Christmas - Historic Courthouse Square & Parade
  • December 5 - Dardanelle - Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - Eureka Springs - Lighted Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - Mountain Home - Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - White Hall - Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - Forrest City - Christmas Parade
  • December 5 - Bluff City - Christmas in the Park
  • December 5 - Newport - Lighting and Parade
  • December 5 - Van Buren - Courthouse Lighting
  • December 5 - Mena - Christmas on the Mountain
  • December 6 - Paragould - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Ash Flat - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Prescott - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Heber Springs - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Beebee - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Searcy - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Clarksville - Light up the Square and Parade
  • December 6 - Jacksonville - Christmas Parade
  • December 6-7 - Horseshoe Bend - Festival of Trees (parade on 7)
  • December 6 - Hamburg - Holiday lighting
  • December 6 - Helena - Holiday festival
  • December 6 - Eureka Springs - Christmas at the Crescent
  • December 6 - Prairie Grove - Christmas Open House
  • December 6 - Fort Smith - Living Christmas Card
  • December 6 - Mountain View - An Ozark Mountain Christmas
  • December 6 - Berryville - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Huntsville - Christmas Open House and Parade
  • December 6 - DeQueen - Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting
  • December 6 - Morrilton - Christmas Open House
  • December 6 - Little Rock - Christmas Parade and Lighting
  • December 6 - Piggot - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Eureka Springs - Holiday Tour of Homes
  • December 6 - Sherwood - Christmas Parade
  • December 6 - Hot Springs - Christmas Parade
  • December 7 - Altus - Christmas Parade
  • December 8-10 - Mountain View Arkansas Craft Gallery's Holiday Open House - Ozark Folk Center
  • December 8 - Greenwood - Christmas Parade (trail of lights starts today)
  • December 13 - Van Buren - Christmas Parade
  • December 13 - Ozark - Christmas Parade
  • December 13 - Caraway - Christmas Parade
  • December 13 - Bentonville - Peel Mansion Holiday Gala
  • December 13 - Conway - Parade
  • December 13 - Eureka Springs - Sweet Treats Holiday Tour (479-253-7853)