Things to Do for Christmas in Little Rock

Celebrate the Holidays with Music, Shows, Food, and Drink

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Little Rock is alive with the sounds of Christmas during the holiday season. "The Nutcracker," a musical version of "Gift of the Magi," traditional carols, rocking carols, and Mannheim Steamroller are just a few of the performances on the schedule. Or you can go back in time for a Victorian Christmas complete with high tea, have a special chat with Santa at the Capital Hotel, and go to a celebration of that most important holiday drink, eggnog. Check out this list for all the best seasonal events in Little Rock. 

  • 01 of 09

    Each December, Ballet Arkansas puts on the must-see Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic ballet, "The Nutcracker" at Robinson Center.

  • 02 of 09

    The jolly old elf makes a special stop on Sundays in December from at the Capital Hotel. He's there to pay close attention to your kids' Christmas lists. Before or after your visit, stop by the Capital Bar & Grill for some holiday treats and seasonal libations.

  • 03 of 09
    Arkansas Repertory Theatre
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    O. Henry's "Gift of the Magi" is perhaps one of the most meaningful of all stories set at Christmastime. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher, composer Andrew Cooke, and lyricist Maggie-Kate Coleman have created an all-new musical version for the Arkansas Repertory Theatre for this holiday season that the whole family can enjoy. It's on stage throughout December.

  • 04 of 09

    If you can't have Christmas without eggnog, the Ever Nog-Off at the Historic Arkansas Museum is a holiday must-do. If you are proud of your concoction, compete with others to win the honor of the best nog in Little Rock. Or just celebrate the season in eggnog heaven. 

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  • 05 of 09

    The American Christmas is filled with customs that date back to the Victorian era. You can get an idea of what that was like at the Grand High Tea and Tour in the Quapaw Quarter downtown. The Victorian-era Hornibrook Mansion, now the Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast, is the scene of the grand high tea, which will be followed by a tour of the house and a talk about Christmas customs in the 1890s. Tickets start at $50 a piece and are limited.

  • 06 of 09

    If you like your Christmas carols jazzed up and rocking out, you'll groove to "Home for the Holidays" by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at Robinson Center in downtown Little Rock. 

  • 07 of 09

    It wouldn't be Christmas without hearing all the traditional carols. You won't want to miss the Arkansas Chamber Singers' performance of beloved carols and other seasonal music at the Old State House downtown. And as a gift to you, this show is free.

  • 08 of 09

    This monthly meetup sponsored by O'Looney's Wine & Liquor at the Capital Hotel celebrates the season with Joyeux Noel, a French-inspired dinner cooked up by the Capital Hotel culinary team. This holiday meal will be served family-style.

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  • 09 of 09

    This Christmas production at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre is a special holiday treat. It's an adventure starring Mother Goose that is sure to please the littlest of little ones. Performances are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting in early December.