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Little Rock Holiday Events



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If I am missing an event or have incorrect info, please let me know at littlerock@aboutguide.com. December 7-8 is the big weekend this year. That is when the Little Rock parade and capital lighting take place. [NOTE: This has been rescheduled to December 14]

Events around Arkansas are found on page 2.


Throughout the Holiday Season:

Santa is at the Mall
Santa is at Park Plaza and McCain Mall starting on the 12.

Santa is at Bass Pro
The Bass Pro Shop just opened, but Santa already came to visit.  They have a really neat "wonderland" area with some activities and games.  The United States Capitol Christmas Tree will visit the new Bass Pro Shops on November 19.

November 6-9
CARTI Auxiliary Festival of Trees
Statehouse Convention Center
Festival of trees has many events including. my favorite, the Tux and Trees gala on November 9. Admission varies and benefits Arkansas cancer patients. Most events feature a silent auction of great items, including decorated trees.

November 7
Sugar Plum Ball
Statehouse Convention Center Ballroom
A daddy-daughter date night to benefit CARTI. Features a silent auction, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and desserts. Admission: $40.00 per person.

November 8
Festival After Dark
Statehouse Convention Center 101 E. Markham St
A holiday mixer for singles and couples. Live entertainment. Part of CARTI's Festival of Trees.

November 8
Home(brew) for the Holidays
Old State House
A fun way to sample holiday beers from the Arkansas Homebrewers Association. It's free.

November 9, 2013
Breakfast with Santa at the Statehouse Convention Center
Statehouse Convention Center Ballroom
9-10:30 a.m.
Benfits CARTI, holiday meal, entertainment and photos with Santa. Admission is $15.

Nov 13-16
Holiday House
Statehouse Convention Center
Times vary. Holiday shopping for gifts and decor. Junior league fundraiser.

November 16, 30
Spirited Art Christmas Paintings for Kids
Spirited Art, 5612 R Street
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Spirited Art is having a special event where one child and parent can paint for $45 per pair.

November 19
Capitol Christmas at Bass Pro
The United States Capitol Christmas Tree will visit the new Bass Pro Shops on November 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.

November 19-20
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. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children ages 12 - 18. For more information, call 501-982-0818.

Nov 22-23
Museum School Annual Holiday Sale
Clear Channel Metroplex
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Museum school faculty and students showcase their wares. Articles include potter, jewelry, woodwork, glass and more. Admission is free.

Nov 24
Moscow Ballet's "The Nutcracker"
Robinson Center Music Hall
3:00 p.m.
Tickets $30-$195.
Ballet Arkansas presents The Nutcracker Dec 13-15.

November 29
Santa's Workshop at Firefly Studio
10700 N. Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock
Drop your kids off while you do some shopping and they'll create a secret gift for you.  501-225-1403.

November 30
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.

November 30 - December 30
Burns Park Holiday Lights
Burns Park Funland Drive
Drive Through Lighting Display. Admission is $5 per car.

November 30
Tree Lighting in the Promenade
From 12-6 p.m. Live entertainment and Santa makes an appearance in horse drawn sleigh.

December 2 - 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-Decemeber 29
Because of Winn Dixie
The Rep
A new musical based on the heartwarming and award-winning novel by Kate DiCamillo about a young girl and a dog she finds at a Winn Dixie supermarket.

December 1
Capital Hotel Tree Lighting
Capital Hotel
Tree Lighting in the Capital Hotel Lobby.  They'll also unveil the gingerbread village.

December 1

Mid-America Museum's Taste of the Holidays
500 Mid America Boulevard
Tickets are $65 in advance or $75 at the door.

December 1
Mosaic Templars Holiday Open House
Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 9th & Broadway, Little Rock
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Holiday music, crafts and refreshments. Admission is free.\

Dec 1
North Little Rock Christmas Parade
Main Street
2 p.m.
Begins on Pershing Blvd at Main Street.

December 1
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 1
Christmas Frolic
Historic Arkansas Museum
From 1-4 p.m.
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 5
Little Rock Wind Symphony presents "Christmas with the Wind Symphony"
Second Presbyterian Church
3:00 p.m.

Dec 6
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 6-8
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 6-8
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 7
Breakfast with Santa at Children's Hospital
Arkansas Children's Hospital
7 a.m. - noon
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 7 [rescheduled to Dec 14]
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.

December 7 [cancelled]
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 7
Holiday Tour of Homes
Wildwood Park (20919 Denny Road)
Holiday Tour of Homes celebrates the art of architecture and interior design as our patrons explore some of the most beautiful homes in Little Rock.  501-821-7275

December 7 [rescheduled to December 21]
Christmas in the Wild
Little Rock Zoo
Meet Santa and see the animals get their presents. Brunch and arts and crafts. Admission $26 for non-members, $22 for members. 501-661-7203.

December 8
Christmas in the Quarter Historic Home Tour
2-6 p.m.
Quapaw Quarter UMC, 1601 W. Louisiana
A trolley guided tour of decorated historic homes in the Quapaw Quarter with refreshments and Christmas music. Tickets are $20.00 per person, call 501-375-1600.

December 8, 15, 22
Sunday with Santa
The Capital Hotel
Visit with Santa in the Capital Hotel Lobby.

December 8
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 9
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild and Swingin’ Holiday Party
Starting at 7:30 p.m.
A christmas music show at UCA (in Conway).

December 13-15
Arkansas Chamber Singers Christmas Event
Arkansas Old State House Museum
Time varies.
Christmas carols. Free admission.

December 13-15
Ballet Arkansas' "The Nutcracker"
Robinson Center Music Hall
7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday
Tickets $20-52.

December 13
8th 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 14
Christmas in the Wild
Little Rock Zoo
Meet Santa and see the animals get their presents. Brunch and arts and crafts. Admission $26 for non-members, $22 for members.  Admission $15 for non-members, $10 for members. 501-661-7203.

December 14 [rescheduled to Dec 14]
City of Little Rock's Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade & Capital Lighting
3:00 p.m.
Downtown Little Rock
Parade.  Capitol lighting ceremony is cancelled for 2013. Admission is free.

December 14
Dashing Thru the Lights
Burns Park, North Little Rock
A fun stroll through the Holiday Lights Display (1 mile). Admission is $5 per person, or $10 per family.

December  14
Light up the Night 5k
At 5 p.m. in the River Market, in honor of Jennings Osborne. Participants are encouraged to wear lighted clothing as they dash through the lights in the River Market.

December 14 & 21
Gingerbread House Workshops
The Capital Hotel
Learn how to decorate a gingerbread house in this hands-on workshop.  Cost is $75/Adult with Child ($20/Adult, $55/Child). 

December 14
Santa at the Clinton Center
Clinton Presidential Center
Free photos with Santa at the Clinton Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (bring your camera).

December 15
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.

December 19
Top of the Rock Chorus presents "Jingle Jam"
Sherwood Forest (1111 Maryland Avenue in Sherwood)
6 p.m.
Tickets are $33.

December 20

Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Verizon Arena
3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Lights, fire and music. Tickets $43.00-$88 through Ticketmaster, 800-745-3000

December 20-22
Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents "Holiday Fantasy"
Times vary.
Fun, holiday concert. Tickets $18-58.

December 21 [this is a rescheduled date]
Christmas in the Wild
Little Rock Zoo
Meet Santa and see the animals get their presents. Brunch and arts and crafts. Admission $26 for non-members, $22 for members.  Admission $15 for non-members, $10 for members. 501-661-7203.


Mannheim Steamroller
Not schedule in Arkansas this year.

Unverified Dates:

November 27 through December 1

Behold the Lamb: Live Nativity in Clinton
Two shows nightly at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Van Buren County Fairground, Clinton
This is a great production and features live animals, actors, singing and cocoa. It's a great way to remember the reason for the season. It's free.


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