Winter Holiday Events List

November 9 – January 7 2023

WHAT: GloWILD!
WHERE: Little Rock Zoo, 1 Zoo Drive, Little Rock
TIME: Times vary
DETAILS: As one of the nation’s largest interactive light festivals featuring dozens of handcrafted silk-covered lanterns – this holiday event will not disappoint! As Little Rock’s premier light festival, this uniquely- themed lantern light event will offer guests an immersive encounter like no other. And this year’s event promises to be bigger and brighter with a new prehistoric dinosaur section, a new holiday light display and other new lanterns that will captivate your mind and capture your heart. GloWILD is illuminating fun for the whole family and a show that you don’t want to miss!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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November 19 – December 31

WHAT: Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens
WHERE: 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs
TIME: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM nightly (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

November 21

WHAT: Bright the Night
WHERE: Capitol Avenue and Main Street, Downtown Little Rock
TIME: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
DETAILS: Join the holiday festivities on Capitol Plaza, at the corner of Capitol Ave. and Main St., where we will light up downtown with our Bright the Night festival! Bright the Night is a fun, family friendly event for all ages! Come meet Santa, sing some carols, and enjoy the snow! The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Ballet Arkansas will be there, too, to help spread the cheer. The event begins at 5:30pm and is free and open to the public. The holiday lights will be on display through the New Year.

Learn more here.

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November 23

WHAT: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis
WHERE: ArcBest Performing Arts Center,55 S 7th St, Fort Smith
TIME: 8:00 PM
DETAILS: Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate over 35 Years of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running concert tour in the entertainment industry!

This year’s show will feature classic Christmas hits from the Mannheim Steamroller holiday albums along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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November 25 – November 27

WHAT: Handmade Holiday Shop
WHERE: The Warehouse, 301 Broadway, Hot Springs National Park
TIME: Friday and Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, Sunday, 12 PM – 5 PM
DETAILS: The annual shopping event featuring all local artists will return to the Warehouse once again. Enjoy shopping for one of a kind gifts as well as mingling with each artist personally.

Learn more here.

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November 25, 26,  December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 30

WHAT: A Fertile Holiday
WHERE: The Joint Comedy Theater, 301 Main Street #102, North Little Rock
TIME: Times vary
DETAILS: “A Fertle Holiday” This original two-act comedy chronicles the Fertle Family’s trouble-ridden reunion in the tiny town of Dumpster, Arkansas, as they attempt to entertain their rich relatives from San Diego. The Main Thing comedy trio brings the quirky family to life by portraying all the relatives and townspeople needed to create the illusion of a bustling Christmas get-together.

**Tickets will sell fast for this annual fan favorite! Make sure to reserve your seats in advance by calling (501)372-0205 now!**

The Main Thing’s work has been featured on Saturday Night Live, Off-Broadway, on Dick Clark’s United Radio Network, and in thousands of live stage performances all around the country.

Learn more here.

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November 26

WHAT: The Merry Market at St. Joseph’s
WHERE: St. Joseph Farm Stand, 6800 Camp Robinson Road, North Little Rock
TIME: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
DETAILS: Come shop local this Saturday at the Merry Market! A fun-filled outdoor event with activities, hayrides, live music local artists and vendors, food trucks, farm animals to see and feed, and amazing local products at the St Joseph Farm Stand!

Learn more here.

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November 26

WHAT: Chick-fil-A Illuminate: A Conway Christmas Tradition
WHERE: 900 Oak Street, Conway
TIME: 3:00 PM – 7:30 PM
DETAILS: Conway’s Christmas Tradition is back again! The lighting of the Conway Christmas Tree is set for Saturday, Nov. 26 in Rogers Plaza in downtown Conway!

We’ll have an evening full of activities, including pictures with Santa, Ferris wheel and mini-Ferris wheel rides, the Conway train, musical performances and the lighting of the tree! Times and event details are below:

Pictures with Santa | 3-5 p.m.

Family Friendly Activities & Live Music | 3-6 p.m.

Conway Christmas Tree Lighting | 6 p.m.

Learn more here.

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November 30 – December 31

WHAT: Guys and Dolls
WHERE: Arkansas Repertory Theatre, 601 Main St, Little Rock
TIME: times vary
DETAILS: With its brassy, immortal score, this oddball romantic comedy is considered by many to be the perfect musical. Will Nathan Detroit find a location for the secret craps game? Will Adelaide finally get a wedding after her fourteen-year engagement? Will what happened in Havana, stay in Havana? This fun, new production, filled with exciting choreography, is the perfect outing for family and friends during the holiday season.

Learn more here.

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December 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10, 11

WHAT: A Christmas Story
WHERE: The Pocket Community Theatre, 170 Ravine Street, Hot Springs
TIME: Times vary
DETAILS: Humorist Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. Ralphie pleads his case before his mother, his teacher and even Santa Claus himself at Higbee’s Department Store. The consistent response: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” All the elements from the beloved motion picture are here, including the family’s temperamental exploding furnace; Scut Farkas, the school bully; the boys’ experiment with a wet tongue on a cold lamppost; the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin; Ralphie’s father winning a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a net stocking; Ralphie’s fantasy scenarios and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 1

WHAT: Russellville Christmas Parade
WHERE: South Arkansas Avenue, Russellville
TIME: 5:30 PM
DETAILS: The 2022 Russellville Christmas Parade will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30pm. All entry fees will be waived, however due to limited space in the line-up area, commercial entries will be limited to one vehicle. Entries can register online at the following link: https://secure.rec1.com/…/russellville…/catalog. The deadline to enter is Monday, November 28 at noon. Due to time constraints, entries will not be accepted past this time. For more information or if you need assistance with the online registration, please call the Recreation & Parks Department at 479-968-1272.

Learn more here.

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December 2 

WHAT: Holly Days
WHERE: Pleasant Valley Country Club, 1 Pleasant Valley Dr, Little Rock
TIME: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
DETAILS: Holiday shopping event.Free admission and open to the public.

Learn more here.

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December 2 

WHAT: First Friday December: Toys for Tots
WHERE: Level 30, 400 West Capitol, 30th floor
TIME: 9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
DETAILS: We’re asking all patrons to donate toys valued at $20+. New Unwrapped Toys Only *No Cover with Proper Toy Donations. The love begins at 9 pm and DJ Nick Hud + DJ Most1Ted will keep the vibes rolling with all your Neo-Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop favs! Premium Cash Bar | Four Areas of Entertainment. As always, the dress for this occasion is fly and flashy so make sure you are camera ready! Regular Admission: $25 available at www.firstfridaylr.eventbrite.com. Reserve tables are also available online. Mature Audiences Ages 25+ ONLY.

Learn more here.

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December 2 – December 4

WHAT: Arkansas Craft Guild 44th Annual Christmas Showcase
WHERE: Arkansas State Fairgrounds Hall of Industry, Little Rock
TIME: Various
DETAILS: Christmas Showcase is Dec. 2-4 at the State Fairgrounds Hall of Industry. Shop fine arts and crafts handmade in Arkansas by members of the Arkansas Craft Guild and guests. Hours are Friday Dec. 2, 10 am to 8 pm; Saturday Dec. 3, 9 am to 6 pm; Sunday Dec. 4, 10 am to 4 pm.

Learn more here.

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December 3

WHAT: Polar Express Pajama Party
WHERE: Rialto Theater, Searcy
TIME: 10:00 AM
DETAILS: Join Main Street Searcy for a Polar Express Pajama Party at the Historic Rialto Theater! Warm up with FREE hot chocolate and enjoy “The Polar Express” in your favorite Christmas pajamas. After the movie, Santa will read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas from the Courthouse balcony! Make sure to bring your Christmas lists for Santa after Story Time. Then enjoy all the festivities at Jolly Jubilee in Downtown Searcy. Tickets are $8 and all proceeds benefit Main Street Searcy.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 4

WHAT: North Little Rock Sertoma Christmas Parade
WHERE: Argenta Plaza, North Little Rock
TIME: 2:00 PM
DETAILS: Free and open to the public, the parade will begin at Pershing Boulevard, head south on Main Street and end at Washington Avenue. The parade features floats, marching groups, decorated cars and trucks, school groups, pageant winners, equestrian riders and Santa. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs for viewing along Main Street. The parade will also go by Argenta Plaza (510 Main Street), where North Little Rock has set up its 38-foot Christmas tree.

Learn more here.

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December 4

WHAT: Caring Santa is Coming to Town
WHERE: McCain Mall, 3929 McCain Boulevard, North Little Rock
TIME: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
DETAILS: Exclusively for children with special needs.  Reservations are required for this private photo experience.  Schedule your photo today.

Learn more here.

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December 8

WHAT: 27th Annual Greenbrier Christmas Parade
WHERE: Greenbrier City Event Center
TIME: 6:00 PM
DETAILS: Enjoy “THE MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS” during the 27th annual Greenbrier Christmas Parade. The route will be bigger than ever with a new extended route and line up location for participants. Last year we were honored with over 90 entries. Who will take home the prestigious “Christmas Parade” trophy?!

Learn more here.

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December 9 – December 11

WHAT: A Ferncliff Christmas
WHERE: Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center
TIME: 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
DETAILS: Experience the Nativity story in a whole new way! Interactive Nativity Experience, Alternative Gift Market, Festive Food and Drink, & more!
Walk the Nativity Trail – a 45 minute (3/4 mile) walking trail where you will move through the biblical story of Jesus’ birth through sight, sound, music, and reflection. Hear the Angels announce the upcoming birth, get stopped by a Census Taker, feed Mary’s tired donkey, and more!
Warm up inside with some festive food and drink! Check out our Alternative Gift Market – do some holiday shopping and give a gift that keeps on giving! Learn about Ferncliff’s various ministries and the ways that your Christmas presents can make a big difference.
Reserve your time slot with a ticket! Admission is FREE. Parking is $5 per vehicle (pre-paid online or cash on-site).

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 9

WHAT: Trans-Siberian Orchestra – The Ghosts of Christmas Eve
WHERE: Simmons Bank Arena, North Little Rock
TIME: 7:30 PM

Learn more here.

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December 9 – December 11

WHAT: Ballet Arkansas Presents “The Nutcracker Spectacular”
WHERE: Robinson Center, 426 West Markham Street, Little Rock
TIMES:
Friday, December 9 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 10 @ 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 11 @ 2:30 pm
Run time: 120 minutes
DETAILS: The “Nutcracker Spectacular” is the largest and longest running holiday production in Arkansas, featuring live music by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and a cast and crew of nearly 400! Join Ballet Arkansas at the Robinson Center for an unforgettable celebration of the season – featuring exciting updates and additions for all to enjoy. And don’t forget to visit the area’s largest Nutcracker Boutique in the lobby and take a piece of the production home with you.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 10

WHAT: Christmas Music at Smyrna Church
WHERE: Smyrna Church, Jay Bird Lane, Searcy
TIME: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
DETAILS: Join us for a twilight Christmas Music celebration! Listen to some local performers and the history of Smyrna church along with refreshments.
Prints of the church will be available for purchase from the White County Historical Society (purchase is a donation to the 501c3).
Dress according the weather, as the church does not have heating and air. Seating is limited.

Learn more here.

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December 10

WHAT: Downtown Mistletoe Madness
WHERE: Downtown Conway
TIME: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
DETAILS: Mistletoe Madness will kick-off the final 2 weeks before Christmas. Visitors to downtown Conway will find store-wide holiday markdowns the rule of the day! While you shop or dine in Downtown Conway, enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas: the giant 100-foot Ferris Wheel at Roger’s Plaza, the bell of the mighty Brothers’ Engine #1 as it makes it way around Rogers Plaza and carolers as they stroll through downtown.

Learn more here.

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December 10

WHAT: A Charlie Brown Christmas
WHERE: Reynolds Performance Hall, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway
TIME: 7:30 PM
DETAILS: Just in time for the holiday season, the Peanuts gang heads to Conway! Produced by Gershwin Entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. So, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 10

WHAT: Beebe Christmas Parade
WHERE: W. DeWitt Henry Drive, Beebe
TIME: 6:00 PM
DETAILS: Presented by the Beebe Chamber of Commerce.
Floats, Vehicles, ATV, UTV’s, Horses, Cars, Motorcycles, and much more.
Line up begins at 5:00pm in front of the Beebe High School bus parking lot across from the arena.
Route information:
-Route begins at Beebe High School -Left on Center Street -Right on DeWitt Henry Drive -Right on Pecan -Left into ASU parking lot beside tennis courts

Learn more here.

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December 10

WHAT: The Polar Express (movie 2004)
WHERE: Arkansas Public Theatre, 116 South 2nd Street, Rogers
TIME: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
DETAILS: Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”; “Cast Away”) reunite for “Polar Express,” an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

Bring the whole family, wear your pajamas and join us as we celebrate the season by watching a holiday movie in our very own historic downtown theatre while sipping hot cocoa and eating a treat.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 12

WHAT: Doktor Kaboom: The Science of Christmas
WHERE: Reynolds Performance Hall, 201 Donaghey Avenue, Conway
TIME: 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
DETAILS: Science and Magic are the same thing. Therefore, Santa Claus must be the greatest scientist alive! This realization does not sit well with the towering ego of science comedian, Doktor Kaboom. Join us as Kaboom struggles valiantly to solve the magical mysteries of the man in red. In this new holiday show, Doktor Kaboom attempts to learn the secrets behind making reindeer fly, getting down those tight chimneys, and knowing who’s been bad or good. Will he succeed? We doubt it, but we’re sure going to have fun watching him try! Through this highly interactive comic performance, Doktor Kaboom will encourage students to express their awe of scientific demonstrations, to creatively explore the world around them, and to realize that science and mathematics are meant for everyone.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 16 – December 17

WHAT: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays
WHERE: Robinson Center, 426 W. Markham, Little Rock
TIME: 7:30 PM
DETAILS: Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your ASO! The ASO’s most popular concert features an array of performers bringing your favorite holiday-themed music, from Christmas carols and holiday movie music to winter-themed orchestral showcases – you won’t want to miss this cozy holiday tradition for all ages!

Learn more here.

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December 18

WHAT: Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Tour 2022
WHERE: Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville
TIME: 7:00 PM
DETAILS: Chart-topping country music star Martina McBride will herald holiday magic during her annual The Joy of Christmas Tour. Her timeless approach to holiday standards paired with an authentic passion formusic and storytelling is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. McBride, a 14-time Grammy® nominee, has sold more than 23 million albums and has earned 14 Recording Industry Association of America Gold® certifications. This year McBride is celebrating 30 years as a recording artist and 12 years of The Joy of Christmas Tour.

Learn more here and purchase tickets here.

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December 18 – December 22

WHAT: Storytime with Santa
WHERE: Capital Hotel, 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock
TIME: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
DETAILS: Santa Claus is coming to town and we can’t wait to see him! Storytime with Santa is one of our most magical and popular events.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 19 – December 21

WHAT: Lunch with Santa & Mrs. Claus
WHERE: Capital Hotel, 111 West Markham Street, Little Rock
TIME: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
DETAILS: We’re excited to offer children a unique opportunity to have a captivating lunch with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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December 21

WHAT: The Prophecy Show: The Music of Trans-Siberian Orchestra
WHERE: Robinson Center, 426 W. Markham Street, Little Rock
TIME: 7:00 PM
DETAILS: St. Louis powerhouse The Prophecy Show will bring their signature and highly-energized Rock Opera to the Robinson Center on December 21, 2022 at 7 p.m. Touring as a Tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Prophecy Show’s theatrical performances have been igniting stages nationwide. This is a production that loves TSO – loves their audiences – and knows how to create an electrifying evening of rock!

Given that their founder and lead guitarist has been tributing this band for 15 years, is it no surprise that The Prophecy Show has come to be known as the “next best thing to TSO.” The Prophecy Show has had its own show in Branson, Missouri for two years and performs in major Christmas celebrations, concert halls, and some of the largest performing art centers throughout the United States.

Come experience the power, the music and the magic this Christmas season at the Robinson Center as The Prophecy Show performs all your favorite music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more!

Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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