Our Favorite Ways to Make Holiday Memories in Little Rock

Posted on December 2, 2019

When the holiday season rolls around, we’re always on the lookout for new ways to make a memory that will last a lifetime. Whether you’re looking for dazzling lights or a little face-to-face time with Santa, there’s an event in Little Rock for everyone. Here are some of the ones we’re looking forward to most!

November 15 – Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops
Santa’s a busy guy, but he always makes time to visit Little Rock. Stop by Bass Pro Shops to pay him a visit this season.

December 3 – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Live on Stage
Everyone’s favorite reindeer takes center stage at the Robinson Center.

December 3 – Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
Ron Robinson Theatre plays host to a month of classic Christmas movies, starting with this out of this world feature.

December 4 – It’s a Wonderful Life a LIVE Radio Play at The Rep
The Rep reinterprets a Christmas classic as a live radio play on the main stage.

December 5 – Disney Junior Holiday Party!
Join Mickey and friends as they celebrate the merriest season of all!

December 5 – Bernice Garden Tree Lighting Ceremony
The South Main neighborhood gathers to light its community tree at Bernice Garden.

December 7 – Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade
Little Rock’s official holiday parade winds its way from Broadway to Capitol Ave and finishes at the Arkansas State Capitol building to culminate with the official lighting of its famous Christmas decorations.

December 7 – Ferncliff Living Nativity
West Little Rock’s most beautiful campground transports visitors to ancient Bethlehem in this poignant telling of the Christian Christmas story.

December 8 – Rudy and Friends
Everyone’s favorite reindeer pays Little Rock a visit for an afternoon of arts, crafts, photo booths and fun!

December 8 – River City Men’s Chorus Holiday Concert
The River City Men’s Chorus presents their annual holiday concert filled with new and old songs for the season.

December 8 – 52nd Annual Christmas Frolic at the Historic Arkansas Museum
Held on the grounds of the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Christmas Frolic is one of Little Rock’s oldest holiday traditions.

December 8 – Arkansas Made, Black Crafted Junior Edition Holiday Popup Shop
This popup shop features locally made gifts from black artists.

December 10 – Elf
This Christmas classic asks the ever-important question, “What’s your favorite color?”

December 10 – Arkansas Chamber Singers 40th Anniversary Holiday Concert
Celebrating 40 years of making music, the Arkansas Chamber Singers are ringing in the holidays with a concert full of Christmas standards.

December 12 – Die Hard
Attendees at this Ron Robinson Theatre screening will have the chance to definitively answer the questions of whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie once and for all.

December 13 – 15th Ever Nog-Off
Competitors from all over Little Rock will gather at the Historic Arkansas Museum in competition to decide whose nog is the king of them all.

December 13 – Ballet Arkansas presents Nutcracker Spectacular
The incredible dancers of Ballet Arkansas present this classic tale of a little girl who finds herself caught up in the fight between a handsome price and an evil rat king.

December 13 – Sounds of the Season
Artistry in the Rock hosts the annual concert featuring Little Rock School District students and holiday songs both new and old.

December 14 – Ugly Sweater Race
Dig out that ugly holiday sweater and celebrate the best of the season with a healthy dose of physical fitness!

December 14 – Cocoa & Carols at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
With a lineup that includes reading holiday stories, visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus, decorating gingerbread cookies and drinking hot cocoa, Cocoa and Carols is sure to help anyone get into the holiday spirit.

December 16 – Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas
Multi-platinum international music sensation, Celtic Woman celebrates the holiday season with its eighth annual “Symphony Tour.”

December 17 – National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
The comic misadventures of the beleaguered Griswold family continue in the third and most successful entry in the Vacation film series.

December 19 – It’s a Wonderful Life
It’s A Wonderful Life stars James Stewart as George Bailey, a man who has given up his dreams to help others, and whose imminent suicide on Christmas Eve brings about the intervention of his guardian angel.

December 19 – “Home for the Holidays” with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
The Arkansas Symphony invites you to bring family and friends to the Robinson Performance Hall for a fun-packed holiday music extravaganza! Kids aged 1 to 100 should put on a holiday sweater, grab your favorite holiday candy and settle in to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year!

December 20 – Thrashing Thru the Snow: Food Drive
Get ready for a rocking Christmas for a cause at this event with live music from Music by Mortalus, Smoke Signals, Recognizer and Pantheon.

December 22 – 10th Annual Holiday Music at the Arsenal Concert
Mark your calendar for a fun, holiday concert that will get you into the Holiday Spirit at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.  The annual Holiday Concert features the talents of The Margaret Wyatt Piano and Vocal Studio.

December 22 – Home Alone: Film with Orchestra with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra
A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed live to picture. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves.

December 26 – Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Presenting world-class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a two-dancer Dove of Peace with a 20-foot wingspan, The Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages.

December 28 – Kwanzaa Celebration at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
Come celebrate Kwanzaa! The museum will have plenty of family-friendly activities designed to celebrate African American family, community and culture.

December 30 – New Year’s Eve with the Big Dam Horns
Say goodbye to 2019 with The Big Dam Horns, one of the biggest, baddest, loudest bands in town.

January 1 – Wicked
Start 2020 with the Broadway sensation that looks at what happened in the Land of Oz from a different angle.

Whew!  How's that for a helpful cheatsheet to the best holiday season ever?  

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