LIST: Holiday events, light displays in central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – From Santa sightings to Christmas lights and other special events, THV11 compiled a list so you and your family don’t miss out on anything this holiday season! 

December 4-6
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase at the Statehouse Convention Center, Gov. Hall I. Will include 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 4-6, 11-13

Donate toys at the Toys for Tots "Toy Hill" at the KSSN parking lot at the Clear Channel Metroplex. 

Dec 4-6, 11-13, 18-19
Caroling in the Cavern in 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. 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 5
Breakfast with Santa at Children's Hospital from 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $10.

It’s A Wonderful Life at CALS Ron Robinson Theater --6 p.m., $5

December 5-6
Christmas in the Wild at the Little Rock Zoo from 6-9 p.m. 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 are required.

December 6
A Christmas Story will be played at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater --6 p.m., $5

Happy Holidays with Carol Dabney at Nixon Library 4-5 p.m.

Pagans on Bobsleds XXVI: Manger Things will begin performances at the Red Octopus Theater. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and shows will begin around 8. Adult tickets are $10 and $8 for senior citizens, military and students. 

December 7 
The True Meaning of Christmas Tour” from noon to 4 p.m. at the Outlets of Little Rock hosted by The UMC. 

The Green Corner Store on Main Street will be staying open late to celebrate the Bernice Garden tree lighting ceremony. Stop by from 5:30-8:30 p.m. for some treats and fun. 

South Main will be ablaze with lights as shops stay open late with fun events, caroling, promotions and specials for the SoMa Holiday Open House from 5-8:30 p.m. 

First Baptist Church in Little Rock is hosting The Tree featuring a cast of more than 250 members and runs until December 10. For tickets, call 844-550-2034 or click here. The prices run from $5-$10. 

Christmas Craft at Nixon Library, 5-7 p.m.

December 8

Arkansas Sounds presents the Bob Boyd Sounds at CALS Ron Robinson Theater --8 p.m., Free

13th Ever Nog-off from 5-8 p.m. The original Nog-off, the friendly competition for the best eggnog in town, is back with some familiar and winning favorites, along with new competitors hoping to make their culinary mark. This event is free!

Big Dam Holiday Party at Stickyz Rock N' Roll Chicken Shack from 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8. The Big Dam Horns will be providing the tunes. 

The Ugly Sweater Soiree at South on Main will start at 9:30 p.m. There will be live musical performances along with a prize given to the most festive/ugly sweater of the evening. For table and seating reservations, call 501-244-9660. General admission is $15. 

December 9 

Santa Paws hosted by Friends of the Animal Village from 7-10 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go towards helping take care of and finding loving homes for all the cats and dogs at the Little Rock Animal Village. Tickets are $40 prior to December 9, $50 the day of the event and they even include free microchipping and are tax deductible! The event will take place at Trapnall Hall located at 423 E. Capitol Avenue in Little Rock. The dress code is relaxed cocktail. 

The Rep's 601 Club Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl will take place from 3-6 p.m. The trolley will depart from The Rep and make stops at Little Rock and North Little Rock's best breweries. Tickets are free for the members of the 601 Club and $10 for non-members. RSVP IS REQUIRED, so send yours to Amy at awestlake@therep.org. 

5th Annual Christmas Karaoke benefiting The Van. Head on down to Stickyz Rock ‘N’ Roll Chicken Shack for some karaoke for a good cause. Crazy Christmas getup is encouraged. Doors open at 7 p.m. and karaoke begins at 8. Tickets are $10. 

The Nutracker by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will be held from 2-5 p.m. Visit balletarkansas.org to learn where you can purchase your tickets today.

Crafting for the Holidays at the Children’s Library from 10-11 a.m.

Illustrator’s Christmas in Mexico & Illustrator’s Christmas in Finland at the Children’s Library from
11 a.m.-Noon and 1-2 p.m.

Make-a-Gift Workshop at the Thompson Library form 2-3 p.m.

Holiday Open House at the Thompson Library from 2-4 p.m.

Holiday Sweets Recipe Exchange at the Dee Brown Library from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. & Thursday, December 14, 6-7:30 p.m.

December 10

Cabot Christmas Parade will start at 3 p.m. The theme for this year's parade is "A Hollywood-Movies Christmas." For more information, click here

The Saline Symphony Orchestra is partnering with Fostering the Arts, Inc. DOXA Arts Academy and the Bryant High School Camerata Chorale to present a holiday concert at 5 p.m. It will take place at Love Auditorium at Bryant High School. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. For more information, click here

December 11

Lights on Jupiter 2017 benefiting Make-A-Wish will be held until January 1. There are over 20,00 flashing lights to music, three houses and more. The lights will run every night from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, click here

Prancer the movie will be shown at the Milam Library at noon

December 12

Lucie's Place Holiday Party: Stop in to see the new center, have a drink and eat some food from Lost 40. You can purchase a ticket or bring an item from the Amazon Wishlist by clicking here. The party will run from 6-8 p.m.

The Polar Express movie will be played at the Nixon Library from 5-6:30 p.m.

December 13

I’ll Be Home for Christmas movie will be played at Nixon Library from 4-5:30 p.m.

December 14

Holiday Open House at Williams Library from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holiday Cookies at the Fletcher Library at 3:30 p.m.

December 15

Howliday Pawty at Bark Bar includes an ugly sweater competition with prizes, pictures with Santa and festive drink specials. There is a $15 cover fee for one person and one dog; additional dogs are $5 each. Admission is free for annual members. 

Gift Art: Fused Plastic at the Main Library Level 4 from 4-5 p.m.

Kids Kraft a Gift at the Milam Library from 4-5 p.m.

Caroling Karaoke at the Nixon Library from 4-5 p.m.

December 16

Christmas Music & Storytime at the Children’s Library from 10-11 a.m.

Cocoa and Carols hosted by the Department of Arkansas Heritage and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center. It's a family event with book readings, hot cocoa, gingerbread cookies, holiday crafts, music provided by the Dunbar Magnet Middle School choir and special Museum Store discounts throughout the day. 

December 18

The Nightmare Before Christmas movie will be played at the Milam Library from noon-1:30 p.m.

Winter Break Movie will be played at the McMath Library from 1-3 p.m.

Hawaiian Winter at the Dee Brown Library from1-4 p.m. Moana will be played at 6 p.m.

Grinch Movie Morning PJ Party at the Children’s Library from 10 a.m. – noon

December 19

A touring production of 'A Christmas Carol' will visit UCA's Reynolds Performance Hall to benefit the Main Stage Education Series. The performance is set for 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$40 for the general public and $10 for children. Student tickets are $10 with a valid student I.D. Call 501-450-3265 or click here for more information. 

December 20

THV11's Craig O'Neil will be going green again this year for the annual Grinchfest at the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library. He will read How the Grinch Stole Christmas at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Snow Science at the Main Library Youth Services from 4-5 p.m.

Elf the movie will be played at the Nixon Library at 4 p.m.

Winter Solstice Party at the Dee Brown Library will be held at 6 p.m.

Christmas Vacation move will be played at Main Library Level 4 at 1 p.m.

December 21
Storytime with Santa at the Capital Hotel from 6-8 p.m. The cost is $10 and requires reservations.

Places to see holiday lights:

Trail of Enchanted Forest Lights in Sherwood is open until December 30 from 6-9:30 p.m. every evening. Admission is free, however, cash donations or non-perishable food items that will be given to a local food pantry are also accepted and collected at the end of the trail. Everyone will receive a free candy cane. Enter from Bear Paw Road at the Sherwood Sports Complex (just past Sylvan Hills High School).

Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs are on display 5-9 p.m. nightly until December 31. Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and ages 6 and under get in free. 

Hot Springs Holiday Lights on Bathhouse Row- You can swing through downtown and see the Arlington Resort Hotel and Spa's lobby to see the giant gingerbread house and Christmas tree for free.

The Arkansas State Capitol in downtown Little Rock will be lit up until January 1, 2018.

Jacksonville Fantasy in Lights Decorating Contest- Jacksonville residents will channel their inner Clark Griswold to compete in the city-wide contest. If you drive through the town to check out the displays, be sure to call and nominate your favorite for a prize. Judging takes place after 6 p.m. on December 19. Call 501-982-4171 or click here for more information. 

21st Annual Enchanted Lane of Lights and Legends in Pine Bluff will take place at Pine Bluff Regional Park every night at 6 p.m. until December 31. Admission is free, but with a $10 donation, you will receive an ornament.  Visitors can also take photos under a festive arch. For more information, click here or call 870-536-7600. 

Lights of the Delta is said to be the largest light display in the mid-south with six million lights and more than 48 major motion displays on a 40-acre drive-thru site. You can visit on Sunday-Thursday from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It takes place at 1405 Airbase Highway in Gosnell. Admission is $10. For more information, click here

Santa Sightings:

Santa will be at Park Plaza Mall and McCain Mall until December 24.

Bass Pro Shops is offering free photos with Santa from now until December 24.

Santa is at the Promenade at Chenal 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.

Meet Santa in Downtown Searcy at the Santa Hut on the White County Courthouse lawn until December 23 

Santa will be at the Capital Hotel December 6, 13 and 20 from 1-3 p.m. There is no charge to visit Santa. 

You can find Santa 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!

If you have any events to add to this list, please send us an email at news@thv11.com!

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