This city is going full steam ahead with the merriment and we're totally on board.
Thursday, December 8
Stories of Empowerment at the Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock: The brilliant minds of Esse and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas teamed for a quarterly speaker and networking series that’s all about girl power. The series continues with the theme of "Walk a Mile with Her," focusing on philanthropy and the selflessness of women over the generations. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and more, as well hearing from guest speakers and a group activity meant to get the giving conversation started. It starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Karaoke For a Cause at Dugan's Pub, Little Rock: Join the crew from 103.7 The Buzz and belt out your own sparkling rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Make Mariah proud as you raise funds for the teens of Youth Home, and the winner gets to perform in Christmas Celebrity Karaoke next weekend at the Statehouse Convention Center. The music starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, December 9
Second Friday Art Night at various locations downtown, Little Rock: It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include an Amber E Lea Designs & Cocoa Belle trunk show at Bella Vita Jewelry, a holiday celebration show at Matt McLeod Fine Art Gallery and an art show featuring artwork and poetry created by death row inmates in Arkansas at the CALS Main Library. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
12th Ever Nog-Off at the Historic Arkansas Museum, Little Rock: Ladies and gents, we’re are nog people. That's why we're fans of this annual friendly competition to crown the best eggnog in the metro. Nogs are judged by a guest panel, and there’s also a people’s choice winner. Guests can also enjoy live music by Charlotte Taylor, a new exhibit by Rex Deloney and more. Yes, technically it's part of 2FAN, but this deserves its own spot in the roundup. The fun starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Rodney Block Collective Holiday Concert at South on Main, Little Rock: Time to inject a little soul into your season. Get down with the sounds of the Rodney Block Collective, Bijoux, Dee Davis, DJ HY-C and more. It begins at 9:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Customer Appreciation Party at Core Public House, North Little Rock: Cheers to the weekend! Kick it off right with the brew house's new menu and an all day happy hour. You can also get in on games, giveaways and some delicious discounts. The party lasts from 3-11 p.m. For more info, click here.
Fourth Annual Santa Paws Holiday Party at Trapnall Hall, Little Rock: You need more furry friends in your life. Come sip on beer and wine and munch on some good eats while you enjoy live music. You'll be raising dollars for Little Rock Animal Village and even receive a voucher for free microchipping. It starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Light Up Your Heart Glow Yoga at Barefoot Studio, Little Rock: It’s time to get your glow on and get your flow on in an awesome way. The studio is once again offering classes with the opportunity to give back, encouraging guests to bring winter clothing items to donate to The Van. The two classes — one for adults and one for kids — take place simultaneously, with the adult class being the glow session with Breezy and our favorite live video master, DJ G-Force. Classes start at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, December 10
Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade and Capitol Lighting Ceremony in downtown Little Rock: Let's try this again, shall we? After getting rained out last weekend, it’s finally parade-watching time. Grab your gloves and your comfy shoes and get ready to see floats, marching bands and a whole lot of characters at the 28th annual parade. It starts at 2nd and Broadway, moves south on Broadway, then turns onto Capitol Avenue and ends at the Capitol Building. The festivities begin at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Annual Holiday Market at the Argenta Farmers Market, North Little Rock: Round two. If you missed the market last week, it's back to help you stock up on the good stuff. You'll find fruits, veggies, baked goods, nuts, holiday baskets, soaps, jams and more from farmers and artisans at this merry market. Make plans to be at 6th and Main from 8 a.m.-noon. For more info, click here.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Pub Crawl in Downtown Little Rock: Just this once, ugly drinking is in style. Cruise around town with The Rep's young professionals 601 Club on The Toddy Trolley making pitstops at watering holes in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock. Show off your sweater and enjoy holiday jams and drinks on the trolley, along with giveaways and drink specials at the bars. The trolley leaves at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Great Chocolate Collaboration at The Green Corner Store, Little Rock: SoMa is going cocoa this weekend. Loblolly Creamery is teaming up with Kyya Chocolate, an Arkansas-based craft chocolatier headquartered in Springdale. Here's your chance to get your hands on samples, tasty gifts, giveaways and a special pop-up menu. Store hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, December 11
Sertoma Christmas Parade and Northern Lights Festival in North Little Rock: One more time with feeling! Yes, this parade was postponed last weekend due to weather, too, but now Main Street is going to be hopping with holiday excitement this time around. With the theme "Joy to the World," the parade stretches down Main from Pershing Boulevard to the City Services Building between Broadway and Riverfront. After the parade, the Northern Lights Festival kicks off with Santa, hot chocolate, music and the lighting of the NLR LED tree. The parade starts at 3 p.m. and the fest begins at 4:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holiday Tea at Esse Purse Museum, Little Rock: What's a holiday without tea? This seasonal event features a delish menu from Trio's complete with curried chicken salad puffs and Mexican chocolate squares with cinnamon pecans. As for the tea, you'll have your choice of peach apricot honeybush tisane or hot cinnamon black blend with spices. While you're there, take a tour of the museum and hit up the shop for some unique gifts. Tea time is 1 p.m. For more info, click here.
Backyard Gardening 101 at Heifer Urban Farm, Little Rock: It's been nearly a month since Heifer International's new community garden and farm opened up in downtown Little Rock, and they're not wasting any time teaching in letting people use it. This free workshop will teach participants what they need to do now to get their gardens ready for spring. The knowledge will flow at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday-Sunday, December 8-11
Arkansas Remembers Pearl Harbor in Little Rock and North Little Rock: It's been 75 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor and central Arkansas is hosting a week of remembrance events and exhibits. The schedule includes exhibitions of WWII press photos at MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and Norman Rockwell original posters at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. You can also visit the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum in North Little Rock where two World War II ships still sit: the tugboat Hoga, which fought fires in the Pearl Harbor attack for 72 straight hours and is the last floating Navy vessel in existence that saw the attack, and the USS Razorback, which was in Tokyo Bay when Japan surrendered. For a full list of events, click here.
Friday-Sunday, December 9-11
"The Nutcracker" at the Robinson Center, Little Rock: Someone tell the Sugar Plum Fairy she’s on. Sporting a cast of dancers from central Arkansas and professional company members from Ballet Arkansas, this classic is a holiday tradition for many families in the state. Plus, it’s hard to beat the teaming up of Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, who provides the iconic music for the show. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert at the Old State House Museum, Little Rock: It doesn't get much more Christmasy than this. The ACS is dedicated to performing the best of classical choral repertoire and their annual holiday program does just that with familiar seasonal songs highlighting the idea of "Heaven Down to Earth." You have three chances to catch the show this weekend: 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
And don't forget these classic Christmas movies around the city:
- "Elf" - 4 & 7 p.m. at B&B Little Rock Chenal 9
- "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" - 12 p.m. at Regal McCain Mall Stadium 12
- "A Christmas Story" - 1 p.m. at Ron Robinson Theater
- "Elf" - 10 a.m. at B&B Little Rock Chenal 9
- "White Christmas" - 10 a.m. at B&B Little Rock Chenal 9
- “A Christmas Story” - 2 p.m. at Argenta Community Theater