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Thursday, Nov. 29
Potluck & Poison Ivy: An Evening of American Stringband Music at The Joint Theater: Argenta's storytelling project returns to features locals sharing their stories — Southern, savory and sometimes a little poisonous — in unparalleled style. In this session, guests will experience the unique sounds of Steve Davison, Fingerfood and The Dozier Hill Band. Doors open at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Nov. 30
Steve Martin and Martin Short at Verizon Arena: Your bucket list just got a little bit shorter. The comedic legends are hitting up NLR as part of their "An Evening You Will Forget For the Rest of Your Life" tour. The show promises audiences a night of comedy and music, complete with stand-up, musical numbers, film clips and some grade-A nostalgia as they share about their decades-long careers in show business. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holidays in Hillcrest on Kavanaugh: Pass the cocoa. The Hillcrest Merchants Association returns with this annual bash, making it a two-part holiday celebration. Part one is on Friday with the annual tree lighting ceremony at the Allsopp Promenade. Santa will even be on hand to help light up the tree. (FYI: Part two is next Thursday.) The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
"A Christmas Story: The Musical" Benefit Night at The Studio Theatre: Ralphie, Randy, Schwartz and the gang are ready to tell you exactly what they want for Christmas in this musical version of the beloved holiday tale. At this particular showing, however, proceeds will benefit families at the Ronald McDonald House. Ticket price includes pre-show hors d'oeuvres, cash bar and a champagne toast with the cast and crew after the performance. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
M2 Gallery Grand Opening at 1300 South Main: Check out M2's new digs! The gallery is opening up shop in SoMa and they're pulling out all the stops. Guests can expect food, drinks, music, a performance piece by featured artist Jay Sage and new work by various M2 artists like Lisa Krannichfeld, Bryan Frazier, Catherine Nugent, Rick Gann and more. Stop by the show from 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
"Steel Magnolias" Opening Night at The Weekend Theater: More hairspray. The iconic beauty parlour posse is taking over the stage to deal out endless amounts of sass, and we can wish for nothing more. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Bells, Baa-aas & Brunch at Heifer Village & Urban Farm: But first, quiche. A day full of holiday fun awaits guests at Heifer, complete with a special brunch, arts and crafts, workshops and more. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
"Elf" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: If smiling's your favorite, don't miss the Big Jingle Family Matinee featuring this Christmas classic. The best part is that the $5 screening is scheduled immediately before the parade, meaning you can finish the movie then walk outside and see Santa ("I know him!") rolling down the street. The movie starts at noon. For more info, click here.
Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade & Capitol Lighting Ceremony in downtown Little Rock: Get your gloves and your comfy shoes, folks. It’s parade-watching time. You’re going to see floats, marching bands and a whole lot of characters at this annual event. The parade starts at 2nd and Broadway, moves south on Broadway, then turns west onto Capitol Avenue. The parade ends with the annual State Capitol Lighting Ceremony (plus fireworks!). It all kicks off at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
A Capitol Event at The Little Rock Club: Parades not your style? Enjoy the fireworks with a perfect view at this 14th annual bash benefiting the Arkansas Chamber Singers. Guests will enjoy a specially-crafted menu, a silent auction and the sounds of the B-Flats Band. The party begins at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holiday Open House at Good Earth Garden Center: You've been ignoring how ragged your wreath looks for a while now. Ditch that piece of junk and find a new favorite at this seventh annual event. You can shop Christmas trees, decor and poinsettias while enjoying giveaways, special pricing, hot cider and bites. Stop in from 1-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Want to cut your own tree? Here's where to go, Mr. Griswold.
Merry & Bright Holiday Celebration at The Promenade at Chenal: Christmas is officially in full swing at The Promenade. Get your shop on and then get your list ready because Santa and Mrs. Claus will make a visit and take photos for free from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Afternoon Tea at the Capital Hotel: Pinkies up, everyone. One Eleven is hosting its monthly afternoon tea complete with treats, teas and even a glass of champagne. Tea time is 12:30 p.m. and reservations are required. For more info, click here.
Santa Paws Holiday Party at Trapnall Hall: You need more furry friends in your life. Come enjoy an open bar and good eats, all with live entertainment and a silent auction. You'll be raising dollars to save lives at Little Rock Animal Village, and ticket purchase comes with free microchipping for your pets. It all starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Sunday, Dec. 2
North Little Rock Christmas Parade in Argenta: Main Street will be hopping with holiday excitement on Sunday afternoon. With the 2018 theme "Hometown Christmas," the parade stretches down Main from Pershing Boulevard to the City Services Building between Broadway and Riverfront. The parade starts at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holiday Open House at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: Have mercy and make way for the annual MTCC Say It Ain’t Say’s sweet potato pie contest. Living up to every bit of deliciousness its title implies, this event features entries that are judged by a panel of extremely lucky judges. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment, holiday crafts, family fun and more. It takes place from 2-5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Reindeer on the River at the River Market Pavilions: On Dasher, on Dancer and all those other dudes. Santa's furriest helpers are taking a quick break from the North Pole to visit the citizens of Little Rock. Not only can you meet and take photos with the reindeer, but your kiddos can also get in on holiday arts and crafts, an "elfie" station and writing letters to Santa. Get in on the merriment from 12-5 p.m. For more info, click here.
51st Annual Christmas Frolic at the Historic Arkansas Museum: Ever wonder what Christmas was like in the 1800s? Say no more. Come see for yourself with living history, reenactments, live music, carolling and more. Plus, the legendary hot cider and ginger cake alone make the whole thing worthwhile — as if you needed another reason. Stop by from 1-4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holiday Open House at the Old Statehouse Museum: Keep the historical vibes going and walk over to the OSHM to help ring in the holidays. Visitors will find all sorts of festivities like arts and crafts and caroling from local music groups. Be there from 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 1 & 2
Holidayfest at The Edgemont House: What better way to kick off the holiday season than at this picturesque locale? Designer and landscaper Chris Olsen will open his showstopper of a home in North Little Rock for a vintage Christmas shopping experience where guests can shop local artisans, vendors and antique dealers as they sip on hot cider and try homemade Christmas cookies. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.
Paws with Santa Claus at Cammack Village City Hall: Not enough Christmas spirit for you? We’re not done yet. Central Arkansas Rescue Effort for Animals (CARE) is offering its annual pet photos with Santa, and it’s every bit as wonderful as you can imagine. Photographer Abby Malone will be on hand to take the pooch’s pics, and owners can get a professional 5x7 print with a $20 donation to CARE. Bring Fido down from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday or 12-5 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
Friday - Sunday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 2
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Show at the Arkansas State Fairgrounds: 'Tis the season to be crafty. You’ll find quality art and fine crafts galore by members of the Arkansas Craft Guild and their guests. Browse the work of more than 100 artists with items including everything from pottery and fiber art to jewelry, soaps and more. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.