Santa, Scrooge, the Sugar Plum Fairy — the gang's all here.
Thursday, Dec. 6
The Bernice Garden Tree Lighting + Holiday Open House in SoMa: We’re wasting zero time getting into the holiday spirit with this annual neighborhood celebration. The evening includes caroling from Booker T. Washington Elementary School and Dunbar Middle School students, as well as a craft table hosted by the Trust Tree Music and Arts Camp. Many SoMa shops are getting in on the cheer, like coffee at The Green Corner Store and refreshments at South Main Creative. And keep your eye out for the Clauses. The celebration begins at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
A Very Merry Science After Dark: Jingle Booze at the Museum of Discovery: It's a Christmas miracle! Though the MoD held its last official monthly grownup meetup in September, these little elves just couldn't help themselves. Expect all kinds of merriment, including liquid nitrogen egg nog ice cream because science. As always, there will be beer from Stone’s Throw and pizza from Damgoode Pies. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holidays in Hillcrest on Kavanaugh: More cocoa, please. The Hillcrest Merchants Association returns with part two of this annual bash. The regular First Thursday festivities are getting cranked up a Christmas notch with a family friendly celebration in the Hodge Orthodontics parking lot, complete with bites from local restaurants, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. The fun starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Little Rock Wind Symphony's "Making Spirits Bright" at UA-Pulaski Tech CHARTS Theater: Bright, indeed! The annual LRWS holiday concert will feature all your mery favorites, along with guest artists like North Little Rock native Janine Reeves Tiner, operatic tenor Matthew Newman, the McCafferty Academy of Irish Dancers and the Little Rock Central High Concert Choir. You also have the opportunity to go home with gifts by getting in on the Stocking-Stuffer Silent Auction before the concert. The auction starts at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Karaoke For a Cause at Dugan's Pub: 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 the Christmas Celebrity Karaoke Contest next weekend at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre. The music starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Dec. 7
"A Christmas Carol" Opening Night at Argenta Community Theater: We see you, Scrooge. Watch the crotchety old miser regain the Christmas spirit with the help of a few Christmas spirits on this community theater stage. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more into, click here.
Kris Allen at Ron Robinson Theater: One of central Arkansas' favorites is headed home. Kris Allen — who you remember launched to fame by winning "American Idol" in 2009 — is bringing his "Somethin' About Christmas" album back to his old stomping grounds. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Home for the Holidays at the Little Rock Club: Benefiting Our House, this fundraiser promises guests a night of food, drinks, auctions and lending a hand to one of the city's nonprofits helping our homeless neighbors. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Dec. 8
Harry Potter Holiday Wonderland at the Terry House: Lumos! Get magical with this family-friendly Arkansas Arts Center event. Guests will be sorted into houses, make their own wands, make some Harry Potter-themed ornaments, hunt down Horcruxes and more. And yes, costumes are encouraged. The first bash lasts 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
The Little Craft Show at Lost Forty Brewing: Time to get grafty, y'all. Perfectly timed with the holidays, the northwest Arkansas-based indie craft show will take over Lost Forty's taproom to highlight more than 25 regional artisans and makers, where attendees can enjoy craft beer, giveaway prizes, a photo booth and specialty hot cocoa and house-made marshmallows from Loblolly Creamery. Be there noon - 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Christmas Market at The Bramble Market: As if the fresh cinnamon rolls weren't enough to pique your interest, Santa might do the trick. The big guy himself will make an appearance at this west Little Rock market along with local vendors, Christmas trees and more. Market hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Raid the Rock Adventure Race through the metro: Time to crank up the adrenaline. This annual adventure race has participants accomplishing tasks that cover everything from running to mountain biking to canoeing, and without the use of cell phones or GPS. You can sign up in teams or solo for either the 8-hour course or the 24-hour course. God speed. For more info, click here.
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 1-6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Santa at the Center at the Clinton Presidential Center: Bring on the merriment. The Clinton Center is getting all kinds of jolly this weekend with art projects and holiday entertainment for the whole family, plus free photos with the big red guy himself. Stop in from 8 a.m. - noon For more info, click here.
Georgia Pellegrini's Modern Pioneer Holiday Workshop at Beige: Author and TV host Georgia Pellegrini is returning to Little Rock to spread some more homespun goodness. Sip mimosas while you work with your hands to make items like eucalyptus wreaths. The workshop lasts from 10 a.m. - noon. For more info, click here.
Sunday, Dec. 9
Grand High Tea and Tour at the Empress of Little Rock Bed and Breakfast: Christmas in the Quapaw Quarter? Don't mind if we do. Just make sure you keep your pinkies up for this experience steeped in historic elegance. The mansion will be decked with Victorian decor straight out of the structure's past. Tea time is at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 9
Wildwood Winter Festival at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Two days of holiday fun await at the park. Both dates kick off with caroling, mulled wine, hot cocoa and holiday treats before guests enjoy a production of the classic tale of "Amahl and the Night Visitors." After the show, the fun continues with more drinks, treats and a visit from Santa. Pre-show festivities begin at 6:30 on Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more info, click here.
Friday - Sunday, Dec. 7-9
"The Nutcracker" Spectacular at the Robinson Center: Tell the Sugar Plum Fairy she’s on. Featuring brand new choreography performed by a cast of dancers from central Arkansas and professional company members from Ballet Arkansas, this classic (now celebrating its 40th year) 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. And don't forget about Sunday's Land of The Sweets Nutcracker Tea for your chance to meet the dancers and experience some on-stage magic. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.
Arkansas Chamber Singers Holiday Concert at the Old State House Museum: It doesn't get much more Christmas-y 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. You have three chances to hear them perform this weekend: 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. Although tickets are free, seats must be reserved in advance. For more info, click here.