Ho ho ho, y'all.

 

Thursday, Dec. 13

Great Escapes at Boswell Mourot Fine Art Gallery: Things are getting wild at this Heights gallery. The Little Rock Zoo is hosting an auction featuring one-of-a-kind works from its artists in residence — yes, we mean the animals. Enjoy free admission and refreshments while you peruse the unique pieces, and shop for ornaments, postcards and more while you're at it. The art starts at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Love Actually" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: You either love it or you hate it, but this flick is coming to the big screen regardless as part of the Not-Quite-Holiday Film Fest hosted by CALS. We're halfway through the lineup with "Die Hard" and "Gremlins" left to go. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

More festive flicks: Where to Watch Classic Christmas Movies in Little Rock

 

Friday, Dec. 14

Second Friday Art Night in downtown Little Rock: Bring on the festive 2FAN. It’s time for the monthly roundup of downtown businesses opening their doors for an after-hours gallery walk. Highlights include a screening of "A Christmas Story" at the Old State House Museum, some DIY jewelry at Bella Vita, exhibit openings at the Butler Center and the christening of Gallery 221's new digs. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

14th Ever Nog-Off at the Historic Arkansas Museum: Ladies and gents, we 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. 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.

Grand Opening at Alibi: Downtown's newest haunt is this "speakeasy-inspired bar dedicated to Prohibition history," which is finally opening its doors to the public for the first time. See it for yourself at 300 River Market Ave. in the old Zin Wine Bar location. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Crying Weasel Vintage Launch Party at Southern Blonde Salon: All is calm and bright and retro. Crying Weasel, the local online-based vintage clothing store for men and women, has found a new home inside the SoMa salon. Celebrate the good news with bites, sips and all kinds of vintage goodness. It all starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Haunted Argenta presents The Spirits of Christmas at The Elks Lodge: Dickens would be proud. Get spooked this season and discover the eerie legends of Krampus, La Befana and Mr. Claus himself. You may even be able to conjure up a few actual Christmas spirits. It all starts at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Saturday, Dec. 15

Cocoa and Carols at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: Bring on the cocoa. The MTCC is hosting its annual day of family-friendly festivities, including holiday crafts, book readings, caroling by the Dunbar Magnet Middle School choir and, of course, lots of hot cocoa and gingerbread. Hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

Cover story: How the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center Preserves History While Making It

The Nexus Nook Grand Opening at CALS Main Library: Coffee? Bestsellers? Wi-Fi? Check, check and check. The new second location of Nexus Coffee and Creative is nestled inside the CALS main library first floor and will officially begin serving deliciousness this weekend. Prepare to be caffeinated. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 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.

Cocktail & Fire Pit Party at The Rail Yard: Yep, East Village's newest hangout spot now serves up cocktails to go along with its craft beer and wine, and not to mention food trucks, yard games and fire pits to keep you toasty all winter long. We'll take the Hanger Hill Punch, please. Stop in from 4-10 p.m. For more info, click here.

Christmas Spirits at The Outlets of Little Rock: Shop and sip your way through a plethora of stores, all while benefiting a good cause. Not only can you taste test beverages at the pop-up Christmas Spirits Cocktail Lounge, but you can also score special discounts, door prizes, food trucks, music, games and more. Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. The fun starts at 4 p.m. For more info, click here.

Christmas Karaoke at Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack: Warm up the golden vocal pipes, folks. This annual event is always a good time, with all door and raffle proceeds benefiting none other than The Van. Oh, and don’t forget the ridiculous Christmas getup contest. The drummer boy beats drop at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Sunday, Dec. 16

Christmas Brunch at The Castle on Stagecoach: Holy candy canes. If you have a Christmas crown, this is the time to wear it. At this stately brunch, not only will guests enjoy a carriage ride on the grounds, but the menu from Gina’s Catering for this monthly gathering will knock you flat. Just make sure to grab a signature apple cider mimosa while chatting it up with Santa around the fire pit, aka s'mores station. Call (501) 960-0658 to reserve your spot (like, ASAP). For more info, click here.

Ugly Sweater Race at the Outlets of Little Rock: Avert thine eyes or bask in the ugly glory — it's runner's choice. Created by the team behind the Little Rock Marathon, this inaugural 5K encourages runners to show up in their holiday worst in exchange for a custom finisher's medal, technical participant shirts and post-race festivities. There's even an "elf dash" for speedy children under 10 years of age. Go time is 8 a.m. For more info, click here.

"The Santa Clause" Screening with Judge Reinhold at Ron Robinson Theater: Fans of '90s Christmas movies, rejoice. Actor Judge Reinhold — famous for roles in "Beverly Hills Cop," "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "Seinfeld" and alongside Tim Allen as Neal in "The Santa Clause" — will make a special appearance at the Ron Robinson. After the screening, guests can participate in a Q&A with Reinhold and compete for prizes in Neal’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest and the Weenie Whistle Raffle. Really. And the best part: proceeds benefit the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

TBT: For more on Reinhold, check out our 2009 profile on the Arkansas regular.

Neighborhood Caroling Sip & Stroll with Stone's Throw Brewing: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, right? Stone's Throw has you covered. Warm up with a few brews and a practice sesh in the taproom before making your way around MacArthur Park with your fellow carolers. Festive garb and instruments are encouraged. After you've looped the park, wash it all down with more Stone's Throw goodness. It all starts at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

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, an event so popular they added a second date.. 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.

River City Men's Chorus Holiday! 2018 Concert at Second Presbyterian Church: The chill in the year has us thinking it’s lovely weather for a Christmas concert together with this local talent. The chorus will perform old and new favorites alike, guaranteeing to leave you caroling long after the free concert ends. Showtime is at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.

Winter Beer Dinner at Rebel Kettle Brewing: Hope you're hungry. Rebel Kettle's bar and kitchen crews are teaming up for their first-ever beer dinner, and we have to say, it sounds like they're getting off on the right foot. Guests can expect a five-course menu rooted in Cajun tradition (gumbo, anyone?) all paired with Rebel's brews. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

 

Friday - Sunday, Dec. 14-16

Home for the Holidays at the Robinson Center: Ho ho ho, ASO. The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra is bringing merriment to the masses during this annual event. Conducted by Philip Mann, this production will showcase holiday favorites like "White Christmas," "Sleigh Ride" and a Hanukkah medley. You can catch the show at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday. For more info, click here.

 

More holiday goodness: 12 Ways to Have an Iconic Little Rock Christmas