Buckle up, Rudolph.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Holiday Soirée at Barbara/Jean: Let's start things off right. It's all about the fashion at this boutique's holiday party. Guests can get in on cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, giveaways, trunk shows and tax-free shopping. The best part? They're also accepting donations for Women & Children First. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Stifft by Starlight in Stifft Station: Neighborhood parties on deck. An evening of merrymaking awaits with extended hours of treats, shopping and arts and crafts from Stone's Throw, The Oyster Bar, Stifft Station Gifts and Sundries, Bang-Up Betty and more. The fun lasts 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Christmas Festival in Baker Park: Cammack Village is bringing the merry with an outdoor screening of "The Grinch," games, crafts and some hangout time with Santa himself. The fest kicks off at 5:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Science After Dark: Jingle Booze at the Museum of Discovery: It's a Christmas miracle! Though the MoD held its last official monthly meetup of the year in September, these little elves just couldn't help themselves. Expect all kinds of merriment, including making a giant ugly sweater because science. As always, there will be plenty of drinks and eats from Fassler Hall, Rock Town and Stone's Throw. It all kicks off at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.
Christmas Girls' Night Out at Painted Tree Marketplace: Time for a few of our favorite things. Light bites and live music round out the night as ladies are invited to scope out home decor, fashion and a whole lot more. Come shop 6-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
"A Christmas Story" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Hope you stocked up on Ovaltine. Ralphie and the gang are gracing the big screen in the CALS lineup of holiday movies — official Red Ryder, carbine action, 200 shot range model air rifle included. Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
More festive flicks: Where to Watch Classic Christmas Movies in Little Rock
Reindeer Games at Stickyz Rock 'N' Roll Chicken Shack: Sorry, Rudolph, you're still not invited. Humans, however, can come try their hand at games with prizes on the line at this third annual event. But don't worry, gamers and non-gamers can get in on the adult beverages. It starts at 7 p.m. For more info, click here.
Little Rock Winds "Holly and Ivy" Concert at UA-PTC CHARTS Theater: This local performing ensemble is celebrating the holidays with an evening featuring "a cheerful chorus, delightful dancers, stunning soloists and a right jolly old elf." Expect classic carols, performances of "The Nutcracker" and more from a handful of guest performers, as well as a silent auction before the concert. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday, Dec. 6
SoMa After Dark in the South Main District: One of Little Rock's most unique neighborhoods finally got its own bash. Expect to see local businesses offering later hours and activities tailored to their specialties. Stop in at any of your favorite haunts and make sure to check out the SoMa Holiday Market (which continues through Saturday), as well as the Bernice Garden tree lighting. It all starts at 5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Need more tree magic? Here's a list of Christmas tree farms in the metro.
S'Mores & Pours at Stone's Throw Brewing: Leave the chestnuts at home, this fire is all about the 'mallows. Get cozy in the biergarten and roast up a healthy dose of holiday s'mores to go with Stone's Throw's newly released seasonal beers. Be there 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Cocktails & Kittens at SoMa Animal Clinic: We'll take the catbernet, please. This event benefits CLAWS (Cats' Lives Are Worth Saving) with an evening of wine, beer and frozen cocktails while hanging out with kittens that are up for adoption. Stop in 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Home for the Holidays at the Albert Pike Masonic Center: Benefiting Our House, this annual 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.
"It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre: Paging George Bailey. The Rep is putting a twist on this classic tale. Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, the play centers around a live radio version of Frank Capra’s 1946 film as the actors on stage transform into the characters of Bedford Falls. Showtime is 7 p.m., then stick around after the play for a champagne toast. For more info, click here.
"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.
Bobby Rush at Ron Robinson Theater: A concert featuring a blues legend? Gotta be funky. The Grammy-winner, Blues Hall of Famer, 12-time Blues Music Award-winner and B.B. King Entertainer of the Year will take the stage for a solo show to sing, play his guitar and harmonica and tell stories about his life in entertainment. Showtime is 8 p.m. For more info, click here.
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 5 & 6
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 Thursday with the annual tree lighting ceremony and First Thursday festivities. On Friday, things get cranked up a Christmas notch with bites from local restaurants, cookie decorating, hot cocoa, photo ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus and lots more. For more info, click here.
Saturday, Dec. 7
Jingle Barre at Athleta: For those of you diligent enough to keep up your workout schedule during the holidays, the rest of us need your help. Get a slice of encouragement at this free Full Out Barre session complete with giveaways, breakfast and shopping discounts. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
Jingle Bell Run at the Clinton Presidential Library: Still feeling a little slow from last week’s smorgasbord? Same. Get moving at this holiday fun run benefiting the Arthritis Foundation. If you’re not feeling up to the 10K or 5K, you can opt to walk a one-mile course with your team members instead. Holiday-themed costumes are encouraged, so we expect to see a few Cousin Eddies out there. Festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. For more info, click here.
Celebrate the Holidays 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 to help you get your DIY decor on with a little assistance from Olsen and Silks-A-Bloom's Dale Aldridge. The day includes a tour, lunch and two seminars with the pros. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. For more info, click here.
Frozen Science at the Museum of Discovery: Tell Elsa she's on in five. Though the forecast is calling for temps in the 50s, the MoD is thinking frigid on Saturday with a day of icy experiments, liquid nitrogen demos and hands-on activities. Stop in 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Holidays at Hocott's: Well, isn't this merry? The Hillcrest garden center is all kinds of festive this month as it hosts Santa, pop-ups, food, drinks, crafts and more every Saturday in December. Come join the fun noon - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
Cheesy Christmas Sweater Float at Rock Water Marina: Don't worry, the weather's not too frightful just yet. That means you can throw on your best funky sweater and go get some of the best views of the city from the waterway. The kayaks launch at 1 p.m. 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’ll 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, ending with the annual State Capitol lighting ceremony (plus fireworks!). It all kicks off at 3 p.m. For more info, click here.
Christmas Market at Heifer Village & Urban Farm: We can see the tinsel now. The farm is getting festive with this outdoor, European-style market. You can peruse fair-trade and ethically sourced gifts from around the world, as well as items from local artisans and food and drinks. See it all 4-9 p.m. For more info, click here.
Friday & Saturday, Dec. 6 & 7
QQThrift at 16th & Louisiana: Billed as "the best little thrift store you've never heard of," this shop pops up the first and third weekend of each month. From jewelry to books to home decor and beyond, all sales benefit the Quapaw Quarter UMC. Shopping hours are 2-5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday. For more info, click here.
Holiday Festivities at The Outlets of Little Rock: This shopping center is speaking our language. The fun starts with discounts, eats and drinks at a shop and sip event on Friday, then comes back strong with cocoa and cake pops with Mrs. Claus on Saturday. For more info, click here.
Sunday, Dec. 8
Fassler Hall-iday Handmade Pop-Up at Fassler Hall: Gifting while brunching gets a big "yes" from us. This pop-up features everything from handmade art to sweet treats while offering up a delicious menu to keep up your shopping strength. Stop in 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. For more info, click here.
52nd 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 reenactments, live music, carolling and more. Plus, the legendary mulled 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 and caroling from local music groups, along with the OSHM's stunning holiday decor. Be there from 1-5 p.m. For more info, click here.
Say It Ain’t Say’s Sweet Potato Pie Contest at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center: Have mercy and make way for this annual event as part of MTCC's Holiday Open House. 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.
River City Men's Chorus Holiday! 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.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 6-8
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.
Holiday Hangout at The White Water Tavern: And now for a break from your regularly scheduled programming. Do your holiday celebrating a bit different this weekend with three days of merry music and lots of artists. You can even catch an acoustic set from a few of the Holiday Hangout musicians at Lost Forty Brewing on Saturday, or hang around the Tavern for Breakfast, Books & Booze on Sunday. For more info, click here.
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 8
Holiday Concerts at Wildwood Park for the Arts: Keep the tunes coming. Wildwood is hosting two festive shows this weekend: "Merrily Ring" featuring guest bell choirs on Saturday at 4 p.m., and "Handel's Messiah" featuring four choirs with orchestra accompaniment. Each show is followed by a reception with hot chocolate, mulled wine, treats, caroling and Santa himself. For more info, click here.
A Ferncliff Christmas at Ferncliff Camp: We all know the star of the show is the annual living nativity trail, but there's more in store for guests this year. Think: food trucks, music and crafts for the kiddos. Gates are open 5-8:30 p.m. both nights. For more info, click here.
'Tis the season for holiday open houses! Check out these around town:
And don't forget about Santa sightings:
- Breakfast with Santa benefiting Our House
- Sensory-friendly Santa at GiGi's Playhouse
- Sundays with Santa at The Capital Hotel
- Pet photos with Santa benefiting the Humane Society of Pulaski County