Pass the cocoa, y'all. It's getting good.


Thursday, Dec. 12

Make It Merry! at the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub: Let's get the making party started. At this annual Hub event, you can make a gingerbread house, pixel art ornament, laser-cut village houses and more. The merry fun starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.

"Die Hard" Screening at Ron Robinson Theater: Yippee ki-yay, y'all. John McClane and Hans Gruber are throwing the year's best Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza, and you're invited.  Showtime is 7 p.m. For more info, click here.

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Feliz Navidog Ugly Sweater Pawty at Bark Bar: Fido's gone festive. Get Lassie in his favorite holiday getup and stop in to shop ornaments and gifts to benefit Arkansans Assisting Homeless Animals, and get in on giveaways and Lagunitas discounts while you're there. It starts at 6 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday, Dec. 13

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 Arkansas Chamber Singers concert at the Old State House Museum, an Amber E Lea Jewelry show at Bella Vita, a popup at Nexus, exhibit openings at Gallery 221 and The Bookstore at Library Square and the annual Nog-Off at HAM (more on that in a second). The fun lasts 5-8 p.m. For more info, click here.

15th 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.

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Holiday Getdown at Esters: The holidays are about traditions, and here's a new one for ya, Little Rock. This SoMa restaurant is marking its first by offering seasonal food and drink specials, live music and some serious rounds of Skee-Ball. It starts at 6:30 p.m. FOr more info, click here.

The Ugly Sweater Party at Diamond Bear Brewing Co.: Sipping local beer just gets a little better when you look a little ridiculous. The brewery will be slinging its newest holiday beer while guests can compete for prizes. Be there 7-9 p.m. For more info, click here.


Saturday, Dec. 14

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 5K encourages runners to show up in their holiday worst in exchange for a custom finisher's medal and post-race festivities. There's even an "elf dash" for speedy children under 10 years of age. Go time is 7:30 a.m. For more info, click here.

Santa and Vendor Fair at The Bramble Market: Who doesn't love a holiday market? Check out goods from local vendors and check in with the big guy in red, and don't forget to hit up the Delta Biscuit Co. food truck. It starts at 9 a.m. For more info, click here.

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

The Little Craft Show at Lost Forty Brewing: Time to get crafty, y'all. Perfectly timed with the holidays, the northwest Arkansas-based indie craft show will take over Lost Forty's taproom to highlight a slew of regional artisans and makers, where attendees can enjoy craft beer while they cruise. Be there 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more info, click here.

Holiday Goodies at The Promenade at Chenal: Listen, we all know you still have some shopping to get done, so why not do it where they're handing out sweets? Make a pitstop at the hot chocolate bar and cookie decorating station in the shopping center courtyard and stick around for a performance from the Chenal Elementary Student Choir. It kicks off at noon. For more info, click here.

Holiday Sip and Shop at Rusty Tractor Vineyards: Festivities with a view. Get down on the farm, er, vineyard, with a day of perusing goods from local artisans and tasting wines from around the world. Stop in noon - 9 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.

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So Southwest Christmas Parade on Geyer Springs Road: It's back! Floats, bands, marchers and dancers — and, of course, ol' Saint Nick — are hitting the streets for this super shot of holiday fun. The parade stretches from McClellan High School to the state police headquarters. The fun starts at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

Holiday Wine Tasting at O'Looney's Wine & Liquor: 'Tis the season. Don't fret over what wines to serve your family and friends this season, let the pros show you how it's done. Stop in and sip some of their seasonal favorites, all perfectly matched and dinner-table-ready. The sipping starts at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.

Ugly Sweater Contest at Lucky Lou’s: Can't stop, won't stop with the ugly sweaters. Expect eats from Nach’yo Nachos, a tap takeover by Lost Forty, live music and a raffle. Be there 6-11 p.m. 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. It all starts at 7 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 proceeds benefiting The Van. Oh, and don’t forget the ridiculous Christmas outfit contest. The drummer boy beats drop at 8 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday & Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14

O'Faolain Holiday Trunk Show at Barbara/Jean: Festive meets fabulous at this boutique's trunk show. Arkansas native Bryant Phelan is behind O'Faolain's luxury leather goods, and they'll be on hand to help you finish up your gifting with items like crossbodies, wristlets and card cases. Store hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days. For more info, click here.


Sunday, Dec. 15

Christmas Brunch at The Rail Yard: Two of our favorite words! This weekend's gathering includes new breakfast specials from Count Porkula and visits from A Little Crêpesy food truck and Santa himself. Done in The Rail Yard's "beat the clock" style, you'll get better deals on eats and drinks the earlier you show up. It starts at 11 a.m. For more info, click here.

Live Full Out Celebration at Full Out Barre: Time to take a break from the s'mores and get moving with a day of free barre classes. Guests can also get their fill of bites, giveaways and on-site screen printing with Electric Ghost. The first class starts at 2:30 p.m. For more info, click here.

Sip & Stroll Neighborhood Caroling with Stone's Throw Brewing: The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear, right? 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.

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Holiday Music at the Arsenal at the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History: If you're not the caroling type, stick around MacArthur Park and let the pros show you how it's done. This free concert is in its 10th year and features pianists and vocalists from Margaret Wyatt's Piano and Vocal Studio. The music starts at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.


Friday - Sunday, Dec. 13-15

"The Nutcracker Spectacular" at the Robinson Center: Tell the Sugar Plum Fairy she’s on. Featuring 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 Saturday, and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.

Arkansas Chamber Singers 40th Anniversary 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 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more info, click here.


'Tis the season for holiday open houses! Check out these around town:


And don't forget about Santa sightings: