It's all reindeer and sparkles from here to January. Let's get into it.
Editor's note: As COVID-19 remains a concern in Little Rock, remember to go out into the city safely and responsibly. Keep a safe distance, wear a mask when needed and get vaccinated.
Thursday, Dec. 2
Gotahold Brewing Tap Takeover at Mockingbird Bar & Tacos // Go ahead and raise that glass. This SoMa restaurant is hosting a night featuring the new Eureka Springs brewery, beer flights included. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Cattle Baron's Ball at Heifer International // Where heels aren't required and cowboy boots are encouraged. With a theme of "Starlight 'N' Spurs," this annual event is a relaxed evening benefiting the American Cancer Society with great local eats, auctions and music from country recording artist Mary-Heather and The Sinners. The fun starts at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
80's Rockin' Holiday Party at Domestic Domestic // Pass the Aqua Net. Don your '80s apparel and head to Kavanaugh for an evening of local shopping, live music and themed drinks, all co-hosted by Cocktails, Conversations and Connections. It kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here. Bonus: Head back to Domestic Domestic on Saturday for more food trucks and shopping specials. More on that here.
Friday, Dec. 3
Howliday Pawty at Bark Bar // Fido's gone festive. Get Lassie in his favorite holiday getup and stop in for Santa photos, menu specials and an ugly sweater contest. It goes down 4-9 p.m. Learn more here.
Artisan Craft Fair at Blue Yoga Nyla // The yogis are bringing the fun this weekend. This NLR studio will be filled with local makers' booths, plus food, fundraising for nonprofits and raffles. It starts at 5 p.m. Learn more here.
Om for the Holidays at Sixth House Studio // We love a good pun, especially when it brings a little zen to a crazy season. This annual holiday yoga session is for all levels, includes live music and, best of all, it benefits the Yoga in the Rock scholarship fund. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Learn more here.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Opening Night at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre // Spending the holidays back at The Rep? Pinch us. It's been a minute since we've celebrated the season at 601 Main St., and they're doing it up right with Snoopy and the gang, plus pop-up markets, music and family-friendly fun in the lobby. Showtime is 7 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative test are required. Learn more here.
Holiday in the Wild at Wildwood Park // We can hear it now. Wildwood is continuing its concert series featuring some of the best local acts, this time with a seasonal twist. Head to the Cabe Theatre to hear the live sounds of Rodney Block & Friends, and make sure to hit the concession stand to further your support of the park. Showtime is 8 p.m. Masks required. Learn more here.
Thursday & Friday, Dec 2 & 3
Holidays in Hillcrest on Kavanaugh // Cocoa on deck. The Hillcrest Merchants Association returns with this annual bash, making it a two-part holiday celebration. Part one is on Thursday with extra merry First Thursday festivities. On Friday, things get cranked up a Christmas notch with the annual tree lighting ceremony, bites from local restaurants, holiday games, photo ops with Santa and more. Learn more here.
Saturday, Dec. 4
A Very Merry Breakfast Drive-Thru at Christ the King Church // This is how you start a Saturday. A fundraiser for the local foster-care-focused nonprofit The Call, this event is serving up breakfast, crafts, party favors, a special appearance from Santa and a "Nutcracker"-themed wonderland to drive through. Time slots begin at 8 a.m. Learn more here.
Craft Market & Ferndale Christmas Parade on Kanis Road // And after breakfast, it's time for merriment. This annual holiday market takes place at the Ferndale Extension Building at 10 a.m., and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m., heading west down Kanis from Roberts Road. Learn more here.
Welcome Home for the Holidays at The Edgemont House // What better way to embrace the 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 some decor inspo, plus a pop-up Christmas market. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
Jingle Bell Run at Two Rivers Park // Still feeling a little slow from last week’s smorgasbord? Same. Get moving at this holiday 5K benefiting the Arkansas chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. Themed costumes encouraged, of course. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. Learn more here.
Big Jingle Jubilee Street Fair + Capitol Lighting in downtown Little Rock // Yep, you read that right. Street fair, not parade. In honor of its 50th year and big return after a 2020 hiatus, the event is getting a makeover and going into festival mode. Holiday vendors, marching bands, food trucks and Santa himself will fill Capitol Avenue between Victory and Cross streets. And as always, it ends with the lighting of the State Capitol, complete with fireworks. It all kicks off at noon. Learn more here.
Dodgeball Santa at Argenta Plaza // Who's ready to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge? Local businesses are teaming up and going head to head in this first-ever dodgeball tournament to benefit Jericho Way, a nonprofit working to end homelessness in central Arkansas. Come watch the fun and get in on food trucks and activities for the kiddos while you're there. Gates open at 3 p.m. Learn more here.
Holiday Social in Quapaw Quarter // There's no place like (someone else's) home for the holidays. The Quapaw Quarter Association is launching a new home tour this season featuring three historic houses decorated for the holidays. The tour concludes at the Governor’s Mansion for champagne, dessert, music and a silent auction. It starts at 5 p.m. Proof of vaccine required. Learn more here.
Holiday Concert at Nexus Coffee & Creative // We all know the best way to spread Christmas cheer, right? Sing loud for all to hear with a lineup of local musicians, plus ugly sweaters and a holiday menu. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.
"Million Dollar Quartet Christmas" at Robinson Center // For one night only, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley will take the stage in this new rock ‘n’ roll musical featuring your holiday favorites like you've never heard before. Showtime is 7 p.m. Learn more here.
Sunday, Dec. 5
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, music and hands-on activities. Plus, the legendary mulled cider and ginger cake alone make the whole thing worthwhile — as if you needed another reason. Stop by from noon - 4 p.m. Learn more 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. Learn more here.
Christmas Open House at the Governor's Mansion // If you've never been on the grounds of the Arkansas Governor's Mansion, here's your shining opportunity. It never looks more beautiful than when it's bedecked in sparkling holiday decor, so come "ooh and ahh" to your heart's content. Doors are open from 1-4 p.m. Learn more here.
Cocoa & Carols + Say It Ain't Say's Sweet Potato Pie Contest at the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center // Two of MTCC's most popular events are now combined into one day of fun. Expect lots of free, family-friendly festivities like holiday arts and crafts, music and, of course, plenty of hot chocolate and sweet potato pie. Pop in 2-5 p.m. Learn more here.
North Little Rock Sertoma Christmas Parade // Main Street will be hopping with holiday excitement Sunday afternoon. Packed full of floats, marching bands and festive spirit, the parade stretches down Main from Pershing to Washington. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Learn more here.
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 3-5
Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase 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 dozens of 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. Learn more here.
Holiday Hangout at The White Water Tavern // And now for a break from your regularly scheduled programming. Do your holiday celebrating a bit differently this weekend with three days of merry music and lots of artists. Learn more here.