The countdown is on! There are only two short weeks left until Christmas, and time is running out to get in with jolly ol’ Saint Nicholas. 

While we know he'll be popping into local events all over central Arkansas, here are a few surefire places to catch Santa Claus when he comes to town.

Sundays with Santa at The Capital Hotel: Santa will await visitors in the lobby of the Capital Hotel on Dec. 18 from 1-3 p.m. Children may bring their wish lists, and parents may bring their cameras for photographs. Plus, don't miss your chance to see the stunning tree. For info, call 501.374.7474 or visit

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visitors will find a Christmas village, model trains, twinkling lights and free photos with Saint Nick. Kids can also participate in activities, giveaways and write letters to the North Pole. Photos take place through Dec. 24, reservations required. For info, call 501.954.4500 or visit

Santa Claus at Park Plaza Mall: Here, Santa arrives to visit with boys and girls every day until Christmas Eve. Hear him ho-ho-ho on the first level near the food court. Hours vary and reservations are optional. Be sure to check signage near the Angel Tree for caroling performance times. For info, call 501.664.4956 or visit

Santa Claus at McCain Mall: Find Kris Kringle on the lower level and give him your secret wish list for the holiday season through Dec. 24. Bring your furry friend to pet night for a picture with Santa on Dec. 11 from 6-8 p.m. Make a reservation here. Hours vary and reservations are encouraged. For info, call 501.758.758.6340 or visit the mall website.

Bonus Sightings:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance at The Galleries & Bookstore at Library Square for 2nd Friday Art Night on Dec. 9 from 5-8 p.m.
  • Santa Christopher (from HBOMax documentary Santa Camp) will greet children and families at Community Bakery on Dec. 14. from 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Father Christmas will be visiting the Little Rock Zoo on Sundays throughout the month and for a special breakfast on Dec. 17.

  • Santa and Mrs. Claus return to the Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs this year on select nights from 5-7 p.m.

  • The Santa Shack is back at the Cabot Walmart until Dec. 23.