The holiday season is a magical time to be alive. The food, the music, the parties…there are so many fun things to do in Little Rock for the holidays! If you are not sure where to start celebrating, we compiled a list of events below that will bring a smile to your face. From a fun 5K to a reindeer rendezvous, there’s plenty to do in this charming city we all call home.
Venture outdoors to see great sights, or get in a great workout, at these holiday happenings.
#1: Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade
What would the holidays be without a big parade to celebrate them?
This Saturday, December 1, starting at 3:00 pm, you can head downtown to see Little Rock’s annual “Big Jingle Jubilee” for free with your friends and family.
The parade starts at Second Street and Broadway, takes Broadway west, then turns on Capitol Avenue before ending at the State Capitol. Afterwards, there will be fireworks as the Capitol Building’s lights go on for the first time at 6:00 pm.
#2: Light Shows at The Promenade at Chenal
Do you enjoy driving around Little Rock’s neighborhoods to take in all the holiday lights and decorations every year?
The Promenade at Chenal is going to be lit up like the best of them this year, with daily light shows happening now through December 26. You drive or walk through the shopping center to see the sights from 5:00 to 9:00 pm at the top of every hour.
#3: Ugly Sweater Race
Counting down the days until the Little Rock Marathon in March? There is a holiday-themed event in the works that can tide you over until then.
On December 16, the Little Rock Marathon is hosting their inaugural Ugly Sweater Race at the Outlets of Little Rock. Participants are invited to enjoy the holidays with a fun 5K run in their ugliest holiday sweaters. You can get creative with your outfit for a chance to win the Ugly Sweater Contest!
If you don’t want to do the 5K here in Little Rock, you can even do a virtual race from anywhere. There’s also an “Elf Dash” for runners 10 and under.
Shop until you drop at these special holiday events.
#4: The Little Craft Show
You can find unique, handmade gifts at The Little Craft Show at Lost Forty Brewing on December 8. Artists and crafters from all over the country will be there selling their wares from noon to 6:00 pm.
An added bonus of the event taking place at a brewery is, of course, the craft beer! Who wouldn’t want to sip something tasty with shopping?
#5: Holiday Shop & Sip
The Outlets of Little Rock are having their own “Shop & Sip” event for shoppers 21 and older on December 8 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. You will love trying some holiday-themed cocktails while shopping special discounts only available to ticket-holders.
Tickets range from $25 to 30 dollars, and all proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.
MEET & GREETs
Meet Santa, his reindeer, and other curious creatures all while having fun for the holidays.
#6: Reindeer on the River
We were so excited to hear that Santa’s reindeer are coming to Little Rock this year!
On December 2, from noon to 5:00 pm, you have to stop by the River Market Pavilion for Reindeer on the River. Plenty of photo opportunities will be there waiting for you at this free event, in addition to crafting stations, activity booths, and more holiday fun.
#7: Sundays with Santa
Santa Claus himself will be at the Capital Hotel throughout December for Sundays with Santa.
On December 2, 9, 16, and 23 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, you can meet, greet, and take a picture with Santa before he needs to go back to The North Pole.
#8: Holidays in the Wild
If you would rather see Santa on a Saturday, make your way to the Little Rock Zoo for Holidays in the Wild on December 8 and 15.
Not only can you take a picture with Santa, but you can also watch him deliver treats to the animals at the zoo!
Tickets are available for 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on both days, and the price includes a meal, photo opportunity, and crafts at Café Africa.
From movies to music, there are so many fun things to do in Little Rock for the holidays if you love seeing shows.
#9: Not-Quite-Holiday Film Fest
The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is celebrating the holidays with a series of film screenings at the Ron Robinson Theater. The Not-Quite-Holiday Film Fest takes place across several nights in December, ending with a showing of Gremlins on December 20.
Take a peek at the line-up:
- Tuesday, November 27 – Home Alone
- Tuesday, December 4 – Edward Scissorhands
- Tuesday, December 11 – Trading Places
- Thursday, December 13 – Love Actually
- Tuesday, December 18 – Die Hard
- Thursday, December 20 – Gremlins
Tickets are just $5 a piece, so purchase yours now to join in on the fun!
#10: Jack Frost in Santa Land
The Children’s Theatre at The Arkansas Arts Center is hosting performances of Jack Frost in Santa Land from November 30 to December 16.
The show tells the story of Jack Frost’s life as an elf at The North Pole. You can see the shenanigans he gets himself into for just $12.50 a person.
A special performance with American Sign Language translators on hand will be held on December 8. On December 7, you can come in your PJs for “Pajama Night!”
#11: Ballet Arkansas’ Nutcracker Spectacular
Ballet Arkansas is celebrating the 40th anniversary of their Nutcracker Spectacular this year! The Nutcracker is a classic, must-see ballet, and tickets range from $20 to $99 a seat. Get your tickets now for performances on December 7 to 9 at the Robinson Performance Hall.
Live music during the ballet is provided by the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, which also has a fun holiday show worth seeing…
#12: Home for the Holidays
“Home for the Holidays” is the name of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s big musical masterpiece happening on December 14 to 16 at Robinson Performance Hall
Come on, come all, to enjoy their performances of holiday classics with vocals by Maria Fasciano and Vernon Di Carlo.
#13: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
If you miss out on Ballet Arkansas’ performance of The Nutcracker, you are in great luck. The world-renowned Moscow Ballet is coming to Little Rock with their rendition of this incredible ballet.
There are two performances you can see on December 27 at Robinson Performance Hall. Get your tickets now before they’re gone!
Experience something unique (and free) with these fun things to do in Little Rock for the holidays.
#14: Holiday Open House
The Old State House Museum is celebrating the holidays with a free open house on December 2 from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Stop by to enjoy musical performances by local choirs, or take part in fun, interactive activities throughout this historical landmark.
Throughout the event, you can also take a free trolley to the Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, or Governor’s Mansion. It’s a great way to experience Arkansas history with a holiday twist.
#15: SoMa Holiday Open House
Every month for just one night, businesses in the South Main (SoMa) district of Little Rock stay open a little later to showcase the neighborhood’s growing scene. But this month, it’s going to be a little special to celebrate the season.
The SoMa Holiday Open House will take place on December 6 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, inviting visitors to enjoy some shopping or see the tree lighting ceremony at Bernice Garden. Each business along South Main Street will also have their own specials, treats, and other fun things to do.
It’s party time in Little Rock!
#16: Santa Paws Holiday Party
Every year, the Little Rock Animal Village hosts a holiday fundraiser to support their incredible organization. If you’re a dog lover, this is a very special way to give back this holiday season!
This event will be held this Saturday, December 1, from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Purchase tickets now to enjoy food, drinks, live entertainment and more while bidding on unique gifts in their silent auction.
#17: White Out Wonderland
Now is as good a time as any to announce our very own holiday party! This year, we invite you to celebrate the season with our “White Out Wonderland” on Thursday, December 20, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.
In keeping with the theme, The Pointe Brodie Creek clubhouse will be completely decked out in white. We invite you to come by for food, cocktails, and more fun.
Is there another seasonal event you would recommend? Tell us about other fun things to do in Little Rock for the holidays in the comment section!