List of Christmas events and celebrations in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Conway, Benton, Sherwood and Hot Springs


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Little Rock, Arkansas – The festive season has arrived, bringing with it an air of excitement and cheer, especially in Central Arkansas, where the atmosphere is electric with a variety of holiday events that embody the essence of seasonal joy.

For those who revel in the mesmerizing display of Christmas lights, Central Arkansas offers an enchanting experience. Imagine streets and parks adorned with twinkling lights, creating a magical landscape that transforms the night into a luminous wonderland. Each light installation is a work of art, offering a visual feast that captures the spirit of the holidays.

If you are a connoisseur of the performing arts, the classic holiday ballets in the area are a must-see. These performances, featuring talented dancers and exquisite choreography, bring to life the timeless stories associated with the holiday season. The grace and beauty of the dancers, set against elaborate backdrops and accompanied by iconic music, create an unforgettable experience that embodies the elegance and tradition of the festive period.
For those seeking a more relaxed and heartwarming experience, what could be better than enjoying milk and cookies with Santa Claus? This delightful activity is perfect for families and children, offering a chance to meet the jolly figure in a cozy setting. It’s an opportunity to create lasting memories, share wishes with Santa, and enjoy the simple yet profound pleasure of a classic holiday treat.

Our comprehensive list of events is meticulously curated to ensure that no matter your preference, there is something to lift your holiday spirits. Whether it’s the awe-inspiring light displays, the elegance of ballet, or the charming encounter with Santa, Central Arkansas is a hub of festive activities designed to celebrate the joy and warmth of the holiday season.

Little Rock

• GloWild at the Little Rock Zoo – Select nights through Dec. 30 from 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.
• Arkansas Craft Guild Christmas Showcase – Dec. 1-3 with times varying by date.
• Christmas cookies with Santa at CALS Children’s Library – Dec. 2 at 10:00 a.m.
• Lighting ceremony at Arkansas State Capitol – Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m
• Christmas movies at the Ron Robinson Theater – Various dates/times
• The So Southwest Christmas Parade – Dec. 2 at 2:00 p.m.
• Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker Spectacular – Dec. 8 -10 – Various times
• Christmas Market at Chenal – Dec. 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
• Breakfast with Santa at the Little Rock Zoo – Dec. 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
• Nutcracker! Magic Christmas Ballet – Dec. 31 at 5:00 p.m.
• Arkansas Symphony Orchestra: Home for the Holidays – Dec. 15-17 – Various times
• River City Men’s Chorus Holiday! 2023 Concert – Dec. 3, 4, 7- Various times
• The Bernice Garden tree lighting – Dec. 7 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• All Is Calm Christmas performance – Dec. 7-10- Various times

North Little Rock

• Christmas Parade in North Little Rock – Dec. 3 – from 2:00 p.m. to 4: 00 p.m.
• Christmas Parade in Conway – Dec. 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
• Conway Men’s Chorus 2023 Holiday Concert at Reynolds Performance Hall- Dec. 5 at 7:00 p.m.


• Saline County Christmas Parade – Dec. 4 at 6:00 p.m.
• Santa in the Park – Dec. 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3: 00 p.m.
• A Christmas Story at The Royal Theatre – Dec. 7-17 – Various times
• Santa in the Courthouse for Special Needs Night – Dec. 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Hot Springs

• ELF at The Pocket Community Theatre – Nov. 30- Dec. 3 & Dec. 7 -10 – Various times
• Hot Springs Christmas Parade – Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.
• Garvan Woodland Gardens Holiday Lights – Through Dec. 31 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Downtown holiday lights – Through January 2
Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights – Dec. 1-30 – from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m.


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