Give yourself the gift of a sweet holiday memory, and add at least one of these parades to your busy holiday schedule! There are eight Christmas parades happening in central Arkansas over the next couple of weeks. Here's where your family can catch a little Christmas spirit:

9th Annual Illuminated Christmas Parade in Bryant: "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is the theme for this year's lighted parade featuring floats, bands and special guests Santa & Mrs. Claus. The parade travels down Reynolds Road. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. For info: (501) 847-4702, BryantChamber.com. FREE!

59th Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Jacksonville: This nighttime parade features illuminated floats and the featured guest, Santa, along with parade favorites: marching bands, floats, dance groups and the fire department. The theme this year is "Sights & Sounds of Christmas." The parade begins at the corner of Sharp & Main Streets and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. For info: (501) 982-4316, CityofJacksonville.net. FREE!

Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade in Downtown Little Rock: See Santa, Mrs. Claus and Rudy the Reindeer in this annual parade in downtown Little Rock. The Parade will begin at 2nd and Broadway, follow Broadway to Capitol Avenue, then proceed down Capitol Avenue to the State Capitol. The parade has been postponed to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10. (It was originally scheduled for 3 p.m. on Dec. 3.) For info: (501) 835-3399, HolidaysInLittleRock.com. FREE!

Christmas Parade in Cabot: This year's theme is "Christmas Around the World," and includes floats, bands, clowns and Santa. The parade begins at Panther Trail and travels on South Pine St., ending at Central Elementary School. Sunday, Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. For info: (501) 920-2122, Facebook. FREE!

Christmas Parade in Downtown Conway: A festive parade beginning on Front Street and Prairie Streets includes bands, floats and lots of holiday cheer. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. For info: (501) 932-5407, DowntownConway.org. FREE!

North Little Rock Sertoma Club Christmas Parade: The annual parade, themed "Joy to the World," begins at Pershing Boulevard and Main Street, heads south into the Argenta Arts & Entertainment District and concludes in front of the City Services Building (120 Main St.). Stick around for the Northern Lights Festival and the lighting of the city's LED tree at 4:30 p.m. Santa will visit with kiddos after the parade at city services building. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. For info: (501) 758-1424, NorthLR.org. FREE! While you're there, check out the city of North Little Rock's new model train exhibit!


Oaklawn Rotary Christmas Parade in Downtown Hot Springs: Along with the superb parade which features floats and marching bands, the entire town of Hot Springs will be aglow with holiday cheer. This year's parade theme is "Visions of Christmas Long Ago." Check website for parade route. Monday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. For info: (501) 321-2277, HotSprings.org. FREE!

Sherwood Christmas Parade: Don't miss this fun holiday parade with school bands, floats and fun. Parade will start at Lantrip Road and Kiehl Avenue and will end at Oakbrooke Drive. Santa will be there, too! Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. For info: (501) 835-7600, SherwoodChamber.net. FREE!

Looking for more holiday fun? Check out these articles from Little Rock Family: 5 Christmas Tree Farms in Central Arkansas, 7 Places to See Holiday Lights and Where to Find Santa Claus.