Where to See Santa Claus in Little Rock and Central Arkansas
That's right! Santa Claus is coming to town, visiting with children at various locations around Little Rock and central Arkansas. He'll be at Park Plaza Mall and Pleasant Ridge Town Center and continue to make appearances throughout November and December at holiday hotspots like Garvan Woodland Gardens, McCain Mall and the Capital Hotel.
Here are 15 places to see Santa this holiday season!
The Promenade at Chenal: Bring your camera and your cute kiddos for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free! The shopping center's holiday celebration includes face painting, gift wrapping and more. Here's the schedule:
- Free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus from 1-5 p.m. Nov. 18 & 25 and Dec. 2, 9 & 16.
- Free photos with Queen Elsa, Kristoff & Olaf the Snowman from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16
- Free face painting in the courtyard from noon-2 p.m. Nov. 18 and Dec. 16
- Arkansas Circus Arts will be live with performances by hula hoopers, stilt walkers and more at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 25 and Dec. 9.
For info: (501) 821-5552, ChenalShopping.com. FREE!
Pleasant Ridge Town Center: Santa will also be at the shopping center on Dec. 9, 16 & 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. He'll be walking around at Pleasant ridge and stopping to take photos and chat with shoppers and visitors. 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. For info: (501) 225-7807, PleasantRidgeTownCenter.com. FREE!
Lighting Ceremony at Mountain Harbor Resort: The day after Thanksgiving is the official start of Christmas at this beautiful resort on Lake Ouachita. The festive lighting ceremony includes live music, a photo booth, free hayrides to view the Christmas lights, free cookies, hot cocoa and cider, Christmas story reading by Mrs. Claus, and visits with Santa. Open to the public. Located on Lake Ouachita; see website for directions. Nov. 24, 6 p.m. For info: (870) 867-2191, MountainHarborResort.com. FREE!
Papa Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm in Benton: This quaint farm provides saws for adventurous visitors to cut down their own trees. Families can also go on a wagon ride, and snack on free candy canes or sip complimentary hot cocoa and cider. Beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving, kids can say hello to Papa Santa himself! No purchase required—bring your own camera to snag a free photo. 4976 Warford Road, Benton. Santa will be there Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9 & 16; 2-5 p.m. See the farm's hours here. For info: (501) 779-1062, Facebook.com/PapaSantasChristmasTreeFarm. Tree prices vary; visits with Santa FREE!
Clinton Presidential Center: The Clinton Center will host holiday activities for the family, including fun art projects, special holiday entertainment, tasty treats and free photos with Santa. The Santa at the Center event is free, but regular admission fees apply to tour the Library. 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Dec. 2, 9 & 16; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: ClintonPresidentialCenter.org. Visits with Santa and photos FREE!
Santa Claus at McCain Mall: Find Kris Kringle on the lower level at Center Court and give him your secret wish list for the holiday season. 3929 McCain Blvd., North Little Rock. Nov. 10-Dec. 24, visit website for times. For info: (501) 758-6317, website. Photo packages start at $24.99; visits with Santa FREE!
Santa Claus at Park Plaza Mall: Santa arrives Nov. 5 and to visit with boys and girls every day until Christmas Eve. Hear him Ho-Ho-Ho on the second level near Dillard’s East. You can also bring your furry friends for Santa Paws Photos from 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays from Nov. 8-Dec. 13. 6000 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Nov. 11-Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sundays. For info: (501) 664-4956, ParkPlazaMall.com. Photo packages start at $24.99; fast passes are available for purchase online; visits with Santa FREE!
Santa Nights at Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens: Santa will hear all the children’s wishes and professional photographer Rebecca Peterman will take photos each night; photos available for purchase. After seeing Santa at the Garvan Pavillion, explore approximately 17 acres of Christmas lights. 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs. Dec. 4-7 & 11-14, 6-8 p.m. Admission to Gardens: adults $15, ages 6-12 $5, under 6 & members are free. For info: (501) 262-9300, GarvanGardens.org.
Santa Shack at the Cabot Walmart Supercenter: Cabot's Santa Shack welcomes children the day after Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season to sit with Santa and pose for a photo. Each child receives a free candy cane. Photos available for purchase. 304 S. Rockwood Road, Cabot. Nov. 24-Dec. 22, see website for times.
Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops: Visitors will find a Christmas village, model trains, twinkling lights and free photos with the big man in red. Kids can participate in free games, crafts and activities. 1 Bass Pro Drive, Little Rock. Nov. 12-Dec. 24, see website for hours. For info: BassPro.com, (501) 954-4500. Photo packages available for purchase; receive a 4x6 photo for FREE!
Sundays with Santa at The Capital Hotel: Santa will await visitors in the lobby of the Capital Hotel several Sundays in December. Children may bring their wish lists, and parents may bring their cameras for photographs. Plus, don't miss the annual Capital Hotel Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 27. 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Dec. 3, 10 & 17; 2-4 p.m. For info: (501) 374-7474, CapitalHotel.com. Visits and photos with Santa FREE!
Bernice Garden Tree Lighting: Booker T. Washington Elementary School’s choral group will kick off the evening’s festivities with holiday songs. After their performance, the kids will help lead the community in the countdown to light up the tree and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to visit with the kids and their families. Loblolly Creamery will serve hot drinks and tasty sweets. 1401 Main St., Little Rock. Dec. 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 501-410-3938, Facebook page. FREE!
Outlets of Little Rock: From Nov. 24-Dec. 24, every family who visits with Santa Claus at Outlets of Little Rock will receive two free 4x6 Santa Photo Prints and a digital download of a single image. Additional photos and Christmas merchandise are available for purchase. Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. with breaks from 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with a break from 2-3 p.m. For info: Facebook. FREE!
Seaton's Scott Place: Santa is a busy many this time of year but he's stopping in to check on all of the good boys and girls! Bring your kiddos and your cameras for an afternoon of story time and treats at Scott Place on Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. 15235 Highway 165, Scott. For info: Facebook. FREE!
Santa in the Park at River Center Gymnasium:Enjoy pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, a cookie decorating station, carriage rides, bounce houses and more! Located at River Center Gymnasium. Dec. 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1800 Citizens Dr., Benton. For info: Facebook. FREE!