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 17 places to see Santa this holiday season! And once you snag the perfect picture, enter our Santa photo contest right here!
Science With Santa at the Museum of Discovery: Step into Santa’s science lab for fun science demos, hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, chances to meet museum animals and more! This event is included in regular museum admission: $10 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under and free for members and children under 1. 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For info: museumofdiscovery.org.
The Promenade at Chenal: Bring your camera and your cute kiddos for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus for free! Come for the annual Merry and Bright Holiday Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 26 for photos from 1-5 p.m. Ice Man, Snow Queen and Olaf the Snowman will be there for pictures from 1-3 p.m. and "Beauty and the Beast" characters will be there from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Then, hang around for the tree lighting at 5 p.m. Find Santa at at the fireplace near Bravo Italian; 17711 Chenal Pkwy., Little Rock. Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus will also take place on Dec. 3, 10 & 17; 1-5 p.m. For info: (501) 821-5552, ChenalShopping.com. FREE!
Holiday Open House at Pleasant Ridge Town Center: Welcome the holidays with carriage rides, refreshments, beautiful store window decorations, and visits with Santa! The event takes place Nov. 20, 1-4 p.m. Santa will also be at the shopping center on Dec. 10 & 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Dog Bowl store on Dec. 4, 1-4 p.m. 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. 25, 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. 26, Dec. 3, 10 & 17; 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!
Pediatrics Plus in Little Rock: Santa Claus visits Pediatrics Plus for a free community event. Have your child's picture taken with Santa Claus; a free digital photo will be sent straight to your email. 1900 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock. Dec. 16, 11 a.m.-noon. For info: (501) 821-5459, PediatricsPlus.com. 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. 3, 10 & 17; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For info: ClintonPresidentialCenter.com. 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. 11-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. 5-Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon.-Sat.; noon-6 p.m. Sun. For info: (501) 664-4956, ParkPlazaMall.com. Photo packages start at $23; 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. 5-8 & 12-15, 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 Drive, Cabot. Nov. 25-Dec. 23, 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. 13-Dec. 24, see website for hours. For info: BassPro.com, (501) 954-4500. Photo packages available for purchase; receive a 4x6 photo for FREE!
Cookies with Santa at the Museum of Discovery: Join the Mommying and More organization for a snack and photo with Santa and then explore the Museum of Discovery. Moms get a free swag bag and kids will receive a free book. Get half price admission to the museum with this flyer. 500 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock. Dec. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission with flyer: adults $5, children 12 and younger $4, children under 12 months free. For info: email@example.com, Mommyingandmore.com.
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 5 p.m. Nov. 28. 111 W. Markham St., Little Rock. Dec. 4, 11 & 18; 2-4 p.m. For info: (501) 374-7474, CapitalHotel.com. Visits and photos with Santa FREE!
Holidays in the Wild at the Little Rock Zoo: Holidays in the Wild features an enchanted train ride to the South Pole, pictures with Santa, crafts for kids, live music, food trucks and light displays! This year, Holidays in the Wild will feature Lightasmic's colorful, interactive light show on the Civitan Amphitheater stage. All activities are included in admission. 1 Zoo Drive, Little Rock. Dec. 2-4 & 8-11, 6-9 p.m. For info: (501) 666-2406, littlerockzoo.com. Tickets $12 per person at the gate.
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. 1, 5-7 p.m. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 501-410-3938, Facebook page. FREE!
Toys 'R' Us in North Little Rock: If you want to avoid waiting in lines, then this is where you need to go. Schedule your visit with Mr. Claus ahead of time online down to the minute. Just visit this website, select how many are in your group and pick a time. Nov. 19-Dec. 22; times vary, use website to book a slot. For info: comevisitsanta.com, toysrusinc.com. $29.95 per group; includes photo package.
For more holiday events, parades, lighting ceremonies and Santa Sightings, check out our full online calendar here.