16 Magical Holiday Events for Weekend Family Fun
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
Whole Foods Kids Club at Whole Foods Market: Enjoy a free snack, visit with guests from Museum of Discovery, make a Christmas tree in a cup craft and listen to a story read aloud. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Visit the website for more information. FREE!
Santa at the Clinton 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 event is free, but regular admission fees apply to tour the Library. The fun goes from 8 a.m.-noon. Visit the website for more information. FREE!
Cocoa with Santa at Outlets of Little Rock: Head to the Starbucks at Outlets (in the food court) for cocoa with Santa at 9 a.m. Following the event, attendees are invited to take photos and each family will receive two free 4x6 photo prints and a digital download. Head to the website for more details. FREE!
Holidays in the Wild at the Little Rock Zoo: Head to Café Africa for holiday fun and festivities. Enjoy all day admission to the Zoo and a buffet-style breakfast at 10 a.m. or lunch at 1 p.m. Santa will hear the kids' wish lists and you can enjoy photo opportunities and special visits from animal ambassadors. After your meal, Santa will check his list twice and deliver presents to the zoo animals. Tickets range from $9.95-$24.95. Click here for tickets.
Harry Potter Holiday Wonderland at the Arkansas Arts Center: Students will be sorted into houses and spend the afternoon making magical art projects. Costumes are encouraged! This is a safe, creative environment for your kids and while they have fun from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., you can get some holiday shopping done. Bring a boxed lunch and drink. Registration is $45 for members and $56 for non-members. Visit the website for more info.
Santa at the Promenade at Chenal: Bring your camera and your cute kiddos for free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus! The fun goes from 1-6 p.m. More information is available on the Promenade's website. FREE!
Christmas Village at The Summit Church North Little Rock: Christmas Village is a family Christmas event featuring carriage rides, crafts, games, hot cocoa, s’mores, fire pits, Santa and even some "Frozen" friends. Families can also attend The Summit's Christmas church service at 4 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. at the same location before or after having fun at the Christmas Village, which goes from 3-8 p.m. Visit the website for more information. FREE!
61st Annual Christmas Parade in Downtown Jacksonville: This nighttime parade features illuminated floats, Santa and other parade favorites: marching bands, floats, dance groups and the fire department. The parade begins at the corner of Sharp & Main Streets and will end at First United Methodist Church on Main Street. The fun kicks off at 6:30 p.m. For info, click here. FREE!
Land of the Sweets Nutcracker Tea at Robinson Center: Go on stage at the Robinson Center to meet the characters from "The Nutcracker" ballet, enjoy delicious treats from the Land of the Sweets, have your photo taken with the Sugar Plum Fairy, hear the magical story of "The Nutcracker" and make it snow on stage as the dancers from Ballet Arkansas give an up-close holiday performance. The magic happens from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Visit Ballet Arkansas' website for more information.
Christmas Princess Tea Parties at Castle on Stagecoach: Celebrate Christmas in an unforgettable way with Snow White, Beauty, and Cinderella! Come see the sights of a castle with halls decked with holly, and three princesses ready to make some Christmas magic with you and your family. Tea times are 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 for adults and $50 for children. Call 501-960-0658 to make a reservation and click here for more details.
31st Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza at the Arkansas State Capitol: Check out the entries in the annual gingerbread house decorating juried competition, take photos with Santa and view an exhibit of winning entries to the holiday coloring contest for students in grades pre-K-5 from 1-4 p.m. The holiday fun takes place in the Rotunda. Call 501-372-5039 for more details. FREE!
Sunday with Santa at The Capital Hotel: Santa will await visitors in the lobby of the Capital Hotel. Children can bring their wish lists and parents should bring their cameras for photographs. Santa will be available for photos from 2-4 p.m. Call 501-374-7474 for more information. FREE!
Drive-Thru Live Nativity at Winfield United Methodist Church: Live actors portray scenes from the Nativity story including Mary's visitation by the angel Gabriel, the Roman census in Bethlehem, baby Jesus in the manger, and the journey of the three Wise Men. The Nativity is open from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Call 501-868-4225 or visit the website for more information. FREE!
"Jack Frost in Santa Land" at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre: It's time to save Christmas day! Jack Frost is causing all sorts of trouble. The chilly little scamp is forever upsetting production in the toy factory, tormenting the magic reindeer, and playing every sneaky trick you can think of on Santa himself. See if Mrs. Claus can save the day on Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $10-$12.50. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.
Ballet Arkansas presents “The Nutcracker” at the Robinson Center: This holiday classic will bring your imagination to life on stage at the Robinson Center. Watch sugarplums, snowflakes and the Nutcracker himself perform beautiful ballet as they defeat the evil Mouse King in battle and travel to a magical kingdom. Shows take place Friday (pajama night!) and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Click here to purchase tickets
A Ferncliff Christmas at Ferncliff Camp & Conference Center: See a live nativity and walk along an illuminated trail with nine different scenes related to the story of Christ’s birth. Enjoy live music, crafts, cookies and cider at the end of your experience. Open 6-9 p.m. both evenings. Admission is free, but a $20 per family donation is suggested. Visit the event Facebook page for more information.