Whether you’re a strict Christmas after Thanksgiving family or you’re ready to deck the halls, you can enjoy family time with a holiday spin this weekend.


Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights, Sherwood

Socially distanced and family friendly fun? Yes please! Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights, one of our favorite spots to spy gorgeous holiday displays in central Arkansas, is kicking off their season early to bring an extra dose of cheer to local families. If you can’t make it this weekend, you have until Dec. 30 to take in the spectacular. 

The Details: 

When: Nov. 20-Dec. 30 | 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Where: Sherwood Sports Complex | 511 Bear Paw Road. Sherwood Cost: Free, donations welcome More info: facebook


Winter Garden Festival at Garvan Gardens

Light up your weekend with the daytime Winter Garden Festival at Garvan Gardens. New hours mean more places for your family to explore like the Evans Children’s Adventure Garden, the Evans Tree House, the Hixson Nature Preserve and the Perry Wildflower Overlook.

The Details:

When: Nov. 21-Dec. 31 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: Garvan Woodland Gardens | 550 Arkridge Road, Hot Springs Cost: Members Free | $15 ages 13 and up | $5 ages 4-12 | Free ages 3 and younger | $5 dogs on a short leash Guidelines: Masks required for entry and in some garden areas. 

Holiday Open House at Pleasant Ridge Town Center

Come for Santa, stay for the carriage rides, winter wonderland photo booth, music and amazing window decorations!

The Details:

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Pleasant Ridge Town Center | 11525 Cantrell Road, Little Rock 

Turkey Hunt at BoBrook Farms

This drive-thru event is sure to be a gooble, gooble good time. Families can hunt the BoBrook trail for hidden turkeys as they get in the Thanksgiving spirit. Parents: don’t forget to stop by River Bottom Winery to pick up a bottle (or two) for next week’s festivities.  

The Details:

When: 12-3 p.m. Where: BoBrook Farms | 13810 Combee Ln, Roland Cost: Free, donations welcome

“The Grinch” (2018) at MP Outdoor Cinema

Oh, sugar plums! Catch everyone’s favorite green Christmas thief’s return to the big screen. 

The Details:

When: 7 p.m. Where: MP Outdoor Cinema | 6700 Allied Way Cost: $27.92/4-person car 

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Still stumped? Here are a few other ideas:

Plan a Virtual Friendsgiving 

We break down how to plan a virtual shindig with your friends and family. Bring on the stretchy pants. 

Create Fall-Tastic Treats

We found pumpkin-based treats to take you from breakfast to dessert. Apples more your jam? Check out these six easy recipes. And plan to head off picky holiday eaters with reinvented the classics and easy sides. Weekend plans, enhanced.