The traditional Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, at 5:30 p.m.


For the 85th anniversary of the event, Fox 16 News anchor Kevin Kelly will emcee and Rodrick Rogers of Surrender Church in North Little Rock will give the invocation. There will be musical performances by the Arkansas High Wind Ensemble, Sounds of Victory, Rodney Cummings and members of the St. Mark’s Baptist Choir. Other special guests include the Catholic High Jr. ROTC, Santa Claus and more.


Following the ceremony and fireworks show, the public is invited inside the Capitol to view the Christmas decorations, visit Santa in his workshop, check out the first-floor exhibit gallery on the history of Santa Claus, watch wood carving by Charlie Huie and shop in the Capitol Gift Shop. The 2023 Capitol Christmas Ornament will be available for purchase.


The Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the public.


Capitol Holiday Hours (from Dec. 2 – Jan. 2):

  • Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Closed Christmas Day


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