December’s Top 10 Events

1. Lights of the Ozarks


November 17 – December 31

Every year the Fayetteville Downtown Square lights up its entire vicinity with glowing Christmas lights. Fayetteville Parks and Recreation spends over 3,000 hours creating the beautiful project. Approximately 400,000 lights are scattered across the downtown square. Take a stroll in downtown Fayetteville and see the Lights of the Ozarks.

2. Holiday Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Hot Springs

November 18 – December 31

Garvan Woodland Gardens adds additional magic to its grounds during Christmas and creates a mystical Christmas-themed world across its 17 acres. 4.5 million bulbs will light up across the estate. Indulge in complimentary hot cocoa and a walk around the gardens. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children.

3. Caroling in the Caverns

Mountain View

November 24 – December 17

There’s no better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to listen to local musicians perform traditional Christmas carols in an underground cathedral. This year, Blanchard Springs is offering various Christmas carol performances centered right in the heart of its beautiful caverns. Go on a little Christmas adventure to enjoy classic Christmas tunes. Tickets are $25.

4. Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights


November 27 – December 30

This beautiful trail of lights is one of the most attractive exhibits in central Arkansas. There are beautiful Christmas displays throughout the trail. These are not just original Christmas lights, these displays are brought to life and transformed into different Christmas symbols and characters. Snuggle up in your car with a warm blanket and go drive through this enchanted forest. Admission is free.    

5. The Gift of the Magi

Little Rock

November 29 – December 24

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre is showing the musical, The Gift of the Magi. This classic tale by O. Henry is brought to life in this outstanding production. The couple in the story find the perfect gift for one another because of true love and sacrifice. Take your significant other or family and enjoy this production. Tickets start at $48.

6. Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade and Capitol Lighting

Little Rock

December 2

The traditional Little Rock Christmas Parade and lighting of the Capitol is the perfect way to kick off the Christmas season. Little Rock’s Annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. The parade will begin at 3 p.m. in downtown Little Rock and will end at 5 p.m.

7. Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Little Rock

December 2

Throw on your favorite red and green holiday costume and head out to the 2017 annual Jingle Bell Run. The race will raise funds and bring awareness to cure Arthritis. Participants can sign up for a 5k, 1 mile or kid’s run. Be merry in your holiday-themed attire and run or walk for a great cause.

8. An Old-Fashioned Christmas in the Village


December 2

Take a trip back in history. The buildings of Pioneer Village in Searcy will be decorated in a traditional Christmas style. Guests will feel as if they are truly in the 1800s. Santa will also make a special appearance at the village. Hot apple cider and a sugar cookie will be provided. Go on an adventure to appreciate the historical pioneer Christmas. Admission is free to the public.

9. Christmas at the Crescent

Eureka Springs

December 2 – 8

Christmas at the Crescent is a popular tradition in the Ozarks. The historical and haunted hotel contains many activities for guests and locals. There is a Christmas forest tree lighting ceremony, a Santa’s brunch, holiday music and other festivities. Eureka Springs is a wonderful spot for families to spend a few days during the holiday season.

10. The Nutcracker

Little Rock

December 8 – 10

Ballet Arkansas presents its 2017 showing of the classic performance, The Nutcracker. Enjoy the beautiful performance and enchanting story of a nutcracker that comes to life to defeat the evil mouse king. Bring your family to the Robinson Center and relish in a magical evening. Tickets start at $23.

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