Weekend Plans: Christmas Parades, a Penguin Party and More

Thursday through Sunday

The Tony® Award-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables comes to Robinson Center in Little Rock this Thursday through Sunday. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. The world’s most popular musical will feature the beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars” and many more. Shows start at 7:30 p.m. nightly.

Friday through Sunday

Shop local this weekend! The 39th Annual Arkansas Craft Guild’s Christmas Showcase will be at the Statehouse Convention Center, 101 East Markham Street in Little Rock. Over 100 Arkansas artists will be offering a unique array of fine hand-crafted work at the Christmas Showcase including: pottery, woodworking, fiber art, glass, photography, jewelry, gourmet foods and more. Tickets are $5 at the door. On Friday the Showcase is open from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Little Rock’s Annual Big Jingle Jubilee Holiday Parade is sure to be an afternoon of festive fun! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joined by various entries such as marching bands, floats, cars, animals and much more! The Parade will begin at 2nd and Broadway at 3 p.m. and follow Broadway to Capitol Avenue, then proceed down Capitol Avenue to the State Capitol. The lighting at the Arkansas State Capitol and fireworks display will follow at dark. The parade is sponsored by the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Join live penguins from the Little Rock Zoo for an educational program about our favorite bird! The Little Rock Zoo and Outlets of Little Rock bring you a Penguin Party! Santa will read a penguin-themed story. After the story, stay for free photos with Santa and fingerprinting for children done by Woodmen Life with the Little Rock Police Department. The event runs from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. The Penguin Party will be outside the Food Pavilion at the Outlets of Little Rock. This event is free and open to the public.

Witness the magical transformation of the Arkansas Arts Center studios turned into a Hogwarts wonderland! The Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre  is hosting a Harry Potter Holiday Wonderland from 10 a.m. to  3 p.m. at the Arts Center, 501 E 9th St. in Little Rock. Students will be sorted into houses, make their own wands, make some Harry Potter themed ornaments and other crafts, go on a Horcrux Hunt through the galleries and more. Costumes are encouraged. Ages six to 12 are welcome and cost is $45 for members, $56 for non-members. Registration by November 30 is required.


The Historic Arkansas Museum is hosting the 50th Annual Christmas Frolic & Open House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Frolic celebrates Christmas as it was in the 1800s with living history, carols, reenactments, live music, dancing and more. Visitors come from across Arkansas each year to sample Historic Arkansas Museum’s famous hot cider and ginger cake, and to shop for unique Arkansas-made holiday gifts in the Museum Store. The celebration takes place at Little Rock’s oldest surviving structure, the Historic Arkansas Museum located at 200 E 3rd St. in Little Rock. Admission is free.

Help ring in the holiday season at the Old State House Museum at Holiday Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. There will be cookies and punch, musical groups performing seasonal favorites, and lots of hands-on activities. Admission is free. The Old State House Museum is located at 300 W Markham St. in Little Rock.

Click here to see Publisher Heather Baker talk to Fox 16 Good Day about the Weekend Planner.

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