It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — and Thanksgiving and the New Year and all things in between — everywhere we’ve been going. The five and ten is glistening once again. Back in seasonal vogue are the candy canes, silver lanes, just as well as the plump turkeys and honey hams or tofurkey and candied yams.

 

One thing most can agree on is that the holiday season can be overwhelming at times. Presents here. Christmas lights there. A theater show here. Food over there. So, this year, we wanted to help you (and us) through it all with this resource guide to navigating the season in Arkansas. It’s not exhaustive by any means, but it is at least a great jumping-off point for all to utilize. From shopping to shows and bakeries to bows, we’ve got a little bit of everything for you here.

 

LIGHT DISPLAYS

Arkansas State Capitol

Little Rock

An Old Time Christmas

Branson, Missouri

Bathhouse Row

Hot Springs

Christmas at the Park

Jonesboro

Creekmore Holiday Lights

Fort Smith

Downtown Eureka Springs

Eureka Springs

Edgewater Neighborhood

Maumelle

Enchanted Land of Lights and Legends

Pine Bluff

Finney’s Christmas Wonderland

Crossett

Garvan Woodland Gardens

Hot Springs

christmas holiday

GloWILD! at the Little Rock Zoo

Little Rock

Historic Downtown Holiday Lights Display

Hot Springs

Lighting of the Square

Bentonville

Lights of the Delta

Blytheville

Lights of the Ozarks

Fayetteville

Lights on Linker

Dover

Listening Forest Exhibition

Bentonville

Nature at Night on The Lost Canyon Preserve

Branson, Missouri

Saline County Courthouse

Benton

Searcy Holiday of Lights

Searcy

Sherwood’s Enchanted Forest Trail of Lights

Sherwood

Stewart Family Christmas Lights

Fayetteville

The Heights and Hillcrest

Neighborhoods

Little Rock

White River Wonderland

Batesville

Winter Nights and Magical Lights

Camden

Magical Lights Adventure

Washington County Fairgrounds

North Hills Neighborhood

North Little Rock

Pleasant Ridge Town Center

Little Rock

Pleasant Valley Neighborhood

Little Rock

Whimsical Christmas Light Show

Barling

 

EVENTS

Piccolo Zoppe 2023 Winter Circus

Parsons Stadium, Springdale

Nov. 1-4

Argenta Arts District, North Little Rock

Nov. 9-19, 23-26, 29-30

Dec. 1-10, 15-23, 26-31

These are just two of the rare red bears who will be arriving at the Titanic Museum Attraction in both Branson, Missouri, and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. They can be spotted throughout the sites and will also be available for adoption in the museums’ gift shops.

Red Bears at Titanic

Titanic Museum Attraction

Branson, Missouri

Nov. 4 – Dec. 31

An Old Time Christmas

Silver Dollar City

Branson, Missouri

Nov. 4- Dec. 30

Mrs. Garvan’s Fall Tea

Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs

Nov. 7

North Little Rock Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

510 Main St., North Little Rock

Nov. 7

A Fertle Holiday – The Main Thing

The Joint Comedy Theater, North Little Rock

Nov. 17- Dec. 30

A Magical Cirque Christmas

Robinson Center, Little Rock

Nov. 17

Holiday Craft & Gift Sale

Jacksonville Community Center, Jacksonville

Nov. 17-18

Bringin’ The Heat Tom Daniel Holiday Chili Cookoff

Downtown Hot Springs

Nov. 20

christmas holiday

Storytime with Scuba Claus

Wonders of Wildlife National

Museum & Aquarium,

Springfield, Missouri

Nov. 24, Dec. 1, Dec. 8, Dec. 12, Dec. 15, Dec. 19, Dec. 22

“Cirque Dreams Holidaze”

Robinson Center, Little Rock

Nov. 25

Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas Tour

Oaklawn Event Center, Hot Springs

Nov. 30

“Elf The Musical”

The Pocket Theatre, Hot Springs

Nov. 30 – Dec. 10

Lorrie Morgan’s Enchanted Christmas

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

Dec. 1

Lighting of the Christmas Tree & Candlelight Dinner

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 1

“A Christmas Carol: The Musical”

The Royal Theatre, Benton

Dec. 1-11

Santa Visits at Big Cypress Lodge

Big Cypress Lodge, Memphis, Tennessee

Dec. 1-2, Dec. 8-10, Dec. 15-23, Dec. 25

Jacksonville Christmas Parade

Main Street, Jacksonville

Dec. 2

Children’s “Road To Bethlehem” Experience

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 2

North Little Rock Sertoma Christmas Parade

510 Main St., North Little Rock

Dec. 3

Hot Springs Christmas Parade 2023

Historic Downtown Hot Springs

Dec. 4

Sounds of The Season 2023

Arkansas State Capitol, Little Rock

Dec. 4-8, 11-15

Christmas Afternoon Tea

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 6, Dec. 13, Dec. 20

“Miracle on 34th Street”

Argenta Community Theater,

North Little Rock

Dec. 6-17

Ice on Ice

Hamp Williams Building, Hot Springs

Dec. 7

Christmas Candlelight Dinner

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 8

Ballet Arkansas’ 45th Anniversary Nutcracker Spectacular

Robinson Center, Little Rock

Dec. 8-10

Holiday Art Market

Citizens Bank Event Center at Arts on Main,

Van Buren

Dec. 8-9

“A Christmas Carol 2023”

King Opera House, Van Buren

Dec. 8-9

The White Elephant 5k

Downtown Fayetteville

Dec. 9

Traditional Christmas Brunch

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 9

“Polar Express” in the Marlsgate Party Tent

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 9

Christmas Comedy Dinner Show

Vapors Live, Hot Springs

Dec. 9

The Snowman: A Family Concert

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

Dec. 10, Dec. 12

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Presents: “Home for the Holidays”

Robinson Center, Little Rock

Dec. 15-17

4th Annual Slay Ride

Fossil Cove Brewing Company, Fayetteville

Dec. 16

Breakfast with Santa 2023

Little Rock Zoo, Little Rock

Dec. 16

A Very Mariachi Christmas

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville

Dec. 21

Santa Comes to Marlsgate

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 22

Ho! Ho! Ho! And Mistletoe in the Marlsgate Party Tent

Marlsgate Plantation, Scott

Dec. 22

“A Christmas Carol”

TheatreSquared, Fayetteville

Nov. 29 – Dec. 24

Elegant New Year’s Eve

Marlsgate, Scott

Dec. 31

New Year’s Eve Party

Dec. 31

 

FOOD/CATERERS

Big Bad Breakfast

Little Rock

Blue Cake/Honey Pies

Little Rock

Bobbie D’s Southern Cuisine

Little Rock, Benton

Boulevard Bread Co.

Little Rock

Burge’s Hickory Smoked Turkeys and Hams

Little Rock, Lewisville

Catering Arkansas

Little Rock

Capitol Smokehouse & Grill

Little Rock

Community Bakery

Little Rock

Count Porkula

Maumelle and North Little Rock

Crave Catering Company

Little Rock

Cypress Social

North Little Rock

DownHome Catering

Little Rock

Etcetera

Stuttgart

Fire Dancer BBQ

Benton

Gina’s Catering

Benton

Good Eatin’ Arkansas

Little Rock

Gretchen Larkan Events

Central/Northeast Arkansas

Heritage Catering

Little Rock

Homer’s East Restaurant / Homer’s Kitchen Table

Little Rock

Honey Baked Ham Company

Little Rock, North Little Rock, Bentonville, Jonesboro, Hot Springs, Fayetteville

Lindsey’s BBQ and Hospitality House

North Little Rock

Loca Luna

Little Rock

Myrtie Mae’s Cafe

Eureka Springs

Nexus Coffee and Creative

Little Rock

PattiCakes Bakery

Conway

Petit Jean Meats

Morrilton

Petit & Keet

Little Rock

Postmasters Grill

Camden

Rabbit Ridge Farms

Bee Branch

Simply Divine Catering

Rogers

Southern Food Company

Fayetteville

Taylor’s Made Cafe

Conway

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe

Little Rock, Conway, Fayetteville

Three Sams BBQ and Catering

Mabelvale

Trio’s Restaurant

Little Rock

Two Sisters Catering

Sherwood, Little Rock

Vibrant Occasions Catering

Benton

Waldo’s Chicken & Beer

North Little Rock

 

DECORATORS/DECORATIONS

Affordable Interior Design

North Little Rock

Alber’s Christmas Decor

Fort Smith

Amy Baker Designs

Hot Springs

Bethany Finch Interiors

Cabot

Camden Flower Shop

Camden

Christina Gore Design Studio, LLC

Little Rock

Christmas Decor of Northwest Arkansas

Lowell

holiday christmas

Curly Willow Designs

Cabot

Design and Events By: Ari

Little Rock

Eve’s Interior Decorating

North Little Rock

Four Season Landscaping

Springdale

Ground Crew, LLC

Jonesboro

Guess and Company

Des Arc

Handsome Holiday Heroes

Rogers

Ho Ho Ho Lights

Fayetteville

Lights By Sparky, LLC

Benton

Noel Lighting, LLC

Benton

SheFlair

Searcy

Silks A Bloom

Little Rock

Tanarah Luxe Floral

Little Rock

The Details

Fayetteville

The Everyday Chef

Jonesboro

The Lighting Master

Fayetteville

Tipton & Hurst

Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock,

Pine Bluff

 

GIFTS

A.G. Russell Knives

Rogers

Aromatique

Heber Springs

Art Group Gallery

Little Rock

Box Turtle

Little Rock

Black Ribbon Books

Hot Springs

Cinnalightful Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls

Little Rock

City Supply

Fayetteville

Curly Willow Designs

Cabot

Eggshells Kitchen Co.

Little Rock

Fayettechill

Fayetteville

Fischer’s Honey Co.

North Little Rock

Flowers & Home

Benton

Freckled Hen

Fayetteville

Fort Thompson Sporting Goods

Sherwood

Gearhead Outfitters

Jonesboro, Rogers, Fayetteville, Bentonville, Little Rock

Gifts of Arkansas

Little Rock

Guess and Company

Des Arc

High Cotton Decor

Bryant

House of Webster

Rogers

Kitchen Store & More

Conway

Laura Stanley Personal Jeweler

Little Rock

LIVSN Outdoor Apparel

Bentonville

Midtown Vintage Market

Little Rock

Ozark Outdoor Supply

Little Rock

Riffraff

Fayetteville

Rock City Outfitters

Conway

Sissy’s Log Cabin

Conway, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Pine Bluff

The Vintage Mercantile

Sherwood

Tipton & Hurst

Conway, Little Rock, North Little Rock, Pine Bluff

holiday christmas

Townsend Spice and Supply

Melbourne

Whimsy Whoo

Springdale

READ ALSO: You Won’t Want to Miss the 2023 Redfield Christmas Market!