12.1-17

Mother Goose Christmas at Arkansas Arts Center Children’s Theatre
A sweet story that follows a family on an adventure through Mother Goose’s Realm of Romp and Rhyme. Dec. 8 is “Pajama Night”—one more opp to wear those matching Christmas jammies! (arkansasartscenter.org)

12.3

Holiday Open House at Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
There’ll be live music and a kiddo-friendly craft-making station, but the star of the show is sure to be “The Say It Ain’t Say’s” sweet-potato pie baking contest, inspired by Robert “Say” McIntosh’s legendary confection. (mosaictemplarscenter.com)

12.4

Jingle Dogs Pup Parade at Garvan Woodland Gardens
Every dog should have his Christmas Day—or, at the very least, the one glorious night Garvan Woodland Gardens allows man’s best friend to sniff around their 18 acres of holiday-light heaven. Caveat: short leashes only. Bonus: pictures with Santa. (garvangardens.org)

12.6-24

The Santaland Diaries at The Rep
Something for all the Scrooges out there: a dark comedy about a “martini-swilling, foul-mouthed, Santa-denying department store elf” written by the hilarious David Sedaris. (therep.org)

12.7

Food, Libations & Conversations at Capital Hotel
We can’t think of anything more joyeux this Noël than a French-themed wine dinner led by one of our favorite sommeliers, Jonathan Looney. (capitalhotel.com)

12.8

13th Ever Nog-Off at Historic Arkansas Museum
The holiday edition of HAM’s popular Second-Friday-Art-Night fêtes features our most favorite contest of the year: the quest for the best local ’nog. (historicarkansas.org)

12.16

Caroling in the Forest at Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Sing “O Tannenbaum” among the tannenbaums along the park’s Kingfisher Trail, and then warm up back at the Pinnacle Pavilion with a campfire and hot chocolate. (arkansasstateparks.com/pinnaclemountain)

Through 12.31

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at TheatreSquared
This fun twist on everyone’s favorite holiday flick brings Bedford Falls to the stage, care of a 1940s-esque radio show. (theatre2.org)

Through 1.3

Stewart Family Christmas Lights in Fayetteville
Clark Griswold, meet your match. His name is Carlin Stewart, and this year he’s bringing his A-game: 750,000 twinkle lights, 350 inflatables and a whole heap of jolly. And a train ride. (facebook.com/stewartfamilylights)