Here are ten awesome things for you and your family to do all across Arkansas this month!
1. ‘Caroling in the Caverns’
Through Dec. 20: The drive to Mountain View is well worth the beautiful sounds of Christmas carols echoing through Blanchard Springs Caverns. Each Friday, Saturday and Sunday before Christmas at 2:30, 4:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m., musicians will perform traditional carols while guests enjoy the beauty of the caverns. Tickets are $20 per person or $28 with the tour.
(870) 269-8068 | yourplaceinthemountains.com
2. 2015 Holiday Lights
Through Dec. 31: Garvan Woodland Gardens has one of the state’s most spectacular holiday light displays in the state. More than 4.2 million bulbs transform 17 acres of the garden into an animated winter wonderland … and they serve complimentary hot chocolate! Be sure to bring the children for a stop in the Chipmunk Café, open from 3 to 9 p.m. daily during Holiday Lights. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12, children 5 and younger are free. Take the tour via golf cart for an additional $15 per person.
(501) 262-9300 | garvangardens.org
3. ‘Tie One On’
Dec. 3: “Tie One On” — an apron that is — at Our House’s ninth annual fundraiser benefiting the center’s homeless and “near-homeless” families. The evening will include delicious hors d’oeuvres and sweet treats, in addition to live and silent auctions of themed packages and aprons designed by local artists. Cocktail attire is encouraged, and tickets are $55 per person.
(501) 374-7383 | ourhouseshelter.org | Apron by artist Cathrine Burton
4. ‘The Nutcracker’
Dec. 4 through 6: Enjoy this beloved Texarkana holiday tradition, staged at the Perot Theatre by the Texarkana Community Ballet. You’ll love the timeless story, beautiful costumes, well-crafted sets and captivating choreography … it’s the prefect way to kick off holidays, and tickets are just $8 to $12 per person; students enjoy a half-price discount.
(903) 792-4992 | trahc.org
5. ‘The Nutcracker’ Tea
Dec. 6: Bring your “little Sugar Plum or Nutcracker Prince” to meet the cast of Ballet Arkansas’ “The Nutcracker” ballet, which is being presented Dec. 11 through 13 at Maumelle Performing Arts Center. The tea will include savory treats as well as a storybook performance at two seatings, the first at 1:30 p.m. and the second at 3:30 p.m. at the Capital Hotel. Tickets are $25 each.
(501) 666-1761 | balletarkansas.org
6. The TEN Tenors Christmas Show
Dec. 16: One of Australia’s most popular musical acts, The TEN Tenors’ “colorful repertoire and breathtaking arrangements” make for an outstanding and memorable live performance. Their songbook includes the classics as well as contemporary music, so there’s something for everyone. Tickets are $22 to $50 each.
(870) 777-8200 | swarkansasartscouncil.org
7. Eagle Cruise
Dec. 29: Bald eagles, pelicans, ducks and snow geese are just a few of the species you’ll observe during the free winter lake cruises offered at Lake Dardanelle State Park. Dress warmly, and call ahead for reservations, as it’s a popular activity.
(479) 967-5516 | arkansas.com
8. ‘47th Collectors Show and Sale’
Through Jan 3: The “47th Collectors Show and Sale” is a great opportunity to begin or to add to your art collection. This year’s exhibition features 150 works from seven galleries, each for sale for about $1,000 to $100,000, and represents a variety of styles and media.
(501) 372-4000 | arkansasartscenter.org
9. ‘My Own Places: Paintings and Prints by Martha Kelly’
Through Jan. 3: Memphis native Martha Kelly is a painter, printmaker and illustrator whose works celebrate the South, especially Memphis and the mid-south. This show, at Dixon Gallery & Gardens, includes her landscapes of “open fields, spreading skies and dominating oaks.” She begins each piece with a plein air drawing before using brushwork, woodblocks and more to bring the works to life.
(901) 761-5250 | dixon.org
10. Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’
Through Jan. 3: Make your children’s holiday with tickets to the play inspired by the beloved Hans Christian Anderson story. One of Disney’s most popular animated films of all time, “The Little Mermaid” will be presented at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre on a stage transformed into an aquatic playground, complete with fun, toe-tapping Calypso music.
(501) 262-9300 | therep.org