1. AN EVENING WITH
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center will fill with the sounds of the world’s best-selling jazz instrumentalist Chris Botti’s romantic melodies. With a loyal fan base grown over 40 years, his melodious trumpet will treat listeners to classics such as What A Wonderful World, Summertime and Over the Rainbow. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-75.
waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
2. HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Mark your calendar to attend a warm gathering of generous people for food and libations at Home For The Holidays 2016 to benefit Our House. This special evening will honor the organization’s community supporters including Lt. Governor Tim Griffin, St. Mark Baptist Church, Marge and Tom Schueck and Jana and Chris Villemez. The festivities are from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Robinson Center. Tickets are $150.
Ourhouseshelter.org | 501.374.7383 ext. 228
3. JEFF DUNHAM PERFECTLY UNSTABLE tour
NORTH LITTLE ROCK
With close to a billion YouTube views, you know comedian Jeff Dunham can make you laugh and laugh loud and hard. Dunham brings his ‘cast of characters’-Walter, Achmed, Bubba J, Peanut and Jose Jalapeno to Arkansas on his Perfectly Unbalanced tour. Named to Forbes’ Celebrity 100 List of Most Powerful Entertainers, Dunham is a guarantee for an evening of hilarious fun. Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets are $49.50, plus applicable service charges.
weekendtheater.tix.com | 501.374.3761
4. GARVAN WOODLAND GARDENS CHRISTMAS
The sounds of Christmas will be present every night from choral and gospel music-including chimes, hand bells flutes and more. Literally millions of lights will transform the gardens into a nighttime wonderland. On Dec. 5, four-legged visitors will be treated to a one night only access for the Jingle Dog Pup Parade, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for each pup, $15 for adults, $5 ages 6-12. No charge for 5 years of age and under; free to garden members and their pups. Call or check for events, times and ticket prices.
garvangardens.org | 800.366.4664 or 501.262.9300
5. ART GARFUNKEL
The legendary Art
Garfunkel makes his Walton Arts Center debut to the delight of music fans. It’s been more than 40 years since Bridge Over Troubled Water was recorded with his former musical partner Paul Simon. As the duo Simon and Garfunkel, and now as a solo artist, his unique sound is quickly identified by generations of fans. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $45-$75.
Waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
6. TIM WARFIELD JAZZY CHRISTMAS
Saxophonist Tim Warfield will perform holiday favorites at the Walton Arts Center. His Tim Warfield Jazzy Christmas was selected as one of the best holiday CDs for the New York Times Gift Guide. Amazing artists Terell Stafford, Cyrus Chestnut, Stefon Harris and jazz vocalist Joanna Pascale will join Warfield. You’ll be wowed with their interpretation of favorite tunes like Let It Snow, Joy to the World and Silent Night. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Cabaret seating is $50. Stadium seating is $30.
Waltonartscenter.org | 479.443.5600
7. MANHEIM STEAMROLLER CHRISTMAS
The University of Arkansas-Fort Smith presents its Season of Entertainment 36 holiday event, the Grammy award-winning Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. A holiday classic, guests will enjoy the symphonic rock interpretations of favorite Christmas songs with a stimulating multimedia show. It’s recommended to be aware of the show’s presentation to ensure it’s age appropriate before bringing a child. Two concerts will be presented at the ArcBest Performing Arts Center, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $53.
fortsmithconventioncenter.org | 479.788.7300
8. HIP HOP NUTCRACKER
MOSCOW BALLET NUTCRACKER
Your entertainment dilemma is how to be in Little Rock and Fayetteville at the same time on the 22nd! The Moscow Ballet presents the classical favorite Nutcracker at the Robinson Performance Hall in Little Rock. Simultaneously, up on ‘the hill’, it’s a hip hop version complete with a live DJ and electric violinist with a reset from Tchaikovsky’s Russia to 1980’s Brooklyn. #NeedSantasSleighNow. Showtime for both is 7 p.m. Tickets for the Moscow Ballet Nutcracker, Robinson Performance Hall, Little Rock are $28-$68. Tickets for the Hip Hop Nutcracker, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville are $22-$42.
9. REELS & WHEELS DRIVE IN MOVIE THE POLAR EXPRESS
Visit Hot Springs and Resort TV Cable invite you to load up the car with family and friends and head to the Hot Springs Memorial Field Airport for a free screening of The Polar Express starring Tom Hanks, Friday, Dec. 23 at 6 p.m. It’s a great chance to enjoy a holiday movie in the cozy confines of your own car, enjoying movie on the big screen while listening to the sound through your car stereo like movie goers did in ‘the old days’. Admission is free.
hotsprings.org | 501.321.2027
10. WILL DOWNING’S SOPHISTICATED SOUNDS
OF SOUL FEATURING NAJEE
Will Downing’s voice is one of the most recognizable in jazz and R&B. His melodious, mellow style crosses generations of music lovers. Joining Downing is the equally smooth R&B and jazz saxophonist and flautist, Najee. The romantic sounds of both will serenade you at the Robinson Center Performance Hall, 8p.m. Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50.
Ticketmaster.com | 501.244.8800