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A Jolly Good Time this Weekend


Have a jolly holiday weekend. Discover the true meaning of Christmas or discover your inner chef for your holiday feast. Marvel at the light displays or set down for tea at the governor’s mansion. There’s a boat parade and caroling in the forest this weekend in Arkansas.

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Benton

The Young Players and Landers of Benton are proud to present A Charlie Brown Christmas on stage at The Royal Theatre. A Christmas Cabaret follows each performance. The classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation in which Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts Gang discover the true meaning of Christmas. When Charlie Brown Complains about the overwhelming materialism he sees among everyone during the Christmas Season, Lucy suggests that he become director of the school Christmas pageant. Charlie Brown accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a forlorn little Christmas fir tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas.
December 15, 2016 – December 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Royal Theatre
111 S. Market St.
Benton, AR 72015
Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors and military, $5 ages 3 to college student with i.d.

Chef’s Tasting Dinner – A Victorian Christmas Celebration – Morrilton

These multi-course culinary experiences capture the essence of flavors representing a specific place and/or time. Each dinner consists of 15-20 “tasting courses,” or small portions that capture the essence of a certain dish in just a few bites. Participants experience unique tastes centered around a certain theme, with wine pairings for each course. The dinner includes the meal, wine pairings, overnight accommodations and a continental breakfast the following morning. Participants must sign up in pairs. For more information on this program check out our article.
December 16, 2016 – December 17, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Winthrop Rockefeller Institute
1 Rockefeller Dr.
Morrilton, AR 72110
Admission: $175

31st annual Christmas Wonderland – Crossett

Christmas Wonderland, a half-mile oasis of lights, includes animated scenes, a 30-foot oval train, a drive-through lighted tunnel, a patriotic scene, bubble and snow machines, a light show and special appearances by Frosty the Snowman. In 2015, Christmas Wonderland was Arkansas’s first National ABC Christmas Light Fight Champion.
December 16, 2016 – December 31, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Goshen Road, off Hwy 133
Crossett, AR 71635
Admission: Free

Christmas Tea at the Governor’s Mansion – Little Rock

Afternoon teas feature a traditional English High Tea menu, live musical performances featuring the music of G.F. Handel, and all the sights and sounds of the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Mansion.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, December 12, 2016 – December 16, 2016, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Arkansas Governor’s Mansion
1800 Center St.
Little Rock, AR 72206
Admission: $50 in advance

Christmas Boat Parade – Hot Springs

Looking for a fun festive event this December for your friends & family? Come to Gregg Orr Marine’s Christmas Boat Parade on December 17th. The parade starts at 4:30 P.M. Come early at 2:00 P.M. to meet Santa and get some free hot cocoa!
Want to join the parade? Register here: http://www.greggorrmarinehotsprings.com/customer-corner/registration-form/
December 17, 2016, 2 PM – 6 PM
Gregg Orr Marine Hot Springs
4903 Central Ave, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Admission: Free

Caroling in the Forest – Little Rock

We’ll meet at the Kingfisher Trail to stroll into the forest, and sing your favorite Christmas carols along a paved trail. Bring a flashlight and your best singing voice. Visit with everybody afterward as we serve hot chocolate around a campfire at the Pinnacle Pavilion. This fun family activity has quickly become a tradition!
December 17, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Pinnacle Mountain State Park
Kingfisher Trailhead
Little Rock, AR 72223
Admission: Free
Phone: 501-868-5806

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