The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) will host the official 2013 United States Capitol Christmas Tree from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 19) at Little Rock’s new Bass Pro Shops retail store, 1 Bass Pro Dr., Little Rock, as it makes its way cross-country on a whistle-stop tour to Washington, D.C. for the holiday season.
Little Rock is one of 28 American cities participating in this nationwide tour. For one night only, this free public event will allow Arkansans to view the majestic tree encased in a 105-foot truck, and sign the traveling banner. Also, children can decorate holiday cookies provided by Pulaski Technical College’s Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute.
Guests will be served complimentary coffee and hot chocolate provided by Kum & Go Convenience Stores. Live music will be performed by the Parkview High School Music Department. Attendees will be able to visit Santa and his elves inside the Bass Pro Shops’ Winter Wonderland.
Hand-selected by the architect of the U.S. Capitol, in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce from Washington State’s Colville National Forest will serve as the nation’s Christmas tree, popularly known as “The People’s Tree,” as a gift to the country.
The tradition of the tree began in 1964 by Speaker of the House of Representatives John W. McCormack. For nearly five decades, the beautiful iconic tree has been selected from a national forest to be presented to the American people. This year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will officially light the tree as it is displayed on the Capitol’s west front lawn, along with companion trees selected from federal and private lands. Get a look at the history of the Capitol Christmas Tree here.
For more information on the Little Rock whistle-stop event at Bass Pro Shops, visit www.littlerock.com or call (501) 370-3248.
If you're looking to simplify your Thanksgiving and Christmas meals this year, there are places in the area where you can order everything you need for the big day.
This includes Argenta Market, 521 Main St., North Little Rock-- a full-service food store with a grocery, deli, and a catering operation-- which is offering Thanksgiving catering packages, holiday party trays and Arkansas holiday gift baskets partnered with Raimondo Winery.
Some of the food packages you can pick from include small and large turkey dinners and small and large ham dinners (all with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, dressing, cranberry sauce and rolls), as well as meat trays and sweet potato and pecan pies.
Here is the order form with a full list of what's available.
Be sure to fill out the form linked above and retain receipt when picking up orders. Thanksgiving orders must be placed by Wednesday (Nov. 20) and picked up by 1 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 27), while Christmas orders need to be placed by Monday, Dec. 16, and picked up by noon Tuesday, Dec. 24.
Argenta Market specializes in Arkansas-grown and locally made products through the holiday season.
For more information, call (501) 379-9980.
Looking to hit the pavement this fall? With the mild temps, there's no better time to get your run on! Lucky for you, there are a few 5Ks in and around central Arkansas, many of which donate proceeds to a great cause.
Here's our four picks for the best upcoming fun runs:
Go!bbler Turkey Trot, Little Rock: Join hundreds of runners, walkers and holiday merrymakers for a little pre-turkey “trot” at 8 a.m. Thursday (Nov. 28). The group run won't have an entry fee, chips or timing. Run options include 3, 4 or 6.5 mile routes on the road, track and trail. The race begins next to Go! Running, 1819 N. Grant St., Little Rock, and finishes back at the store. The fun run is perfect for families-- dress in costume (and win prizes), kiddos will get to meet Santa and families will be able to enter for a chance to win a pie. Register for the free run and get more information here.
St. Jude Memphis Marathon, Memphis, Tenn.: The charitable event happening Saturday, Dec. 7, features a run for every level: marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, 5K, a kids marathon and family fun run. Run through historic downtown Memphis past the National Civil Rights Museum, Beale Street and Sun Studio and through the St. Jude campus. Registration for the 5K and family fun run is still open. Register and get more information here.
22nd Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk, Little Rock: Chosen as one of the most fun themed races around, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Saturday, Dec. 7 is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping the Arthitis Foundation. Wear a holiday themed costume or tie jingle bells to your shoelaces as you run or walk a 5-kilometer route with your team members. The one-mile walk is $25 and $30 for the 5K. Register and get more information here.
Light Up the Night in Honor of Jennings Osborne 2013, Little Rock: Get in the holiday spirit at the 3rd Annual Light Up the Night on Saturday, Dec. 14. With proceeds benefiting Our House and the Little Rock Animal Village, this annual run allows runners and walkers to dress up in festive attire and take in the beautiful lights of downtown Little Rock. Registration is $10 for the one-mile fun walk and 5K. Register here!
Looking for more fun runs this fall and winter? Click here for a list of runs around the state.
Legendary Bluesman B.B. King will be returning tonight (Nov. 18) to the Eureka Springs City Auditorium, 32 S. Main St.
For more than half a century, Riley B. King-- better known as B.B. King-- has defined the blues for a worldwide audience. Since he started recording in the 1940s, King has released more than 60 albums, many of them considered blues classics, like 1965's definitive live blues album "Live At The Regal" and 1976's collaboration with Bobby "Blue" Bland, "Together For The First Time."
King's hits include "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss," “How Blue Can You Get," "Everyday I Have The Blues," "Why I Sing The Blues" and “The Thrill Is Gone.” His achievements include 15 Grammy Awards plus a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Hall of Fame Award; and he is a member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame.
The Governor’s Blues Review will be opening the show for King that evening. Members of the band include Jimmy "Junior" Markham on vocals and harmonica, Charles Tuberville on guitar, Walt Richmond on keyboards, Gary Gilmore on bass and Charles Blackwell on drums.
Markham has performed with Leon Russell and JJ Cale. Blackwell has performed with Taj Mahal and the late Freddie King, and he and Markham are considered the originators of "The Tulsa Sound." Gilmore also played with Mahall while Richmond has toured with Eric Clapton for years.
Tickets range from $105-$135 the day of and are available for purchase at www.theauditorium.org.
This holiday shopping season, Pleasant Ridge Town Center is giving away an amazing prize package to one lucky winner. But there's a catch: We can't tell you what the prizes are--you have to guess!
Don't worry. We'll be giving you plenty of hints along the way.
Little Rock Family will kick off the contest on Monday, Nov. 25 by posting a clue hinting at "what's in the box." Participants will be encouraged to send in their best guesses. If you guess correctly, you'll be entered to win the prize.
If your answer is incorrect, your name will not be entered into the drawing. However, you'll have three more chances to win; we'll post clues each Monday from Nov. 25-Dec. 16. Each clue will be different and your name will be entered into the prize drawing for each week you guess correctly.
We'll reveal "what's in the box" and announce the prize winner on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
Mark your calendars and see you next week when we announce the first clue!
NOTE: Due to rain, the opening date has been delayed until the morning of Nov. 23!
For the first time ever, Arkansans can trade their summer thrills for winter chills at Wild River Country. Starting Nov. 22, visitors will find a snowy paradise in place of their beloved water park. Wild Winter Country will feature outdoor activities usually reserved for those rare Arkansas snow days: building snowmen, throwing snowballs (at targets!) and snow tubing.
“It’s a great opportunity to bring snow tubing to central Arkansas—there’s nothing else like it,” says Chris Shillcutt, Wild River Country’s General Manager and Vice President of Operations for the park’s management company, Aquapark.
Shillcutt says he and his wife Collette, the Assistant General Manager, wanted to keep the fun of Wild River Country alive even during the cold months. The couple lived in Atlanta for five years and got the idea to create a winter park from Stone Mountain Park, which has the annual Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain event in the winter.
“If they can do it Atlanta, we can do it here in Little Rock, Arkansas,” Shillcut says. “We thought, it’s our first year [running the park]—why not do something cool?”
With help from a snow machine, the seasonal winter park will be complete with a Snowball Alley, Polar Bear Playground, Cub Paw Raceway for the little ones and a fire pit for s’mores. The main attraction will be four to six lanes of snow tubing action on Tubin’ Ruben’s Slippery Slopes.
Additionally, the lodge will offer photo opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday and winter retail items and delicious treats. Holiday decorations, lights, music and guest appearances from Santa will take over the park from Nov. 22-Dec. 23.
General admission to the park will be $5.43 (includes Snowball Alley, Polar Bear Playground and Cub Paw Raceway), and $16.29 for a 90-minute unlimited tubing session on the Slippery Slopes.
Wild Winter Country’s tentative dates of operation are Nov. 22-March 31. Hours will be 5-9 p.m. Thu., 5-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and noon-7 p.m. Sun. Reservations for groups will be available 5-9 p.m. Tue. & Wed.
For more information, visit WildRiverCountry.com.
Planning a road trip to Branson during the holiday season? The city will have plenty of Christmas attractions, including Silver Dollar City's annual holiday festival, An Old Time Christmas. Plus, Dixie Stampede transforms its dinner theater into a holiday celebration.
Christmas at Silver Dollar City is already well-underway, with 1,000 decorated Christmas trees lighting up the theme park, as well as a 5-story special effects Christmas tree delighting visitors with its 350,000 LED lights. The Gifts of Christmas Holiday Light Parade glides through the brightly-lit Main Street area twice each evening.
Families can watch several classic holiday shows, including "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Dickens' Christmas Carol," and experience the Christmas story during a 45-minute Living Nativity production. Or, step into the Silver Dollar Saloon to see a hilarious holiday wild west comedy.
Especially for kids, there's a 20-minute interactive musical, in which the audience helps bring Frosty the Snowman to life. Or, make reservations at Lunch with Santa, where kids can have their photos made with Santa Claus and sing carols with Christmas elves ($19.99, children ages 4-11 $15.99). The rest of the day (2:30-5:30 p.m. & 6:30-9:30 p.m.), families can visit with Santa in his workshop at Kringles Krossing.
An Old Time Christmas at Silver Dollar City continues until Dec. 30. For more information, click here.
Nearby at Dixie Stampede, another Christmas spectacular will entertain families. The dinner attraction will transform into a holiday wonderland, complete with a full-scale Nativity with live camels, donkeys and sheep, fresh-fallen snow, the music of The Nutcracker and a visit from Santa Claus.
The entertainment features a showdown between the North and South Poles, as well as a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy, who brings all of the toys in a toyshop to life. As usual, the production will include equestrian feats, lots of audience participation and a four-course feast.
Get in the Christmas spirit with a dose of theater.
"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" opened at the Community Theatre of Little Rock, 616 Center St., Little Rock, last weekend.
The comedic Christmas tale tells the story of a couple who is struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant. They are faced with casting the Herdman kids-- some of the worst children you can imagine. Follow the mayhem and the fun that ensues when the kids collide with the Christmas story head on.
The show will run until Dec. 1. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays during the production's run.
There will be a special show date on Thursday, Nov. 28 that will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 310 W. 17th Street, Little Rock. Visit www.trinitylittlerock.org for more information.
Seating is limited, so reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, click here. Doors open one hour prior to show time and unclaimed reserved seats will be released 10 minutes before the show starts.
Regular admission is $16 for adults and $14 for military, students and seniors age 65 and over. Groups of 10 or more can get in for $14 apiece. Children 6 and under get in free.