Arkansas Weekly Events – November 25- December 1, 2019

Hello fellow Arkansans! Coming back at ya with our picks for the top Arkansas weekly events – Here’s the rundown..

Prince Tribute – Rev Room – Little Rock
Saturday, November 30 @ 9 – $15-$20

1999 The Prince New Music Release Party

Hey, who doesn’t like the Purple One? We ain’t talking Barney.. The Rev Room has been putting other some great tribute lineups like Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, and now PRINCE. DrummerBoyInfinity, Cliff Aaron, is the man behind all of the wonderful tribute shows and is a STUD drummer. If his name is on it, we’re game! Best show of the weekend, by far!

Hop on over to for tickets and more info!

17th Annual Holiday Lights – Garvan Woodland Gardens – Hot Springs
Monday, November 25 – Wednesday, November 27 $5 Kids, $15 Adults

Experience the magic of the Gardens at Christmas with over 4.5 million lights!

This event is a family pleaser for sure! The Christmas light display runs from November 23 – December 31, 2019 but GWG goes ALL OUT for these three days. They bring in live reindeer, and the jolly man’s sleigh. The event runs Monday-Wednesday and starts at 5. Photo ops available and totally worth it. We’re going and you should too. They’ll have concerts in the Anthony Chapel each night throughout the holiday season.

Pro Tip: You can buy tickets online and get you into the express entrance lane. Bring some coffee in a thermos or your favorite holiday drink. Phil’s is Russian Tea…. And it’s pretty tasty.. Feeling cute may post that recipe later.

For tickets and more info check out

Mad on Ice – El Dorado
$12, plus $3 skate rental

Ice rink down south? Sure! El Dorado delivers again with an ice skating rink in the Murphy Arts District. This one runs until January 5th, but opens 11/23, so you’ve got a whole month. One of the best family attractions for the winter season. Bring your ibuprofen, adults. You know you’ll be feeling it the next day.

Pro Tip: Photos with Santa on Friday and Saturday nights. Boom.

Get all the specifics at

White River Wonderland – Riverside Park – Batesville
– Open Nightly Until Dec 31st

The White River glows with Christmas lights at Riverside Park

Carriage rides? Ice skating rink? On the river? COUNT US IN! This is actually one of Arkansas’s lesser known holiday treats, but worth the drive! Talk about packed full of magic! It’s a drive through, so tune into those classic Christmas tunes and take the whole family. OH, and they have the “White River Wonderland Express,” which is a train ride through the lights. But it’s Arkansas to the max because it’s a tractor shaped like a train, so, there’s that.

For all of the info and pictures from previous years, visit their Facebook at

Illuminate, A Conway Christmas Tradition – Conway Saturday, November 30 – FREE

The whole town shows up for this must see celebration

Conway is one of the fastest growing cities in Arkansas, but still has that small town charm and feel about it. It’s one of the reasons we call it home. But this is one of our favorite events of the entire year. This is an annual event where they light the massive Christmas tree in the town square. The lighting is at 6, but the event lasts from 3pm to 8pm.

Know who’s awesome? Preston Palmer. He needs his own write-up about keeping an amazing music store alive in small town America, but for this instance we’ll give him a big ol’ pat on the back for supplying the entertainment for the evening. Too much to list, just know he gets our vote when he wants to run for mayor.

While you’re there, see the town from the 100′ Ferris wheel! Pictures with jolly man run from 3pm to 6pm, you can also indulge in the family friendly crafts and games in the same time. Hot chocolate and cider booths, train rides for the kiddos, and a mini-me Ferris wheel for the youngsters.

Pro Tip: The line gets long for the Ferris wheel, so plan accordingly. We’d rather spend our money on a carriage ride, which are available during the event. OH and do us a favor, if you’re going to propose this holiday season, try on the carriage rides, not at grandma’s house on Christmas day.

Catch all the details at

Y’all have at it!!

Arkansas To Do

Phil and Jess

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