Kerry Kraus


You could almost call Sunday, Dec. 5, Museum Open House Day in Little Rock as several downtown museums host holiday parties. The Historic Arkansas Museum is where the 43rd annual Christmas Frolic and Open House takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Arkansas Country Dancers perform in the Hinderliter Tavern, hot cider and ginger cake in the 1850s Log House Farmstead, and demonstrations by the Early Arkansaw Re-enactors Association are activities that people eagerly look forward to. There are children’s pioneer games, art projects for the kids, and tours of the museum’s historic houses.

This year, visitors can be a part of the first public viewing of the on-going Woodruff Print Shop reconstruction. Architect Aaron Ruby, who headed the reconstruction project, gives tours of the building. Train collector Bill Albright is on hand to run several of his model trains on tracks and talk to visitors about his hobby.

A few blocks over at the Old State House Museum  is the annual Holiday Open House, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The stately building is decorated for the season. Among the hands-on activities for children are creating their own holiday cards. Caroling by local music groups, plus cookies and punch also await visitors.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center
on West 9th Street in downtown Little Rock is also having a Holiday Open House from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Music, theatrical performances and children’s activities take place during the afternoon. Refreshments will be served. You can get some shopping bargains as well with 10% off all items in the museum store.

Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter Historic District
holds its 7th Annual Christmas in the Quarter 

on Sunday. Several of the area’s most beautifully restored homes are open for this holiday tour, decked out in their seasonal finery. Meet at the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church at 1601 Louisiana Street and hop a trolley for the tour. Christmas music, refreshments and an art exhibit are also on tap. The event is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Across the river, North Little Rock holds its annual Christmas Parade Sunday. Theme this year is “Future Christmas, a Vision of Christmas Future.” The parade begins at 2 p.m. at Pershing Blvd. and Main Street, continuing south on Main to Washington Avenue. Santa, along with local clubs, organizations, schools, churches and businesses, comprise the parade. In case of rain, the parade will be Sunday, Dec. 12.
Also in North Little Rock, the Laman Library is having a Children’s Tree Trimming Party beginning at 2 p.m. The kids make ornaments then decorate the library tree.  The library is located at 2801 Orange Street.

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