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December 2018 Events

December 1-21
Winter Wonderland, located at 215 W. Monroe Ave., a free Christmas-themed entertainment venue for children, will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. on weekdays and 1-8 p.m. on Saturdays. Info: (870) 933-4604.

December 1-31
First Community Bank’s Wonderland Rink will be open the following hours during the holidays: Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. The cost is $5 per skater, including skate rental, for 45 minutes sessions starting every hour. Sundays will also be available for parties up to 25. Info: (870) 933-4604.

Saturday, December 1
Join the A-State Alumni Association for Pancakes & PJs from 8-10 a.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center featuring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a full breakfast buffet, children’s Christmas crafts and a meet and greet with Howl and Scarlet. Info: astatealumni.org/PancakesAndPJs.

NEA Baptist will host Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil from 5-6 p.m. at the NEA Baptist Prayer Garden, 4208 E. Johnson Ave. The event will be held in remembrance of children who have passed, regardless of age or reason. Info: Annie Thompson, (870) 936-7719.

Sara Howell Studio & Art Gallery, 405 S. Main St., will host its 2018 Holiday Show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: (870) 935-6336.

Thursday, December 6
NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation’s Duck Classic Banquet will be held at First National Bank Arena beginning at 5 p.m. The family-friendly event includes live and silent auctions, raffles and dinner. Banquet tickets are available at DNW Outdoors. Info: duckclassic.com.

The 71st annual Jonesboro Jaycees Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. Info: jonesborojaycees.org.

The Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro will host its annual Toy Drive and Social from 7-9 p.m. at Wolf Creek Culberhouse, 500 N. Caraway Road. Visit this location to donate new, unwrapped toys that will be given to the families served by Life Strategies Counseling Inc. Light refreshments will be served. Info: bpnjonesboro.org.

December 7-9
Mistletoe Madness Market, a vendor show benefitting the Community Health Education Foundation (CHEF), will be held on Dec. 7, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Dec. 9, noon to 4 p.m., at The Highlands Shopping Center. The event will include shopping, live music and holiday presentations. There will also be a Cupcakes & Cocktails event on Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. in conjunction with Mistletoe Madness. Info: (870) 931-4044 or visit chefjonesboro.com.

Walnut Street Baptist Church will present its Festival of Christmas Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 4 p.m. The holiday event will include performances by the WBC children’s choir, adult choir and orchestra. There will also be a live children’s nativity with a full angel choir. Info: (870) 972-0220.

Friday, December 7
The Foundation of Arts will host its First Fridays at The Forum concert series at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum Theater in Downtown Jonesboro. Local musicians and father-daughter duo Andy and Ava Shatley will present “A Shatley Family Christmas” featuring Christmas music for the whole family to enjoy. For more information or to order tickets, visit foajonesboro.org or call (870) 935-2726.

Sunday, December 9
The third annual Santa at The Silos will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 2 admitted free. Photos with Santa by photographer Melissa Donner will be available for $10. Cash only event. Info: Santa at The Silos 2018 on Facebook.

The Delta Symphony Orchestra will present its Christmas program “A Symphony Christmas” at The Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus at 2 p.m. The concert will include performances by Genevieve Fulks, Pamelia Phillips and Perry Harper. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, December 13
The NEA Artist Collective will host a Winter Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. More than 30 local artists will exhibit in multiple downtown businesses during event hours. Participating businesses include Black Arrow Tattoo, Emeralds Triangle, Cregeen’s Irish Pub and The Garage. Info: NEA Artists Collective on Facebook.

Friday, December 14
Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Arkansas Children’s Jonesboro Clinic, 520 Carson St. Info: archildrens.org/festival.

December 15-21
The Foundation of Arts will present “A Christmas Story” on Dec. 15, 17, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the family Christmas classic can be purchased online or at The Forum Box Office. Info: 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org. The FOA and Occasions Publishing Group is sponsoring a Pajama Drive in conjunction with the production. New pajamas may be dropped off at the FOA and will be donated to children at CityYouth.

Sunday, December 16
Magnolia Road Church will host its “Christmas Gift to Jonesboro” music program at The Fowler Center at 4:30 p.m. under the direction of Dr. Neale Bartee. Magnolia Road Church will host another Christmas program Dec. 19 at the church, 911 Magnolia Road. Info: Linda Kelly, (870) 919-0218.

Thursday, December 20
The Downtown Jonesboro Association will host Mingle & Jingle Downtown at The Forum Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will be present for free photos, and a hot chocolate bar will be set up for guests to enjoy. This event will be held in conjunction with The Foundation of Arts’ production of “A Christmas Story.” Info: (870) 919-6176.