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December 2019 Events

December 1-January 4
Christmas at the Park, a half-mile drive-thru featuring more than 350,000 festive lights at Joe Mack Campbell Park is open from 5-10 p.m. during days of operation. For more information and to purchase advance tickets, visit christmasattheparknea.ticketspice.com.

December 1-January 5
First Community Bank’s Wonderland Rink will be open the following hours during the holidays: Monday through Friday, 4-9 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.

Thursday, December 5
The 72nd annual Jonesboro Jaycees Christmas Parade begins at 5 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. Info: jonesborojaycees.org.

December 6-8
Mistletoe Madness: Festival of Trees, a vendor show benefitting Community Health Education Foundation (CHEF), will be held on Dec. 6, noon to 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Dec. 8, noon to 4 p.m., at Gamble Home’s Shop Local Park. The event will include shopping, live music, holiday presentations and a Christmas tree showcase. Info: chefjonesboro.org.

Friday, December 6
NEA Baptist will host Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil at 7 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: Rebecca Propst, (870) 936-7719.

The Foundation of Arts will host its First Fridays at The Forum concert series at 7:30 p.m. at The Forum Theatre in Downtown Jonesboro featuring The Fullness of Joy Singers. For more information or to order tickets, visit foajonesboro.org or call (870) 935-2726.

Saturday, December 7
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.

The Glass Factory in Downtown Jonesboro will host its inaugural Factory Fest from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The holiday shopping event will include an array of local vendors, including local artisans and local businesses. For more information on the event or how to become a vendor, visit glassfactory311.com.

Sunday, December 8
The fourth 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 2019 on Facebook.

The Delta Symphony Orchestra will present its Christmas program, “Holiday Scenes,” at The Fowler Center on the Arkansas State University campus at 2 p.m. The concert will include performances by the A-State Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Men’s Chorus, Women’s Chorus and Community Chorus under the direction of Dr. Ryan Sullivan and Cherie Collins. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Fowler Center at (870) 972-3471 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Tuesday, December 10
St. Bernards will host a Community Open House & Celebration in honor of its new surgical and intensive care tower located at 225 E. Jackson Ave. beginning at 10 a.m. Later that evening, St. Bernards Auxiliary will host the 21st annual Light Up a Life event at 5:30 p.m. Light Up a Life will be the official lighting event of the Christmas tree located in the St. Bernards tower. Info: St. Bernards Foundation, (870) 207-2500.

The First National Bank Arena will present Ken Ludwig’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” beginning at 6:30 p.m. This joyful tribute to the holiday season is a theatrical experience for the whole family to enjoy. Tickets: ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, December 12
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 NEA Artist Collective will host a Winter Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. An array of local artists will be exhibiting in multiple downtown businesses during event hours. Participating businesses include Black Arrow Tattoo, Emeralds Triangle, Cregeen’s Irish Pub, Plant Cartel and Art House. Info: NEA Artists Collective on Facebook.

December 13-16
The Foundation of Arts will present “A Holiday Blast: An FOA Music Show” on Dec. 13, 14 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the Christmas sing-along production can be purchased online or at The Forum Box Office. Info: 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org.

Tuesday, December 17
Santa Shuffle, hosted by St. Bernards Healthcare, is a holiday fun run that will take place at Christmas at the Park in Joe Mack Campbell Park beginning at 6:30 p.m. Register online at raceroster.com.

Saturday, December 21
As part of The Strand Movie Series, The Foundation of Arts will present “It’s A Wonderful Life” on the big screen at The Forum Theatre in Downtown Jonesboro at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the movie is free. Info: 870-935-2726 or foajonesboro.org.