Historic Arkansas Museum will host the 52nd Annual Christmas Frolic on Sunday, December 8, 1 – 4 p.m., on its historic grounds at 200 E. Third St., Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

According to a press release, through living history performances, live demonstrations, and hands-on activities, the event is an opportunity for adults and children of all ages to celebrate Christmas as it was in the 1800s. Activities occurring throughout the day include:


  • Holiday crafting such as making ornaments, holiday cards, wax seal letters, fabric wreaths, holiday sachets, pomander balls and mixing take-home bags of reindeer food.
  • Music and dancing with Sugar on the Floor, Lark in the Morning, Ricky Russell, Arkansas Country Dance Society and the Aeolus Recorder Group.
  • Living history with the Early Arkansas Reenactors Association.
  • Demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop and the Woodruff Print Shop.
  • Holiday pictures on the 1830s Pleasure Wagon.
  • Scheduled readings of “The Night Before Christmas."
  • Food and beverages will be served including traditional Scottish shortbread, mulled cider, ginger cake, as well as gluten-free and allergy-friendly gingerbread cookies and snickerdoodles.

This is a free event and is open to the public.

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; tours of historic grounds are $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.