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11 Small-Town Arkansas Christmas Performances

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In 2020, Christmas lacked some of its usual charms as many communities limited their celebration events. Community events, parades and even light displays were scaled back in the wake of a global pandemic. Christmas is making a comeback in a big way across Arkansas this season, and you don’t want to miss these small-town Christmas performances and events.

Christmas plays, caroling and cantatas are all making a comeback this year. People are ready to celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with live performances and small towns and theaters across the state are stepping up and making it happen. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the show or take an active part in the performance, you’ll want to check out these must-see small-town Arkansas Christmas performances.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Dec. 2-5 – Harrison

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is speeding merrily closer! What better way to get in the holiday mood than by going to a performance of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever? Harrison High School Theatre Department presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever December 2-5. This delightful comedy is adapted from the bestselling Young Adult book by Barbara Robinson and will certainly put you in the mood to sing a carol, drink some hot chocolate, and pull your loved ones in close. Tickets are on sale now.

Elf The Musical – Dec. 2 – 12 – Benton

Join Buddy the Elf as he travels through the seven levels of the candy cane forest and the sea of swirly twirly gum drops to find his father in New York City as the Royal Players of the Royal Theatre perform Elf The Musical. Don’t miss out on one of these 12 performances, and sign your kids up for the PJ Storytime with Buddy and Santa December 4. Visit The Royal Theatre to purchase tickets.

Forever Christmas – Dec. 4 – Paragould

Under the direction of Crystal Aronson, the Collins Community Choir is joining together for their first-ever performance on December 4 at 7 p.m. Performing Mac Huff’s arrangement of “Forever Christmas,” the holiday revue will cover all aspects of the holiday season, including tradition, humor, sentiment and glitz.

Photo courtesy of Batesville Brass Society

An Old Fashioned Christmas – Dec. 4 – Batesville

The Batesville Brass Society will meet for an old-fashioned Christmas performance Saturday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. The concert is free to the public and takes place “somewhere on Main Street” in Batesville. Just follow your ears to the show. Learn more.

Happy Holidays – Dec. 5 – Helena

A local favorite, Happy Holidays, features an ensemble of performers, wonderful holiday music, and beautiful scenery, plus a visit from Santa himself. Presented by Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas and Helena Little Theatre in Helena-W. Helena, the show is free to the public. Learn more.

A Christmas Carol – Dec. 8-18 – Argenta

The Argenta Community Theater first produced A Christmas Carol in 2017. This year will mark the final year for this acclaimed performance adapted from the ACT script from Charles Dickens’ popular classic by Arkansas playwright Judy B. Goss. Get your tickets now for one of the 12 performances of this holiday classic.

Voices of Angels – Dec. 9-12 – Hot Springs

Usher in the beauty and majesty of the Christmas season with the Muses’ 15th annual Voices of Angels sacred classical Christmas concert. This family favorite is filled with exquisite and sacred musical offerings, festive and delightful, performed by the Muses troupe of lead professional female voices, skilled professional instrumentalists, a mixed voice chorus, and young talented dancers. Performances are held at several locations, and tickets are available via The Muses Creativity Project.

Community Christmas Caroling – Dec. 10 – Conway

Don’t just watch the show, be a part of it. Join Rob Matsen and the talent of the Red Curtain Community Theater as they sing through the Reader’s Digest Merry Christmas Songbook. Bring your voice, your instrument, your friends and your family. Join in the sing-along at Rogers Plaza and celebrate the season with the citizens of Conway.

Christmas Magic – Dec. 10 and 11 – Searcy

Everyone needs a little Christmas magic and the Searcy Magic Society will make that happen during two performances. The Center on the Square will host this family-friendly Christmas magic show on December 10 and 11 at 7 p.m. Follow Center on the Square for more information and to purchase tickets.

Yikes! Somebody’s Haunting My Holiday Pageant – Dec. 10-19 – Fayetteville

Novice detectives Dakota and Caroline get backstage passes for the world-famous Holiday Pageant, but festivities turn sour when props and costumes start going missing. Dakota is pretty sure a ghost is to blame! Will the detectives get to the bottom of the case in time for the show? Or will this Holiday Pageant be the last? Tickets are available through Arts Live Theater.

Gillett Community Christmas Cantata – Dec. 12 – Gillette

The annual Gillett Community Christmas Cantata will be held at the Gillett United Methodist Church Sunday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. Come and experience an evening of moving music performed by members of the local community.

Did we miss a must-see Christmas sing-along performance in your community? Share it with us in the comments.

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Julie Kohl works from home as a writer and virtual assistant while raising her young son. A former Yankee who was "converted" to the south by her husband, Julie has grasped on to rural life in a sleepy, blink-your-eyes-and-you'll-miss-it town in central Arkansas. Julie loves adventure. Not necessarily "scare-your-pants-off" adventure but the kind where you seek out new and exciting things. New foods, new places, new experiences. On her blog, Seek Adventures, Julie shares about the outdoor and travel adventures of her family as they camp and standup paddleboard across the South. You can also learn more about her writing on her site Seek Adventures Media.

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