Faulkner County residents who find themselves in the holiday way following Thanksgiving will have plenty of cheerful festivities to choose from in the weeks ahead.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, The Conway Symphony Orchestra Guild will present "Nutcracker Sweets," beginning at 6 p.m. at the AETN Atrium.
The event will include a special event for families, including hot chocolate, desserts, stories from the Nutcracker, children’s activities and a meet-and-greet with CSO performers and the Maestro.
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children and reservations may be made by calling 501-269-1066.
The CSO annual Christmas concert "Tutus, Tinsel, Tunes and TUBAS!" will follow at 7:30 p.m. in Reynolds Performance Hall, featuring guest artists including The Arkansas Festival Ballet, Artistic Director Rebecca Stalcup and the Central Arkansas Children’s Choir.
The event will include a performance of "The Nutcracker" by AFB; performances by the TUBA Christmas troupe and CACC, and a visit from Santa.
Tickets for the event range in price between $20 and $38 for adults and $6 for all students, and are available at the UCA Reynolds Performance Hall Box Office by calling 450-3265.
Special discounts are applied to adult ticket prices for those also attending Nutcracker Sweets.
Beginning Thursday, Dec. 2 and running through Sunday, Dec. 5, the Hendrix Choir will present its 46th Annual Candlelight Carol Service in Greene Chapel on the Hendrix College campus.
Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; and at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
All services are free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Reservations will be accepted today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 3, from noon to 2 p.m.
For reservations, call 501-450-1495.
The Candlelight Carol Service will present the Christmas story through scripture lessons and music.
Musical selections will include Once in Royal David’s City; Good Day, Sir Cristemas; Adam Lay Ybounden; Lift Thine Eyes He, Watching Over Israel; Blessed Be the God of Israel; There is No Rose; Beata viscera; Sweet Was the Song; Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her; The First Noel; Alleluya, a New Work is Come on Hand; In the Bleak Midwinter; Depart in Peace and O Come All Ye Faithful.
Off-campus services will also be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 16 at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith and at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 at First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff.
No reservations are required for the tour services.
The choir will perform under the direction of Dr. Nancy Fleming, professor of music, who joined the music faculty at Hendrix in 1986.
The Hendrix College Campus Kitty’s Annual Holiday Bazaar is slated for Tuesday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Student Life and Technology Center.
All proceeds from the annual crafts fair will benefit local charities through the Campus Kitty philanthropic program.
Conway Regional Medical Center’s annual Tribute Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at Conway Regional Medical Center.
The Tribute Tree is lighted each year in honor and rememberance of loved ones, adorned in red and white lights, ornaments and angels.
This event is also free and open to the public.
Perhaps the most anticipated event of the holiday season in Conway is the 2010 Conway Jaycees Christmas Parade.
The annual event will be held in downtown Conway beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11.
The theme will be "Star Spangled Christmas," in tribute to the country’s service men and women.
"Christmas at the Deer Camp" will be the theme of the 15th Annual City of Greenbrier Christmas Parade.
Sponsored by the Greenbrier Lions Club, the parade will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 and will include a visit from Santa Claus, as well as the Greenbrier High School marching band.
The parade route will begin and end at Wilson Farm Road.