(LITTLE ROCK, ARK.) — Arkansas Secretary of State John Thurston welcomes you to enjoy the tradition of the Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3rd at 5:30 p.m.
Rex Nelson, senior editor for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and author of three books, will emcee the 84th anniversary of this event. There will be a performance by Miss Great Little Rock’s Outstanding Teen Bella Crowe and violinist Sophe Sligh, the Catholic High Jr. ROTC, Santa Claus, and more.
Following the ceremony and fireworks show, the public is invited inside the Capitol to view the Christmas decorations, visit Santa in his workshop, and shop in the Capitol Gift Shop. The 2022 Capitol Christmas Ornament will be available for purchase.
The Arkansas State Capitol Christmas Lighting Ceremony is a family-friendly event that is open to the public.
The Secretary of State will provide a shuttle service between parking lots near the Capitol from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. See the shuttle route map below.
Capitol Holiday Hours
Beginning Saturday, December 3rd, the State Capitol will be open extended hours throughout the holiday season. The State Capitol will be open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. On weekends, the Capitol will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. This will remain in effect until January 2nd, when normal operating hours will resume. The Capitol will be closed Thanksgiving Day (November 24th) and Christmas Day (December 25th).