Part of the joy of Christmas is heading out, seeing the sites, and enjoying the festivities and sheer beauty of this magical season. While on a hosted trip to North Little Rock, Keith and I had a chance to take in some of the sights and sounds of the area and you still have time to enjoy them as well.
My favorite area Christmas event was at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, one of the largest nonprofit professional theaters in Arkansas. We had the great opportunity to attend the play The Christmas Story. This happens to be Keith’s favorite Christmas movie. The play was well done, funny and touching and the theater lovely. Fondly called The Rep, if you have time, take the grandkids and go!
Some of our holiday fun was going to the local hotels like the historic Capital Hotel, a historic hotel where General Ulysses S. Grant after imbibing took his horse up the elevator. This elaborate four-story hotel has the most amazing Christmas tree in the lobby and a fun Gingerbread house that we had great fun posing in front of. Scott Sudduth from the North Little Rock CVB acted as photographer making us feel like models for a Christmas catalog!
We also stopped in the Marriott hotel, which is connected with the convention center. This lovely hotel also was filled with the holiday spirit. I especially liked the wildlife theme of the Christmas tree and was quite taken with the owl ornament.
One of the most enjoyable Christmas stops of all was the beautiful Old State House, the Arkansas State House, home to the Old State House Museum. This is the oldest surviving state capital building west of the Mississippi River. Bill Gatewood, explained, “Construction began in 1833 and they finished in 1842.”
This beautiful museum has had an amazing amount of history. One angry legislator stabbed the Speaker of the house, Bill Clinton’s acknowledged his Presidential win here and much more!
Decorated for Christmas, we were awed by the amazing Christmas tree on the second floor of this lovely building where we looked down and Scott took our photo.
We also stopped at the fun North Little Rock Historical Commission. We had to see the train tree, our guide on the trolley ride we took insisted that everyone should stop there and she was right. With a whole lot of railroad history at the commission, volunteers created this amazing train tree. I have never seen another one like it!
Before the holiday season comes to an end. You too can see all of these and many more places where you can take next years Christmas card pose. If you don’t want to do a photo -opportunity just enjoy the beauty that North Little Rock and the surrounding area has to offer during the holiday season.