Join Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Arts Center for a unique holiday experience for the whole family. Take a visual art-infused journey designed by the Arkansas Arts Center to the "Land of the Sweets," guided by characters from Ballet Arkansas' beloved production of "The Nutcracker Spectacular." Featuring Just Peachy, the Winter Wonderland is a visual treat! Tune into KABF 88.3 FM during the drive and enjoy the beautiful score of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker". Pre-order Loblolly Creamery goodies and Historic Arkansas Museum Store gifts, and pick them up at the end of your drive for a joyful holiday experience. Register below and you'll receive access to exclusive content from the Arkansas Arts Center and Ballet Arkansas, providing an online tour into a Winter Wonderland!
Q. Is the Winter Wonderland a performance?
A. The Winter Wonderland is an outdoor experience that features elements of performance combined with visual art created by the Arkansas Arts Center with support from Tanarah Luxe Floral and Just Peachy. Think of the experience as a “reverse parade” where cars drive by and experience moments in various scenes from a production that takes place at that very time. This experience is designed to be brief and out of the box, and is not viewed as a substitute to our traditional performances of “The Nutcracker Spectacular.”
Q. Can I walk through the experience or is it only a drive-through event?
A. It is only a drive-through event and patrons must stay in their cars at all times. The sidewalks will be closed to pedestrian traffic between the hours of 6 am and 7 pm on Saturday, December 12th - for setup, performance, and tear down. This is to protect the performers, volunteers, and staff from both organizations, and to adhere to health mandates from the Arkansas Department of Health.
Q. Is the event free and how do I get a ticket?
A. Yes, the event is free and tickets were reserved through an RSVP process that is now closed.
Q. Why is the RSVP process closed?
A. To safely accommodate a high number of attendees during the times our performers are active and the street is closed, we calculated the number of vehicles we could safely admit per hour without reducing the patron experience. Due to high demand, the RSVP cap was reached within one week.
Q. If I don’t have an RSVP, does that mean that I cannot attend the event?
A. It means that we will prioritize RSVP entry, and suggest those without RSVP’s arrive at 3:15pm. Attendees without an RSVP will be admitted in the order of arrival. We will safely admit as many attendees as possible until close, but cannot guarantee we will have additional space. It is our hope to provide this experience to as many families as we can.
Q. Is it not possible to extend the hours of the event to accommodate more people?
A. Ballet Arkansas' performers will repeat short choreographic sequences multiple times while outside in the elements over the course of a 3 hour period, and for their health and safety we have placed a limit on the duration of their physical activities.
Q. Will there be photo opportunities?
A. Patrons are welcome to take photo and video from the inside of their vehicles but will not be permitted to exit their vehicles to take photos with the performers.
Q. Why can’t performers take photos with patrons?
A. Due to organizational COVID-19 safety measures and the guidance of public health authorities, patrons and performers are not permitted to mix and the traffic flow will be controlled for a smooth, enjoyable process for all.
Q. Is there a set time for RSVP attendees to arrive?
A. No, however we suggest an early arrival due to the high volume of RSVP attendees.
Q. Is there a specific traffic route?
A. Yes. If you are interested in attending the Winter Wonderland and do not have an RSVP, please email email@example.com for directions. If you do have an RSVP, you should have received an email with instructions on December 9th. If you did not receive this email, please let us know!
Q. Will the route be marked on the day of?
A. Yes, volunteers and signage will assist patrons as they arrive and the LRPD will be on site to direct the flow of traffic.
Q. Anything else I should know?
A. We strive to provide the public with a vibrant and full holiday events calendar, despite the ever-changing complexities that make our work more challenging. Please keep an open mind as our teams work hard to reimagine our holiday programming and bring holiday cheer to the public at this unprecedented time!
Date & Time
The event begins at 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 12th at the intersection of 6th & Main St. - Downtown, Little Rock. Cars will be admitted until 3:55 pm and the event will close at 4:00 pm.
If you have any trouble finding the event, please call (501) 223-5150 and someone will gladly help you!
Thank you to the City of Little Rock and ArtPlace for sponsoring the Winter Wonderland experience!
Learn more about the exciting productions and education programs offered by Ballet Arkansas and the Arkansas Arts Center. Join us for a future program or performance!
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You're all set!We're so excited you'll be joining us on Saturday, December 12th! We'll send additional details as we get closer to the Winter Wonderland experience, including exclusive pre and post-event content!
Pre-order gifts from the Historic Arkansas Museum Store and sweet treats from Loblolly Creamery and pick them up at the end of your Winter Wonderland journey to the Land of the Sweets! Loblolly Creamery and HAM will be ready to greet you in the alley between 3rd and 4th Street in front of the Historic Arkansas Museum following your visual art infused journey with Arkansas Arts Center and Ballet Arkansas!
Enjoy 20% off your purchase from our online store when pre-ordering, or onsite the day of the event. Use code BALLET during check-out.
Pre-Order Loblolly Creamery treats for pick-up on 12/12 between 3rd and 4th Street in front of Historic Arkansas Museum!