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december 2017 events

December 1-3
Mistletoe Madness Market, a vendor show benefitting the Community Health Education Foundation (CHEF), Dec. 1, noon to 9 p.m.; Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Caraway Plaza Shopping Center. The event will include shopping, live music and holiday presentations. Info: 931-4044 or visit chefjonesboro.com.

December 1-21
Winter Wonderland, located at 215 W. Monroe Ave., a free Christmas-themed entertainment venue for children, will be open from 5:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-8 p.m. on Saturdays. Info: 933-4604

December 1-31
First Community Bank’s Wonderland Rink will be open during the holidays during the following hours: Monday through Friday, 4-10 p.m.; Saturday, 1-10 p.m.; and Sunday 1-6 p.m. The cost is $5 per skater, including skate rental, for 45 minutes sessions starting every hour. Sundays will also be available for parties up to 25. Info: 933-4604.

Friday, December 1
Downtown Jonesboro Association will host Mingle & Jingle at multiple downtown locations from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy local merchant specials, retail discounts, ice skating, holiday treats and pictures with Santa. Info: Downtown Jonesboro Association on Facebook.

Sara Howell Studio & Art Gallery, 405 S. Main St., will host its 2017 Holiday Show on Dec. 1 from 5-9 p.m. and Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Info: 935-6336.

Saturday, December 2
Join the A-State Alumni Association for Pancakes & PJs from 8-10 a.m. at the Cooper Alumni Center, featuring photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a full breakfast buffet, children’s Christmas crafts and a meet and greet with Howl and Scarlet. Info: astatealumni.org/PancakesAndPJs.

Sunday, December 3
The Bradbury Art Museum will host a Holiday Ornament Workshop starting at 2 p.m. Guests will create fun and festive holiday ornaments while drawing inspiration from BAM’s current exhibition, “A Shared Vision: Selections from the Rudolph-Blume Collection.” This workshop is free, family friendly and open to the public. For reservations, visit BradburyArtMuseum.org. Info: Shannon Smithee, 972-3765.

Wednesday, December 6
NEA Baptist will host Angel of Hope Candlelight Vigil from 7-8 p.m. at NEA Baptist Hospital. The event will be held in remembrance of children who have passed, regardless of age or reason. Info: Annie Thompson, 936-7719.

Thursday, December 7
NEA Baptist Charitable Foundation’s Duck Classic Banquet will be held at the A-State Convocation Center beginning at 5:30 p.m. The family-friendly event includes live and silent auctions, raffles and dinner. Banquet tickets are available at DNW Outdoors. Info: duckclassic.com.

The 70th Annual Jonesboro Jaycees Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. in Downtown Jonesboro. Info: jonesborojaycees.org.

Friday, December 8 - Sunday, December 10
Walnut Street Baptist Church will present its Festival of Christmas Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 and 10 at 6 p.m. The holiday event will include performances by the WBC children’s choir, adult choir and orchestra. There will also be a live children’s nativity with a full angel choir. Info: 972-0220.

Saturday, December 9
Members of the Physical Therapy Student Association at A-State will host the second annual Ugly Sweater Fun Run from 8-11 a.m. at Craighead Forest Park. Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite ugly Christmas attire. Info: runsignup.com.

Sunday, December 10
The second annual Santa at The Silos will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 2 admitted free. Photos with Santa by photographer Melissa Donner will be available for $10. Cash only event. Info: Santa at The Silos 2017 on Facebook.

Kellie Pickler & Phil Vassar: A Christmas Tour will be held at The Fowler Center on the Arkansas State campus. Tickets may be purchased by calling The Fowler Center at 972-3471 or online at ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, December 14
The Black Professionals’ Network of Jonesboro will host its annual Toy Drive and Social from 7-9 p.m. at Cobb & Company Real Estate. Visit this location to donate new, unwrapped toys that will be given to the families served by Life Strategies Counseling Inc. Light refreshments will be served. Info: bpnjonesboro.org.

Friday, December 15
Festival of Stars Toy and Donation Drive benefiting Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Arkansas Children’s Jonesboro Clinic, 520 Carson St. Info: archildrens.org/festival.

December 15-19
The Foundation of Arts will present “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Dec. 15, 16, 18 and 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the family Christmas classic can be purchased online or at The Forum Box Office. Info: 935-2726 or foajonesboro.org.