2018 Holiday Open Houses to be Dec. 2

The Department of Arkansas Heritage will host a Holiday Open House at its three Little Rock museums on Dec. 2.

Each museum will be open to the public and offer an array of food, music, crafts and other entertainment. Admission is free, and a trolley will be available to take patrons between museums, as well as the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, at no charge.

Historic Arkansas Museum Christmas Frolic 2016Historic Arkansas Museum, 1-4 p.m.200 E. Third St.,

Enjoy hot cider and ginger cake and celebrate the holidays as it was done in the 1800s during Historic Arkansas Museum’s 51st annual Christmas Frolic. Living history characters will be on the grounds, and holiday shopping of Arkansas Made items will be available in the gift shop. Visitors can also enjoy blacksmith demonstrations, pioneer games and dancing.

Old State House Museum, 1-5 p.m.300 W. Markham St.,

Visitors will find the Old State House colorfully decorated for the season, and local music groups will perform delightful carols. Fun, hands-on activities will be available to children; they can create unique holiday cards and more.

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 2-5 p.m.501 W. Ninth St.,

The seventh annual “Say It Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Baking Contest will choose the best pies by both professional and amateur cooks. Listen to performances by local musical and dance groups while you sample each contestant’s pie.

Governor’s Mansion, 1-4 p.m.1800 Center St.,

Gov. and Mrs. Asa Hutchinson will be present to greet visitors, who will be invited to tour the mansion’s elegantly decorated public rooms, which will be decorated in the theme of “An Arkansas Natural Christmas.” Refreshments will be served.

Since 1975, the Department of Arkansas Heritage has been committed to the discovery, preservation and presentation of our state’s natural and cultural heritage. The department accomplishes its goals through the work of eight agencies: Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas State Archives, Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Historic Arkansas Museum, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.