FREE 52nd Annual Christmas Frolic today at Historic Arkansas Museum

Join Historic Arkansas Museum for the 52nd annual Christmas Frolic! It is today, December 8, 2019, from 1pm to 4pm.

Through living history performances, live demonstrations and hands-on activities, this event is an opportunity for adults and children of all ages to celebrate Christmas as it was in the 1800s. Activities occurring throughout the day include:

Holiday crafting such as making ornaments, holiday cards, wax seal letters, fabric wreaths, holiday sachets and pomander balls.

Music and dancing with Sugar on the Floor, Lark in the Morning, Arkansas, Ricky Russell, Arkansas Country Dance Society and the Aeolus Recorder Group.

Living history with Early Arkansas Reenactors Association.

Demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop and the Woodruff Print Shop.

Holiday pictures on the pleasure wagon.

Scheduled readings of “The Night Before Christmas.”

Food and beverages will be served including traditional Scottish shortbread, mulled cider, ginger cake, gluten free and allergy friendly gingerbread cookies and snickerdoodles, and reindeer food to take home.

This is a FREE event!

51st annual Historic Arkansas Museum Christmas Frolic on December 2 from 1pm to 4pm

Sunday, December 2 is the 51st annual Historic Arkansas Museum Christmas Frolic!

The Frolic celebrates Christmas as it was in the 1800s with living history, carols, reenactments, live music, dancing and more.

Visitors come from across Arkansas each year to sample Historic Arkansas Museum’s famous hot cider and ginger cake, and to shop for unique Arkansas-made holiday gifts in the Museum Store.

Frolickers will enjoy a variety of activities for children and adults, including: living history performances and pioneer games.

This event runs from 1pm to 4pm and is free.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage.  A trolley will be available to take patrons between Old State House MuseumHistoric Arkansas Museum and Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, as well as the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, at no charge

The 48th Annual Christmas Frolic this afternoon at Historic Arkansas Museum

HAM-frolicWhen the Culture Vulture was just a Culture Chick, his parents took him to then-Arkansas Territorial Restoration Christmas Open House.

Thankfully, this event continues and celebrates Christmas as it was in the 1800s with living history, carols, reenactments, live music, dancing and more. Visitors come from across the state every year for our famous hot cider and ginger cake, as well as Arkansas-made holiday shopping in the Museum Store.


  • Have your photo taken with Father Christmas from 1:30 to 2pm and from 2:30 to 3 pm.
  • Crafts and cards in the Hands On History classroom
  • Live music performances in our atrium and galleries.
  • McVicar House: Readings of “The Night Before Christmas” (originally published in 1823) at 1:30, 2:15, 2:45 and 3:15 pm. Readings will alternate with appearances by Capt. James McVicar.
  • Print Shop: Learn what apprentices looked forward to about the holiday; make a wax seal
  • Brownlee Kitchen: caroling
  • Hinderliter Grog Shop: dancing
  • Farmstead: Blacksmith Shop open, Early Arkansas Reenactors will be doing a variety of pioneer demonstrations, cider and gingercake in the parlor, crafts in the bedroom, reindeer food on the porch.
  • There will be games on the historic grounds and at the farmstead.

The fun continues from 1pm until 4pm today.  Watch for HAM director Bill Worthen to dance the Virginia Reel, which members of his family have been dancing in Arkansas since the 1820s.