LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival, 13th Ever Nog-off!, and Ballet Arkansas’s The Nutcracker headline the AY Weekend Planner for Dec. 7-10.

AY Magazine Publisher Heather Baker shares all these details.

Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival 
Who: The Arkansas Chinese Lantern Festival 
Where: The Arkansas State Fairgrounds, 2600 Howard St. in Little Rock.
When: Starts Friday, ends Jan. 14. Open nightly from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., including holidays.
What: See handcrafted lanterns created by dozens of Chinese artisans. Festival will feature more than 30 sets of lanterns, including a 200-foot-long dragon. 
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children Ages 5 to 7. 

13th Ever Nog-off!
Who: 13th Ever Nog-off!, sponsored by Department of Arkansas Heritage, Historic Arkansas Museum
Where: At Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E 3rd St. in Little Rock during 2nd Friday Art Night.
When: Friday from 5 to 8 p.m.
What: The original Nog-off is celebrating its 13th year. The friendly competition for the best eggnog in town is back, with some familiar and winning favorites, along with new competitors. Vote for your favorite eggnog. Event is free. 

The Nutcracker
Who: Ballet Arkansas
Where: Robinson Center, 426 West Markham St. in Little Rock.
When: There are four performances this weekend. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
What: Each year, around 200 community members take part in the Ballet Arkansas Nutcracker production and perform the holiday tale with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Tickets range from $23 – $73. 

The Santaland Diaries at The Rep
Who: The Arkansas Repertory Theater
Where: The Arkansas Repertory Theater’s Black Box Theater, 518 South Main Street in Little Rock. 
When: Opening night is Friday. Show runs until Dec. 23. This Friday night the performance is at 7 p.m., Saturday there are two evening shows, one at 6:30 p.m. and one at 9 p.m. and Sunday there is a matinee and an evening show.
What: The Santaland Diaries offers an adult alternative to snowflakes and candy canes. Inspired by a collection of holiday stories by humorist David Sedaris, and adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, this play offers an irreverent alternative for holiday theater-goers. Show contains adult language and is not suitable for children.