Christmas Comes to Little Rock's Main Street

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AY Magazine) -- Christmas will come early to the corner of Capital and Main in downtown Little Rock this year.

In mid-November, a 65-foot white fir will be put up in the parking lot near the intersection, a short distance away from Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill at 322 Main St.

“Downtown Little Rock’s first Christmas tree is coming Nov. 14,” says Chris Tanner, owner of Cheers in the Heights and Samantha’s. Tanner spearheaded the effort to get the tree to town.

The tree, which Tanner says will be one of the 10 tallest Christmas trees in America, will be decked out in multicolored LED lights and will have a topper crafted by Arkansas artist and glassblower James Hayes. Hayes is no stranger to creating tree toppers; for a past project, he made a topper for a tree at the Arkansas State Capitol.

“[The topper] will have 18 multicolor spires and will be approximately 5 feet wide,” Tanner says. It’s on display at the Matt McLeod Art Gallery on Main Street until it takes its place on the tree.

Howard Hurst of Tipton & Hurst also played a role in getting the tree from the West Coast to central Arkansas.

“We’ve been getting trees for Little Rock since 1886,” he says.

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