’Tis the Season: Upcoming events bring extra holiday cheer
Carroll County will have several holiday events in December, including Christmas parades in Eureka Springs, Green Forest and Berryville.
The Eureka Springs Christmas Parade of Lights rolls through downtown Eureka Springs at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3. This year’s theme is “A Cinematic Christmas,” celebrating everyone’s favorite holiday movies. Preceding the parade at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Butch Berry will light the Christmas tree in Basin Park — a change in day and time for the tree lighting.
The Green Forest Christmas Parade starts at the high school at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, continuing up the north side of Ratzlaff Avenue through the town square. This year’s theme is “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Floats can start lining up at 9 a.m. around the high school on Phillips Street, 8th Street or 9th Street.
The Berryville Christmas Parade rolls through the square at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. This year’s theme is “Rockin’ Ugly Sweaters,” so be sure to wear your favorite ugly Christmas sweater to the parade. The parade begins east of the square and ends in the Berryville Community Center parking lot.
Also on Saturday, Dec. 4, Santa will be in Basin Park in Eureka Springs from noon to 2 p.m. The Holiday Island Singers will have a holiday singalong in the park from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., the Jinglin’ Jeep Parade starts in the Eureka Springs Community Center parking lot.
The Crescent Hotel hosts its annual Christmas Forest lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., featuring trees decorated by local nonprofits. The trees will be available to vote on all month long, and proceeds go to nonprofits represented by the trees.
The Holiday Island Singers will have a holiday singalong from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5, at the Holiday Island Baptist Sanctuary at 14 Stateline Drive. Also at 3 p.m., the Carroll County Community Orchestra will perform a Christmas concert at Bobcat Arena in Berryville. The performance will raise money to send students to band camp over the summer.
The Holiday Island Hospitality Association will host the annual lighting ceremony at the entrance to Holiday Island at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6. After the ceremony, refreshments will be available in the ballroom in the clubhouse. The Holiday Island Singers will provide entertainment.
The Berryville High School choir will host the Nine Lessons performance at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the high school’s performing arts center. A candlelight dinner benefiting the choir’s trip to Carnegie Hall will follow the free performance. It costs $20 per plate. To reserve tickets, email BWinn@bobcat.k12.ar.us or call 870-480-4625.
The Holiday Island Chamber of Commerce will host the Winter Wonderland event from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Holiday Island Shopping Center. There will be photos with Santa, the Winter Wonderland Christmas parade with prizes, live music, fiddling Santa, food and craft vendors, games for kids and much more.
The Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Lineup starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Wolf Wellness parking lot at 23 Park Drive. For more information about entering the parade, call Barb Talbot at 318-344-4099.
Living Windows will be on display in downtown Eureka Springs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11. Earlier in the day, Santa will be in Basin Park from noon to 2 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, there will be an ugly Christmas sweater contest in Basin Park in Eureka Springs. Contest judging starts at 12:30 p.m. and the winner receives a gift basket filled with local goodies.
The Kiwanis Club and the Berryville Community Center have trees representing nonprofits available to vote on until Dec. 20. Each vote costs $1 and the tree that raises the most money wins. The proceeds are split between the winning nonprofit and Berryville Kiwanis programs to provide scholarships.
All month long, the Great Passion Play features its Christmas Drive-Thru Light Display with more than 300 Christmas trees leading up to the Christ of the Ozarks statue. The display is open from dark until 8 p.m. each night in December.
To have your holiday event included in Lovely County Citizen’s weekly roundup, email Samantha Jones at Citizen.Editor.Eureka@gmail.com.