'Tis the Season: Christmas parades planned across county next weekend

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Santa Claus, AKA Dr. Joseph Ricciardi, waves to the crowd during the 2018 Berryville Christmas Parade. This year’s parade will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
David Bell / Carroll County News

By Haley Schichtl


Berryville, Green Forest and Eureka Springs will all have Christmas parades next weekend to kick off the holiday season. They’re all at different times, so Carroll County residents will be able to enjoy all of them for a super-festive weekend.

Eureka Springs’ Christmas Parade of Lights will start at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 at the Carnegie Library and roll down Spring Street, ending at the courthouse. This year’s theme is “Gingerbread Christmas.”

Participants should register at eurekaspringschamber.com and will be entered into a contest. Cash prizes will be given to best float, best band and best walker.

The Berryville Christmas Parade will march down Highway 62 at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “Christmas in July.”

To register to be in the parade, go to The Berryville Community Center’s website, bcc.berryville.com, and click the link “2019 Annual Christmas Parade.” From there, there will be a link to a registration form at the bottom of the page.

Winners in seven categories — best all around float, best church or non-profit club float, best corporate float, best decorated automobile, best decorated bike, best equestrian and best pedestrian group — will be given cash prizes.

On the day of the parade, floats will gather at Southern Heights Baptist Church at 5:30 p.m.; horses and wagons at The Zone parking lot by 5:45 p.m.; cars,bikes and walking groups at the Berryville Senior Center at 5:30 p.m.; and bands at Danny’s Tire and Full Service by 5:30 p.m.

After the parade ends, the Berryville Community Center will host Christmas Karaoke, where kids can wait to be picked up by their parents.

The Green Forest Christmas Parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This year’s theme is “Christmas Memories.” It is the only parade in the county that takes place during daylight. Registration is not required to be in the parade, but is required to participate in the contest. Cash prizes will be given to the winners in the categories of best float, best walking group, best antique car, best decorated bicycle or RV and best riding group. Those who wish to compete can find an entry form at the County Craft Flower Shop on Main Street or at the event. Participants should line up in front of the Old Gym at 9 a.m., and should bring lots of candy to throw to the audience.

The grand marshal for the parade is 6-year-old Alex Carpenter, a Green Forest first-grader at Green Forest who is awaiting a kidney transplant. If his doctors allow it, Carpenter will be headlining the parade.

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