Plans for the Crossett Area Chamber’s Christmas in Crossett have blossomed from a one-day event to a full weekend for the community.
Chamber Executive Director Mandy White said originally the committee had voted on doing a shopping event at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, Dec. 5, with a parade and fireworks show to follow. All of those events will still go on, but White said they’ve added some things on the front end.
“It’s a special time for businesses when we block off Main and have our downtown event and that’s become the tradition so we really wanted to keep that tradition, but we also have so many good things happening at our Farmer’s Market on the other end as well,” White said.
The stretch of Main Street from where Christmas in Crossett is usually held to the Farmer’s Market on the corner of Main and Ninth is nine blocks, so White said it would be difficult to have things going on at both ends.
As a solution, the committee decided that Friday night could be the traditional downtown event where they will block off the 200 block of Main Street from 4 to 8 p.m. for vendors. All of the businesses in the area have agreed to stay open late for shopping. White said they are calling the event, “A Christmas Downtown.”
“A lot of our members on that end of town really look forward to this event each year and are a big part of making Christmas in Crossett special, so we couldn’t leave them out and so we just said why not do both?” White said.
The Christmas in Crossett event at the Farmer’s Market planned Saturday is set for 1 p.m. A variety of activities are planned for both days.
“It’s really important that we shop local, now more than ever, and the Chamber wanted to do something to encourage that because we always want to help our Chamber members any time we can,” White said.
On Friday, Century Next bank is grilling hotdogs and popping popcorn and will have a photo both. White said she is working on live entertainment for the night and if anyone is interested in performing they can contact the Chamber of Commerce.
White said readers of The Ashley News Observer can watch for the Chamber ad to see a complete list of vendors before the event. The night will also feature a tree lighting ceremony at Centennial Park. She didn’t have all of the details, but said she would keep the Chamber’s Facebook page updated as things were worked out.
White has also planned a shop local scavenger hunt. She said there will be punch cards available at all participating businesses and throughout the night guests can go around and get their cards punched. Once their card is filled, they can enter to win a number of door prizes.
On Saturday, the schedule will be as originally announced. The shopping event and activities will be Saturday afternoon at the Farmer’s Market and the parade will be at 5 p.m. with lineup at 4 p.m. at the Cap Gates Arena.
White said the parade will follow the old route, which is west on Third and then south on Main, wrapping up at the Crossett Eagle practice field. The parade theme is still going to be a Treasured Christmas and there is no entry fee, but there is around $500 in float prize money for the float winners.
White said all vendor fees are waived this year for both the Downtown Christmas event on Friday and the Christmas in Crossett event on Saturday.
“It’s really turned into a whole weekend full of fun activities for the community and we hope everyone will get out and support our local businesses and vendors,” White said.