The calendar pages have flipped from November into December, and with that the Christmas seasonal celebrations begin in full.

This week will include the Hamburg Holidays, and next Saturday will see Christmas in Crossett roll in western Ashley County.

Christmas in Crossett was initially scheduled for Nov. 30. Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce officials had chosen an early date in case of weather delays after winter weather affected last years’ event, and that foresight proved prophetic.

Chamber officials decided to move the event based on weather forecasts the day before Thanksgiving, and Saturday the skies opened and dropped heavy rains when Christmas and Crossett would have been going on.

“It was pouring like monsoon rains,” Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy White said. “I got several messages throughout the day saying we had made a good call.”

Christmas in Crossett will now be Dec. 14. The time for all of the events will be the same as was planned for the earlier date, with the Jingle Bell Run at 10:30 a.m.; the Christmas parade at 1 p.m.; the Christmas in Crossett fair and Kids’ Zone from 2 to 5 p.m.; and the city Christmas tree lighting at dusk.

Hamburg Holidays will start on the Hamburg Square at 2 p.m.

Photos with Santa will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. The red wagon parade will be at 4:40 p.m., and the reading of the Christmas story will be at 5:30 p.m.

The Hamburg Christmas parade will be at 6 p.m., and will be followed by a glow run.

Those interested in registering for the Glow Run may do so by going by the Hamburg Area Chamber of Commerce office, sending an email, to, or finding the registration table the day of the event.

For more information on any of the Hamburg Holiday events, contact the Hamburg Chamber at 870-853-8345.

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