Christmas in Crossett is a little earlier this year than usual, but organizers said they have their reasons for getting an early start.

One of those reasons includes offering something exciting for young children completely free.

Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy White with the Chamber of Commerce said that the event was moved up to Nov. 30 because of last year’s rain out. Having it earlier gives more flexibility should another rain out happen, she said.

White also said that some of the chamber’s board members felt like having it the weekend of Thanksgiving would allow people who were visiting Crossett for the holiday to come out and shop with Crossett vendors.

This year, Christmas in Crossett will have a kid’s zone that is completely free for children to enjoy. White said this zone would be in the grassy area between Centennial Park and Century Next Bank from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The morning will kick off at the Crossett Farmer’s Market with the monthly crafter’s fair and a Jingle Bell run at Centennial Park.  As the afternoon rolls in, the Christmas parade will be at 1 p.m. White said they chose an afternoon parade this year so that there could be a Christmas tree lighting at Centennial park at dark for everyone to enjoy. The ceremony will be directly following the Christmas in Crossett event, which will be from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Crossett.

“We hope the community will come out and support our local vendors and enjoy all of the exciting things we’ve organized this year,” White said.

White said there would be a DJ at Centennial Park during the event, as well as many other new and exciting things such as carriage rides around the park. White said she was still working on the details of the carriage rides and she was looking into possible live music in addition to the DJ, but did not have any other details.

Those interested in a booth at the Christmas in Crossett event or a float in the parade may contact White at the Chamber office. The parade registration is free, but there is a form that must be turned in by Nov. 27.

Vendors must be registered by Nov. 21 and the fee is $25 for Chamber members and $35 for non-Chamber members.

Those interested in the crafters fair or the Jingle Bell Run may contact Sarah Hollimon with Crossett Parks and Recreation. The Jingle Bell Run registration will be at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park with the run starting at 10:30 a.m.

“This is a big event for Crossett and this is a great way to kick off the Christmas holiday and a great time for the community to join together and support each other and our town,” White said.

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