Holiday festivities in Crawford County will take place throughout December beginning Friday.
Alma will hold its annual Christmas parade on Friday at 6:30 p.m. This year’s event is sponsored by the Alma Area Chamber of Commerce. Participants should be lined up in the Alma High School parking lot by 5:30 p.m.
Those who want to see the annual Christmas lights show in Alma can visit Lights In the Park at the Alma Aquatic Center. The lights show will open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. each night through Christmas Day.
Admission to the Alma lights show is free, but donations will be accepted at the gate. Proceeds go to benefit the Alma Community Outreach Center.
Cedarville’s Christmas Open House will be held at the Old Rock School building on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor tables are available for $10.
Saturday’s lunch will be soup or chili with a dessert and drink, all prepared by members of the quilters club. A quilt raffle drawing will be held at 4 p.m.
Cedarville and Mulberry will both hold their Christmas parades on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Cedarville’s parade will line up at Cedarville High School and travel to the Old Rock Schoolhouse, where participants will be awarded and kids can meet Santa.
Mulberry’s Christmas parade will begin on Main Street and end at Kirksey Park, where kids can meet Santa.
Also Saturday, Van Buren’s annual Living Windows, Lighting of the Courthouse and Festival of Trees will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Visitors will have the opportunity to browse downtown as Main Street merchants transform their shops into holiday displays with “Living Windows” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Crawford County Judge Dennis Gilstrap will flip the switch to light the historic courthouse at 6 p.m. and Festival of Trees winners will be announced. The event will include holiday treats and music, and children can visit Santa at the Albert Pike School House.
Mountainburg and Van Buren have both set their Christmas parades for Dec. 9.
Mountainburg’s parade will begin at 11 a.m. with line up at 10:30 a.m. at the old truck stop. The parade will end at Mountainburg Elementary School, where float trophies will be awarded and kids can meet Santa, get gifts and enjoy some treats.
Van Buren’s historic Main Street will be blocked off for the annual Christmas parade set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Everyone, from antique car owners to children on bicycles, is encouraged to attend.
Chester will have Santa in the Park in Chester City Park on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dinner will be served, and Santa will be on hand to give gifts to area children during the free event.
Dyer’s Christmas parade will be Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. on Washington Street. Lineup is at 6:45 p.m.
For the 23nd year, Richard and Helen Hodo are holding their elaborate Christmas light show at their home at 1205 Woodland Creek Circle, off Azure Hills. The drive-through lights show is free to the public.