Five area cities will have Christmas parades and other holiday events as Christmas Day grows closer.

Alma, Dyer, Mountainburg, Mulberry and Van Buren will each have their own parade and other holiday events throughout December.

Alma will have the first parade of the season Dec. 6. Line up will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the parade will start at 7 p.m.

Starting at Alma High School, the parade will travel up Arkansas Highway 162 until it meets U.S. Route 64, said organizer John Tribulak.

For those entering the parade, cash prizes will be given out for each category and for overall best float, Tribulak said.

Santa also will be in the parade riding on the Alma Fire Department ladder truck, he said.

Alma Public Library will have an open house and bake sale fundraiser from 5-6:30 p.m., with free hot drinks. A Christmas light show at the Alma Water Park will open beginning Friday night.

Dyer, Mulberry and Van Buren parades will all be held Dec. 14.

Dyer’s will begin at 11 a.m., and all floats and groups are encouraged to attend.

Line up for the parade will be at 10:30 a.m. at the Dyer Community Building, and the parade will travel along Washington Street to Line Street, down Main Street and circling back to the starting point.

Prizes will be given to the first, second and third place floats.

Mulberry’s Christmas parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the city complex and travel up Main Street to Kirksey Park. Line up will be at 12:30 and all floats and groups are encouraged to join.

Mulberry will also have it’s Shop With A Cop event Dec. 7 at Bluff Hole Park to raise money for the police department to buy Christmas gifts for local children.

Included in the event will be the Polar Bear Plunge, Turkey Shoot and bake sale.

Historic Main Street in Van Buren will be closed for the city’s parade, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include anyone who wishes to join.

Other holiday events in Van Buren include the Christmas open house celebration Dec. 6 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Drennen-Scott Historic Site.

Living Windows, the Lighting of the Courthouse and Festival of Trees will be Dec. 7 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mountainburg will have it’s Christmas parade Dec. 21 at 11 a.m. with line up at 10:30 a.m. at the old truck stop. The route will end at Mulberry Elementary School. Trophies will be awarded for best float and other categories.

Santa will arrive at the end of the parade and kids can get their picture taken with him, and a Christmas party also will be held at the school after the parade to hand out gifts to local children.