Saturday’s Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade will be the last where pre-registration is not required, according to Lt. Todd Wells of the Searcy Police Department, who shared tips on the parade with The everyday citizen Wednesday.
The parade, which will begin at 6 pm, “will travel north on Spring, west on Arch, north on Spruce, east on Race and north on Davis, ending at Berryhill Park,” said Wells. Programming begins at 4 p.m. on Spring Street and Mulberry Avenue.
All vehicle and tank entrances must have Christmas lights and play Christmas music, but no entry can have a person disguised as Santa Claus. This is to avoid confusion for the children, Wells said. The Town of Searcy / Comité des Fêtes des Lumières has an official Santa Claus who gets on a fire truck at the end of the parade.
No candy or other items can be thrown from vehicles or tanks, he said. It will be dark and children might not be seen by drivers if they are running down the street to buy candy. Sweets and other items can be handed out by the walking participants.
“As we welcome local politicians and political candidates to our parade, we ask that no national political signs or political statements be displayed,” Wells said. “The Christmas parade is the occasion for festive and seasonal decorations.
Parade officials reserve the right to remove any entry from the parade programming that is deemed inappropriate for the “family event” or that could potentially put participants or spectators in physical danger, he said.
All horses in the parade must be Coggins tested.
In the event of bad weather and / or dangerous traffic conditions, the parade will be postponed. A decision will be made before 3 p.m. Saturday and will be posted on the Searcy Holiday of Lights Facebook page.
The program for Saturday’s Jolly Jubilee is as follows:
8 to 11:30 a.m. – Kiwanis Pancakes with Santa’s Breakfast, First Baptist Church, 105 S. Spring St.
9 a.m. – It’s a wonderful fun run KLIFE Janett Crain
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Baking chocolate sauce for the World Championships, east side of White County Courthouse
9 am-3pm – Craft and Snack Event in downtown Searcy, 121 W. Market Ave.
10:00 am – Polar Express Pajama Party, Rialto Theater; tickets $ 7
10 am – Storytime “Construction site on Christmas night”, table at the Searcy public library
10 am-4pm Craft fair. food vendors. children’s games, inflatables, petting zoo and pony rides, Christmas music by local bands at Citizen Park, 213 W. Arch Ave.
11 am – Storytime “The bears stay up for Christmas”, Searcy public library table
Noon – Santa’s Story Time, east side of the courthouse
12 pm-2pm – Literacy Council of White County free books “Twas the Night Before Christmas”
12 pm-4pm – Santa Claus on the square
1:00 p.m. – Craft along “The Tree That Is Supposed To Be” at Make.Do.Studio, 121 N. Spring St.
2:00 p.m. – Story time “Construction site on Christmas night”, table at the Searcy public library
2:00 p.m. – Searcy Cake Walk on Main Street
2:00 p.m. – Zoe Photographic Studio Santa photos; $ 25 for 2 5×7
3:00 p.m. – Storytime “The bear stays up for Christmas”, Searcy public library table
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Meeting and welcoming of the characters of Sweet Peep Princess and superheroes
5-7 p.m. – Free S’mores at the first Teal Security Grill, Arch Avenue
5-10 p.m. – Ice skating at Spring Park, 113 E. Pleasure Ave .; $ 5 per person for 45 minutes
6 p.m. – Searcy Christmas Parade