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Christmas In The Village
December 2, 2017
Christmas Village Market – Download Vendor Application
More than 30 vendors will be set up inside the exhibition halls, including: Rison United Methodist Women, baked goods and cookies; Friendship EH Club Fried Pies; Ida Neal, AVON products and bath balms; Jenny Peyton Lularoe, Posh and Southern Couture; Just Stick It Vinyl and Etched Crafts; Mandy Stringfellow, Scentsy products; Rosemary Goosey, wreaths and homemade crafts and Decor; Gloria Young, Juice Plus Nutritional products; Rison Band Boosters, bake sale and ornaments; Paula Sadler, wreaths, arrangements, embroidery and hair bows; Cherolynne Hanry, Christmas decor, clothes and more; Cindy Faulk and Debbie Tripp, live herbs, herbal products and more; Reagan Haynes, Monat Hair Care; Beverly Paul, Plunder Design Jewelry; Cindy Reed, Lipsense/ShadowSense Products; Hardin New Life Apostolic Ladies, pumpkin rolls; Bessie’s Crafts and Boutique jewelry, crafts and Christmas ornaments; Tupperware by Paula Seifert; Corrie Lusk, hand-dyed yarns, sweaters and shawls; Jennifer Price, Scenic photography canvases, calendars, wood panels and more; Dot Hart, Doterra Essential Oils and Accessories; Brandi Watson, snap jewelry, boutique clothing and crafts; Rebecca Lowry, Monat Hair Care and holiday gift sets; Jordan Harper, wreaths, arrangements and crafts; Shelter Cat Rescue, assortment of rescue-related items and baked goods; Ed Montgomery/TGS Forestry, rich pine bundles and bags of coal; Heather McClain, soaps, bath bombs, sugar scrubs and more; and Holly Chism, Premier Designs Jewelry. For more information about the Market, call Sharon Gray at (870) 692-3130 or (870) 325-6567.
Reindeer Dash 5K/1-Mile Run-Walk – Download Entry Form
The first event of the day will be the Reindeer Dash 5K/1-Mile Walk and 1-Mile Race for Kids. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with the 5K set to being at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-mile walk/1-mile kids race at 8:45 a.m. In addition, there will be door prizes given away after the race. Those who bring a toy to contribute to the Cleveland County Christmas Care Campaign will receive an extra chance for the door prizes.
Breakfast With Santa
Enjoy pancakes, sausage, milk and juice with Santa Claus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the indoor stage area at the Pioneer Village. Gray said this will be a “come-and-go” event, which means you can show up at any time during the two-hour window. The cost is $5 per person for both children and adults. In addition to having breakfast with Santa, there will also be a Christmas carnival set up with various games for the children.
Gingerbread House Contest – Click here for more
The Christmas in the Village Gingerbread House Contest will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the McMurtrey House at the Pioneer Village. There is no cost to enter – simply bring your completed gingerbread house to the McMurtrey House by 10 a.m. There will be three divisions in the contest: ages 5-10; ages 11-16; and ages 17 and over. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each division with first place receiving $25, second place $15 and third place $10. Winners will be determined by the donations each entry receives during the contest. A donation jar will be set up at each gingerbread house, and the entry that receives the highest amount in donations will be declared the winner for that division. All donations will go toward the restoration and renovation efforts at the Pioneer Village.
Pageants – CANCELED
The Christmas in the Village Pageant has been canceled.
Beans & Green Supper
An old time favorite is back with the Beans & Greens Supper to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the indoor stage area at the Pioneer Village in Rison. The meal is $8, which includes beans, greens, cornbread, dessert and drink.
Christmas Parade – Download Parade Application
The annual Cleveland County Christmas Parade sponsored by Rison Shine Downtown Development will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, in downtown Rison. The parade will follows a route that begins at the north end of Main Street near the railroad tracks and ends near the Pioneer Village. The route will pass through the Green House Cottages of Southern Hills Nursing Home. FBT Bank & Mortgage will be awarding cash prizes to the top floats in two divisions: school division and non-profit division. Cash prizes in each division will be $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. The school division will consist of any float entered by a school, class or school club. The non-profit division includes churches, civic clubs/groups, etc. Local businesses are also encouraged to participate. All parade participants are encouraged to use lights on their floats, and to avoid using a live Santa Claus in their theme. Santa will be in the parade, and will be available to visit with the children after the parade at the Pioneer Village. There is no cost to enter a float, but those who plan to participate are asked to complete a parade entry form beforehand.
There will be live entertainment throughout the late afternoon and evening at Christmas in the Village. The Gene Rainey & Friends Band from Sheridan will be performing during the Beans & Green Supper at the indoor stage area. At 5 p.m., the New Life Baptist Church Choir from Rison will be performing inside the Mt. Olivet Church at the Pioneer Village. Following the Christmas Parade in downtown Rison at 6 p.m., the Rison United Methodist Church Choir will perform in side the Mt. Olivet Church at 7 p.m. followed by the Cleveland County Community Theater’s live singing nativity on the outdoor stage.
Douglas B Design is offering a limited number of sessions are available throughout the day beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the last session at 4:45 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for photos of the kids, families, couples, friends… you name it! Walk-up opportunities will be available if the schedule permits. Call/Text 870-510-2433 or message on Facebook to schedule your session in advance. Wear your holiday attire and come join the fun.
Letters To Santa Drop-Off
The Cleveland County Herald will have a drop-off for Letters To Santa at the Pioneer Village Post Office. Letters will be published in the Dec. 13 special edition of The Herald. Holiday gift subscriptions and more will also be available.
Pioneer Village Open House
The historic buildings, many dating back to the 1800’s, will be decorated for Christmas and open for tours throughout the day. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider along with Christmas cookies at the McMurtrey House.
Christmas Project Workshop
There will be a Christmas Project Workshop held at 12:30 p.m. at the indoor stage area. The workshop will feature a cooking demonstration as well as Christmas projects for both youth and adults. There is no charge to attend the workshop. There will be live entertainment after the workshop.
The Cleveland County Christmas Game Show
Test your Christmas knowledge and some other skills at the Cleveland County Christmas Game Show that begins at 2 p.m. at the indoor stage area. There will be an audience interactive trivia contest as well as “Win It in a Minute” competitions.
The Christmas Tree Walk
The Christmas Tree Walk will begin at 3 p.m. Modeled after a traditional “cake walk,” this time contestants will be walking around a Christmas tree for the chance to win cakes, baked goods and other prizes.