Friday, Saturday Christmas festivities announced

Kids young and old alike will get their chance to rub elbows with the big guy himself this Friday as several activities are ontap to celebrate the season here in White Hall. Up first is the annual Christmas Parade which is always a sure crowd pleaser, featuring marching bands from White Hall School District, numerous floats, a treasure trove of beauty queens and lots of candy, not to mention the guest of honor, who will be riding in style on top of a White Hall Fire Truck, in his brand new sleigh, which was special ordered to be ‘tricked-out’ North Pole style, and fully equipped with lights and sound for the season. Just as it has in years past, the parade will be lined up at the corner of Dollarway Road and Colonial Park Drive. At 6 p.m., the parade will begin at White Hall Avenue, and will continue north down Dollarway Road and onto Anderson Street where it will disband at the entrance to City Park on Parkway, just in time for everyone to gather for that magical moment when the switch is flipped and all of the lights in the park illuminate the night for the first time of the season welcoming all who wish to take a breath taking stroll through the park. The memorial stars are another returning feature as the three foot lighted trees line the walkways to honor those who have earned special recognition or as a memorial to remember those loved ones that are no longer here. Afterwards, City Hall will be open fully stocked with cookies and hot cocoa while the children get their chance to visit with Santa until 8 p.m. On Saturday, Santa has breakfast reservations at White Hall City Hall from 8:30-11 a.m. Children will get to spend time with Santa, have their picture made with him, enjoy breakfast, and make crafts. The cost is $10 per child and any additional breakfasts or pictures are $5. All proceeds from this years Breakfast with Santa event will go to the Children of Arkansas Loved for a Lifetime organization (CALL) for Jefferson County, an organization that helps the foster and adoptive children in the community. For more information on Breakfast with Santa or to become a volunteer with The CALL, call Kim Wood at 870-247-1275.