Friends of Pioneer Village will host the third annual Christmas in the Village Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Pioneer Village at Rison. Admission is free, according to a news release.


The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the Reindeer Dash 5K and 1-Mile Walk/Kids Run. “Breakfast with Santa” starts at 8:30 a.m. and for $5 per person, participants can have a breakfast of pancakes, sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Santa will be on hand and there will also be a Christmas carnival.


The Christmas in the Village Gingerbread House Contest will be held in the McMurtrey House. There is no entry fee. Participants should bring a prepared gingerbread house to the McMurtrey House by 10 a.m., when the contest begins. Winners will be announced that evening. There will be cash prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each division: ages 5-10; ages 11-17; and ages 17 and over.


The Christmas in the Village Pageant will begin at 1:30 p.m. with various divisions ranging from infant to 20 years old.


A “Beans & Greens” Supper will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the stage area at the Pioneer Village. The meal is $8, which includes beans, greens, cornbread, dessert and drink.


The Cleveland County Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Rison while live performances of Christmas music and a live nativity will be held at the Pioneer Village after the parade.


“Tour the Mt. Olivet Church, McMurtrey House and other historic buildings from the 1800s that will be decorated for Christmas while taking in the Christmas Village Market as well,” a spokesman said.


A limited number of vendor booths for the Christmas Village Market are still available. Details: Organizer Sharon Gray, 870-692-3130 or 870-325-6567.