Mary Pringos of Go Forward Pine Bluff visited the Downtown Rotary Club Tuesday at the Pine Bluff County Club to discuss the upcoming Christmas festival that will take place at Saracen Landing from Dec. 6-8.
“Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles” will feature an ice skating rink located under the pavilion at Lake Saracen, Christmas-themed photo booths, a retail market, food trucks, an outdoor kitchen, live entertainment and more.
The city’s annual Christmas parade will kick off the festival at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, on Main Street. Live entertainment from the Jenkins Choir will follow at Saracen Landing,
According to Pringos, there will no longer be “a parade full of pickup trucks” as they are requiring all entries to decorate a float. The goal for the parade is to have a minimum of 20 floats, she said.
An awards ceremony will take place following the parade to recognize winning floats.
On Friday, Dec. 7, Mistletoe Magic will be set up at Saracen Landing for locals to enjoy food trucks, kid-friendly activities and a 39-foot-tall bounce house, along with other attractions. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s Jazz Band will perform as well.
A kids area can also be found at the festival, allowing youngsters to construct ornaments that they can take home.
On Saturday, Dec. 8, the festival will once again be located at Saracen Landing. Live entertainment will be provided by the Highway 49 Blues Band and The On Call Band.
Sunday, Dec. 9, will mark the last day of the festival and will feature live entertainment by the Pine Bluff Community Choir at Saracen Landing.
Pringos assured that security will be present during all events, as well as overnight for vendors participating in Mistletoe Magic. For security and convenience purposes, Pringos recommends that guests park at the softball complex at Regional Park, where shuttles will transport everyone to and from the festivities.
At the moment, Go Forward Pine Bluff is looking for volunteers who can assist children when visiting the ice skating rink. Emergency medical assistance will also be on site.
Ice skating will be free; however, skaters will need to pay a $5 skate rental fee.
Further details about the event will be announced at a later time.