Final details of PB’s Christmas festival released

“Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles,” a part of the public-private partnership between the city and Go Forward Pine Bluff, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, with the annual Christmas parade at Fourth Avenue and Main. The parade will continue to Barraque, then west on Barraque to Walnut St, then south to Fourth Avenue.

There are 44 entries in this year’s parade, including 24 floats, according to a GFPB news release. The Pine Bluff Commercial will enter a float in this year’s parade.

After the parade, the public is invited to Saracen Landing, where Pine Bluff Mayor Shirley Washington will kick off “Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles.” First, second and third place prizes for the parade floats will be awarded, and the Jenkins Choir will perform.

Attractions throughout the weekend include an ice-skating rink, a 31-foot-tall Snowman Bounce House, ornament making for kids and Santa. There will also be a life-size Snow Globe that doubles as a photo booth.

Food truck vendors will be parked at Lake Saracen with warm food and hot chocolate throughout the event.

The UAPB Jazz Band will provide entertainment from 7-9 p.m. Friday night as retail vendors display their wares on the pavilion. Another attraction will include soup and desserts by Chef Jamie McAfee from 5-9 p.m.

The festival will continue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Admission to the festival is free. There will be a $5 skate rental fee and a $5 fee to get inside the Snow Globe. Waivers must be signed by all skaters; minors must have waivers signed by a parent or guardian.

Saturday’s entertainment will begin with the Highway 49 Blues Band from 4:30-6:30 p.m., and the On Call Band from 7-9 p.m. The Pine Bluff Community Choir will round out the entertainment Sunday afternoon with familiar Christmas carols.

“The decorations committee, headed by Julie Bridgforth and Jodie Jolly, are currently busy transforming Saracen Landing into a Christmas Wonderland. You will not believe your eyes, unless you ‘Believe in Miracles,’” the news release said. “City and GFPB officials are extremely excited and pleased with the participation and excitement throughout the community.”

Washington said that “The holidays are a time for making memories with family. We want Mistletoe Magic to be a part of those memories for years to come.”

“Mistletoe Magic: Believe in Miracles” is a presentation of the Delta Celebration Series, sponsored in part by Go Forward Pine Bluff and Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation. Community sponsors include Relyance Bank, M.K. Distributors, and Sissy’s Log Cabin.

Free parking will be available at Regional Park’s Softball Complex with the City’s Transit Department providing a shuttle on the Trolley Car to and from Saracen Landing.