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— Special to the Camden News

Camden — Experience the magic of the holiday season during Camden’s “North Pole Fantasy” 2020 Christmas celebration!

While we won’t be able to pack stores with crowds or have some activities from last year to maintain social distancing, we still have amazing plans for safe and fun holiday shopping & dining experiences in Camden November-December.

Watch as beautiful new Christmas decorations appear around Camden this year for great community displays! You will again get to enjoy the giant community tree along with other new decorations at the corner of Washington and California Ave. Residents and guest are invited to come hang your ornament on the community tree. A great new display will be located downtown in the city park located at Washington and Adams. This display will delight the imagination of both young and old. Children be sure to come down and drop your letters off in the Santa Mailbox and get your wish list in early. This year will have a new HUGE 19 foot LED CHRISTMAS TREE complete with digital lightshows. There will also be 2 special photo ops located in the park. One for daytime and one for night, so be sure to bring family and friends down to get your photo.

The Christmas light poles throughout Camden will be decked out as the “Parade of Trees”.

  • If you would like to reserve a light pole to decorate as a tree, email [email protected] to reserve one.

Holiday Fun & MORE:

The 2020 Camden Christmas Campaign schedule is filled with TONS of activities from for the entire family:

December 1st – 18th

Join in the fun to find “Camden’s Elf on the Shelf”. December 1 – 18 (except for Sundays). Camden’s Elf will be moving all over town. Be sure to watch for the clue to be released each morning on where to find it. Clues can be found on the City of Camden Facebook page. Be the 1st person each morning to find it and post a selfie for your name to go into a drawing for a great grand prize.

Friday, December 4th

Courthouse Lighting Friday, December 4th is a special night to delight all children. The evening will start off at 6PM with the lighting of the Ouachita County Courthouse. Join us as we flip the switch to light everything up and have a short time of holiday music.

At 6:30PM the Ouachita County Fair Board invites all kids to come ride in the special “Kid’s Light Parade”. Children of all ages, bring your trikes, bikes, wagons, hoverboards, battery operated cars. Deck them out with battery operated lights and decorations. The line up will be at the parking lot at Jefferson St. & Harrison Ave. across from the courthouse. Parents are invited to walk beside your child or pull their wagon. The children will make their way around the block and past the Christmas displays to celebrate their own night parade. To sign up, contact Missy Chambers.

At 7:00PM, join the Camden Police Department on the Farmer’s Bank Parking Lot for the Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt. Children bring your bags to hunt throughout downtown to find the dozens of hidden candy canes. The hunt will be open to children 10 and under. This is free to the public. All children should be accompanied by an adult and bring a flashlight.

Saturday, December 5th

Saturday, December 5th will be a fun filled day at the Ouachita Recreation Center sponsored by Ouachita County Fair Board. You will find a Christmas market set up from 10:00AM till 3:00PM.

Join in the fun of a Chili Cook Off and sample all the goodness from 11:30AM till 1:30PM. $1 per ticket for tasting and $25 for a booth. There will be awards for the winners.

RUN, RUN Rudolph 5k On the Trace, 8:00AM

Blue Ribbon T-shirt Sponsor is $100

General Sponsor is $50

Your name will be listed on the back of t-shirt if you respond by November 24th.

A Baggo Tournament will start at 10:00AM.

As the evening winds down join us for the “Winter Wonderland Walk Through” as you make your way through different North Pole stations. $5 to walk through Wonderland. Free Hot Chocolate on the Walk.

Ouachita Community Concert presents: Jimmy Lewis & 8 Second Ride at the Event Center at Fairview Park. Tickets $10 at the door, or free if you have a membership.

Saturday, December 12th

H & P Alliance and Native Dog will sponsor the “12 Strays of Christmas”. Bring your 4 legged children out for this special time to get their Christmas photos, shop the great pet booths and learn how you can be a foster home to help a pet through a difficult time. We will end the evening with a “Deck the Paws” pet parade. So be sure to bring their Christmas finest to dress them for their parade through downtown.

Living Nativity in the Farmer’s Bank Parking Lot. 4 Performances of the Living Nativity. 6:00PM, 6:30PM, 7:00PM, & 7:30PM. There will also be Christmas vendors and Strolling Carolers.

Winter Wonderland Pageant at Ouachita County Recreation Center

Starts at 1:00PM

Presented by Ouachita County Fair Board

Camden Co-Ed Softball League invites you to participate in the First Annual Toys for Tots Benefit Tournament This is not a team event, but an individual entry. Cost is $10 + $10 toy entry fee for each person

Participants will be placed on teams by computer aided draft

To register a participant: Contact Tami Beevers via Facebook Messenger or call/text 870-818-4755

Thursday, December 17th

On Thursday, Dec. 17th we have a great “Guy’s Night Out”. We know it’s hard to shop for your lady, after all which scent, flavor or collection does she like this year….let us help you!! Ladies, we invite you to stop by participating stores to make your Christmas “wish list”. The stores will contact your guy….which might be your husband, dad, son, brother….etc.To let them know they have your list.

On this Thursday, stores will be open a little later to allow your guy to come shop. Restaurants will also be offering “Guy Specials” to top off their shopping night.

All November Long

As we move forward through November watch as beautiful new Christmas decorations appear in 2 locations this year for great community displays! You will again get to enjoy the giant community tree along with other new decorations at the corner of Washington and California

Ave.

Residents are welcome and encouraged to come hang your ornament on the community tree.

A great new display will be located downtown in the city park located at Washington and Adams. This display will delight the imagination of both young and old.

Children be sure to come down and drop your letters off in the Santa Mailbox and get your wish list in

early.

This year will have a new 19’ LED tree which will delight you with it lightshows. There will also be 2 special photo ops located in the park. One for daytime and one for night, so be sure to bring family and friends down to get your photo.

The Christmas light poles will be decked out as the “Parade of Trees”. If you would like to reserve a light pole to decorate as a tree, email [email protected] to reserve one.

All December Long

For December you will see the windows of downtown presented as special Christmas storybooks. Be sure to come drive or stroll through as you “read” the story as you proceed down the

street.

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