Christmas in Camden

The City of Camden is planning a month-long "North Pole Fantasy” 2020 Christmas celebration.

A giant community tree will be part of the celebration, along with other decorations at the corner of Washington and California Avenue. Residents and guests are invited to hang their own ornaments on the community tree.

Children are encouraged to drop letters into the Santa Mailbox.

A huge, 19-foot LED Christmas tree will be the scene for digital lightshows. There will also be two special photo ops located in the park one in daytime and another at night.

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

December 1-18 (except Sundays)

Join in the fun to find “Camden’s Elf on the Shelf.” 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 4

Courthouse Lighting Friday, December 4 is a special night to delight all children. The evening will start off at 6 p.m. 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 6:30 p.m. 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 Street and Harrison Avenue 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 p.m., 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 5

Saturday, December 5 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join in the fun of a Chili Cook Off and sample all the goodness from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

A Baggo Tournament will start at 10 a.m.

As the evening winds down join 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.

At 7 p.m., 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 12

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 Farmers Bank & Trust parking lot. Performances of the Living Nativity will be at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. There will also be Christmas vendors and Strolling Carolers.

Winter Wonderland Pageant will be at 1 p.m. in the Ouachita County Recreation Center.

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 contact Tami Beevers via Facebook Messenger or call/text 870-818-4755.

Thursday, December 17

On Thursday, December 17 we have a great “Guy’s Night Out” with help for male shoppers. Ladies are invited 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, 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.

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