Photo by Richard Bloom
Members of the Christmas in the Hills Committee and employees of Black Hills Energy were out enjoying a sunny day in Hot Springs on Friday, Oct. 29, as they adorned the two evergreen trees in front of the Evans Apartments with lights in anticipation of the upcoming Christmas season. The tree lighting is set for Friday night, Dec. 3, which is also the same night as the Journey of Lights Parade.
HOT SPRINGS – Christmas in the Hills recently announced the theme of their 2021 festivities, “Visions of Sugar Plums,” and is planning to host our traditional agenda of activities.
United Churches Mission Group for Haiti will host a complimentary Soup Supper immediately following the parade for all parade participants. A donations is requested from all non-parade participants.
Activities for Saturday, Dec. 4 will begin at the Mueller Center with Christmas In The Hills hosting their Marketplace. Vendors will be displaying and selling their crafts, food items, etc. along with several food booths tempting our appetites; all to make an enjoyable day of indoor shopping. The Minnekahta Quilt Guild will be hosting their annual Quilt Show. Gift wrapping will be available for shoppers along with carriage rides and pictures with Santa.
Manger Melodies, the Saturday evening concert at the Mueller Center Theatre, will feature Orion and Stacey Potter, and two local groups: Cold Water Creek Band and Son Seekers. This concert will be free as in the past thanks to several generous sponsors. In addition, the Hot Springs Fellowship of Christian Athletes youth will present an outdoor Living Nativity near the entrance to the Mueller Center prior to the concert.
The organization is planning to live stream the parade and concert, thereby allowing the entire community and beyond to enjoy the festivities.
In addition to the Christmas in the Hills events, the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce is in the preliminary stages of planning a new event to be called “Santa Hat Springs” which is slated for Friday, Dec. 17, and is intended to serve as a fun, late night, last-minute shopping outing. Participating businesses will offer special discounts and offers to all shoppers in their stores who are wearing a Santa Hat during their extended hours that night.
The Fall River County Herald-Star newspaper is also once again promoting their Fall River Festive Rewards local shopping incentive program, where shoppers earn “Wish Tickets” when they spend money at participating businesses to win part of a $1,500 prize pool. The program will kick-off next Thursay, Nov. 18.