The traditional Kiwanis Christmas Parade will be a little different this year. It will start at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. On the Humbug Side: candy won’t be given out and everything has to be on wheels and continuously move. On the Holiday Side: it will still be about an hour long with about 30 floats.
Bands won’t march, but there will be music. Police cars will lead and bring up the end of the parade, there will be fire engines and motorcycles, but they’ve been asked not to sound their horns for two blocks of the parade route, over by the churches on Main Street. The parade route will make its way down on Main Street, make big, wide turns along State Street, and then make its way down College. Street. Everything has to be on wheels and it has to keep moving.
“Earlier this year we thought we weren’t going to have it, but we are and for the first time we’re having it at night,” Renee Martin, one of the organizers of the parade said, during the Friday meeting of the Batesville Chapter of Kiwanis Club.
She asked members of the club to sign up to help out along the parade route as block captains.
“The only way this works is we all pitch in to help,” she said.
Local businesses are hoping to see green this holiday season with Grinchmas in Batesville. The city plans turn on the holiday lights Wednesday, Nov. 25 to get everyone in the holiday spirit, but the real fun starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27 at 1850 Chaney Dr. when the park with the pretty lights becomes White River Wonderland. Visitors can walk or drive through the light display synched with Christmas music. There will be carriage rides, a synthetic ice skating rink, and the White River Wonderland Express train ride. There will be a 70 ft. tall LED-lighted Top of Wonderland Ferris wheel. The event stays open until 10 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Friday “Frozen” will be shown at the historic Melba Theater, located at 115 W. Main St.
The fun continues as Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce hosts “Keep The Cheer Here” on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 28 in support of local participating merchants. In addition to holiday festivities hosted by each merchant, the Grinch, Max, and inhabitants of Whooville can be sighted on the shopping trail and in local restaurants.
Tourists who book hotel stays will receive tickets to a VIP showing of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” at 10 a.m. Saturday, with a character meet and greet at the Melba Theater; a $25 dining voucher, and a fast pass to ride an 70 ft. tall LED-lighted Top of Wonderland Ferris wheel to view the White River Wonderland. A dining and shopping guide will be available on or before Nov. 20. Making a purchase at participating locations earns shoppers a chance to win two different prizes of $250 cash and $500 cash.
At 5 p.m. Saturday at the Citizens Bank Pocket Park at 325 E. Main St. there will be Christmas music, the story “The Night Before Christmas,” and the lighting ceremony for the 20 ft. tall Batesville Christmas Tree. At 5 p.m. White River Wonderland starts back up and lasts until 10 p.m.
At 7 p.m. Saturday the Melba Theater will host “A Very Melba Christma” with a free showing of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” which is rated PG-13.
If you can’t make for those events, the holiday spirit continues with An Old Fashioned Christmas on Main Street Batesville, Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec. 5. This event will include a Winter Market, live music, carolers, pop-up shops, activities for children and much more.