If you love all things Christmas, but have already taken pictures on the Heritage Sled, counted all 600 wreaths and walked under the front lawn lights for hours, then it might be time to step off campus. The Searcy community has multiple opportunities to get you in the holiday mood.
The First Assembly of God church in Searcy is hosting its 10th annual Living Nativity Scene. According to PR specialist for First Assembly, Erica Goodwin, “The Christmas story comes alive in a remarkable way as First Assembly transforms the outside of the church to reflect the hustle and bustle of biblical times. Visitors take a trip back in time as they are immersed in all the sights, sounds and smells of Bethlehem.” The nativity is a drive through event with many actors and live animals.
The event is free of charge and will take place the weekends of Dec. 5-7 and 12-14 – Fridays 6:30-9:30 p.m.; Saturdays 5:30-9:30 p.m.; and Sundays 5:30-8:30 p.m. The church is located at 101 Benton St.
The Center on the Square, Searcy’s community theatre, is also joining the holiday fun with its production of “The Rented Christmas.” Sophomore Morgan Pruitt plays Anna Weston, a rent-all shop owner, in the play. Pruitt said the show is the perfect way to escape from reality for a little bit.
“This is just a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit,” Pruitt said. “With some laughs, and of course a ‘Hallmark Christmas’ love story, anybody could get their minds off of the stresses of dead week and all of their finals, even if it’s just for a few hours. It could also be a cute little date change up from the typical Harding walk around the front lawn under the lights.”
Tickets are $15 for the show only, or $24 to include a meal before the show. “The Rented Christmas” show dates are Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays Dec. 7, 14, 21 with brunch served at 12:30 p.m. and curtain at 1:30 p.m. The theatre is located at 219 W Arch Ave.
If you missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, you’re in luck. Searcy’s 2014 Holiday of Lights Christmas Parade will take place Saturday, Dec. 6. It will start at Spring Park, circle around the courthouse square, onto Race Avenue and will end at Berryhill Park. The parade starts at 6 p.m.