Parade, Reindeer Run, tree lighting planned for Dec. 4


The Baxter Bulletin


More specifics have been announced for the Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce’s Dec. 4 Christmas parade and festival.

The evening’s holiday hoopla will begin at 5:45 p.m. with the First Security Bank Christmas tree lighting ceremony on the courthouse square. The Reindeer Run — sponsored by Care Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation — will be held at 6 p.m., with the winner of the footrace receiving a $100 Visa gift card. The annual Christmas parade will roll through downtown Mountain Home following the Reindeer Run.

The night’s events also include a downtown festival featuring local craftsmen and food vendors.

All of the night’s events come with COVID-19 precautions and restrictions. Face masks should be worn by anyone 10 and older, and family groups should maintain 6 feet of social distancing between themselves and other groups. Face masks may be removed once adequate social distancing is established between groups, but must be worn while standing in line for items like concessions or whenever appropriate distance cannot be maintained.

Spectators are advised to not attend the festivities if they experience any COVID-19 symptoms like fever, deep cough or trouble breathing. It is also recommended that those over 65 or with underlying health conditions avoid the event.

“As long as we follow the guidelines, everything should be ok,” Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce Vice President Angela Broome said. “We want everyone to be safe and be smart.”

The parade will be carried by XL7-TV for those not attending in person on Friday, Dec. 4.

The theme of this year’s Christmas parade is “The Greatest Gift,” and parade participants may interpret that any way they choose when preparing their parade floats, Broome said.

The Chamber will award first-, second- and third-place finishes for parade floats. Entries will be judged on theme interpretation, craftsmanship and creativity.

The deadline to register for the Christmas parade is Wednesday, Dec. 2. Entries are free for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Parade registration forms can be picked up at the Chamber’s office, located at 1337 Highway 62 West in Mountain Home or found online at

All parade participants will assemble near Hospital Drive and proceed downtown past the courthouse square to Clark Office Supply. Parade participants are asked to not throw candy during the procession and any float with a costumed Santa will be asked to remove that individual.

“There’s only one Santa Claus, and he will be at the end of the parade line,” Broome said.

Businesses also have the opportunity to contribute items to the Chamber’s “Shop Local” Christmas bags or become a candy sponsor, Broome said.

This year, the Reindeer Run will follow the same path as the parade, beginning on Hospital Drive and ending at Clark Office Supply. Would-be runners will need to check in for the race at 5:15 p.m. in the First Security Bank parking lot on Hospital Drive. Entry fee for the Reindeer Run is $15, and registration forms may picked up at the Chamber office or found online at the Chamber’s website.

The Christmas festival will run from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the courthouse square and have booths for retailers, food vendors and local non-profits.Those interested in reserving booth space should contact the Chamber at (870) 425-5111.

“This is a great way to get out and get some Christmas shopping done,” Broome said. “If you’ve missed the local craft shows because they’ve been canceled due to COVID-19, this is a chance to see some of that work and buy some items.”