Nov 22, 2022

Great Bend getting into Christmas spirit with Saturday full of activities

Posted Nov 22, 2022 4:00 PM
A unicorn ice sculpture from last year's festivities in downtown Great Bend.
A unicorn ice sculpture from last year's festivities in downtown Great Bend.

By MIKE COURSON
Great Bend Post

As the name suggests, the Great Bend Home for the Holidays Festival and Parade is so much more than a parade. From 8 a.m. until well after dark, there will be a variety of ways to feel a little jolly in downtown Great Bend.

"We are super excited for the Great Bend Home for the Holidays Festival and Parade," said Community Coordinator Christina Hayes. "A lot of people don't realize that the entire day is packed full of fun."

Visit participating businesses in Great Bend from 8 a.m. to noon for the last chance to participate in the $1,000 to Explore in Great Bend contest. River of Life Church on Main Street will host the Creative and Unique Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A pair of activities will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the Dilly & Doc Pop-Up Market in their building at 1119 Main and the adjoining bingo hall. Stop in at Rosewood Furniture Gallery, 1607 Main Street, to get your cookie box for the cookie decorating contest. Vote for your favorite as you pick up the treats at various Great Bend businesses.

Finally, just as the sun is setting, the Home for the Holidays Parade will march its way down Main Street toward Jack Kilby Square. The winners of the cookie contest, window-decorating contest, and Explore Great Bend will be announced after the parade.

"Even after the holiday parade, we have so much stuff happening in the square afterward," Hayes said. "At 6:15, we will light the annual mayor's tree, so Santa and Mayor Cody Schmidt will do that. Afterward, at 6:30, we have the ice sculpting performance by Reverend butter. We then have some announcements of the cookie contest winners, but then the fire bending performance will happen by Phlox Fire."

Also after the parade, be sure to check out the 24 life-sized Santas as part of the Santa's Around the World display at 1223 Main Street. Santa will also be on hand to take Christmas wishes.

Rosewood Services will provide free horse-drawn carriage and wagon rides until 8 p.m., and the city of Great Bend will provide free train rides. The city will also treat festive goes to free hot dogs, hot chocolate, funnel cakes, cookies, cider, and more at Jack Kilby Square. Top off the big day by visiting Brit Spaugh Zoo for the official opening of the Trail of Lights and collect your Rosewood Golden Ticket.