The Newport Christmas parade has been postponed to Sunday, December 16, due to rain and thunderstorms. Lineup for entries will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Riceland parking lot. The parade will begin at 3 pm. For more information call the Newport Area Chamber of Commerce (870)523-3618. The parade route will take the same route in years past, along the same avenue from Hwy. 69 to Village Mall parking lot.
Walk or Drive through the Live Nativity at First Free Will Baptist Church located at 710 South State Street on Friday-Sunday, December 14, 15, &16, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 15, Jacksonport State Park will have a Victorian-Style Christmas Ornament Workshop from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The admission fee is $7.50 per person to cover supplies. Included this year are: Victorian Card Ornaments, Felt Cardinal Ornaments, and Christmas Stockings to hang on the mantle. Advance reservations are required by 3:00 p.m. December 13th. Participants will meet at the new Visitor Information Center and the workshop will be held inside the Courthouse in the upstairs courtroom. Call (870)523-2143 to make reservations.