EVART — In Evart, folks are getting ready for the Christmas holidays.

In this Osceola County community, the celebration and spread of local holiday spirit comes early.

Every year the City of Evart, (located on U.S. 10, between Reed City and Clare), inaugurates the holiday season in the best traditions with Christmas in a Small Town.

Everyone is invited to join in the festivities — residents and visitors alike.

This year, there is a ton of fun and fellowship planned for kids of all ages — ALL ages!

Events will be centrally located once again in the expansive area between Crossroads Community Church and Evart’s historic railroad depot — City Hall.

Santa will be coming to town on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3, and will arrive in true VIP style at The Depot — Evart’s historic railroad station located just south of U.S. 10 on Main Street.

The Jolly Old Soul’s arrival will kick off and afternoon of fun for all comers.

In years and years of holding a community-wide start to the winter holiday season, Santa has never once failed to visit Evart a few weeks before the Christmas holiday, giving young and old admirers an early chance to get their wishes logged on his list.

At the same time, the fun will really begin for those staying outdoors or wandering through the Crossroads Church building.

As Santa settles into visiting with friends there will be plenty of games to play, carols to sing, and crafts to create. Everything is completely free of charge.

This family-orientated Christmas ‘happening’ will include thrills on the Euro-bungy, hay rides, face painting, a performance by the Evart Jazz Band, hotdogs, hot chocolate, and much more.

A Christmas Comedy Program will take place in the Crossroads Church auditorium at 2 p.m.

Games and additional activities will be ongoing throughout the three hour carnival.

Organizers are expecting hundreds turn out for the event - rain, snow or clear skies.

Folks from throughout the community and neighbors from further afield are invited to join in creating holiday memories and a real sense of community

There will be a lot going on at Christmas Central.

A planning committee with representatives from Evart’s Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, Crossroads Community Church and an army of volunteers are looking forward to hosting and facilitating a wide range of events and activities

In short, it will be a packed afternoon of family fun in the true spirit of a community Christmas celebration — at no cost what-so-ever to those attending.

Hayrides, inflatable bouncers, goodies, a place to warm up before continuing on with the fun and something to do around every turn of Evart’s Holiday Central.

The street running between The Depot and Crossroads Church will be closed for the celebration so visitors walking from one place to the next needn’t worry about vehicular traffic. There also will be plenty of parking throughout the area.

Volunteers will be running various carnival-style games in a heated tent, while others will be taking young and old on hayrides around town.

There will be lots of goodies, a roaring campfire, hot-dogs and snacks, and lots of cookies.

Pony rides will once again be a big hit — especially for those who always wanted a pony for Christmas but never saw that dream come true.

Kids can learn to make their own Christmas tree ornaments after they’ve had their faces painted in holiday motifs.

Those attending can have a family portrait taken in a specially set up photo studio.

The annual Christmas in a Smalltown is sponsored by the Evart Chamber of Commerce, City of Evart, Evart Downtown Development, SpringHill, and Crossroads Community Church with generous support from many community businesses.

For more information contact Trisha Dodd, planning committee member, at trisha_dodd@yahoo.com, or 231 884-0450.