EVART — The countdown to Christmas in Osceola County continues.

With the holidays underway, residents in the Evart area are gearing up for the Christmas Carnival, a mainstay in the community since 2008.

The annual carnival is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

This year, the annual event is organized by the Evart Downtown Development Authority, Crossroads Community Church, SpringHill Camps and the Evart Chamber of Commerce, said DDA Director Al Weinberg.

“First and foremost, Santa arrives that day and will be taking requests from little kids on what they want for Christmas,” he said. “There are lots of really cool prizes and things to do.”

Since its inception in 2008, the Christmas Carnival has continued to draw between 1,000 to 1,200 people to the city.

“It’s a great holiday tradition for our town that attracts people from all over the place to come to it and make it part of their tradition even if they’re not from Evart,” he said. “They make it to the event because it’s such a fun event.”

While some festivals are happy with having pony rides, Weinberg said there are many events scheduled throughout the Christmas Carnival for every member of the family.

“There will be wagon rides, tractor-driven wagon rides, carnival games, family photos, crafts and ornaments, hot dogs and hot chocolate,” he added. “The Evart High School Jazz Band and Choir are performing and we’re having an on-stage game show with some really cool prizes available.”

The Christmas Carnival also will include a passport of sorts, that will include the eight different family activities going on that day.

“If they go to five of the eight activities, they can enter to win a stay-cation for a one-night stay at the Osceola Grand Hotel’s deluxe suite, that includes an in-room Jacuzzi. They’ll also get breakfast, lunch and dinner to go along with bowling.”

Another fun event for the event will be a “Where’s the Wiseman” game, Weinberg said.

“It’s like a live ‘Where’s Waldo’ event,” he said. “Families can look around when they’re at the carnival and find the three wise man, and even interact with them. If they complete that task, they get a prize for their family.”

Those entering drawings must be present to win, Weinberg said.

For more information, visit evart.org or follow the organizers’ Facebook pages.