EVART - Christmas is fast approaching in the city of Evart, and the annual Christmas Carnival will help residents and visitors alike find joy in the season of giving and entertainment from a number of free, family-friendly activities. "The Christmas Carnival is the kick off to Christmas in a Small Town, that is a number of events that last through December," said Evart Downtown Development Authority Director Al Weinberg. "The carnival is fun. We're able to put a huge event together that supersedes itself year after year." Holiday fun will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, throughout the downtown area, at the depot and at Crossroads Community Church. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive by fire truck at about 1:15 p.m. at the depot, ready to take pictures with children and go through wish lists. Other events include free hot dogs, popcorn and hot chocolate, marshmallow roasting, a Christmas carol tram ride through the city, a Euro Bungee, face painting, crafts, pony rides, free family portraits and a variety show featuring comedy acts, a jazz band and a performance from Steppin Up Dance Studio members. Weinberg said he enjoys seeing family members attend the carnival together and enjoy each other's company while checking out each activity. "Some people come year after year and it's really cool to see all of the different generations downtown," he said. "This is truly a community event and an eclectic event." Businesses and restaurants also will be open during the event. Weinberg wants to remind people to dress appropriately for the occasion, which has been a number of different temperatures and weather conditions through the years. "If it's cold, put on your boots, put on your mittens, put on your hats," he said. "We're prepared for any weather whatsoever. You can bounce in and out of the events to stay warm." The event is hosted by the Evart Chamber of Commerce, the Evart Downtown Development Authority and Crossroads Community Church, along with a number of local sponsors. For more information, visit evart.org.