The ninth annual Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival is set for Dec. 1 in downtown DeRidder. The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Following the parade, the festival will have a host of activities and events.

The ninth annual Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival is set for Dec. 1 in downtown DeRidder. The day will kick off at 10 a.m. with the Greater Beauregard Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Following the parade, the festival will have a host of activities and events.
Part of the fun will be the Funkiest Christmas Get-Up Contest sponsored by Wal-Mart at 1 p.m. First place will receive a $100 Wal-mart gift card; second place will receive a $50 Wal-mart gift card and third place will receive dinner at Cecil's Cajun Cafe. The contest is free and open to everyone; those interested must register by 12:50 p.m. at the information booth at the festival.
Admission to the festival is free. Other activities that are free for public participation are the Children’s Craft Activity Tent sponsored by the Christway Church. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be arriving to visit and take pictures with everyone.
$8 Armbands have unlimited participation in the following activities: Real Snow Plaza, pony rides, petting zoo, cake walk (between noon and 2 p.m.), Christmas surprise bingo (from 2:30-5:30 p.m.), children’s face painting booth, and the Morris Family Christmas Train, plus more. This price also includes two carriage rides with the armband purchase. Those choosing to participate have the opportunity to purchase tickets for these activities for $0.50 each excluding carriage rides. Tickets for carriage rides, and mechanical alligator and mechanical bull rides are $5 each.
The Miracle on Washington Christmas Festival will also be featuring the first of a three-year limited addition collectable series of Christmas ornaments. The 2012 ornament will commemorate the 200th Louisiana bicentennial. In 2013 , the ornament will commemorate Beauregard Parish's 100th-year centennial. The 2014 ornament will commemorate the 100th centennial of Beauregard Parish's Hanging Jail and Courthouse. The cost per ornament will be $12, with just 100 ornaments being issued each year.
For additional information call the Beauregard Tourist Commission at 1-800-738-5534, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.