At Champion Christian College, we truly agree that Christmas is “the most wonderful time of the year”! We not only decorate our campus for the season; we also provide our students and staff with opportunities to participate in fun holiday activities.
One of these activities is a very special occasion that has become a Champion tradition—the Hot Springs Christmas parade! This parade is held annually in Hot Springs’s beautiful and historic downtown district by the Oaklawn Rotary Club, and the revenue raised thereby supports the philanthropic and humanitarian projects of the organization.
This year, Champion was represented by a student-designed float featuring the theme “Walking in a Champion Wonderland.” The decorations used involved glittery snowflake garlands, a lighted Christmas tree, repurposed “castle” towers, and even an inflatable snowman! Throughout the parade, students and staff in Champion attire walked beside the float, interacting with bystanders and distributing candy. In addition, the basketball players had the honor of carrying the Champion banner, and as always, our beloved tiger mascot was in attendance to charm the crowds!
The Hot Springs Christmas Parade was certainly a night to remember for Champion! It helped us all find the holiday spirit while also increasing the college’s visibility and rapport with the community. And of course, it was one more way to celebrate the birth of our Savior—the grace of God given to us every single day!
As this year draws to a close and we reflect on the holiday season, we’d like to take this opportunity to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a blessed new year to come! Also, it’s never too early to begin planning…what kind of float should we have in next year’s parade? Let us know in the comments!
Christmas celebration with snowman and tiger mascot at Champion Christian College in Hot Springs, AR