Events & News

The Train to Christmas Town

The Train to Christmas Town captures the spirit of the season with its warmth and charm.    Departing from downtown Batesville, the train runs from November 18th through December 27th.  Passengers are encouraged  to get into the festive spirit of the holidays by wearing Christmas themed outfits, dress clothes, pajamas, and/or ugly sweaters.

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SpringFest is Batesville’s annual music festival that is held the weekend after Mother’s Day in May of each year. The festival is on Friday from to 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. There is no admission charge. The festival is funded by the City of Batesville and corporate sponsorships. The two day festival includes a carnival, music, arts and crafts, and food. The City of Batesville Police Department patrols the area during the festival. The music is paid national, regional, and local acts. Food Vendors are invited to sell concessions to the general public for a flat fee. Corporate sponsors are invited to set up booths to promote their business. PBJ Happee Day Shows brings the carnival each year and operates it entirely. Junior Auxiliary of Batesville members provide complimentary activities at the Kids Area at Memorial Park.   A favorite race of many area runners, the Panola County Humane Society hosts the Racing for Paws 5K on Saturday morning.

Scare on the Square

Traditionally held on the last Saturday in October, Scare on the Square includes a costume contest and Trick or Trunk. This event provides a safe way to celebrate the season. Area businesses, churches, and civic organizations are invited and encouraged to decorate their trunks and provide healthy and fun treats for children. Attendees can flaunt their haunt at Batesville Memorial Park where the Batesville Main Street Program sponsors a costume contest for all age groups. The costume contest is divided by age group. The winners of the costume contest will be awarded prizes.