The Christmas holidays have arrived, along with many activities to celebrate. Following is a list of activities open to the public.
-Dec. 1: Vian Christmas Parade of Lights, with the theme “Star Spangled Christmas,” will kick off at 6 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children at the city park and give away goodie bags after the parade. The event is sponsored by the Vian Lions Club, which will award cash prizes to floats. First place gets $100, honorable mention gets $50, and category winners get $50. Entry forms are available at Armstrong Bank in Vian, the Vian Tenkiller News office and T.S. Phillips Investments Inc., next to Subway. Return the completed form to the same businesses or mail to Joe Haraway, P.O. Box 260, Vian, Okla. 74962.
-Dec. 1: Christmas tree lighting at Roland Park at 7 p.m., with a tree decorating contest for Roland businesses, and live music. Contest is limited to 15 entries. Voters cast ballots by donating food items for the Roland Christmas baskets. Winner will receive a traveling trophy and $100 in free newspaper advertising. To enter contact Roland Chamber of Commerce members Dave Richards at Firstar Bank or Stacy LaShay Day at National Bank.
-Dec. 2: Marble City's Little Miss and Little Mister Marble City contests will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the town hall. Sign up is at 6 p.m. The contest is for two age groups--pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and first through eighth grade. Winners will receive Christmas stockings and gift certificates, and will ride in the town Christmas Parade on Dec. 10 as parade marshals. In the contest, children will be asked questions about Christmas. For information call the town hall at 918-775-3002 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday.
-Dec. 3: “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” is the theme of the Roland Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Roland Chamber of Commerce. The parade begins at noon.
-Dec. 3: The Muldrow Christmas parade starts at 5:30 p.m. at the east end of town and will proceed to the Muldrow City Park entrance.
-Dec. 10: “Christmas on the River” is the theme of the Webbers Falls Christmas Parade. Lineup is at 9 a.m. at 23 Commercial St., in front of SRS Inc.
-Dec. 10: The Gore Christmas Parade has the theme “An Oklahoma Christmas” this year. The parade begins at 11 a.m. and trophies will be awarded in various categories. Santa Claus will visit with children following the parade.
-Dec. 10: The Marble City Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. Lineup is in front of the Marble City Community Organization Building.
-Dec. 10 – Shop Sallisaw Giveaway cash prizes, from $500 to $1,000, will be awarded at noon at Stanley Tubbs Memorial Library in downtown Sallisaw. Winners must be present and have their tickets in hand. For more information contact the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce office at 918-775-2558.
-Dec. 10: Sallisaw Christmas Parade lineup is at 5:30 p.m. on Choctaw Street and the parade begins at 6 p.m. “Christmas Through the Decades” is the theme of this year’s parade, sponsored by the Sallisaw Chamber of Commerce. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three parade entries in each category. Call the chamber at 918-775-2558 for more information. Entry forms may be picked up at the chamber beginning Nov. 21.
-Dec. 17: Festival of the Christmas Trees by the Muldrow to Mayberry organization. The festival will be held at the Muldrow Park beginning at 6 p.m. and features a Christmas tree decorating contest, a free showing of the movie “A Christmas Story,” caroling, carriage rides, family activities, etc. For more information contact Cathy Followell at 479-461-0896.
-Jan. 1: Free guided hike at Greenleaf State Park. Those planning to participate will meet at 1:30 p.m. for a 1.25 mile hike along a paved Family Fun Trail. Bring binoculars, cameras, and water and dress appropriate for cool weather. One leashed pet per family is allowed. Hot chocolate will be served at the conclusion of the hike. The event is in conjunction with the America's State Parks First Day Hikes initiative that will take place in all 50 states. First Day Hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year rejuvenating and connecting with the outdoors by taking a healthy hike on the first day of the new year.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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