It's a countdown moment, the luminous representation of the holiday spirit. Smiles inevitably expand as the colorful strings come alive for the first time, twinkling across the awe-filled eyes of children. And across the Oklahoma City area, you can experience that joy at many Christmas tree lighting ceremonies. Here are some of the best.
Oklahoma State Capitol
Another major OKC Christmas tree lighting ceremony is at the Oklahoma State Capitol on the south steps. The Governor and other state hosts supervise activities such as storytelling, music, tree decorating, and more.
Oklahoma City's historic Stockyards City presents a Cowboy Christmas just after Thanksgiving. There is a tree lighting ceremony at UMB Bank.
The metro area communities get in on the holiday spirit as well. For example, make your way to the Del City Community Center (4505 S.E. 15th Street) for the annual tree lighting ceremony complete with music, crafts, and hot chocolate.
The Edmond Electric Parade of Lights is preceded by a Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at Shannon Miller Park (corner of Jackson and First). The winners of the Mayor's Essay Contest are presented as well.
El Reno features a tree lighting ceremony as part of the Christmas on the Western Frontier event. It all starts with a downtown parade, stepping off at the corner of Choctaw and Russell.
Hey, anyone can light up a single Christmas tree. But in Mustang, they light all of the community trees at Town Center. The free event includes crafts and music.