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.
Also, get a complete guide to Christmas in Oklahoma City, information on holiday lights, events, shopping and more.
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Every year, the Downtown in December Christmas tree lighting ceremony draws a large crowd to Bricktown on the day after Thanksgiving. Sponsored by SandRidge, the event runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mayor Mick Cornett does the switch-flipping honors as guests enjoy live music, food, kid's activities and a visit from Santa himself.
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Another major OKC Christmas tree lighting ceremony is at the Oklahoma State Capitol, Tuesday, Nov. 29 on the south steps. Governor Mary Fallin and other state hosts supervise activities such as storytelling, music, tree decorating and more.
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Oklahoma City's historic Stockyards City presents a Cowboy Christmas just after Thanksgiving. On Friday, Nov. 18, there is a tree lighting ceremony at UMB Bank.
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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) on Friday, Dec. 2 for the annual tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. There will be music, crafts, and hot chocolate.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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The Edmond Electric Parade of Lights on Dec. 3 is preceded by a Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony at Shannon Miller Park (corner of Jackson and First). The tree lighting and activities begin at 6 p.m., and winners of the Mayor's Essay Contest are presented as well.
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El Reno features a tree lighting ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1, part of the Christmas on the Western Frontier event. It all starts with a 6 p.m. downtown parade, stepping off at the corner of Choctaw and Russell.
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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, which includes crafts and music, takes place Monday, Dec. 5 from 6-8:30 p.m.