The Edmond Sun
A list of festive events offer a variety of holiday sights and sounds for area residents.
The annual Mayor’s Tree Lighting and Edmond Electric Parade of Lights is set for Dec. 8 in downtown Edmond. Beginning at 6 p.m., residents and visitors can assemble at Shannon Miller Park, located near the Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard, for the 2012 mayor’s essay contest winner presentation.
“The lighted park is a true holiday tradition for Edmond. It was only fitting to announce the winner of the contest in such a festive holiday atmosphere,” said city spokeswoman Ashleigh Clark.
This year’s essay theme is “If you were Cindy Lou Who what would you do to convince the Grinch not to steal Christmas and help his heart grow three sizes too big?” The contest is open to all first- through fifth-grade Edmond students. Once the presentation has been made, contest winners will be able to ride in the Edmond Electric Parade of Lights. To enter the contest, bring essays by the mayor’s office, at 24 E. First St., no later than Nov. 27.
The parade route will be south on University at First, west on First Street to Broadway, north on Broadway to Campbell and east on Campbell to Main. Streets will begin closing in the downtown area at 6 p.m.
At 6:45 p.m., the parade will step off from the UCO campus and stroll through the beautifully lit downtown Edmond. After the parade, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to walk over to the annual Edmond outdoor ice rink presented by Edmond Electric. The rink will stay open until 10 p.m. that evening. For more information about the rink, visit expressice.com.
If your group or organization would like to participate in this fun holiday event, applications can be downloaded at edmondelectric.com or call Michelle Trimberger at 216-7671. The application deadline is Nov. 30.
The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to its 15th annual holiday season kickoff celebration WinterGlow from 6–9 p.m. Nov. 30.
Themed “Miracle on 2nd Street,” the festivities will begin with the ceremonial lighting of Old North, the university’s oldest building, along with carols performed by a UCO student choir and comments from UCO President Don Betz and Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb.
Following the ceremony, guests are invited to the Nigh University Center to participate in an array of holiday-themed activities including face painting, interactive games, crafts, carriage rides, and free pictures with Santa taken by Taylor Made Photography with the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for the Edmond HOPE Center. There also will be hot cocoa stations, cookies, s’mores, holiday entertainment and decorations throughout the building.
For more information about WinterGlow visit www.uco.edu/winterglow or contact the Campus Activities office at 974-2363.
WINTER WONDERLAND WEEK
Oklahoma Christian University invites the public to celebrate the holidays Nov. 27-Dec. 3 with its Fifth Annual Winter Wonderland Week, beginning with the Lighting of the Commons Nov. 27. The free family event includes pictures with Santa, live music and horse-drawn carriage rides from 6-9 p.m. It will be the first Lighting of the Commons under OC’s new President John deSteiguer.
Nov. 29–Dec. 1 the OC theater program presents Neil Simon’s classic comedy “Barefoot in The Park” at 8 p.m. in Judd Theatre. To buy tickets, call 425-5540.
In addition, OC’s fourth annual Holiday Hustle 5K run will be at 9 a.m. Dec. 1. A kid’s run will begin a 9:50 a.m. Register and pay for either event, which features a USA Track and Field-certified course, at www.oc.edu/holidayhustle or the day of the race from 7-8:30 a.m. Prize money will be awarded to the top finishers, and a pancake breakfast will be served following the race.