By: Annette Bowles | Category: Special Interest | Issue: November 2007
Ruth Littlefield, president of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce, and Travis Meyer, chief meteorologist at Channel 6, enjoy last year’s Jenks Holiday Open House.
A group of Jenks merchants began a special holiday weekend celebration 34 years ago. Initially, it was just a way of saying thank you to their loyal customers; however, the event grew in popularity and developed into an annual event. The Jenks Holiday Open House has since grown into a favorite tradition by residents of Jenks, Tulsa and beyond. This year’s event, set for November 15 through 18, will be no exception.
“There will be something for everyone during the 2007 Jenks Holiday Open House weekend,” says Annette Bowles, community marketing director for the Jenks Chamber of Commerce. Shoppers are invited to experience the holiday charm of Jenks both in historic downtown and at RiverWalk Crossing.
Participating merchants on Main Street and at Riverwalk Crossing will be hosting the “sales tax holiday” portion of the weekend. Not only will discounts equal to state and local taxes be given, but merchants will have extended shopping hours:
Thursday, November 15
10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, November 16
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 17
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 18
1 to 5 p.m.
Join your friends, family and neighbors on Thursday, November 15, for the weekend kickoff on Main Street. Travis Meyer, chief meteorologist at KOTV Channel 6, will lead the countdown to the 6 p.m. lighting of Main Street. Other activities for the night will include carriage rides, strolling carolers, plus special entertainment provided by Jenks High School’s vocal performance group, The Trojanaires Show Choir.
At 6 p.m. on Friday, November 16, merchants at RiverWalk Crossing will be offering shoppers another Lights On experience. KTUL Channel 8’s Frank Mitchell, chief meteorologist, will host a live telecast of the event. Performing their holiday routines at RiverWalk Crossing’s amphitheatre will be Jenks Dance Academy students, ages three to 13. The Trojan Expressions of Jenks High School will lead Christmas carols along the RiverWalk throughout the evening, adding to the entertainment. Completing the holiday atmosphere will be carriage rides and outdoor fireplaces.
Saturday, November 17, will hold many activities for everyone. The Jenks Lions Club will host its annual pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Community Room at Jenks City Hall, located at 211 N. Elm. Tickets are available from any Jenks Lions Club member or at the door for $4.
Kids of all ages will love the parade, which is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Complete with saddle clubs, bands, car clubs, dog clubs and much more, the Jenks America Kiwanis Holiday Parade will make its way down Main Street. Make sure to keep your eyes open for a special appearance by Santa at the parade’s end. Pictures with Santa, provided by Photography by Traci, will be available Thursday, Friday and Saturday during Jenks Holiday Open House.
Make plans now to bring the entire family to Jenks and experience its small-town holiday charm. See for yourself why the Jenks Holiday Open House is a tradition 34 years in the making. For more information, call the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at (918) 299-5005 or visit www.jenkschamber.com.
Jenks Holiday Open House Events
Thursday, Nov. 15
Shop: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Lights On Ceremony: 6 p.m., Main Street
Santa Pictures: 6 - 9 p.m., Main Street
Carriage Rides: 6 - 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 16
Shop: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Lights On Ceremony: 6 p.m., RiverWalk Crossing
Carriage Rides: 6 - 9 p.m.
Santa Pictures: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., RiverWalk Crossing
Saturday, Nov. 17
Shop: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Jenks Lions Club Pancake Breakfast:
7 - 10 a.m., Jenks City Hall
Jenks America Kiwanis Holiday Parade: 10 a.m., Main Street
Santa Pictures: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Main Street
Sunday, Nov. 18
Shop: 1 - 5 p.m.