By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2021
Lights, lights and more lights! Wagoner is the best kept secret for holiday fun and family traditions. The City of Wagoner, Wagoner Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Wagoner and the Ft. Gibson Lake Association are partnering to bring the best of the holiday season to visitors and residents.
The Christmas season begins officially on Nov. 24 and will run through Dec. 31. Activities include a nightly Light Show, over 120 lighted displays, Christmas Tree Lighting, Christmas Parade, Winter Concert Series, 5K Twinkle Run, Photos with Santa, a Christmas movie in pajamas and special appearances by favorite cartoon characters, shop small business day and more. Back after a successful contest in 2020 is a residential and business decorating contest hosted by Wagoner Economic Development Authority and Ft. Gibson Lake Association. Contests are in two categories: Business-Best Tree Decorating and for residential in and around Wagoner Best Yard Decorating. Prize money and gift cards will be awarded. Area restaurants are serving up special discounts Monday through Saturday evenings.
Beginning Thanksgiving evening, Wagoner will be glowing with over 100 lighted displays beginning at the junction of Highway 69 and 51 east to downtown, to McQuarrie Street and SE 15th Street Businesses and residents are also joining in and will have lighted displays. Snowflakes will sparkle from light posts. There is also the opportunity to play a game of snowflake hide and seek….there is one odd shaped snowflake on the city light posts…see if your children can find it!
The nightly light show has been such a success-it is being expanded this year. GRDA is sponsoring the expansion into Semore Park The automated show is from 5:00p.-10p. each evening. This year the light show mascot “Grandy” will travel to Wagoner Elementary Schools to promote electrical safety.
The Winter Concert Series* begins on Nov. 27 the Cave Dwellers will be “rockin” around the Christmas Tree. This area favorite will entertain with rock classics from the 60s and 70s. Dec. 4 regional favorites Spring Street, Heartland Xpress, and The Bazemore Family will host an all star evening of country, bluegrass and gospel favorites. Dec. 11 Tim Shelton’s Vintage Christmas will take the stage. Tim and fellow musicians will recreate the Christmas music and style of a by-gone era-music from the 1940s thru 1960s. Music in the style of Sinatra, Crosby and Glen Campbell. “We are excited to feature the classic sounds in a classic style” , reports Wagoner Mayor AJ Jones. “Tim Shelton’s Very Vintage Christmas has been featured in Asheville, NC, Sugar Hill, GA, Dayton Ohio and now in Wagoner, OK.”
The annual Christmas Parade is at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 This years’ theme will be “Christmas Classics” the classic stories and movies will be fun and entertaining for all ages. Marching bands, costume characters and floats will light up the night for this annual holiday tradition.
Christmas in Wagoner is worth the quick drive to see a million and more Christmas Lights and enjoy the themes of Christmas present and past. “We welcome you to Wagoner Your Christmas Destination. Thank you to our sponsor partners, City Staff and our organization committee who work tirelessly to make your holiday experience one to remember,” reports Mayor AJ Jones. “We are excited to have you visit our City anytime of the year!
For more information and updates on activities** and schedules check out these websites: City of Wagoner: wagonerok.org, Wagoner Chamber of Commerce: thecityofwagoner.org
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