Edmond gears up for Christmas
Near the climax of “A Christmas Carol,” an Ebenezer Scrooge in the throes of a spiritual conversion promises, “I will honour (he was British) Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” Which is inspiring and all, but most of us go on rest-of-the-year autopilot and wind up needing to top off our yuletide tanks in preparation for the holiday season ahead. If that describes you, get up to Edmond December 2-3 – it’s about to be an extremely jolly weekend.
UCO Winterglow Start off your celebration Friday on the shores of Broncho Lake, as Central students and the community gather to light the President’s Tree at 6 p.m. Then go a-wassailing to the Nigh University Center for crafts, activities, tasty treats and – in exchange for a toy donation to the Edmond Hope Center – photos with a certain rubicund jolly old elf.
Mayor’s Tree Lighting Saturday sees the main event(s). After a day spent however you like – perhaps the Holiday Hop at the Edmond Historical Society, or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cheerfully decorated downtown – head for Shannon Miller Park, where Mayor Charles Lamb presides over the carol-filled ceremonial lighting of the city’s evergreen and the reading of winners from a children’s essay contest.
Parade of Lights But wait! After the tree lighting, stick around for the illuminating experience that is Edmond Electric’s annual Parade of Lights. Each entry in this spirited procession is required to have glowing, glittering adornments on its vehicle or float, so the experience is rather like taking a tour of Christmas lights while standing still. It’s a special treat to cap off a weekend of cheerful memories.