Welcome to the holiday season in Ardmore! The town is bustling and preparing for activities to bring out the festive spirit in even the most resolute Scrooge.
As always, Christmas will parade into town twice. Hosted by the Ardmore Main Street Authority, the Parade of Lights nighttime parade will march down Main Street on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6 pm. The 42nd annual Toys for Tots Southern Oklahoma Children’s Christmas Parade is slated for Saturday, December 7th at 10:00 am. The entry fee for participating in the parade is either a cash donation of $25 or a donated toy that costs roughly the same. Donations will be distributed to kids in Carter County by Toys for Tots.
Ardmore Parks and Recreation has a full schedule planned, from a Grinchmas Wholiday with food trucks and Christmas market vendors in Central Park and the Christmas tree lighting, to Santa’s workshop, breakfast with Santa, and even a night on the Polar Express! Call them at 580-223-4844 for more details.
Enjoy Santa’s House on the Prairie at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum from December 3rd – 6th, and December 9th – 13th. Every year, more than 2,000 schoolchildren visit Santa’s House program. Volunteers are always needed to read to the children, help decorate cookies or complete crafts, and more. Call GSHM at 580-226-3857 to help.
Another can’t-miss holiday tradition is the 2019 Toy Drive Concert at Heritage Hall on December 6th at 7:30. This is an acoustic dinner theater and auction featuring Robin Zander of Cheap Trick, Kevin Martin of Candlebox, Monte Montgomery and Prophets & Outlaws. The auction will raise money for the Children’s Shelter and the Family Shelter of Southern Oklahoma. Call 580-226-3764 for ticket information.
And of course, the Festival of Lights Display at Regional Park is southern Oklahoma’s premier holiday drive through experience. Come sip on a mug of hot chocolate, crank up some holiday tunes, and enjoy the lights. Admission is free; however, donations are much appreciated and benefit local non-profits.
During this festive season, let us not forget those in our community who are in need. Toys for Tots, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Shop with a Cop and other programs need our support to ensure a brighter holiday. Please consider donating a toy, clothing or a monetary gift to keep the true spirit of the season alive.
This is a wonderful time of year to remember how blessed we are to live in a community like Ardmore. Our economy, quality of life and community spirit makes this a truly special place. As we enter these hectic weeks of the holiday season, it is often easy to lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Please take time this season to celebrate the things that really matter.
May your holiday season and new year be filled with much joy, happiness and success!