, Muskogee, OK

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December 11, 2013

Holiday events to get back on track

Parades, celebrations, tours rescheduled

Holiday revelers will be able to get back on track today when the Ol’ Downtown Christmas kicks off at 5 p.m.

Several holiday celebrations were postponed because of the wintry weather the area received.

The Ol’ Downtown Christmas event, from 5 to 8 p.m., will give shoppers the chance to see what is available in downtown Muskogee. The free trolley will be running, and more than $3,000 in cash and prizes are to be given away.

Passport cards can be picked up at either Arvest Bank, 230 W. Broadway, or Sweet-n-Sassy, 126 S. Main St.

Shoppers can get their Passport stamped at participating businesses. Cards that are at least 75 percent filled can be turned in at Arvest Bank by 7:45 p.m.

A drawing will be held at 8 p.m. for prizes, including a Grand Prize Downtown Shopping Spree Gift Basket worth more than $2,500.

The Three Rivers Museum and gift shop will be open during the event, and admission is free.

First Baptist Church’s Christmas Village will be open at 6 p.m. today and is free. Village shops will have food, crafts, family pictures and more.

The museum’s annual Holiday Open House will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The celebration is free and will feature music, refreshments and tours of the exhibits.

The Muskogee Christmas Parade, featuring grand marshal ShIronbutterfly Ray, marches through downtown at 11 a.m. Saturday.  

The weather has not stopped the Christmas movie theme-inspired floats, marching units and bands from bringing the holiday spirit.

“So far, I have not seen a lot of dropouts,” said Lisa Susanne, executive director of Downtown Muskogee Inc.

A delicious variety of goodies will be on sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church. The location changed from the Parish Hall to St. Joseph Commons for the 12th annual Cookie and Candy Sale, but the ingredients remain the same.

Although the Checotah Christmas Parade was canceled this year, there is still a chance to feel the holiday spirit of winning at Shop Checotah.

“We still have plenty of gifts to give away,” said Checotah Mayor Marvin Nichols.

Merchants will give away Shop Checotah Bucks that can be spent at local businesses starting at noon Saturday at the  Community Center in Checotah.

“There will be hot chocolate for everybody, and it will be on the inside,” Nichols said.

To win prizes, you must be 18 or older and present at the time of the giveaway.

The Wagoner Christmas Parade takes place at 7 p.m. today. This year, folks can enjoy the “Candyland Christmas” marching through downtown Wagoner and a Christmas lights display in Maple Park.

Holiday cheer is in order for the Tahlequah Christmas Parade 6 p.m. today.

Spectators can look forward to a performance by The Tulsa Pipes and Drums and 130 to 150 participants.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or

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