Area Christmas traditions kicking off this week and next
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
11/13/12 at 2:32 AM
It's not yet Thanksgiving, but that won't stop some places from starting to spread holiday cheer.
Area Christmas traditions are beginning as lights come on and Santa Claus makes his debut.
Jenks Lights On
The annual Jenks Holiday Open House is set for Thursday through Saturday.
At 6 p.m. Thursday, Jenks' Lights On celebration will begin. Lights will illuminate Jenks' Main Street, shining from storefronts and tree tops.
Live musical performances from several groups are scheduled for that evening. Santa Claus will be available for pictures, and wagon rides will be offered. Merchants will offer extended store hours through the event.
The annual Jenks Christmas Parade, hosted by the Jenks Kiwanis Club, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and will run along Main Street from First Street to Third Street.
Santa Claus at the mall
Santa Claus is coming to the Tulsa Promenade mall, 4107 S. Yale Ave. He will arrive at the north entrance at 2 p.m. Saturday via helicopter, then lead a parade featuring many area groups and mascots. Afterward, he will head to the mall's Center Court, where he will be available for pictures daily through the holidays.
Every child who visits Santa will receive a free gift.
Santa will also be available for pictures at Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 S. Memorial Drive, daily through Christmas Eve, except Thanksgiving Day.
Philbrook Festival of Trees
Philbrook Museum, 2727 S. Rockford Road, kicks off the 28th annual Festival of Trees this weekend.
The festival runs Saturday through Dec. 9 and features decorated trees and gingerbread villages made by regional artists and Tulsa children. The trees and gingerbread structures will be available for purchase, along with holiday pins and ornaments at the museum shop.
The museum's free kick-off celebration, Garden Glow, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and features art-making activities, holiday music and hot cocoa. Thousands of lights will illuminate the museum's grounds.
The event takes place during normal museum hours. Visit tulsaworld.com/philbrook for more information.
Lights at Rhema
The 30th anniversary of Rhema Bible Church's massive lights display, featuring more than 2 million lights, begins Nov. 21.
The lights will be turned on shortly after 6 p.m. that day. The display will be open to the public every night from 5:30 to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1. Concessions and entertainment, including by the children's choirs, will be part of the nightly activities.
The event began in 1982 with about 60,000 lights. The church is at 1025 W. Kenosha St. in Broken Arrow.
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The lights are turned on in the gardens at Philbrook Museum for the 2010 Garden Glow, part of the annual Festival of Trees at the museum in Tulsa. This year's Garden Glow, Philbrook's fifth annual, will kick off this weekend. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file