Holidays kick off with light displays, Santa photo-ops
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2012
11/15/12 at 4:31 AM
Area Christmas traditions are beginning this week 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 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 from First Street to Third Street along Main Street.
Santa Claus at the mall
Santa Claus is coming to Tulsa Promenade, 4107 S. Yale Ave. He will arrive at the mall's north entrance at 2 p.m. Saturday via helicopter and will lead a parade featuring many area groups and mascots. Afterward he will head to the Center Court for pictures, where he will be available 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 for Thanksgiving Day.
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 flipped 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 from children's choirs, will be part of the nightly activities.
The church is at 1025 W. Kenosha St. in Broken Arrow.
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 free kickoff celebration, Garden Glow, begins at 5 p.m. Saturday and features art-making activities, holiday music and 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.
Nour Habib 918-581-8369
Rhema Bible Church will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of its massive lights display. The lights will be on starting Nov. 21. Tulsa World file