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November 30, 2013

Holiday lights, Santa, parade kick off Christmas season in downtown Stillwater

STILLWATER, Okla. — “It’s the most wonderful time of the year,” or at least that is what one Stillwater employee believes.

Business Improvement District Coordinator Amy Joe Frazier said one of her favorite parts of the job is how downtown Stillwater embraces the holiday season.

Last year, Stillwater added Christmas lights to Chris Salmon Plaza downtown. Frazier said these aren’t everyday Christmas lights, and the community had a great response to the light show.

“These are color ribboned lights,” Frazier said. “(The lights) are programmable and they are synchronized to go with the music, and it’s pretty amazing.”

As a person drives or walks by the light show, they will notice the lights “flash” with the music, Frazier said. She said the lights will make numerous designs and it’s a great sight to see because they are surprisingly detailed.

A person driving can tune in to a certain radio station to hear music the lights are programmed to, Frazier said. She said the city bought an FM transmitter last year because it wanted people to hear the music as they were driving and looking at the lights.

Frazier said the show should be twice as good as last year. The city plans to add twice as many lights to Chris Salmon Plaza and extend the lights to line the buildings on Main Street from Sixth Street to Ninth Street.

Santa will be making five visits to the downtown area starting Thursday, Frazier said. She said all of the downtown holiday events, including the debut of the lights, will start when the parade starts Thursday.

Not only will people be able to enjoy the lights driving and walking, but also they can take carriage rides throughout the downtown area. Fraizer said Chris Salmon Plaza is the hub for all things holiday related in the downtown area.

The plaza will also be host to a Mad Science presentation Dec. 12 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The Mad Science group will have a presentation stating facts on why Santa is real.

The Stillwater Community Singers will sing at the plaza on Saturday as well as Dec. 14, 19 and 21.

Frazier said events like these have helped the downtown holiday celebration keep growing.

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