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Christmas comes to downtown Stillwater

People lined the streets of downtown Stillwater Thursday night for the 20th annual Christmas Parade of Lights.

Downtown Christmas lights

Downtown Stillwater Christmas lights

Although fog and mist filled the air, the predicted rain held off until the parade ended.

Parade Marshals Sen. Jim Halligan and his wife Ann Halligan led the lineup and Santa Claus in his sleigh closed the evening.

Parade Marshal Ann Halligan

Sen. Jim Halligan and his wife Ann were selected as Grand Marshals for the Christmas Parade of Lights in recognition of their service to the community. Ann Halligan is shown riding the parade route in a lighted carriage.

The Stillwater Parks and Recreation Department earned the honor of carrying Santa along the parade route when it took first place in the float competition at the last parade.

Santa Claus

Santa Claus came to Stillwater Thursday when he appeared downtown to take photos with children and took a starring role in the Christmas Parade of Lights.

The evening included a chance to take photos with Santa and the lighting of the downtown Christmas lights to kick off  Stillwater’s holiday season.

Picture with Santa

Weston Cowan keeps an eye on Santa as he and his brother Jaret prepare to pose for a picture Thursday. Santa will be making periodic appearances downtown during the Christmas season.

Some downtown merchants kept extended hours and a food truck area on Eighth Avenue gave the crowd additional dining options. Musical entertainment by the Stillwater Ukulele Association added to the festive atmosphere.

Happy Holidays to Uke

Members of the Stillwater Ukulele Association helped spread Christmas cheer by entertaining the crowd before the parade. Lori Prahl and Kami Koontz, accompanied by Roy Fleshman and Ryan Morris (not shown) gave Christmas music a Hawaiian flair.

To keep up to date on the Downtown Stillwater Christmas schedule go to  http://www.downtownstw.com/

See you later, Santa.

Santa's custom tag was on display as his sleigh drove out of sight Thursday night. He'll be returning to downtown Stillwater several times this holiday season. To keep up with him go to www.downtownstw.com.

Parade Results:

Bands

1st - Perkins-Tryon High School

 2nd - Ripley High School

Group

1st - Independent Bikers

2nd - Red Dirt Pedalers

3rd - Canyon Malamute Puppies

Float

1st - Will Rogers Elementary (Will carry Santa next year)

2nd - Payne County 4H Livestock

3rd - Stillwater  FFA

Best Use of Theme

Payne County 4H Livestock Group

Best Use of Lights

Ripley HS Marching Band

Twitter: @mcharlesNP

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