Tree lighting signifies start of holiday season in Ardmore

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. ― The 31st Toys for Tots Southern Oklahoma Children's Christmas Parade Tree Lighting was held Tuesday night, marking the start of the holiday season.

The annual tradition and Ardmore holiday favorite, which stands 40 feet tall in the Ardmore Central Park, was lighted Tuesday night.

But organizers say the ornaments are actually the most important part. They say more than 500 different ornaments hang on the tree, all handmade by local children in southern Oklahoma.

"It’s cool because it makes them a part of the season. It makes them a part of the community, and what we're doing here. It's exciting to those kids. It gives them something to look forward to and say, ‘I was a part of that,’" tree lighting emcee Brooke Beyers says.

The Ardmore Christmas Parade, which was organized by the Main Street Association, marched on downtown after the tree lighting.

Downtown shops also stayed open late to bring in Christmas shoppers.

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  • by a mom Location: ardmore on Dec 5, 2008 at 08:43 AM
    I was watching KXII for "live coverage" of the tree lighting. What I saw was a quick camera shot of a beautiful tree "after" it was already lit. Their whole coverage lasted about 30 seconds or less. I was downtown for the parade, though, and it was really nice. I wish more folks would participate.
  • by Krystal Location: admore on Dec 5, 2008 at 03:56 AM
    I have been at the parade all 3 years! It keeps getting bigger and better! more people should know about this parade, it was very beautiful and my whole family enjoyed it, why wont u cover something in our community that our neighbours put togther?
  • by tired on Dec 4, 2008 at 02:26 PM
    Did not ever get an attitude with them? Where did you get your information. The KXII crew has been at the tree lighting and never event mentioned the parade. This is 3 years this has happened. Hum must be something wrong. Maybe someone else has the attitude.
  • by Eh? Location: Ardmore on Dec 3, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    Did you get an attitude with them last time too? I wouldn't cover you either.
  • by Tammie Location: Ardmore on Dec 3, 2008 at 11:25 AM
    Once again you did not cover our wonderful parade. This evening is must more than lighting the tree. This is the 3rd year we have work very hard to bring Ardmore a wonderful LIGHTED parade. But as usual there was no coverage from the station. Where are the pictures of the beautiful floats, bands and motorcycles. I called and faxed the station several items on the parade. This parade is a the hard work of many dedicated people and is growning every year. You should be ashamed. What is the problem.
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