Claremore’s West Bend Winterland, on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center, returns with the lighting of Oklahoma’s largest fresh cut tree. The Norway Spruce stands 65 ft. and weighs over 8,800 pounds. The tree lighting is set for Monday, December 2 at 6:30pm.

The tree lighting ceremony will feature complimentary hot cocoa, popcorn, and skating. Claremore High School Band will perform after the ceremonial “flipping of the switch”.

“This is a wonderful way to spend the evening with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season”, said Tanya Andrews, Director of Claremore Expo Center and Visit Claremore. The tree lighting event will kick off the annual West Bend Winterland festivities.

To help us turn the lights on the giant tree, Cameron Hollingsworth, a kindergartener at Claremont Elementary, will do the honors. Cameron and his family have faced many challenges recently, as Cameron was diagnosed and is being treated for a malignant brain tumor. His treatment takes him to Memphis at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Cameron and his family are currently home but head back to Memphis December 18. “Our hearts go out to Cameron and his family, and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts”, said Andrews. “We hope that having the Hollingsworth family join us, the community will surround them with love and bring a little good cheer to them on December 2.”

The lighting ceremony is made possible by the City of Claremore, Melton Truck Lines, GRDA, BancFirst, Ira Green Construction, Claremore Daily Progress, Cherokee Nation, Casey’s General Store, BNSF, More Claremore, Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold, Attorneys & Counselors at Law, and RCB Bank. A complete schedule of events, including public skate sessions, can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com, or call the Claremore Expo at 918-342-5357.