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Believe it or not, the holidays are upon us. Claremore is celebrating in a big way, and we’ve got all the info for you here! The Chamber is hosting Santa Cash again this year, with a total of $16,500 in cash giveaways! Shop your favorite participating merchant, keep those tickets, and show up at the CHS parking lot on Saturday, December 12. Multiple winners will be drawn; must be present to win.
This year, the official Claremore tree is the familiar favorite at Ne-Mar Center. The community tree lighting will be held on Thursday, November 19, beginning at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome! There will be music, cookies, and cocoa.
Kick off the holiday season at the Floral Creations annual Holiday Open House on Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Shoppers can enjoy 20% off all regular priced non-perishable items. Check out their new selection of holiday decor and gift items! There will also be refreshments to keep you fueled while you shop. Floral Creations is located in Ne-Mar Center.
The 25th anniversary of the Victorian-themed Christmas festival in the heart of downtown has been the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season for decades and comes back to Claremore on November 20th and 21st from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Donning historic attire, the streets of downtown are flooded with shoppers enjoying the crisp winter air, holiday music and historic re-enactors.
To mark this special anniversary, an exciting new addition will be unveiled on Friday night. Thanks to the generosity of Grand River Damn Authority, along with the partnership with The City of Claremore Power & Light department, Claremore Main Street will be unveiling new, all-season lights that will light up the rooflines of the buildings along Main Street. These lights will be lit up year-round, adding to the beauty of historic downtown Claremore.
Due to the uptick in COVID-19 cases, the Claremore Chamber is opting for a non-traditional Christmas parade for 2020. This year, floats will be stationary on the RSU campus, and spectators will drive through the lighted displays. Cars will enter on the Camden St. entrance (near the splash pad) and will exit onto Will Rogers Blvd. Parade route will be open from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 5. This year’s presenting sponsor is Rescue Heat & Air.
Shepherd’s Cross is hosting their annual live nativity scene and pecan & walnut festival December 10 – 12 and December 17 – 19 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
The Living Nativity at Shepherd’s Cross is an indoor and outdoor walk through event. Come on out and join us in celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ complete with farm animals and costumed characters inside an Amish built barn. Enjoy the outside games, hay maze, photo opportunities, as well as the Bible Garden and professional light display. Be prepared to enjoy the peaceful setting of an authentic working sheep farm. The Living Nativity will proceed even in the case of inclement weather.
As you open the barn door and step back in time you will experience spinning, weaving and wool working demonstrations. Enjoy complimentary apple cider & cookies upstairs as you browse the museum. Be sure to catch an hourly performance of Dramatic Story Telling or Live Music. This year’s story will be “The Inn Keeper’s Wife” the story of Christ’s birth from the perspective of the Innkeeper’s Wife, written & told by Frankie Campbell.