The Christmas and holiday season is upon us at Grand Lake and that means parades, Christmas lights, parties and fun times from Pensacola Dam all the way to Miami and all points in between.
We think we’ve got everything covered here which should help you keep track of what’s going on for the next few weeks throughout the Grand Lake area.
Naturally, it just so happens this time of year that there will likely be multiple events on the same day or night, so just do your best to take in all that you can this Christmas season.
Ongoing Light Displays & Events:
Har-Ber Village Christmas on Main Street
The annual Har-Ber Village Christmas on Main Street takes place on November 29th & 30th, December 6th & 7th and December 13th & 14th from 2 pm to 8 pm each day.
Har-Ber Village Museum becomes a winter wonderland each year when area businesses and organizations “deck the halls” of several buildings along the Village’s Main Street.
Admission is free and the holiday cheer is big, with Christmas music, decorations and activities for all ages.
Twin Bridges Park of Lights
Twin Bridges Park, between Fairland & Wyandotte on US Hwy 60, will once again light up as the Park of Lights for the 2014 holiday season.
Admission is free, but donations are encouraged, as one of the largest Christmas Light displays in Northeast Oklahoma expects over 20,000 visitors to this annual display.
Pine Lodge Resort Winter Wonderland Light Tour
The Winter Wonderland Light Tour at Pine Lodge happens nightly from 5pm until 10 pm through January 1st.
With over 400,000 lights on display, this is a ‘Don’t Miss’ Christmas Light tour for anyone in the Grand Lake area.
Pine Lodge is located East of Ketchum off Highway 85 – just look for and follow the signs.
Parades & Events:
Vinita Christmas Parade of Lights – December 4th
The Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade of Lights takes place on Thursday, December 4th in Downtown Vinita. The parade starts at 7 pm, so get there early to claim your place along the parade route.
Miami Route 66 Christmas Parade – December 6th
The Miami Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Christmas Parade on Route 66 on Saturday, December 6th, at 6pm in Downtown Miami.
Ketchum Christmas Parade – December 12th
The 2014 Ketchum Christmas Parade will travel down Highway 85 in Ketchum on Friday Night, December 12th, at 6:30 pm.
This annual parade ends at Ketchum High School, where Santa & Mrs. Claus will be on hand with candy, cookies, hot chocolate and door prizes!
2014 Polar Bear Plunge – December 13th
The 2014 Polar Bear Plunge, a popular Grand Lake tradition, takes place on Saturday, December 13th, at Arrowhead Yacht Club beginning at 11 am.
This annual event supports great local causes, including South Grand Lakers Helping Children and Bikers Against Child Abuse – Northeast Oklahoma Chapter, and raises funds to help bring food, clothing and toys to South Grand Lake families in need during Christmas, plus additional assistance throughout the year.
It’s always big fun, a little chilly, and possibly includes ‘shrinkage’.
Additional corporate and individual donations are always excepted.
For more information call Arrowhead at (918) 782-2628 and we’ll see you there on December 13th!
Jay Christmas Parade – December 13th
You can have a full day of Christmas fun on December 13, especially if you work in the Jay Christmas Parade, which is an afternoon affair set to start at 2 pm.
2014 Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade – December 13th
The 2014 Grand Lake Christ Light Boat Parade, another great Grand Lake tradition, also takes place on Saturday, December 13th.
This is the 25th year of Grand Lake’s biggest and most anticipated boat parade.
It’s a weekend full of fun for the participants, and if you’d like to enter a boat and join the fun, contact Tina Dixon at Cherokee Yacht Club at (918) 782-4421.
For those that just like to watch, the parade boats will gather at the courtesy docks of Cherokee Yacht Club at 4 pm on Saturday the 13th, and then as darkness descends they will make their way south towards Pensacola Dam where it’s timed to coincide with the Grand Lake Christmas Parade across Pensacola Dam.
This event is great fun for all, whether watching or parading, and is a can’t miss on the Grand Lake calendar.
Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee Christmas Parade – December 13
The 2014 Grand Lake O’ the Cherokee Christmas Parade across Pensacola Dam also takes place on Saturday the 13th.
This year the parade line up is in Disney beginning at 4:30 with the parade beginning at 6 pm and crossing Pensacola Dam – at the same time as the Lighted Boat Parade takes place out in front of Pensacola Dam – and ending in downtown Langley.
This is a fun filled parade with lots of four-wheelers and folks from throughout the South Grand Lake area coming to take in the Christmas spirit.
Grove Christmas Parade – December 13th
The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Lighted Christmas Parade takes place at 6pm in beautiful Downtown Grove on Saturday, December 13th. This great annual event brings out the best in the holiday spirit to the streets of Grove.
So there you have it…that’s the big stuff in and around Grand Lake this holiday season.
Also, all season long, different churches and organizations throughout the GrandLake area are having celebrations and bazaars for more opportunities for festive holiday fun.
Also don’t forget that the Grove Area Merchants have over 30 shops and eateries in Grove staying open until 8 pm on Thursdays for Shop Christmas in Grove.
The participating stores will have great deals and Christmas gift ideas plus hot chocolate, carolers singing and Christmas fun throughout town.
Whatever you choose to do and however you spend your time, enjoy the Christmas season at Oklahoma’s Grand Lake!