MOORE — The lighting of a new Christmas tree in front of city hall, a gingerbread house decorating contest, visits with Santa and horse and carriage rides up and down Broadway Avenue will highlight Moore's Christmas in Old Town celebration Dec. 7.
The event, which attracts crowds of people, “just grows every year,” said Janie Milum, president of the Moore Old Town Association.
Moore's original town site is bounded by NE Third Street on the north and SE Fourth Street on the south. The eastern limit of Old Town is about 1½ blocks east of the railroad tracks. The western limit is about 2½ blocks west of the tracks.
The purpose of having the celebration in Old Town is to showcase the businesses there, Milum said. Moore long ago grew beyond its original location and sprawls several miles in each direction.
Added to the Christmas celebration this year is the lighting at 6 p.m. of a new, artificial 18-foot-tall tree outside city hall, 301 N Broadway. In previous years, a live tree was decorated on a vacant lot a block west of Broadway, but the tree did not survive this year's drought.
Expansions can be purchased to make the new tree taller in the future, if desired, said Jayme Shelton, a marketing specialist for the city.
The city hall site places the tree in a more central location, Milum said.
A choir from Central Elementary School will perform at the tree lighting.
For the past several years, a highlight of Christmas in Old Town has been a gingerbread house decorating contest. The entries may be viewed from 5 to 7 p.m. that day at the Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard.
Competitors should bring their gingerbread houses, a $10 entry fee and a completed entry form, which is on the city's website, www.cityofmoore.com. Click on “events” to find the form.
The entry fee raises money for the Special Assistance Program of Aging Services Inc. Money raised will provide grants of up to $100 to help senior citizens with unanticipated expenses.
Each house must be made entirely of edible materials. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of several categories, including family, teen (ages 12-17), adult, professional and corporate. A separate category is for houses made from kits.
Tour of lights
People with a knack for decorating their houses with Christmas lights have until Dec. 7 to register to be included on the city's annual Tour of Lights map. The map will be available online the week of Dec. 10, with printed copies available at city hall. To register online, go to www.cityofmoore.com and click on “events.” To register by phone, call 793-4332.
Other Christmas in Old Town activities on Dec. 7 include: