EDMOND — Downtown Edmond is decorated for the Christmas season, and special events are planned throughout December.
Merchants launched the holiday shopping season with storefront decorations and a contest to name the top three window decorations.
The University of Central Oklahoma's Bob Palmer chose the winners in the window-decorating contest.
First place went to Fashion Boutique. Second place was awarded to Sterlings Home Decor & Gifts, and third place went to Sacred Heart.
The outdoor ice rink opened Friday and will be open through Jan. 6 at 30 W First St.
The annual Mayor's Tree Lighting and Edmond Electric Parade of Lights will be Dec. 8. The evening starts at 6 p.m. at Shannon Miller Park with the 2012 Mayor's Essay Contest winner presentation.
This year's essay theme was “If you were Cindy Lou Who, what would you do to convince the Grinch not to steal Christmas and help his heart grow three sizes too big?”
The winner will ride in the parade that starts at 6:45 p.m. from the UCO campus and continues through downtown.
“To continue with the theme of the parade, each entry is required to have lights adorning their float,” said Michelle Trimberger, Edmond Electric program coordinator.
The Downtown Edmond Business Association is offering free wagon rides from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Rides also will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22.
Strolling carolers will sing throughout downtown on Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22.
Students will make crafts to take home at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 and 15.
Santa Claus will be at Silver Leaf Gems from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and at Java Dave's from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 13 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
The fourth annual Gingerbread House contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum. The contest is open for people 5 and older.
The houses must be edible, but not made from gingerbread kits. Judges will be looking for creativity and theme, appearance and use of materials.
The registration deadline is Dec. 12. For more information, go to www.edmondhistory.org or call 340-0078.