GUTHRIE — Saturday marks the kickoff for the Territorial Christmas Celebration, during which the state's first capital city pays homage to its Victorian-era roots and takes visitors back in time to mark the holiday in the fashion of the era.
The lighted Christmas parade and opening ceremonies start at 6 p.m. The parade is followed by the announcement of the 2013 territorial mayor.
“To get away from the city and take a step back in time, come visit us in Guthrie,” City Manager Sereniah Breland said. “Guthrie is an exciting place during the Christmas holiday.”
During the monthlong Territorial Christmas Celebration, visitors can experience Victorian architecture, activities and entertainment, including window scenes celebrating life in territorial Guthrie.
Candlelight trolley tours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings in December take visitors through the streets of downtown Guthrie and historic neighborhoods. Departures are at 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. in front of the Oklahoma Publishing Museum and cost $3 per person.
The historic homes tour is from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Six homes are featured, and the cost is $15 per person.
The popular Victorian walk evenings will be Dec. 8 and Dec. 15. Downtown Guthrie transforms into a turn-of-the-century celebration with Living Postcard window displays, street carolers, street vendors, lighted buildings, candlelight trolley tours, dining and shopping from 5 to 8 p.m.
The Pollard Theatre Company's annual presentation of “A Territorial Christmas Carol” is adapted by Oklahoman Stephen P. Scott. This version of Charles Dickens' classic tale is set in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run and runs through Dec. 23. For ticket information, call 282-2800 or go online to www.thepollard.org.
For more information about Guthrie's Territorial Christmas Celebration, call 282-1947 or go to www.guthrieok.com.