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.