Thursday, Dec. 7

Vinita Christmas Parade

The Vinita Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Parade of Lights at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, in Vinita.

This year's theme is "Hometown Christmas." The parade will take place in downtown Vinita, beginning and ending at South Park. The route goes north on South Scraper Street., east on West Illinois Avenue., south on South Wilson Street, and west on West Delaware Avenue.

Other holiday festivities for the evening include merchant open houses, live entertainment, and food vendors beginning at 6 p.m.. At 6:30 p.m., the VACC will be at 66 Apparel for the first Christmas Bucks drawing of the season. After the parade, Santa will be at Hometown Dodge for pictures.

For more information, persons interested may contact officials at the Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce by phone at 918-256-7133 or by email at

Friday, Dec. 8

Ketchum Christmas Parade

The annual Ketchum Christmas Parade "Gateway to Grand Lake" will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8, in Ketchum.

Entry forms can be found at Buddy Foods, and First State Bank in Ketchum.

Following the parade, the public is invited to attend the awards ceremony at Ketchum High School. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will give each child candy and hot chocolate and cookies will be served. The winning parade entries will be announced and awarded trophies and monies.

This year's event will benefit the new FFA Chapter at Ketchum High School. For each dollar people donate, they will receive a ticket to be eligible for the drawings. Prizes include a large flat screen television and other prizes.

To donate a prize or for more information, persons interested may call 918-782-7062.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Fairland Christmas Parade

The Fairland Christmas Parade is set for noon, Saturday, Dec. 9 in downtown Fairland. The theme this year is a “North Pole Christmas,” and it is free to enter.

Individuals or agencies who would like to participate in the parade, may contact Fairland City Hall at 918-676-3636.

Grove Christmas Parade

The Grove Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Lighted Christmas Parade will take place at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, in downtown Grove.

Entries will be judged on the best use of lights and the best theme, which is Gingerbread Christmas. All entries will be required to utilize lights. Fees are $10 per entry.

The chamber's float is the only Santa allowed in the parade. No candy may be thrown from the float.

For more information, or to receive a parade entry form, call the chamber office at 918-786-9079.

Jay Christmas Parade

The Jay Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Jay Chamber of Commerce, will take place at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9, in Jay.

The theme is “Home for the Holidays.” As in the past, the Chamber’s float is the only entry, which may include Santa.

Lineup will take place at 1:30 p.m., on First Street near NAPA. The parade will begin at 2 p.m. No entry form or fee is required, however if the entry includes animals, please contact the chamber for additional information.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-253-8698.

Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade

The Grand Lake Christmas Light Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Cherokee Courtesy Docks at 3 p.m.

Boats will be on display at the Cherokee Yacht club until approximately 5:30 p.m., when the boats leave the dock, travel to Pensacola Dam and back along the shorelines of South Grand Lake to Duck Creek.

For more information, or to register a vessel for the parade, persons interested may call 918-782-2628. The event is sponsored by the staff of Cherokee & Arrowhead Yacht Clubs.

Saturday, Dec. 16

Afton Christmas Parade

The Afton Christmas Parade "North Pole Come to Afton" will take place beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in Afton.

Line-up begins at 4 p.m., at Afton High School. The parade has five categories: band, spirit team/cheer/dance, decorated vehicle, float and equestrian team. Entry forms may be picked up at Afton City Hall.

At the conclusion of the parade at 6 p.m., Santa Claus will meet with children at the park for a picture session. At 6:30 p.m., the lighting of the town Christmas tree will take place. That includes hot chocolate, coffee and treats for all.

For more information, persons interested may call 918-533-4902 or 918-533-1063.

Colcord Christmas Parade

The annual Colcord Christmas Parade will take place at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16, in Colcord.

Participants are asked to line up by 5 p.m., at the Community Center - located next to the High School Football Stadium. The parade has a general Christmas theme. Participants are asked to incorporate lights.

There's no fee to participate. Simply show up at the line up. For more information, persons interested may call Connie Amos at 479-238-5079 or Darbi Clark at 479-238-5155.