Parade of Lights launches holidays in Old Town

Adam Troxtell / The Transcript

Santa Claus waves at cars passing through the Broadway and Main intersection in Old Town Moore on Wednesday. The decorations will multiply this weekend with the Norman Rockwell Parade of Lights starting at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Christmas season officially comes to Moore today as the Norman Rockwell Christmas Parade of Lights rolls through Old Town.

The downtown area of Broadway between SW Fourth and NW Ffith Streets will be transformed for the holiday season, with street lights, window displays and, of course, a lit Christmas tree. The parade starts at 6 p.m. with tree lighting and caroling to follow.

"With it being an evening parade, we keep it kind of short," said Hannah Molby, of John Ireland Funeral Home and Moore's Historic Old Town District. "We have about 30 local businesses and groups, some nonprofits and churches, participating. All the floats are lit up and it's really cool."

The parade starts at North Fifth Street and Broadway, and it ends at the intersection of Main and Howard, Molby said. State Rep. Mark McBride is this year's parade grand marshal.

McBride will then flip the switch to light the Christmas tree. Santa Fe Elementary School Honor Choir will then sing a few Christmas carols.

There will be free pictures with Santa and carriage rides. And there's a good chance attendees will see some famous faces.

"We have a lot of characters coming this year," Molby said.

That list includes, but is not limited to, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, she said.

The annual event is both a way to help Moore residents get into the holiday spirit and to boost the exposure of Old Town businesses. The event is hosted by Moore's Historic Old Town District, which is comprised of business owners and local leaders who want to see the district thrive.

"It's cool for businesses to be open, because it gets their name out more," Molby said. "But being in Old Town, it's more about reinvesting in the community and being a part of the community by having this celebration.

Some businesses that open will have special treats for customers, like hot chocolate or apple cider and sweets.

The parade of lights is scheduled to last until 8 p.m. The weather forecast calls for a cool but clear night today.