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Lighting of the NEW Christ Tree Provokes Excitement for December 3

ENID, OK – A new version of Christ Tree will debut on Opening Night on Sunday, Dec. 3, kicking off a 34-day Christmas event experience called for The One: Bright Lights. The steel 102-foot-tall tree with its 20-foot Bethlehem star and 35,000 RBG lights will provide spectacular light shows choreographed to 3 Christmas songs performed at the top of every hour from 6 p.m.-12 a.m. daily. With light shows lasting an average of 15 minutes, Christ Tree’s lights continue to shine 24 hours a day through January 6 with a weekly rotation of music and light shows.

Opening Night festivities will begin with The One: Bright Lights mission project called “Feed the 5,000”. In partnership with Forgotten Ministries and made possible by sponsors Tyson Foods, Jumbo Foods and Jiffy Trip, 5,000 free meals will be provided to attendees, consisting of burgers, chips and a drink. The lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. with the tree scheduled to be lit around 6:15. Immediately following the lighting, attendees are encouraged to join in caroling as the finishing touch to a memorable evening.

The One has recently revealed that Clayton Nolen is this year’s the Grand Lighting Marshal. Nolen is active in all areas of the community including church, city government, juvenile justice system, and civic organizations. He has been recognized in Enid with his award for the Key to the City of Enid, Sistah-2-Sistah African American Leaders of Enid Award, Citizen of the Year Awarded for Booker T Washington, and was inducted in 2022 to the Oklahoma African American Educator Hall of Fame.

“The One is such a beautiful and unique project,” said David Mason, mayor of Enid. “It provides a multitude of benefits for our community. It gives a feeling of unity and hope which is needed now more than ever, both in our community and throughout the world. It also encourages families to travel to Enid to see The One, eat at our restaurants and enjoy our city.”

The One: Bright Lights is a 34-day event filled with concerts, events and activities that will provide an enchanting experience for attendees. For more information and schedule of events, visit The One Enid Facebook page or go to www.theoneenid.com.

Blake Reese
Blake Reese is the Coeditor and Advertising Director for Enid Monthly. Writing and editing are passions of his, but he also enjoys the connections and relationships he gets to make by going out into the community. Blake is originally from Wichita, Kansas, but he relocated to Enid after graduating from college. He graduated from Wichita State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science accompanied by a minor in Communications. Blake definitely misses the city life from time to time, but he's happy to be a part of the Enid community.



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