The holidays are going to look a little differently in Stillwater this year – in a very bright and colorful manner!

Saturday, November 14 through Sunday, January 10, Stillwater businesses are encouraged to celebrate the holidays with lights, decorations, and window paintings.

By combining community-wide holiday spirit, with retail and restaurant specials, activities, and events, the Visit Stillwater team will encourage residents to do their shopping locally, while also motivating visitors to make plans to head this direction.  

The Visit Stillwater team has developed a website at to outline all of the events and activities taking place over the holidays throughout the community. The information spotlighted will include specials, product demonstrations, fashion shows, promotions, free goodies, and other activities that will appeal to families and shoppers of all ages who are out for some fun while preparing for the holidays. 

Merry Main Street will be the featured event based in the heart of the community in downtown Stillwater. Because it is not possible to safely social distance in the geometric domes that were unveiled last year, efforts will be redirected into a traditional and high-tech light display spanning Main Street from 4th beyond the roundabout to 14th Street. Chris Salmon Plaza and will be the hub for a forty-minute display of over 150,000 lights set to music.

Free carriage rides will also be provided for couples and families on Saturdays as a part of the Merry Main Street activities. Downtown will be an excellent location for family photos, a delicious meal, and to pick up something special to decorate for the holidays or to put under the tree.

This year the Christmas Parade of Lights – Lights, Camera, Action! “Christmas at the Movies” –  will take place on Saturday, November 14th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. However, rather than a parade in downtown Stillwater, it will be formatted as a reverse parade of lights. Therefore, commercial and community organizations are encouraged to participate by decorating their place of business.

If a group or organization wants to decorate a float as in the past, there are businesses who are happy to serve as a host location to park a float to participate in the parade competition. A map will be developed for the lighted drive through the community and Santa will make a quick trip to Stillwater in a special location. 

To include information about commercial districts and residential areas that will be decorated for the holidays, and events or activities that will take place in your retail district, boutique, or restaurant, please provide details to the Visit Stillwater team. Provide Stillwater Holidays 2020 information at, or by contacting Michelle Helm, Visit Stillwater director of marketing, at or 405-743-3697.

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Cristy Morrison, President and CEO, represents Visit Stillwater, 2617 W. 6th Avenue, Stillwater, OK  74074. She can be reached at or by calling 405-743-3697.