There will be an abundance of activity to attend and support within Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland this holiday season. Visit Stillwater, the City of Stillwater, and the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce are excited to bring you Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland November 24, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Now that we have learned THE POLAR EXPRESS™ will not return to Stillwater for a second year as anticipated, we plan to transform a city block downtown into Stillwater’s Winter Wonderland. The fun, family-friendly experience will include ice skating, the opportunity to interact with the Reindeer Club of Oklahoma, a visit to Santa’s workshop, carriage rides with someone special, meals or desserts from one of several food trucks, and an abundance of prime photo opportunities for your holiday mailings.

The decision made by Iowa Pacific Railroad not to return to Stillwater this year was just as much of a surprise as was their decision to move from Bristow to Stillwater last year. Even though both decisions were made at least four months later than customary to begin planning for a holiday activity, last year the City of Stillwater pushed through the time crunch to repair and enhance the platform at the railroad station, build a sidewalk, and even install poles and move electric to accommodate a last minute local attraction. It is thanks to the City of Stillwater leadership and elected officials we were able to host the train ride for residents and visitors throughout November and December last year.

It is also thanks to a forward-thinking Visit Stillwater Board of Directors, the support of City of Stillwater leadership and elected officials, Stillwater Chamber of Commerce leadership and Board of Directors, and already seventeen other local businesses and organizations we will be able to offer a full city block of activities this year. We plan to further enhance our comprehensive marketing and sales plan this year to promote the much less cost prohibitive activities for the whole family. The result will be more disposable income to grab a cup of hot tea downtown, purchase a world-famous collectible t-shirt for family and friends, grab the newest OSU game day gear, or something sparkly for that someone special.

Various sponsorship opportunities for our local partners will enable us to better differentiate ourselves from other communities within our state that also host an ice skating rink for the holidays.. To learn more about the various levels of partnerships, go to the Visit Stillwater website, www.VisitStillwaterOK.org/icerink, or contact the Visit Stillwater team directly via phone or email.  As Winter Wonderland details and updates unfold, go to www.VisitStillwaterOK.org/holidays to plan your Stillwater activities.