The Woodward News

December 15, 2013

Crystal Christmas still needs volunteers

Rowynn Ricks
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — Volunteers are still needed to help finish out the 2013 Crystal Christmas season.

As part of Crystal Christmas, which is open nightly from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crystal Beach Park through the end of the year, volunteers work in 2-hour shifts, manning the front gate, park exit and gift shop at Crystal Beach Park.

"Our main focus right now is to get volunteers for Christmas week, starting around Dec. 24 and going all the way 'til Dec. 31," said Cynthia McAllister, administrative assistant for the Woodward Chamber of Commerce which sponsors Crystal Christmas.

McAllister said volunteers are especially needed to work on the actual holidays.

"Like on Dec. 24, we have all the 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. time slots left to fill and then Dec. 25 is still completely open," she said.

In the days following Christmas, she said there are a few openings here and there for different times and areas, but "all of Dec. 31 is still open."

"I know working Christmas Eve or Christmas Day might be hard because you want to spend that time with family," McAllister said.

However, she said the great thing about Crystal Christmas is that families can volunteer together, because at least 2 people must work together at each station.

"It's always fun to do with family and friends and you can even make it kind of a Christmas tradition," she said.

As for Dec. 31, McAllister said, "even though we need people to work on New Year's Eve, they'll still be out by 10 o'clock and still have time to celebrate the new year."

McAllister said the types of tasks that volunteers will be asked to do depend on which station they would like to work.

"At the park entrance, they will greet people and we have these 3D graphic glasses that we offer for sale," she said.  "The 3D glasses are really cool because each one has something different that you can see when looking at the lights.  I think one has elves, another reindeer, and there's snowflakes and Santa too."

For those who work the park exit, McAllister said they will mainly thank the visitors for coming out to Crystal Christmas and collect donations.

She said these donations are important because they help to fund Crystal Christmas year after year.

"Then at the gift shop, they make popcorn and sell the items in the gift shop," McAllister said, noting "we offer free popcorn to all visitors who come in the gift shop."

But whichever station they work at, McAllister said volunteers are essential to the continued success of the annual Christmas light show at the park.  Which she said is more than just light displays, as on the weekends there are also hay rides and train rides offered, as well as the chance to visit with Santa or maybe even see a live nativity scene.

"I think it helps keep the Christmas spirt alive in Woodward to have Crystal Christmas; and to have the volunteers, they're the ones that help keep the it going," she said.

If you would like more information or to sign up to volunteer for Crystal Christmas, contact the Woodward Chamber of Commerce at (580) 256-7411 and speak with Cynthia McAllister or Karla Wilson.