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November 19, 2013

Crystal Christmas opens Saturday

Woodward, Okla. — Crystal Beach Park will soon be once again illuminated by over 2 million colorful lights.

The opening night ceremony for the 18th Annual Crystal Christmas lighting display is this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Crystal Beach Band Shell.

"We welcome everybody to come on out," said William Monday, chair of 2013 Crystal Christmas committee.  "It's always an eventful night, a fun night and very family oriented.  And this year with the band, Jennica and Santa, what better way to get the family excited and in the Christmas spirit?"

The festivities will begin with the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, who will be escorted into the park by the Woodward Police Department, Monday said.

Then there will be some musical entertainment, including performances by the new 50-piece Woodward Area Community Band, he said.

"And Jennica Kenny will be there to sing and dance with the kids on stage as she normally does each year," Monday said.

When it comes time for the big finish, there will be a countdown until the big switch is flipped and all 2 million Christmas lights are turned on all at once. Simultaneously the traditional fireworks display will shoot off as the community band plays another Christmas tune.

"The fireworks show is always spectacular and I think it will be without fail again this year," Monday said.

Altogether, he said, "the opening night ceremony lasts about an hour."

Then the public has until 10 p.m. to drive through the park looking over all the different light displays or to just enjoy the other Crystal Christmas activities, he said.

These other activities include riding on the Kiwanis Train, visiting Santa's House, or browsing through the gift shop, he said.

This year Santa's House will be located on the northeast side of the Aquatics Center, near the train station, and the gift shop will be located just past the exit booth right off Lakeview Dr.

"The gift shop has some really neat gift ideas and Christmas decor and ornaments.  Our gift shop ladies do a great job of stocking it with some great items," Monday said.

Other highlights of this year's Crystal Christmas opening night celebration include a concession stand operated by the Woodward FFA and prize drawings for Chamber Checks, which "can be used just like cash" at any participating Chamber member business, Monday said.

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