Christmas lights and carriage rides: what to expect at tonight’s “Lights On!” event in downtown Sapulpa

Sapulpa Main Street’s annual Lights On! ceremony is Tuesday evening, featuring the inaugural lighting of the Tree of Hope, and what promises to be a magical experience in downtown Sapulpa with animated window displays, some great downtown shopping, and free carriage rides by Ava K’s Carriage service (and paid for by SeneGence). Here are details for everything that’s happening on Tuesday evening:

Carriage rides are running from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, will be one-way, and will pick up patrons at the Courthouse parking lot on Dewey Avenue and also at the corner of Main and Dewey Avenue. Riders will receive a stamp when they board the carriage. Carriages will be sanitized between rides.

The official Lights On! ceremony starts at 5:30 pm at the Courthouse Gazebo and is supposed to feature virtual performances by Sapulpa elementary students. It is unknown whether this will happen if the rain persists.

Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell will be in town, along with KJRH Channel 2 News to do a live-stream of the ceremony for those that can’t be here to see it live. Pinnell will flip the switch, lighting up all of downtown Sapulpa, plus the brand new 26-ft tall Tree of Hope!

Downtown Sapulpa businesses have gone all out to get their windows ready for this year’s event, which features a window display contest, with an animation element required. Some of the displays will have electronic animations, but most will feature real live characters! Attendees will get tickets at the Courthouse to drop into the stocking of the window display they like the most.

Santa Claus is in town, and he’s taking your letters! Kids should swing by Santa’s living room, located at the Chamber of Commerce, to fill out their letter to Santa and drop it in the large red mailbox. You might find your letter printed in upcoming issues of Sapulpa Times!

For the first time, downtown Sapulpa will have a donation-based gift wrapping station available at 117 E. Dewey in the SeneGence Event Center. Visitors can drop off their gifts and donations, and will receive a text when their wrapped packages are ready!