ENID, Okla. — The 26th annual Enid Lights Up the Plains celebration kicks off downtown at 5 p.m. Friday, promising plenty to see and do if the weather permits.

Lights Up the Plains runs 5-7:30 p.m, but the band starts playing as early as 4:30 p.m., Main Street Enid Director Natalie Beurlot said.

The Bill Collectors will be playing Christmas tunes at the gazebo, while vendors set up around the Square sell hot chocolate, food and more.

Starting at 5:15 p.m., The Bill Collectors will share the gazebo for two new additions to this year's festivities. Gaslight Theatre will deliver a performance from "Scrooge: The Musical," followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Dance Works of Enid Rockettes.

The Christmas lights parade has a record-setting 23 entries this year, Beurlot said, and parade-goers can see them cruise their way around the Square at 6 p.m.

Fireworks finale, sponsored by Park Avenue Thrift, is set to begin around 7:15 p.m. They should be visible from just about anywhere downtown, Beurlot said, but standing nearer the intersection of Maine and Independence, by The Felt Bird, and Enid Brewing Co. should provide the least obstructed view.

Santa Claus will be in attendance, Beurlot said, hanging out on the courthouse lawn. The OG&E Christmas tree will be strung up with brand new lights in blue and white. Trolley and wagon rides around the square also will be available.

Lights Up the Plains would be called off for either ice or heavy rain, and current forecasts predict a good deal of precipitation for Friday. The National Weather Service forecast calls for a 70% chance of rain Friday during the day, and a 70% chance of showers and possibly thunderstorms Friday night.

"Right now it's kind of looking like it's going to rain ... but in Enid and in Oklahoma, things can change in a second, so we're hoping," Beurlot said.

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Willetts is education and city reporter for the Enid News & Eagle.
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