Christmas festival Thursday in downtown Yukon

Magical yuletide wonderland offers ‘small-town fun’ on historic Rt. 66

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First Christian Church of Yukon’s Joy Rose, Pastor Coy Remer and Betty Barton hand out candy canes with the religious meaning of the symbol to passers-by on Main Street during the 2021 “Christmas on Main” celebration. This year’s downtown Christmas festival will be 5-8 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 8 in the historic Route 66 business district. (Photo by Cara Pattison)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A family fun Christmas festival in Yukon’s historic Route 66 district returns this week.

To highlight its yuletide schedule, Yukon Main Street will present the uber-popular “Christmas on Main” celebration from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

“This will be just ‘small-town’ fun in downtown Yukon,” said event coordinator Kay Casper, vice president of the Yukon 66 Main Street board.

“It’s a great way to kick off the Christmas season with family and community.”

Festivities will feature horse-drawn wagon rides, a living snow globe, strolling carolers, free holiday photos with adorable Christmas alpacas and Santa, along with kids’ crafts and treats.

Other highlights will be a marshmallow roasting station, hot cocoa, cider, cookies, and popcorn.

This Thursday’s festive yuletide wonderland is a can’t-miss event for downtown merchants and Yukon-area residents alike, according to Casper.

Yukon Main Street shops will be open late Thursday offering specials, refreshments and drawings. Civic groups and churches will have booths on downtown sidewalks.

Donations of unwrapped toys will be accepted for Santa’s Toy Shoppe, benefitting eastern Canadian County families. Toy distribution will be Saturday, Dec. 10 in Yukon.

Admission to Thursday’s Christmas on Main is free to the public. Donations will be accepted to help offset costs.

Sisters Emma and Zoey Fanning sisters can’t help but laugh as they wear Rudolph noses given to them by one of Santa’s “other reindeers” during the 2021 “Christmas on Main.” Yukon Main Street’s annual family fun Christmas festival will be Thursday along Route 66 in downtown Yukon. (Photo by Cara Pattison)
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‘BLOCK PARTY’

Yukon 66 Main Street’s mission is to revitalize and transform Yukon’s Main Street on historic Route 66.

Over the past five years, Yukon’s Christmas on Main downtown “block party” has helped with that mission.

“This is very popular with our community because they can come out and enjoy Christmas ‘under the lights’,” Yukon Main Street Director Vicki Davis said.

A volunteer board of directors oversees the Yukon Main Street program. A retired Yukon school teacher, Casper will be board president in 2023.

For more information about Christmas on Main, call the Yukon Main Street office at (405) 350-5999 or visit yukon66mainstreet.com

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