Glow on the Green rings in the holiday season

8 December 2014

Student Writer Joe Watkins describes the holiday magic at the Guthrie Green’s annual Glow on the Green market and festival.

The 3rd Annual Glow on the Green Evening Market and Holiday Extravaganza took place on Sunday, Nov. 30 at the Guthrie Green urban park in downtown Tulsa. The event lasted from three until seven, beginning with live holiday music performed by the Council Oak Men’s Chorale.

A holiday market ran throughout the night, with local crafts and goods for sale. Lucky’s, a restaurant located on the Green, offered a special menu of foods and spirits just for the occasion.

Santa and Mrs. Claus were also present to hear children’s Christmas wishes. Over the course of the afternoon, different bands took the stage, including Team Galaxy, Bravo Bass and Mike Cameron.

In addition to all of the above, there was a special exhibit present on the Green. The Gathering Place Park Pod was a massive inflatable pod which contained animations, photos and a 5-minute virtual tour contrasting the current Green with what it will look like after additions that are planned to take over the next three years.

As the sun set and the temperature cooled, the stage was surrendered to the Brady Orchestra, which performed a selection of songs from the discography of the Beatles.

At 6 p.m. Mayor Bartlett and his family took the stage to begin the Lighting of the Green. After he gave a short speech wishing the residents of the city a happy holiday season, the Christmas lights around the green were turned on, transforming the park into a festive holiday garden.

After the Lighting of the Green, many other buildings and parks in downtown Tulsa turned their own lights on. The Old Town Trolley began offering round trip tours from the Green to each of these locations for interested parties.

In case you missed Glow on the Green, there will be Holiday Music Festivals every Friday and Saturday until Christmas at the Green from 7 to 9 p.m., and attendance is free.