Visions of a busy holiday season should keep downtown Pawhuska buzzing with business activity leading up to and following Saturday night’s Christmas parade.
Theme of this year’s Festival of Lights nighttime event is "Christmas in the Osage."
Following the parade, which begins downtown at 6 p.m., a free showing of the movie "Scrooged" will be offered at the Constantine Theatre. The comedy stars Bill Murray.
The Osage Tribal Museum is planning a Christmas tree sale as another post-parade event. Prior to the parade, several area businesses — including On Hand Printing, Clifton’s Gift Shop, The Cedar Chest and Brave Gallery — will provide refreshments and sign people up for door prizes that are to be later given out in conjunction with the tree sale.
A special display at the tribal museum features trees decorated by local artists.
A Saturday open house at Tallgrass Prairie Flowers and More, E. Main St., is to include grand opening of a Santa Kids Shop. This will be the third straight year that owners Tony and Tina Avallone have designed a section of their store where youngsters can buy Christmas gifts for their friends and family members.
Avallone said the shop allows kids to get acquainted with the shopping experience. Gift items are priced at the Kids Shop to include sales tax and to cover the cost of the paper for gift-wrapping.
"Children can be very serious and meticulous about what they want to get for their recipient," she said. "This also teaches them about spending within a budget."
In addition, Tallgrass Prairie Flowers is the designated downtown drop-off point for letters to Santa Claus.
An open house also will be held Saturday at Sister’s Attic, located at 115 E. Main.
According to the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce, Big County Pawn and Supply, Lowry’s, Mudpies, Osage Outfitters, Premier Gun and Pawn, Spurs & Arrows and other businesses will be open Saturday.