By Jayson Knight
The City of Tuttle announced recently the date of this year’s Home for the Holidays Christmas festival, which will be Thursday, December 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Amber Riley, with the City of Tuttle, will coordinate the event for the seventh time, assisted heavily by city staff from every department.
The event will feature a tree lightning for the official City of Tuttle Christmas tree, the Parade of Lights, Christmas carols featuring local schoolchildren, Santa visits, and dozens of vendor attractions.
Several vendors are expected to come forward in the next month or so, but Riley confirmed there would be real reindeer at the event.
One of the big draws for the event is how concise it is. Several attractions and events are stuffed into a small time frame so that if it is cold, festival goers won’t be subjected to the weather for very long.
“It’s short,” Riley said. “It’s a short little time frame, so it’s not an all-day commitment, like some festivals are. We’re pretty much completely done at 9 p.m., so it doesn’t go too late. You can come have dinner, do some Christmas shopping, let your kids play, and run around and see everything without having to go too far. I think that’s a virtue of Home for the Holidays, because it can be cold out. Luckily though, ever since I’ve been here, we’ve had decent weather.”
There are already many vendors involved with the festival, but Home for the Holidays could use more.
“I think the community has gotten to where they expect me to start hitting them up this time of year,” Riley said, “and the response has been great. I am still looking for sponsors, and would love to see a few more reach out. I’m still continuing to take vendors and people who want to participate in the parade. They can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling city hall, and all of the forms are online at cityoftuttle.com.”