The Christmas season in Lawton officially starts tonight in Elmer Thomas Park.
Holiday in the Park, the city's annual Christmas light display extravaganza, will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with the Christmas parade, which will wind its way from the Lawton High School parking lot, east on Northwest Ferris Boulevard to the Third Street entrance of the park. The parade will then wind its way through the park.
The parade is expected to last about two hours. The grand marshals will be Maj. Gen. Mark McDonald, commanding general of Fort Sill, and Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch.
There will be a variety of floats, unique vehicles, horse-riding groups and much more. Santa Claus is expected to arrive toward the end of the parade on an antique fire truck.
Plenty of parking will be available in Elmer Thomas Park, and the Holiday House will be open, selling hot chocolate and other seasonal refreshments.
The free annual display will be open nightly from dusk to 11 p.m. through Saturday, Jan. 2.