1 Black Friday deals will once again begin early this year with many area stores opening later in the evening on Thanksgiving Day. Those looking to avoid the early rush or to enjoy the full day with family can wait until Saturday  and get a little extra bang for their buck.  Small Business Saturday is now an annual event that rivals Black Friday in bargains, without all the lines and chaos of Black Friday while also providing a nice boost to the local economy. Don’t forget to pick up Thursday’s edition of The Ardmoreite for deals and specials going on in the area.

2 Ardmore’s Festival of Lights is now open and ready for visitors. What better way to spend the holidays than with a drive through the park with the family listening to Christmas music and seeing all the hard work and extra effort of the Ardmore Parks and Recreation Department pay off. The Festival of Lights runs through Dec. 30, and is worth multiple trips through the scenic wonderland. Regular hours for the event are Fridays and Saturdays 6 p.m.-11 p.m. and Sundays through Thursdays 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

3 Christmas in Sulphur events begins on Friday. This year, the Sulphur Chamber of Commerce will kick off its Christmas light experience with music, entertainment, food trucks, and interactive booths starting at 4 p.m. The Christmas Parade of Lights  begins at 7 p.m. and the Official Lighting Ceremony will begin immediately after the parade.

4 Two area prep football teams will continue their quest for a state championship on Friday. Sulphur looks to avoid the travel lag on the long trip north of Tulsa to face Sperry. Davis’s opponent will make a similar journey as Tulsa’s independent Episcopal school, Holland Hall, makes its way to Wolf Field. Games start at 7:30 p.m.

5 After enjoying a hearty meal on Thanksgiving Day, you may want to gather your family and attend the Chickasaw Cultural Center’s Thanksgiving Celebration on Saturday and Sunday.
Special activities will include a Native American miniature ornament class and a children’s Christmas ornament workshop. Activities in the Traditional Living Village will include stomp dances, stickball and other cultural activities.