1 Time is running out on the Ardmore Festival of Lights. With less than 2 weeks remaining, if you haven’t been out to see the lights, you may miss out on your chance until next year. The festive trip through a lighted winter wonderland begins every night at 6 p.m. The mile and a half long display offers one of the largest light shows in southern Oklahoma. Don’t forget to bring cash, volunteers man the entrance and exit accepting donations that go to local charities and nonprofits.

2 Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? Don’t stress if the answer is no. Last minute shopping options are abundant in the area with prices, selections and conveniences you won’t find online. Better yet, avoid the stress of missing, late or stolen packages by frequenting your locally-owned and operated establishments.

3 The Southern Oklahoma Library System is set to celebrate Christmas early this week with its Gotta Go! Gotta Go! Christmas program.  The event partners the Oklahoma City Zoo with Santa Claus himself. Santa will be at the Wilson Public Library at 2 p.m. and the Healdton Community Library at 4:30 p.m. today. His next stops are the Love County Library at 3:30 p.m. and the Champion Public Library at 6 p.m. Tuesday.  The event wraps up Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Parker Memorial Library in Sulphur and 3 p.m. at the Davis Public Library.

4 The Goddard Center will be showing a special holiday presentation in High Definition of the Bolshoi Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday. A holiday tradition for the whole family, “The Nutcracker” sweeps the Bolshoi stage for two hours of enchantment and magic. Along with Tchaikovsky’s cherished score and some of the Bolshoi’s greatest artists, “The Nutcracker” remains a treasure not to be missed! This 2014 production stars Denis Rodkin as the Nutcracker Prince, Anna Nikulina as Marie, Andrei Merkuriev as Drosselmeyer, Vitaly Biktimirov as the Mouse King, and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet.

5 With the holiday season well underway, what better opportunity is there to spend some quality time with friends and family. From watching holiday classics, to baking homemade cookies and other holiday delights to the sounds of all your favorite Christmas songs while sipping hot cocoa, the options for spending quality time are in endless supply. For those wishing for a white Christmas, there is a slim chance of snow on Christmas day as colder temperatures and an increased chance of precipitation enter the area. Happy holidays and Merry Christmas from The Ardmoreite.