BY LAUREN CARTER
The city of Tuttle is making the final preparations for tonight's 'Home for the Holidays' parade and Christmas celebrations, beginning at 4:30 p.m. This will be the event's fifth year.
The parade will host 14 floats, three different horse troops, and Santa Clause. Not only will there be the annual parade, there will also be loads of entertainment.
Tuttle first grade students will sing during the official tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m., just before the parade begins at 7 p.m.
There will be a special children's area, as well as food and merchant vendors. Families can bring their own camera to take photos with Santa outside City Hall.
Most of the celebration will take place outside so Wendy Emerson, event organizer, suggests people wrap up.
The Hearth Room, a handcrafted Christmas display was added this year. It will be inside the Garret Trucking conference room.
Although this is the fifth year for the 'Home for the Holidays' celebration, a few things have changed, according to Emerson. Guests are asked to bring an ornament to hang on the community Christmas tree, which will be located outside the new City Hall building.
This year there will also be Santa Bucks, which can be redeemed at participating Tuttle businesses. Some of the businesses participating include: Absolute Smiles, Ole' Christmas Shoppe, Tuttle Grain & Supply, Walkers 66, Tuttle Liquor Store, Leopard Lilly, Absolute Smiles, All-American Pizza, Bayliff Veterinarian, Flower Boutique, C&D Fitness, Nachitos, Williams Foods and Grady's Pub & Grille.
Entries for Santa Bucks can be earned by visiting the participating business from Dec. 3-6. Shoppers who visit the participating stores they will automatically get a Santa Buck. If you purchase anything over $10, shoppers will get another ticket. The first place prize is $300, second place is $200, third place is $150 and fourth place is $20.