It’s true that Halloween is right around the corner and Thanksgiving is right around the corner, but is it ever too early to start planning for Christmas?
The city hopes to keep Sand Springs vibrant throughout the month of December, and is asking for help from local businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations to do so.
Snapped in Sand Springs is a vacation photo event where businesses, restaurants, and other organizations or entities create scenes or “sets” for photo opportunities throughout the city.
Photo sets can be simple, elaborate, or anywhere in between. The goal is for people to stop and take a photo while they shop, worship, play and serve in the community, then post their photos on social media with the hashtag #2021SnappedinSandSprings.
Snapped in Sand Springs will begin on December 1 and run through December 31. This will allow the photo sets to add to the ambiance of the annual Festival of Lights Christmas Parade and other holiday events and also give visitors plenty of time to take pictures. to use as holiday cards or gifts.
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The event will be promoted on the city’s Facebook page, and electronic and paper maps of all locations will be available.
Outdoor photo sets are optimal, depending on the city. Access to outdoor locations must be available during daylight hours.
Indoor photo sets must be accessible during the Host’s normal business hours.
Photo sets must be maintained throughout December and must be “family appropriate” and tasteful.
Photo sets should be constructed in such a way as to minimize the risk of injury.
Companies and organizations that host photo sets are encouraged to run additional contests, award prizes, or come up with additional ideas to create more fun.
Photo sets must be taken down by January 7.
The city’s Snapped in Sand Springs backdrop will be located inside the main entrance of City Hall, 100 E. Broadway St., and will be accessible from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Its theme, “Winter Wonderland”, will honor the memory of residents who died during the COVID-19 pandemic and aims to offer hope for a better future.
White and silver trees and snow will represent a fresh start, a cleanse, or a fresh start.
Red birds, the only decorations on trees, are meant to suggest hope and perseverance in times of stress and despair.
A red awareness ribbon wrapped around the white and silver wrappers represents solidarity.
Visitors will be encouraged to purchase “take and make” sets of red felt bird ornaments to honor the memory of loved ones.
For more information on Snapped in Sand Springs or to obtain a pledge form, contact City Clerk Janice Almy at 918-246-2500, Ext. 2503, or email [email protected]
Commitment forms must be returned before October 15th.
festival of lightsThe Chamber of Commerce, for its part, recruits itself.
Businesses and organizations — whether or not they’re taking part in Snapped in Sand Springs — are invited to decorate buildings, storefronts and windows with Christmas lights as part of the annual City of Lights Festival Christmas Parade. .
The parade is scheduled for the evening of Friday, December 3, and entries for the parade are being sought.
Interested groups should email [email protected] or visit the Sand Springs Chamber of Commerce office at 109 N. Garfield Ave.
“Scrooge’s Christmas”The Sand Springs Community Theater is also getting in on the act, with auditions for its holiday play, “Scrooge’s Christmas,” coming soon.
Auditions will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 9 and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 10 at First Christian Church, 501 N. Main St.
The play will be performed at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on December 4 and 2 p.m. on December 5 in the auditorium of the old Central Ninth Grade Center, 14 W. Fourth St.
For more information, call 918-245-1355 or visit the Sand Springs Community Theater Facebook page.