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Lawton Fort Sill Convention & Visitor's Bureau

Holiday in the Park

Holiday in the Park opens November 16 at 6:00 PM – January 1, 2025.

Holiday in the Park is a non-profit 501-3c organization made up of volunteers lead by the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Lawton Fort Sill’s beloved annual Christmas light display transforms Elmer Thomas Park into a winter wonderland!

Elmer Thomas Park is a 143-acre park with a lake and is located on the south side of Cache Road, near Interstate 44 at 3rd & Ferris. This organization operates solely from donations from the public and sponsorships. We rely on our wonderful community volunteers for setting up displays, running the donation house, Holiday events, fundraising, and operating our Winter Skating Rink. We look forward to continuing to grow and expand Holiday in the Park every year!

2024 Updates:


Train Rides

Food Trucks & More!

Check in regularly for more updates!!


We would not be able to run Holiday in the Park without our community members! We have many opportunities for you and/or your organization to volunteer at our Holiday in the Park events. From setting up light displays to working the events throughout the holiday season, we hope you find time in your schedule to come volunteer!


Thank you for your interest in becoming a food vendor for the Holiday in the Park (HIP). The deadline for becoming a vendor has already passed for this year at Holiday in the Park; however, if you are interested in becoming a vendor for other events or HIP next year, please contact us at (580)-355-3541 or email us at info@visitlawtonok.com.

Please note that vendor space is limited. Vendors are expected to open every agreed upon night of the event unless prior approval is given by the Holiday in the Park committee. All applications will be reviewed by the Holiday in the Park committee.

If selected, vendors will be notified by email by November 1, 2024, with a contract that is to be signed and returned. Along with the signed contract, vendors will be required to provide sales, tax permits, proof of insurance, city permit, and a non-refundable vendor fee. The vendor fee will be $100. All food truck vendors will agree to pay Holiday in the Park Fifteen Percent (15%) of all gross sales. Vendors will be required to submit a weekly report of sales. Vendors will be required to hold an active membership with the Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce. Vendors will be required to become “Grow the 580” merchants and accept “Grow the 580” gift certificates. Please do not send in vendor fee until you are notified of acceptance.


The Holiday in the Park committee and Chamber team are excited to continue the parade this year!

The theme is “CANDYLAND”.

Parade Entry Form


Lawton Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce
302 W Gore Blvd
Lawton, Oklahoma 73501
Fax: 580-357-3642
Email: kpiret@visitlawtonok.com

ENTRY DEADLINE: November 12th by 3:00 p.m.

Entries received after this date and time will be charged an additional $10. The entries will be placed at the end of the parade. An announcer card will not be prepared for late entries.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost?

Holiday in the Park is Free to walk or drive through to see all of the light displays. Donations are appreciated to support Holiday in the Park! This year, we have a QR code linked to the Holiday in the Park Venmo account that you can find at the Holiday House!

What is the price for the Winter Rink?

The price for the winter rink is $10 per person with skate rental. If you have your own skates it is $8 per person. On Tuesdays, children ages 10 and under skate FREE!

What are the hours for the Winter Rink?

The winter rink will be open Monday-Friday from 5-10:00pm. Open Saturday and Sunday from 3-10:00pm. 

What kind of activities are going to be at Holiday in the Park?

Winter Rink:
Open daily

Snider Petting Zoo:
Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
$8 per person

Living Nativity:
Dec. 15-17
Free Admission

Check Holiday in the Park Facebook for updates regarding hayrides!
They are free, but donations are appreciated.

Movie Nights:
Free Admission

Holiday Concerts:
Free Admission
Food Trucks

*Please check the events calendar for more specifics and check out our Facebook page!


Holiday in the Park Events You Don’t Want To Miss!!

Thank you to all our sponsors!

The North Pole Sponsorship


Mayor Stan Booker

Display Sponsorships

Fred & Natalie Fitch | Scott & Paige Michener | Nathan & Kelly Harbert

Small Display Sponsorships

Frost Your Fanny 5k & Glow Fun Run