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Holiday Open House offers free admission and fun

It aint Christmas yet fellers

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center’s event has plenty of  activities planned for Tuesday

Duncan, Okla. – Guests visiting the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Tuesday, Dec. 3, won’t have to look far to find some holiday joy. Preparations for the Holiday Open House began a few weeks ago as the team began decorating the museum, rounding up gifts and other “elf-like tasks.”

Free admission begins when the doors open at 10 a.m. and stay open until 6 p.m.
“We want everyone to just visit and have a good time. There will be refreshments, a holiday craft station for the children, and Cowboy Santa will be here from 4 to 6 p.m.,” said Interim Executive Director Leah Mulkey.

“Everyone on our staff has been busy behind the scenes to help make the Holiday Open House a success.”

Parents or grandparents bringing their children to see Santa should bring their own cameras or phones to take photos. Also, several giveaways and gift shop discounts are planned.


“Some of these giveaways are only available if people follow our Facebook or Instagram accounts. Visitors who do will have a chance to win a gift certificate – but there’s a catch,” said Communications & Exhibits Director Toni Hopper. “Thanks to some of our members, local merchants, and other Oklahoma merchants, we have some really nice gift baskets that visitors have a chance to win.”

Mulkey said one of those is a Bedre’ Fine Chocolate gift basket. New members or those with expiring memberships in December who renew their Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association membership will be entered into a drawing. The winner’s name will be drawn at 6 p.m. right before the open house ends. “If the winner’s membership isn’t expiring until later this month, the renewal would be effective the day after their current membership expires so they won’t lose any days.”

Anyone who renews, either by phone, in person or online, has a chance to win. All names will go into the drawing.

Gift Baskets and Certificates

The Pioneer Woman Mercantile, gift basket, and certificate
Eclectic Echo & Company of Duncan, gift basket and certificate
Crutcher’s Western Wear of Duncan, wall decor sign (rustic wood and metal horses design)
Bedre’ Fine Chocolate gift basket
Viridian Coffee of Duncan, gift box with 2 special blend coffees and gift certificate
Gina’s Gourmet Pantry of Edmond, gift box of gourmet flavored spreads
Simply Nutrition of Duncan, gift card
Dave’s Cave of Duncan, gift card, with a CTHC addition of a Free Family Pass for one day admission.

Artists to visit, original work make great gifts

Original art by Oklahoma artists will also be available to purchase. On display through the holiday season is work by Mikel Davison of Duncan, Janet Loveless of Marlow, Brent Learned of Oklahoma City, and Greg Erway of Lawton. Also, wildlife and landscape photographer Sarah Rodefeld of Maud, will be here 2-6 p.m. to visit with guests about her work in the exhibit “Designed by Nature.”
“Our regional artist program provides artists an opportunity to have their work seen by the public and make a few sales,” Hopper said. “Buyers and western art collectors can take their purchases with them the same day. This is a great program we began a few years ago, but only recently expanded it to showcase more than one artist at a time.”
The gift shop will also have some great sales and surprises.

Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, 1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK, is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Call 580-252-6692 for information. It is an official “Best Heritage Attraction,” an Oklahoma Outstanding Attraction, a National Day of the Cowboy ‘Cowboy Keeper” and a Top Western Museum – True West Magazine. Chisholm Trail Heritage Center Association is a 501c3 non-profit.

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