Christmas tree

Claremore’s West Bend Winterland returns with the arrival of the official 60 ft. fresh Christmas tree, weighing 7,000 pounds. “We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our tree, which will be Wednesday, November 7. The 60 ft. Norway Spruce is coming from the Dutchman Tree Farm in Manton, Michigan. Our great partner, Pelco Structural, will depart November 3 with a semi and flat-bed trailer to pick up the tree and bring it home,” said Jim Thomas Claremore City Manager.

The truck will be coming across the Missouri Stateline with the anticipated arrival in Claremore somewhere between 1pm and 2pm, Wednesday afternoon. The load will be escorted by GRDA Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol on I-44, and Claremore Police Department will escort it through town making their way to the West Bend Green on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center.

GRDA & Claremore Power and Light will be moving the tree from the flatbed with a crane and boom trucks to set it in the “tree stand”, an eight-foot man hole. “GRDA is a great partner with the City of Claremore,” said Larry Hughes Director of Power & Light. “With their support and assistance this operation seems effortless”.

West Bend Winterland will be a time of community celebration for families and visitors alike. The event will launch with an official “Lighting of the Tree” on November 26 at 6pm, entertainment provided by the RSU Choir and the Cherokee National Youth Choir; there will be food trucks, hot cocoa, skating and great photo ops for families. “This is a wonderful way to spend the evening with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season”, said Tanya Andrews director of Visit Claremore.

The lighting ceremony is made possible by the City of Claremore, Pelco Structural, GRDA, Baker Hughes A GE Company, BancFirst, Ira Green Construction, and RCB Bank. A complete schedule of events, including public skate sessions, can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com, or call the Claremore Expo at 918-342-5357.