Cherokee Nation hosts “Christmas on the Square”

December 3, 2018

Cherokee Nation hosts “Christmas on the Square”

Friday, Dec. 7 at 4 – 6 p.m.

Cherokee National Capitol Square, 100 S. Muskogee Ave.
Cort Mall, 215 S. Muskogee Ave.

Principal Chief Bill John Baker and First Lady Sherry Baker
Deputy Principal Chief S. Joe Crittenden
Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Cherokee National Youth Choir

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Welcome the holiday season with the Cherokee Nation at the annual “Christmas on the Square” event on Friday, Dec. 7.

“It will be another celebratory and festive event on the historic Cherokee Capitol Square, as we commemorate the 2018 holiday season with the annual lighting of downtown Tahlequah,” said Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden. “The Christmas season is always defined by a spirit of goodwill and unity, so we hope families will join us and create their own special memories of togetherness and joy that will last a lifetime.”

The family-friendly event features special activities for children including pictures with Santa, Christmas stories, lights and a parade. The events are open to the public and free to attend.

4 p.m. to 6 p.m. – Photos with Santa at Cort Mall

5 p.m. – Christmas stories, hot cocoa and cookies with First Lady Sherry Baker at Kawi Café.

5:15 p.m. – Cherokee National Youth Choir begins caroling

5:30 p.m. – Guests gather at Cherokee Capitol Gazebo for official lighting

6:30 p.m. – Tahlequah Christmas Parade begins

In addition to the festivities on the square, Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism is hosting a special exhibit about the first Cherokee Christmas at the Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum.

Cherokee Christmas is on display throughout December and shares the story of how Moravian missionaries brought holiday celebrations to the Cherokee people in 1805. The special exhibit includes information about how traditions began for the Cherokee and showcases decorations similar to what was used at the Vann’s Georgia home during the first Cherokee Christmas.

The Cherokee National Supreme Court Museum is located at 122 E. Keetoowah St. It is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information on Cherokee Nation Cultural Tourism, including museum operations, please call (877) 779-6977 or visit