OKC's Hidden Gem Holiday Light Displays
UCO Winter Glow
December brings a flood of holiday lights to the metro. Twinkling strands of light are added to homes, businesses, parks and more. While there’s no shortage of holiday light displays sprinkled across Oklahoma City you may have to travel off the beaten path a bit to discover the most unique shows that glow. Whether you have a long-standing holiday tradition of visiting light displays as a family, or this is your first time seeking out Christmas lights together, check out these hidden gem displays.
Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry
Starting at the southern tip of the metro, your family will be delighted at the beautiful lights of the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry in Norman. Your visit to this display supports a good cause, too. The display is free but canned food donations to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma are encouraged and can be placed in a drop-box to the left side of the light display. Monetary donations also are accepted and all donations are collected for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The 8th annual light show begins Thanksgiving evening and runs through Jan. 3. The Downs home is located at 2900 72nd Ave. S.E. and illuminates nightly from 6 p.m. to midnight. On New Year’s Eve, the display will stay lit until 1 a.m. to brighten the first hour of 2015. More than 18 miles of light strands and more than 13 miles of extension cords are used to create the display. Visit www.downsfamilychristmas.com for more information.
Holiday Lights Spectacular
The next stop on our tour of holiday hidden gems is Midwest City’s annual Holiday Lights Spectacular, a mile-long drive-through light show at the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 East Reno), which will be shining through Dec. 30. More than a million lights twinkle from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly Monday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. There is no cost to visit, but donations are accepted and everyone receives a candy cane. Interested in bringing a large group by bus? Step-on guides can be arranged in advance to provide your group with a unique guided experience through the lights. For more information, contact Leisa Haynes at Midwest City Parks & Recreation at 732-1289.
For a truly unique Holiday Lights Spectacular viewing experience, lace up your sneakers and participate in the 8th Annual 5k Night Light Run on Dec. 13. Race time is 5:45 p.m. and the registration fee is $25, with all proceeds going to support the Holiday Lights Spectacular Fund. Registration is available at www.signmeup.com under Night Light Run.
Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway
Heading north on your holiday light display tour, be sure to stop at Automobile Alley’s Lights on Broadway. The beautiful display of more than 180,000 colorful LED lights set Automobile Alley buildings aglow along Broadway Avenue from N.W. 4th to N.W. 10th Street. The display begins the day after Thanksgiving and is illuminated from dusk until dawn through Jan. 1.
Bricktown Canal Lights
Nearby Automobile Alley, find another unique display with OneMain Financial’s Bricktown Canal Lights. These lights are best seen via water taxi, and free water taxi rides are available for the holiday season. Board the boat, which runs Thursday through Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. from Nov. 28 through Dec. 28 (except Christmas Day) for a special glimpse of Bricktown’s holiday magic. Visit www.downtownindecember.com for more information.
Another popular Oklahoma City holiday lights destination is the Mesta Park neighborhood, which is located between N.W. 16th and N.W. 22nd from Western to Walker, and then extends as a small peninsula east to Robinson along N.W. 22nd. Don’t miss MestaLights, a residential holiday light display located at 930 N.W. 19th St. While the entire Mesta Park neighborhood gets festive and creative with their displays, the MestaLights animated show offers more than 55,000 lights synchronized to music at 107.1FM. MestaLights can be viewed from Thanksgiving Day until New Year’s Eve from 5:30 to 11 p.m. For more information, including videos, visit www.mestalights.com.
Chesapeake Energy Holiday Lights Display
Press onward with your holiday tour to Nichols Hills, where Chesapeake Energy’s campus at Western Ave. and N.W. 63rd St. glows with more than a million lights. Hours of illumination are 5 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. from Nov. 26 through the morning of Jan. 2. Other impressive Nichols Hills holiday light displays can be found at residences on Avondale Dr. and also on N.W. Grand Blvd.
University of Central Oklahoma
Another off-the-beaten-path display can be found on campus at the University of Central Oklahoma (100 N. University Dr., Edmond). The LED light display will kick off with the annual WinterGlow celebration on Dec. 5.
This free community event features activities for the entire family to enjoy. The event begins at 6 p.m. at Old North on the west side of campus with the ceremonial lighting of the campus and will include music from UCO performing groups. The event continues at the Nigh University Center with a winter carnival that includes photos with UCO mascot Buddy, face painting, train rides, games, s’mores and an opportunity to write letters to our troops for Blue Star Mothers. Parking is available in the guest lot to the east of the Nigh University Center. The campus lights display features all energy-efficient lights and will be up through New Year’s. Don’t miss the decorated main entry at Second Street and Garland Godfrey as well as sparkling Old North. For directions and a campus map, visit www.uco.edu.
McIntire Family Lights
In northeast Edmond, the McIntire family offers a holiday light display with more than 100,000 LED lights! The home is located at 4102 Calm Waters Way, which is off of Sooner Road just north of Sorghum Mill in The Bluffs at Pine Creek neighborhood. The lights will be up from the day after Thanksgiving through New Years Day, weather permitting. The lights come on at 6 p.m. nightly, and will be off at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Listen to FM 97.7 to hear eight songs synchronized with the lights. Visitors are asked to please pull vehicles to the right while listening and dim headlights. Visit www.clanmcintire.com for more information and videos from previous years.
Visit our Holiday Fun Guide to see more light displays in the metro!