15 Free OKC Christmas Celebrations

Between the gifts, the parties, the travel and the extra household guests, Christmas can get expensive. Here are 15 ways to celebrate the holiday in Oklahoma City without spending a dime. Find more information about all these activities on our online calendar.

  1. Discover festive Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. The Red Earth Treefest is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every weekday throughout the month at the Red Earth Art Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
  2. Whether you buy anything or not, a visit to the PAMBE Ghana Global Market (6516 N. Olie) should be your new holiday tradition. Have fun browsing the free fair trade market and if you do splurge and buy something, feel good knowing it’s supporting a learning center in Ghana. They’re open noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (except noon to 7 p.m. Thursdays)
  3. Local stages and theatres will be offering tons of holiday performances but the price can be steep, especially if you take the whole family. The Arts Council of Oklahoma City provides free art experiences called Art Moves ranging from live art demonstrations to musical theater performances from noon to 1 p.m. every weekday at rotating locations downtown.
  4. A dazzling display of holiday lights that’s sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit lines Sheridan Avenue through Film Row near downtown Oklahoma City. Pick a seasonably warm night to walk the area and take it all in.
  5. While you’re downtown, be sure to swing by the lights in Automobile Alley. More than 180,000 LED lights in a variety of colors drape the buildings along Broadway Avenue, creating an ideal way to create seasonal charm without spending a dime.
  6. Thanks to OG&E, locals can bypass the usual expense of Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, one of one of the city’s most popular attractions, from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 3, 10 and 17. In addition to the normal allure of the botanical bridge, enjoy holiday decorations and a massive poinsettia Christmas tree.
  7. Midwest City glows all month long and invites the public to take part in their Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave.). From 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday, enjoy more than 100 Christmas light displays and a majestic tree illuminated with 9,000 bulbs all for free.
  8. Storyland Christmas at Charles J. Johnson Central Park (29th St., Midwest City) brings the holiday to life with hand-painted murals and animated trees depicting classic Christmas scenes. Bring your own camera to take photos with Santa on Fridays from 6-8 p.m., Saturdays 1-8 p.m. and Sundays 1-4 p.m. through Dec. 17.
  9. Although it's definitely one of the busiest holiday events in the entire city, it's not Christmas without a trip to Devon Energy Center (333 W. Sheridan) for Saturdays with Santa. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, 10 and 17, enjoy Mrs. Claus reading holiday stories, live music and free photos with Santa. Register upon arrival and enjoy plenty of festivities while waiting for your turn to meet the man in the red suit.
  10. Dec. 7: December brings dozens of opportunities to see Santa, but few are as exciting as seeing him among the dinosaurs at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave.). Their annual Holiday Happening features kid-friendly activities, seasonal stories and Christmas-themed entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m.
  11. Dec. 7: Just a short jaunt east of Oklahoma City is Shawnee, where the Christmas season kicks off each year with Santa and his team of reindeer ushered down Main Street at the Shawnee Christmas Parade. The parade begins at 7 p.m.
  12. Dec. 9: Get in the holiday spirit with bands, floats, Santa and a variety of Christmas characters all parading through downtown Norman (Main St., Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave.) at their annual Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
  13. Dec. 10: Historic El Reno (7107 W. Cheyenne) sits about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City and their annual Christmas Guns Celebration happens from 2 to 4 p.m. and features a festive celebration of ancient folklore with cannons and guns blasting followed by a visit from Santa.
  14. Dec. 17: There are holiday parades and then there’s the Holiday River Parade on the Oklahoma River. Grab a spot on the banks of the water at the Boathouse District (725 S. Lincoln Blvd.) from 6 to 8 p.m. and watch Santa, elves and other Christmas characters ride festive floats on the water at this free event.
  15. Fridays Through Dec. 22: A local Christmas event that’s hard to beat happens weekly at Wells Family Christmas Tree Farm (4091 E. Franklin Rd., Norman). Their Winter Nights events feature live music and a fire pit in a festive setting with coffee, hot apple cider, cocoa and donuts available for purchase.

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