Downtown in December
An ever-growing Oklahoma City tradition, Downtown in December gives families the chance to experience the best that Oklahoma City has to offer—all jazzed up for the holidays. Whether enjoying outdoor ice skating, holiday shopping, sliding down a snow tube or visiting with Santa, families can create life-long memories at these unforgettable holiday events.
(Editor's Note: This list has been updated for 2018 as of Oct. 5, 2018.)
For even more seasonal fun, check out our Winter Fun Guides.
Nov. 19 – Jan. 4
FREE Red Earth Treefest at Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the diverse Native cultures. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 9 – Jan. 27
Devon Ice Rink returns to Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy another great winter of outdoor ice skating. $13, $8 without skates; members, $7. Monday-Thursday 3 - 9 p.m.; Friday 3-11p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. See website for holiday hours.
FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4th & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children's activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, an outdoor movie series and more. 4 – 8 p.m.
FREE Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features fun festive activities, FREE photos with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony led by Mayor Mick Cornett. 5 – 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 23
Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson Ave) features local rotating shops and an urban tree lot benefiting Bishop John Carroll School. Free to attend. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 30
FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides in Bricktown (California Ave) features a fun-filled 25-minute float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. Thursday – Sunday, 6 – 9 p.m. (closed Christmas night)
Deluxe Winter Market at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) features unique makers, artists, vendors and other creatives, as well as activities for kids including a free photo booth and an Elf Market, where kids can shop for gifts at kid-sized prices. Elf Market benefits the Curbside Chronicle. Free to attend. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 16
Merry & Bright: FREE Sunday Evenings in the Crystal Bridge (301 W Reno Ave) features Christmas light displays and beautiful plant exhibits designed especially for the holiday season. Sundays, 6 – 9 p.m.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 24
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. See website for a full schedule of performances.
FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (1171 N Hudson Ave) is a pet-friendly holiday party featuring pet photos with Santa and treats for pets and owners to enjoy. 6 – 8 p.m.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1
OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features fresh interpretations of holiday favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance. $19 & up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.
Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) features a stair climbing event is open to people of all ages. Racers will climb 138 floors in three buildings combined. Single and relay options available. Benefits Homeless Alliance. $45 & up. 8 a.m.
Dec. 1 & 8
FREE Saturdays with Santa at Devon Energy (333 W Sheridan Ave). Families can enjoy holiday crafts, live holiday music, a festive train ride, story time with Mrs. Claus and more. Families can also meet Santa and pose for photos. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a full orchestra, with two harps, four horns, and a full wind section, from the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, in addition to a choir of over 80 voices. $15-$60. 7 p.m.
SandRidge Santa Run at SandRidge Energy (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a 5K race, a one-mile fun fun and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash through the streets of downtown. 5K, $35; fun run, $20; kids’ dash, free. 8 a.m.
Dec. 9 – 17
The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $15-$60. Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Candy Cane Christmas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features a sing-a-long banjo performance of holiday favorites, the chance to meet Santa and more. Admission is FREE when you bring a new unwrapped toy to support the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. 2 – 4 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 4 p.m.
Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. Children can create festive art projects in the Children’s Area located inside the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors. $8 in advance, $10 at the event. 7 p.m. - midnight.