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 2016 as of Nov. 30, 2016.)
Nov. 1 – Jan. 13
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. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17.
Nov. 11 – Jan. 29
Devon Ice Rink returns to Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy another great winter of outdoor ice skating. Monday-Thursday 3-9 p.m.; Friday 3-11 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
FREE Lights on Broadway 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 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. 25 – Dec. 18
Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a festive outdoor atmosphere and a fine selection of boutique-style vendors. Friday – Sunday, 11 a.m – 6 p.m.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 22
Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson Ave) features 35 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. 25 – Dec. 31
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. 6 – 9 p.m.
Nov. 26 & 27
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. Benefits the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma. Free to attend. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 26 - Jan. 1
LifeShare WinterFest at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two gigantic snow tubing slopes, one for thriller seekers and one for those wanting a moderate thrill, and Santa’s workshop with a children’s train and sparkling holiday décor. Sessions are 90 minutes long and riders must be 48” tall. Riders, $14; non-riders, $3. See website for hours of operation.
Nov. 30 – 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.
Dec. 1 – 3
OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) celebrates the holiday performance starring Kelli O'Hara, Santa and his tap-dancing kickline, Maestro Levine and the entire Philharmonic. $19 & up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.
Dec 1 – 31
Snow Tubing Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two gigantic snow tubing slopes, one for thriller seekers and one for those wanting a moderate thrill, and Santa’s workshop with a children’s train and sparkling holiday décor. See website for hours of operation.
Dec. 2 - 17
Jane Austen's Christmas Cracker at Civic Center Music Hall, Joel Levine Hall (201 S Walker) is a interactive, family-friendly holiday show told through the eyes of Jane Austen’s most popular romantic characters featuring Regency era music, dance, food and fun. Regency costumes encouraged. Recommended for ages 7 &up. $18-$28 Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 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 & SaBaR Youth Triathlon. $45 & up. 8 a.m.
Dec. 3, 10 & 17
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features a breakfast and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations required. Adults, $24.95; kids, $15.95. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
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 meet Santa and pose for photos. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Holiday High Tea at the Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features assorted teas and an array of sandwiches, scones, crumpets and other bite-sized treats. Reservations are required. Adults, $24.95; kids, $18.95. 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Historic Church Tour in Downtown OKC (various locations) features a self-guided tour of local churches with beautiful stained glass and amazing architecture. Benefits Good Shepherd Ministries. $20. 1 – 5:30 p.m.
Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday carols sing-a-long and a chance to meet Santa following the concert. $15-$60. 7 p.m.
SandRidge Santa Run at SandRidge Energy (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a 5K race, a one-mile Fun Run and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash through the streets of downtown, all started off with a warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. 5K, $35; fun run, $20; kids’ dash, FREE. 8:45 p.m.
Dec. 10 – 20
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.
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown, across the Skydance Bridge and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 4 p.m.
Opening Night 2016 at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, FREE.7 p.m. to midnight.