2018 Guide to Family-Friendly Winter Festivals




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There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list to family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan day and weekend trips in Oklahoma. There is family fun waiting to be explored in every corner of our state, so enjoy exploring with your family!

[Editor's Note: This is a working list, so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below. last updated Oct. 24, 2018]

2018 Winter Festivals

Nov. 2 - 4

FREE Will Rogers Birthday Bash at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch (1720 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore) features a parade, birthday party complete with refreshments and live entertainment and children's activities including trick roping, storytelling, old fashion games and more. Free admission. Other activities occur throughout the community. 918-341-0719, www.willrogers.com

Nov. 9 - 11

Annual Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show at the Forest Heritage Center Museum in Beavers Bend State Park (US-259, Broken Bow) features arts & crafts exhibitors, quilters, storytelling, barnyard petting zoo, children's activity area with crafts, food vendors and more. Free to attend. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 580-494-6497, www.forestry.ok.gov/folk-festival

Nov. 9 – Jan. 27

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. Members, $7; nonmember, $13, $8 for guests who bring their own skates. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 4

FREE Red Earth Treefest at Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features seven Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the diverse Native cultures. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nov. 16 & 17

Dickens on the Boulevard in Downtown Claremore (Main St, Claremore) features a Victorian-themed holiday festival with living history demonstrations, Territorial Marshals re-enactment, festive shops and decorated boutiques and more. Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m. 918-341-5881, downtownclaremore.org

Nov. 23 - Dec. 28

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features garden lights, art, a LEGO Village, live music, concessions, shopping and more. The museum stays open late on select nights during the holiday season. See website for a schedule of events. Adults, $9; kids (17 & under), free. 918-749-7941, www.philbrook.org

Nov. 16 – Dec. 25

FREE Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave,  Midwest City) features 85 displays including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree illuminated with 9,000 bulbs. Sunday - Thursday 6 - 10 p.m., Friday - Saturday 6 - 11 p.m.

Nov. 16 – Jan. 6

Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 16 – Jan. 1

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway (NW 4th to 10th) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draped along the buildings on North Broadway. Open daily, dusk until dawn. A special open house is planned for Nov. 18 with holiday window displays, children's activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, a live entertainment and more.

Nov. 17  - Dec. 30

Ardmore Festival of Lights at Regional Park (2704 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore) features more than 125 animated displays in a beautiful drive-thru winter wonderland. 6 - 10 p.m. 580-223-7765, www.exploreardmore.com

Nov. 17 - Dec. 31

FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) celebrates the season with a festive light display featuring over 100 acres of twinkling lights. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 N 9th St, Chickasha) is a top ten nationally recognized holiday light show featuring over 3.5 million lights, a computer animated light show, carriage rides, pictures with Santa and cinnamon rolls. Donations accepted. Sunday -Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.

Nov. 21 - Jan. 1

FREE Rhema Christmas Lights at Rhema Bible Church (1025 W Kenosha St, Broken Arrow) features over two million lights and over 100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a carriage. The lights shine every night from 5:30 – 11:30 p.m. 918-258-1588, www.rhemabiblechurch.com

Nov. 22 – Dec. 31

Castle Christmas at the Castle in Muskogee (3400 West Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee) features lighting display, hayrides, pony & camel rides, Santa Claus, and more. Prices vary. See website for full schedule of activities. Thanksgiving - New Year’s Eve, 5:30 - 10 p.m. 918-687-3625, www.okcastle.com

Nov. 22 - Jan. 1

FREE Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park (1400 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee) features over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds. 5:30 - 10 p.m. 918-682-2401, www.visitmuskogee.com 

Nov. 23 - Dec. 23

Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features dozens of independent shops and an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes & the tree lot is available until trees sell out. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville). Ride a wagon or stroll the grounds to enjoy more than 750,000 glistening lights, decorating the museum’s grounds and facilities, as well as live entertainment, refreshments and the chance to meet Santa. Adults, $6; kids (11 & under), $1. Friday-Sunday, 5 - 9 p.m. 918-336-0307, www.woolaroc.org

Nov. 23 - Dec. 28

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features garden lights, art, a LEGO Village, live music, concessions, shopping and more. The museum stays open late on select nights during the holiday season. See website for a schedule of events. Adults, $9; kids (17 & under), free. 918-749-7941, www.philbrook.org

Nov. 23 - Dec. 31

Crystal Christmas in Crystal Beach Park (108 Temple Houston Dr, Woodward) features over two million Christmas lights and displays as well as lighted train rides, live nativity scenes and pictures with Santa Claus. 6 - 10 p.m. www.woodwardchamber.com

West Bend Winterland at the Claremore Expo Center (400 Veterans Pkwy, Claremore) features ice skating rink, pictures with Santa, real reindeer borrowed from the North Pole, shopping, and more. Free to attend; participation prices vary. See website for a complete schedule of events. 918-342-5357, www.facebook.com/WestBendWinterland/

Nov. 23 - Jan. 1

FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE) is a light display set to music that features more than 18 miles of light strands. Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display in Bricktown lines the canal with twinkling lights. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides certain nights of the week. Opens at dusk daily.

Nov. 24

FREE Deluxe Winter Market at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) offers an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 60 vendor booths. Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 22

"A Classic Christmas" at the Artesian Hotel Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features classic Christmas festivities all month long including lavish decorations, carolers, carriage rides and a Breakfast with Santa. Prices vary. See website for schedule of events.

Nov. 24 - Dec. 23

A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a Victorian Christmas celebrations including a parade, historic home tours, theater performances of “A Territorial Christmas Carol”, candlelit trolley rides, carolers in early-1900s dress and decorated store windows complete with re-enactors depicting Victorian-era Guthrie.  Free lighted Christmas parade at dusk on Nov 24. See website for a complete schedule of events.

Nov. 23 – Dec. 31

FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides at Bricktown Water Taxi (111 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. All ages welcome. Thursday-Sunday, 6 - 9 p.m.

Nov. 24 – Dec. 31

FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a drive-through beautiful holiday light display. 6-9 p.m. nightly.

On the next page, see events happening in December.

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