2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. last updated Oct. 30, 2017]
2017 Winter Festivals
Nov. 2 - 5
FREE Will Rogers Days at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch (1720 W Will Rogers Blvd, Claremore) celebrates the birthday of Will Rogers, Oklahoma's favorite son, with a parade, birthday party complete with refreshments and live entertainment, children’s day featuring trick roping, storytelling, old fashion games and more along with other festivities. Free admission. Activities occur throughout the community. 918-341-0719, www.willrogers.com
Nov. 10 - 12
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. 10 – Jan. 28
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. 13 – Jan. 5
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. 17 & 18
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. 17 - Dec. 24
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. 17 – Dec. 30
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. 17 – Jan. 7
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. 18 - 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.
Nov. 18 – 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. 18 - Dec. 31
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. 23 – 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, 6 - 10 p.m. 918-687-3625, www.okcastle.com
Nov. 24 - 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.
Wonderland of Lights at Woolaroc includes a spectacular display of more than 600,000 lights, wagon rides, live entertainment, snacks and Santa Claus in the museum. $4 adults, $1 children 11 & under. Friday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. 918-336-0307, www.woolaroc.org.
Nov. 24 - 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.
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, $13; non-riders, $3. Tubing sessions are at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. on Nov. 24-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-24, Dec. 26-Jan. 1.
Winter Wonderland in Downtown Stillwater (224 W 9th Ave, Stillwater) features a large outdoor ice skating rink, carriage rides, live reindeer, fully-immersive Santa’s workshop and more. See website for a complete schedule of events. 743-3697, www.visitstillwater.org/holidays/
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. 25 - 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 26. See website for a complete schedule of events.
"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. 25 – 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.
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.
FREE Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features moon bounces, gift wrapping contest, musical performances, crafts for kids, the chance to meet Santa and more. 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Christmas in the Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center (507 S 4th, Enid) features lights, musical performances, crafts, cocoa & cookies and more. $6, kids (5&under), FREE. 5-8 p.m.
Dec. 1 – 17
FREE Storyland Christmas at Charles J Johnson Central Park (29th St, Midwest City) will transform into a traditional story land Christmas featuring 35 hand-painted murals and a 30-foot Christmas tree covered in 6,ooo lights. Additional activities include showings of Christmas classic movies and photo opportunities with Santa.
Dec. 1 – 31
FREE Edmond Holiday Light Displays in Downtown Edmond (Various locations). Enjoy holiday lights displays throughout the city in Downtown Edmond, Spring Creek Plaza, Spring Creek Village, First Baptist Church, UCO and OC campuses.
Dec. 1 – Jan. 14
Lantern Light Festival at River West Festival Park (2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa) features a spectacle of Chinese lanterns in mesmerizing shapes, sizes and colors. Attendees can also enjoy Chinese food, acrobatic performances and live music. Kids can enjoy an inflatable maze, makeshift dragons and more. Adults, $20; kids (3-16), $16; kids (under 3); free. See website for hours of operation.
FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1305 S Agnew) features a holiday parade with longhorn steers, authentic cowboys, antique cars, equestrian clubs and native dancers. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry after the parade and pose for pictures. Food trucks and street performers round out this festive event. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
FREE River Lights in Tulsa (41st & Riverside, Tulsa) features a dazzling display of lights, live performers and free refreshments. 3 p.m. 918-596-200, www.riverparks.org
Christmas Parade of Lights in Pawhuska (210 W Main St, Pawhuska) features lighted floats, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Visitors can also enjoy food and drink vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa. 5:30 p.m. 918-287-1208, www.pawhuskachamber.com
FREE Edmond Mayor's Tree Lighting in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) features the Mayor’s essay contest presentation, tree lighting and the crowning of Lit'l Ice Prince & Princess. 6 p.m.
Dec. 2, 9 & 16
FREE Devon’s Saturdays with Santa at Devon Tower (333 W Sheridan Ave) features crafts, an opportunity to meet Santa and a variety of holiday themed activities every Saturday leading up to Christmas. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Dec. 2, 9, 16 & 23
Christmas in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) features free carriage rides from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., historic tours, Santa and musical entertainment. The celebration begins with the Mayor's Tree Lighting on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. and continues each weekend until Christmas.
FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee). Watch as Santa leads his team of eight reindeer down Main Street, ushered in by lively dancers simply known as no other than Santa's Helpers and more. 7 p.m.
Home for the Holiday in Downtown Tuttle (221 W Main St, Tuttle) features carolers, vendors, children's crafts, live choir performances, sweet treats and a Christmas parade complete with Old Saint Nick himself and twinkling lights. Kids can meet Santa and families can enjoy carriage rides. Free to attend. 5 - 10 p.m. 381-2335, cityoftuttle.com
FREE Tulsa Christmas Parade in Downtown Tulsa (S Boulder & Boston Ave, Tulsa) features floats, bands, drill teams, dancers and gigantic helium balloons escorted by teams of balloon wranglers. 2 p.m. 918-732-9403, www.tulsachristmasparade.org
FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave, Norman) features bands, floats, Santa and a variety of Christmas characters. 5 p.m.
Santa at the Lake (29180 Chisholm Curve, Stillwater) features caroling, games, holiday crafts, festive snacks and the chance to meet Santa and his elves. $6 per vehicle. 6 - 8 p.m. www.lakemcmurtry.com
Dec. 9 – 30
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.visitclaremore.org
FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno) features a timeless celebration from German and American folklore with cannons and guns blasting, snacks, story-telling and a visit from Santa. 2 - 4 p.m.
FREE Holiday River Parade on the Oklahoma River in the Boathouse District (725 S Lincoln Blvd) features an exciting holiday ski show, festive floating holiday displays and a fireworks show. 6 p.m.
Christmas Parade & Carnival in Medicine Park (148 E Lake Dr, Medicine Park) features a parade, contests, games and more, spread throughout the town. Free to attend. Activities, 11 a.m.; parade, 2 p.m. 580-529-3656, www.medicinepark.com
Dec. 31 (NEW YEAR'S EVE!)
Opening Night in Downtown OKC is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration at various venues downtown featuring live music, impromptu comedy and magic, children’s activities, fireworks and New Year countdown. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5 are FREE. 7 p.m. - midnight.
Want to see the festivals and fairs happening year-round in Oklahoma? Check out our festival guides for all seasons.