Oklahoma City Holiday Events
Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival
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Break out the garland and the cocoa, the holiday season is upon us. Oklahoma City is coming alive with holiday events for the whole family. From Santa sightings and tree lighting events to live nativities and ice skating, find every kind of Christmas event you can imagine here on our list of 2017 Oklahoma City Holiday Events. Your family will love celebrating the holiday season with these kid-friendly events. Also check out our complete list of holiday guides for Where to Find Santa, Free Holiday Events, Holiday Craft Shows and more.
(This is a working list so check back often for updates. Last updated Dec. 4, 2018)
Nov. 9 – Jan. 27
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. See website for hours of operation.
Nov. 11 - Dec. 23
PAMBE Ghana Global Market (6516 N. Olie) offers unique, fair trade products from around the world to support La’Angum Learning Center. Parents can shop while kids enjoy a section just for children. Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 3 p.m.
Nov. 11 - Dec. 24
FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (200 Bass Pro Dr) features giveaways, crafts, activities and the chance to meet Santa. Guests receive one FREE photo print, additional photos available for purchase. Weekdays, 5 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Dec. 22
Annual Ceramics Sale at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing & 1146 N Broadway Ave) features one-of-a-kind pieces made by local artists. Items restocked regularly. Proceeds benefit the ceramics program. Prices vary. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 16 – Dec. 16
Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder) tells a holiday story with the popular children’s character Junie B. $10 for adults, $8 for children. See website
Nov. 16 – Dec. 25
FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features more than one million holiday lights and a 118-foot Christmas tree lit 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 if you bring your own skates. $6 for ages 5 and under. Monday-Thursday, 3 - 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 - 10 p.m; Saturday & Sunday, noon - 10 p.m.; See website for exceptions.
Nov. 17 – 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.
Nov. 17 – Dec. 31
FREE Chickasha Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 N 9t St, Chickasha) is known as one of the best light festivals in the country and features carriage rides, live nativity, camel rides, live animals, photos with Santa, gift shop and gift shop & snack stand. Monday-Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.
FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) offers over 100 acres of Christmas cheer featuring over 125 displays and four million lights as well as refreshments, live music, pictures with Santa and train rides. 6 - 11 p.m.
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. 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. Free to attend. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nov 23 – Dec. 24
“A Christmas Carol” at Lyric Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) is a classic Christmas tale portrayed by local actors. $25 & up. Performances at various times, Wednesdays through Sundays.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 30
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. 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.
Nov. 23 – Jan. 5
FREE Lights on Markwell Avenue (Council & NW 23rd St) features an entire block Christmas light display set to music on 107.1 FM. Donations of canned food accepted. Sunday - Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.
Nov. 24 - Dec. 15
A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a Victorian Christmas celebrations including a parade, historic home tours, theater performances of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 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. For schedule and information, see website.
Nov. 24 - Dec. 22
"A Classic Christmas" at the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features lavish decorations, carriage rides and a variety of family activities including gingerbread house decorating and live reindeer. Prices vary. See website for a schedule of events
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
FREE Celebration of Lights at The Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) invites the family to drive through a beautiful holiday light display. 6 - 9 p.m. nightly.
Nov. 27 & Dec. 4, 11 & 18
Tuesday Night Holiday Movies at Harkins Cinemas (150 E. Reno Ave). Relive your favorite holiday films on the big screen. Click here for movie schedule. $5. 7 p.m.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 16
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 6,000 lights. Additional activities include showings of Christmas classic movies and photo opportunities with Santa.
Dec. 1, 8 & 15
Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western). Enjoy a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa. Photo opportunities available. Bring your own camera. Includes a train and carousel ride. Preregister. $17.50. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon.
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22
Christmas in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) Experience the wonder of the season as you step back in time with free carriage rides and more. Free carriage rides will be on Saturdays in December from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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 7 - 16
A Christmas Story at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a community theatre production of the story of Ralphie Parker. Adults, $28-$33; kids (12&under), $15. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Dec. 8, 15 & 22
Christmas Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) is a holiday train ride with hot cocoa, carols, the reading Christmas stories and the chance to meet Santa. Ride is 40 minutes. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. $15, children under 3 are free. See website for train departures.
FREE Calm Waters Hugs for the Holidays at the Baggerly Funeral Home (930 S Broadway, Edmond) a grief support series for families who have lost a loved one. Whether your loved one has died, is currently deployed, incarcerated or this is your first holiday season after a divorce, Calm Waters can help families navigate those uncharted waters. Enjoy hot chocolate, hot cider, cookies, gourmet popcorn and a holiday activity. 6 - 8 p.m.
Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family with a dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years. Kids in attendance can meet Santa. Preregister. $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12. 6 – 9 p.m.
Dec 14 – 15
The City Cabaret OKC presents Retro Wonderland at VSD’s (4200 N Western Ave) features a 1950s style holiday performance, backed by The City Cabaret band. Retro-style dress encouraged but not required. $25. 8 p.m.
Dec. 14 – 23
The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy in 10 enchanting performances by the Oklahoma City Ballet as well as special activities before and after the show. $15-$60. Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features breakfast, holiday crafts and a chance to meet Santa. Professional photographer available, personal cameras welcome. Best suited for kids ages 2 - 8. $10. 8 - 10 a.m.
Gingerbread House Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about the flavorful ginger root – where it comes from and how it grows. Attendees will also create their own masterpieces using gingerbread, frosting and candies. All ages welcome. Kids ages 8 & under will need chaperone help. Preregister. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40. 10 a.m. - noon.
Mini Kids’ Wreath Class at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Create a mini wreath with a collection of greens and berries collected on a winter walk. Preregister. All ages welcome. $5 per wreath. Noon - 2 p.m.
Santa Visit at Learning Tree (7638 N Western Ave). Meet Santa as he hangs out at a local toy store. 2:30 - 4 p.m.
FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features inflatables, Polar Express barrel train, carolers, and holiday fireworks. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a photo. 7 - 8:30 p.m.
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.
FREE Kids' Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Registration is required to sign up for a specific time slot. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 - 21
FREE Decembers Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features story times every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive educational activities. Every day has a different theme and craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (794 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. This is a come&go event open to all ages. All materials provided. 3 – 6 p.m.
Victorian Yuletide: Third Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features holiday food, drinks and merriment to celebrate the holiday season. Families can also meet Santa and pose for photos. $12. 5 - 9 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 6 – 7 p.m.
Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Studio Sunday: Radical Tile Designs at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features activities inspired by the special exhibition, Victorian Radicals: From Pre-Raphaelites. Draw inspiration from the exhibition’s many earthenware tiles and decorate a 4”x4” ceramic bisque tile. All ages welcome. Free with admission. 1 - 4 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve Activities at the Oklahoma WONDERtorium (308 W Franklin Ln, Stillwater) features fun family activities suited for all ages. Free with admission. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Moore Public Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Children are invited to make crafts and enjoy music, dancing and a balloon drop at noon. 11 a.m. - noon.
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 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.
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