Oklahoma City Holiday Events
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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 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 Nov. 20, 2017)
Nov. 10 – Jan. 28
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
FREE 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. Tuesdays through Saturdays, noon-6 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. 13 – Jan. 5
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 Saturday, Dec. 9.
Nov. 16 – Dec. 23
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.
Nov. 17 – Dec. 30
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. 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 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. 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.
Nov. 18 – 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.
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. Free to attend. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 – Dec. 31
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.
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 – Jan. 1
Tours of the Historic Parlor Car at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, the parlor car is decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Free with museum admission. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
LifeShare WinterFest at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two snow tubing slopes, festive holiday décor and a children’s train ride. Sessions are 120 minutes long and riders must be 48” tall. Riders, $13; non-riders, $3. Sessions begin at noon, 2 & 4 p.m. on select days. See website for a complete schedule.
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. 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 25. For schedule and information, see website.
"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. 26 – Dec. 17
Merry & Bright: FREE Sunday Evenings in the Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno). Enjoy FREE admission to see the charming Christmas light displays and beautiful plant exhibits every Sunday in December. 6 – 9 p.m.
Nov. 26 & Dec. 6, 13, 20, & 27
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. 28 – Dec. 17
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 29 – Dec. 23
“A Christmas Carol” at Lyric Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) is a classic Christmas tale portrayed by local actors. $31 & up. Performances at various times, Wednesdays through Sundays.
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. 2, 9 & 16
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at The Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features breakfast and a chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Reservations required. Adults, $49.95; kids (3-10), $29.95. 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Holiday High Tea at the Skirvin Hilton (1 Park Ave) features 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.
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.
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.
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. 2 at 6 p.m. and continues each weekend until Christmas.
Dec. 2 - 23
Saturday Morning Holiday Movies at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic holiday films on the big screen. $5. Saturdays, 10 a.m. through Dec. 23.
Dec. 9 – 19
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. See website for show times.
FREE Christmas Open House at the Murrell Home (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) features a truly old-fashioned Christmas with Victorian Christmas decorations, special exhibits, costumed re-enactors, refreshments and a visit from Father Christmas. 1 – 4 p.m.
Candy Cane Christmas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave). Meet Santa and enjoy a sing-a-long banjo performance of holiday favorites and more. Admission is FREE when you bring a new unwrapped toy to support the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. 2 – 4 p.m.
FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at 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 the chance to meet Santa. 2 - 4 p.m.
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras Winter Concert at Oklahoma City University Petre Recital Hall (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features young local talents and the sounds of the season. All ages welcome. Individuals, $5; families, $10. 3 p.m.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) makes a stop in Oklahoma City on their winter tour. $42.50-$74. 3 & 7 p.m.
Pet Photo Night at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway). Pets can meet Santa and pose for a photo. Photo prices vary. 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Dec 11 – 15
Santa’s Switchboard hosted by Oklahoma City Recreation Centers (various locations). Parents/Guardians can sit down with little ones and fill out a questionnaire for Santa. Return the questionnaire to an OKC Recreation Center and Santa will call your child. $2 per child. Calls will be made between 6 – 8 p.m.
FREE Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features a complimentary reception and ceremony. 5 – 7 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.
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.
Festive Fridays: Sensory Santa Evening at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features the chance to meet Santa in a welcoming environment for families with children with special needs. Members, $10; nonmembers, $12; adults, free. 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 15 - 17
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. See website for show times.
Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Garden (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Pregister. Open to ages 10 & up. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 - 10:30 a.m.
FREE Holiday Make & Take: Holiday Cards at Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St) features a holiday craft time for ages 5 & up. All supplies provided. 10 a.m. - noon.
Cookies with Santa at Tot Town (841 SW 119th St). Meet Santa and enjoy festive activities including an Elf story time, cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, and more. Cost includes a digital print. Preregister by email at email@example.com. $15 per child. 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
FREE Christmas Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features Christmas films, Santa, special activities in the traditional village and a Native American ornament workshop. Admission required for some activities. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
FREE Santa at the Edmond Police Department (100 E First St, Edmond). Kids will have the chance to meet Santa and get a FREE photo with Santa and Edmond Police Officers. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
FREE St. Stephen's Handbell Choirs at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance by the children’s and adult handbell choirs. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 - 17
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.
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