Oklahoma City Holiday Events
SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival
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 2016 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. 17, 2016)
Clay Gingerbread House Craft at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond). Create a tiny gingerbread house out of clay. Two visits required: one to craft and one to pick up. For ages 6 to 12. Preregister. $12. 4:30 - 6 p.m.
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. 5 - 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. 10 - 12
Mistletoe Market at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens Blvd) features vendors offering unique gifts, home décor, women’s clothing and accessories, children’s clothing, men’s accessories, Christmas décor, food, jewelry, stationary and more. Adults, $10; seniors (65 & up), $5; kids (12 & under), FREE. Thursday & Friday, 9 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 11 – Jan. 29
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. $12, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. See website for hours of operation.
Holiday Bazaar at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (308 NW 164th, Edmond) features vendors selling gifts and handmade items, door prizes, food with breakfast and lunch options for purchase and a huge bake sale. Proceeds benefit the church’s programs and ministries. Free to attend. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Nov. 12 - 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 – 14
FREE Christmas in the Barn Holiday Market (3015 Olen Road, Marietta) is decked out with holiday gifts and home decor, featuring everything from trees and ornaments to garland and wreaths to fashion accessories and more. Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov. 13 – Dec 27
Polar Express at the Bristow Depot (1 Railroad Pl, Bristow) features a holiday train ride that recreates all the magic, sights & sounds of the original story complete with cocoa and cookies, a visit from Santa and a train full of excited kids in their pajamas. See website for pricing and departure times.
Walk the Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (SE 15th & Century Dr). Stroll through the one-mile stretch of twinkling lights and animated displays before Holiday Lights Spectacular opens. Adults, $5; Kids under 12, FREE. 6 - 8 p.m.
Merry Marketplace at Gaillardia Country Club (5300 Gaillardia Blvd) is an annual event showcasing local vendors in and around Edmond and Oklahoma City. Activities include shopping, food and hair and makeup demonstrations as well as door prizes and champagne. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Friday, 10:30 a.m.- 8 p.m.
Nov. 18 – 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. 18 – Jan. 8
Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $10 with skate rental; $7 if you bring your own skates. $5 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.
FREE The Santa Market at the Edmond Community Center (28 E. Main, Edmond) will host more than 90 vendors featuring decor, fashion, handmade and unique items with show proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. Donations accepted. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a 5K run that winds through the street of Yukon and ends amid 4 million twinkling Christmas lights. Activities also include train rides, pictures with Santa, refreshments, live Christmas music and games. Prices vary. 4:30 - 8 p.m.
Nov. 19 – 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. 19 – Dec. 31
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. 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. 22 – 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 – Jan. 3
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. 6-10pm.
FREE Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features live music, complimentary popcorn, cookies, face painting and photos with Santa. Mayor Cornett will light the Bricktown Christmas tree for the season. Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City). Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. $28 & up. 7 p.m.
Nov. 25 - 27
Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decor, handmade and seasonal goods from local crafters. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Also held: 12/10.
Nov. 25 - Dec. 22
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. 25 - Dec. 18
Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W Reno) features a rotating selection of boutique-style vendors in a festive holiday setting. Open Thursday-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 28. For schedule and information, see website.
Nov. 25 – Dec. 24
North Pole Adventures at Crossroads Mall (7000 Crossroads Blvd) is a one-of-a-kind interactive Christmas attraction for the entire family featuring a life-sized replica of the North Pole including Santa’s post office, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a reindeer barn and more. Adults, $6; kids, $14. One adult free with each child paid admission. Monday-Friday, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
Nov. 25 – 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. 26 & 27
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. 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. 26 – 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 - 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.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) makes a stop in Oklahoma City on their 2015 winter tour based on the group’s cherished Yuletide story, “The Ghost of Christmas Eve.” $42.50-$74. 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.
“The Oklahoma Nutcracker” at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (131 S Flood, Norman), a local tradition presented by the Norman Ballet, features a classical ballet performance and a Sand Plum Fairy Tea party featuring sand plum fairies and other special guests, activities and refreshments. $15 - $25; tea party, $19. Sunday, 3 p.m.; tea party, 1 p.m.
Nov. 27 – Dec. 18
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. 28 – Dec. 18
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
Tuesday Night Holiday Movies at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic holiday films on the big screen including Elf and A Christmas Story. $5. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Also held: Dec. 6, 13, 20 & 27.
Nov 30 – Dec. 24
“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.
FREE Cocoa and Carols at Oklahoma Christian’s Hardemann Auditorium (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features a night of yuletide spirit complete with Christmas carols and hot drinks. 3-9pm.
Territorial Christmas at Harn Homestead (1721 N Linoln Blvd.) features hay rides, holiday crafts, Harn House tours and a visit from Santa. $5; under 3, FREE. 6 - 8 p.m.
FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (1171 N Hudson Ave) features a pet-friendly holiday party with photos with Santa and treats for pups and their owners. 6 - 8 p.m.
Holiday Wine-Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a one-night painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Members, $40; Nonmembers, $45. 6 – 9 p.m.
FREE Heart of Oklahoma Parade of Lights in Downtown Purcell (Main St, Purcell) features bands, dancing groups, tractors, horses and decorated floats. 6 - 9 p.m.
FREE Main Street Christmas Parade in Downtown Chickasha (100 Chickasha Ave, Chickasha) features marching bands, antique cars, horses and more. 7 - 9pm.
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.
Dec. 1 - 3
OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features fresh interpretations of holiday favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance. $19&up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.
Dec. 1 - 18
A Tuna Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the Tony Award nominated sequel about the third smallest town in Texas. Two comic actors play all the denizens of the small town for a laugh-a-minute, quick change, comic tour de force. $40. Thursday - Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m.
FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) invites all kids to enjoy donuts, crafts, games and visits from Jingle, Rudolph, Frosty and Santa. 9:30 a.m. - noon.
FREE Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting Ceremony at Andrews Park (528 N Park Ave, Norman) features a festive evening celebration for the whole family. 5:30-7 p.m.
FREE Holiday Gala at the Moore Library (225 S Howard, Moore) features music, refreshments, crafts, the chance to meet Santa and activities for the whole family. No registration required, all ages welcome. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
FREE Holiday Open House at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman) features music, crafts and refreshments for the entire family. 6 - 8 p.m.
UCO WinterGlow at Nigh University Center (100 N University, Dr, Edmond) features the Ceremonial Lighting of the Old North as well as a winter carnival with a craft area, trackless train rides and inflatables. Attendees have the opportunity to meet Santa. Bring a toy to donate and receive a FREE photo with Santa. 6 - 9 p.m.
FREE The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at The McGranahan Barn (12310 NW Expressway, Yukon) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 can get a special gift, while supplies last. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 2 & 3
Sassafras Shopping Event at Heart of Oklahoma Expo Convention Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) offers a one of a kind shopping experience with vendors from all over the state and surrounding area. Free to attend. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.
FREE Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Boys Ranch Town (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features living nativity presented by residents, staff children and live animals from the ranch depicting the life of Jesus Christ including his birth, death and resurrection. 7 - 9 p.m.
Dec. 2 - 11
Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol at Rose State College H.B. Atkinson Theatre (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) is a ghost of a tale about the mean-spirited Ebenezer Scrooge performed by Rose State College's Student Theatre. $5. See website for show times.
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.
Dec. 2 – 18
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.
Holiday Hustle 5K at Oklahoma Christian University (2501 E Memorial Rd, Edmond) features 5K and a kids’ run followed by a delicious pancake breakfast. $10 & up. 8:45 a.m.
Faerie Gingerbread House Decorating at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Learn how to make a twist on the classic gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Preregister, space is limited. All ages welcome. $35 per house. 9 a.m. - noon.
FREE Christmas at the Lodge (406 E. State Hwy 152, Mustang) features handcrafted, vintage, and re-purposed treasures. Shoppers are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child in need. Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Donuts with Santa at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features food, activities and a chance to meet Santa. Kids, $15; adults, $5. 9 - 11 a.m.
Gingerbread House Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Create your own fragrant masterpiece. All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little help if needed. All ages welcome. Kids under 8 need a guardian. Preregister. Members, $30; nonmembers, $35. 10 a.m. - noon.
FREE Cowboy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony & Christmas Parade at Stockyards City Main Street (1305 S Agnew) kicks off a whole weekend of holiday fun with a tree lighting, holiday music, candy for children and photos opportunities. Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.
Deck the Hall Celebration at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr) features the Santas of the World Tour, ornament crafts and a Christmas card making for soldiers unable to come home for the holidays. Visitors can take photos with the Santas from around the world. FREE with admission. 1 - 4 p.m.
FREE Christmas Saturday for Kids: Holidays at the Museum at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features an old fashioned craft time making pine cone bird feeders and other projects, a hunt for treasures in a select exhibit scavenger hunt, historical figures like Teddy Roosevelt, Sacagawea and Annie Oakley as well as face painting, the chance to meet Santa and more. Preregister. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
FREE Hippo Sing-a-long with Gayla Peevey at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features a "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" sing-a-long with Gayla Peevey via Skype. Gayla will also share memories of growing up in Oklahoma and singing this famous holiday song. No registration required. 11am. 425-0262, www.okczoo.org
FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Snowman Snow Globe art making using plastic cups, pom-poms, glue, glitter and lots of fake snow to create a festive piece. 1 - 4 p.m.
WinterFest Games at Martin Park (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a Fruitcake Fling, Sleigh Relay, Festive Lights Obstacle Course or Winter Dress Relay as well as a popcorn & cranberry garland craft. Preregister. Best suited for ages 6 & up. $5. 2 - 4 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.
O’Christmas Sea Party at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features an ugly sweater competition, holiday games and photo opportunities with a sea lion. Must be 21 & older to attend. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. 6 - 8 p.m.
FREE Edmond Mayor's Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) features the Mayor’s essay contest presentation, tree lighting and a holiday parade. The parade starts at the UCO campus and continues through downtown. Tree Lighting, Shannon Miller Park, 6 p.m.; parade, 6:45 p.m.
Dec. 3, 10 & 17
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, $24.95; kids, $15.95. 9:30-11:30 a.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. - 4 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.
Dec. 3 – 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.
Caring Santa at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a sensory-friendly environment for families of children with special needs to meet Santa, prior to mall opening. Guests can register in advance. Photo prices vary. 10:30 a.m. - noon.
Downtown Oklahoma City Historic Church Tour begins at Good Shepherd Ministries (222 NW 12th St) features a self-guided tour through Oklahoma City’s most historic and breathtaking churches. Benefits Good Shepherd Ministries. $20. 1 - 5:30 p.m.
FREE Holiday Crafts & Tree Trimming at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave) features holiday crafts and a chance to help trim the library's Christmas tree. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 3-4 p.m.
Oklahoma Youth Orchestras Winter Concerts at the Nancy O’Brian Center (131 S Flood Ave, Norman) features a holiday performance headlined by the organization’s two string orchestras as well as the youth philharmonic followed by a flagship ensemble concert. All ages welcome. Individuals, $5; families, $10. 2 p.m.
Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday carol sing-a-long and a chance to meet Santa following the concert. $15-$60. 7 p.m.
FREE Navidad Celebration at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Learn about Christmas traditions from Mexico through stories and songs, a piñata and holiday treats. 6:30-7:15 p.m.
FREE Ho-Ho-Holiday Movie Trivia at Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman) features a friendly trivia competition with questions about your favorite holiday movies and tv specials. Refreshments provided. Participants can choose to play individually or on teams of up to 5 people. 7-8:30 p.m.
Dec. 7, 14, 21 & 28
FREE Decembers Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features a holiday craft time with music and hot chocolate. Best suited for ages 2-5. $2 suggested donation. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features family-friendly activities and festive entertainment as well as Pioneer Library Storybook Time and discounts at the museum store. 5 - 8 p.m.
Jake’s Jingle Jam at Riverwind Casino (1544 Stat Hwy 9, Norman) feature The Band Perry and Luke Combs. $20-$40. 7 p.m.
FREE One Incredible Moment Production at First Presbyterian Church of Edmond (1001 S Rankin St, Edmond) features a musical drama production of Jesus' birth, life, death and resurrection brought to life by a inter-generational cast of 100 people. Childcare will be available. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 8 – 11
Home for the Holiday at Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) is an annual Broadway-style dance extravaganza highlighting the spirit of the season with rocking swing numbers, colorful costumes and a Nativity of Christ birth. $29.85. Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at Immanuel Lutheran Church (1800 NW 36th St) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 can get a special gift, while supplies last. 7:30 - 8:30 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.
Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma’s Snow Tubing Extravaganza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features snow tubing, a cookie party, princesses, games and more, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of girls selling cookies. Preregister. Riders, $15; non-riders, FREE. 8 a.m. - 1:30 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.
Learn to Curl at Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Dress warm and wear rubber soled shoes. All other equipment will be provided by the Oklahoma Curling Club. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Brunch with Santa at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) features brunch, art projects and a chance to meet and take photos with Santa. Preregister. $10. 9 - 11 a.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. 10 a.m.
Santa’s Art Workshop at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) features rotating holiday activities including art projects, snacks, storytelling with Mrs. Claus and the chance to meet Santa. Preregister. $15. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
FREE Holiday Open House at Tony's Tree Plantation (3801 S Post Rd, Midwest City) features craft projects, food and the chance for kids and pets to meet Santa. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
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. $7 per wreath. Noon - 2 p.m.
Holidays on the Paseo in the Paseo Arts District (N Paseo Dr). Find unique holiday gifts or make your own in the shops and galleries. Santa will be walking around passing out candy and taking photos. FREE to attend. Noon - 7 p.m.; Santa, 1 - 3 p.m.
FREE Holly Jolly Holiday Party at the Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features winter crafts, holiday treats, a free gift (while supplies last) and more. All ages welcome. 1 - 3 p.m.
FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Evergreen Prints art making. Participants will create a winter-scene printing plate using textured paper, foam sheets and bubble wrap to create a beautiful one-of-a-kind print. 1 - 4 p.m.
FREE Holiday Party at the SOKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features a come-&-go holiday extravaganza with Christmas-themed crafts, activities, a photo booth and face painting. All ages welcome. No registration required. 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Edmond Ugly Holiday Lights Run at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a Christmas sweater themed 5K and one mile fun run benefiting the holiday light display in Mitch Park. Runners can also participate in a sweater contest for the most creative, prettiest or ugliest sweater. $25. 2 p.m.
Cookies & Milk Story Time with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western). Enjoy cookies, milk and a story with Santa. Photo opportunities will be available. Bring your own camera. Preregister. $10. 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Pizza PJ Party with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) features pizza, photo opportunities with Santa and more. Bring your own camera. Preregister. $17.50. 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Holiday Lights Spectacular Nightlight Run in Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E Reno Ave, Midwest City) features an evening 5K run through the holiday light display. Benefits the Holiday Lights Spectacular Fund. $30 in advance; $35 day of. 5:45 p.m.
FREE St. Stephen’s Handbell Choirs Concert at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance by the children's and adult handbell choirs directed by Venita MacGorman. 6:30 - 8 p.m.
FREE The Night Before Christmas Handbell Concert at Chapel of Southern Hills Baptist Church (8601 S Pennsylvania Ave) features Mrs. Claus as she reads the beloved children’s story while musicians ring, swing, pluck and mart more than 525 lbs. of bronze and aluminum. Children under the age of 6 can get a special gift, while supplies last. 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 – 20
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 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.
FREE Christmas at Westminster Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church (4400 N Shartel) features a special church service including beloved holiday favorites and spoken word, starring the Westminster Presbyterian Choirs, Matin Ringers Handbell Choir and Westminster Brass. 7 - 8 p.m.
Santa Delivers at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St). Santa will stop by the Zoo to deliver treats to animals in the Children’s Zoo Barnyard area. Families can enjoy free hot chocolate and doughnuts (while supplies last) and have the chance to meet Santa afterward in the Canopy Restaurant. Bring your cameras. FREE with admission. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE Third Thursdays at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum (1400 Classen Dr) features a Holiday Fun themed story and coordinating craft time as well as FREE museum admission. 10 a.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 at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (600 Yukon Ave, Yukon) will showcase the Oklahoma City Philharmonic as they perform holiday favorites, with special guests. $10. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd) offers an evening of entertainment for the whole family including music, dancing, buffet and a visit from Santa. Preregister. $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12. Friday, 7 p.m.
Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christmas From The Fam-O-Lee at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St) features a festive humorous concert by Robert Earl Keen and Hot Club of Cowtown.. $22-$53. 7:30 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.
Swim with Santa at Foster Indoor Pool (614 NE 4th St) features holiday water games along with music, prizes and a chance to meet Santa. $10. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Kids’ Winter Art Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features local artist, Jeanne Parkhurst, as she leads an educational, hands-on art workshop. A variety of age-appropriate materials will be provided to create small works of art, gifts and cards. Best suited for kids ages 6 – 10. Preregister. Members, $12; nonmembers, $15. 10 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Collage Paper penguin art making using and array of materials to create an original masterpiece. 1 - 4 p.m.
Christmas Jingle Jam Mini Camp at Velocity Dance Center (11122 N Rockwell Ave) features a mini dance camp for kids ages 3-6. $25; series, $90. 1:30 - 3 p.m.
FREE Holidays at Hogwarts Make & Take at the Belle Isle Library (5501 N Villa Ave) features enchanted make and take crafts from the magical world of Harry Potter. 2 - 3 p.m.
Hip Hop Nutcracker at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center (7777 S May Ave) features a twist on the holiday classic tale with high-energy music and some unique twists and turns. $20. 2 & 7:30 p.m.
KLOVE Christmas at Council Road Baptist Church (2900 Council Rd, Bethany) features C a special Christmas concert from contemporary artists Crowder, Mac Powell of Third Day and Unspoken. $25 & up. 7 - 10 p.m.
Dec. 17 & 18
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 Hanukkah Tunes at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman) features a holiday performance from the Temple B’nai Israel Youth Choir. 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
CANCELED FOR 2016: 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.
Tiny Tuesdays at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a come-&-go, open-ended Snowflake hand-print art making experience geared for kids ages 5 & under and a care giver. Dress for a mess! No advance registration is required. 10am-noon.
First Day of Winter Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulpur). Enjoy cultural demonstrations and crafts, traditional games, storytelling, stomp dancing and more. Admission to the exhibit center applies. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
FREE Gingerbread Scavenger Hunt at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features a scavenger hunt with the Gingerbread Man to explore the library's shelves full of interesting characters and a tasty gingerbread craft. Best suited for ages 3 & up. 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Winter Break All-Night Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an overnight skate. $20. 8 p.m. - 8 a.m.
Dec. 22 & 23
Winter Break Day Skate at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features special skating hours during winter break. $6. 1 - 4 p.m. Also held: Dec. 28-30.
Shen Yun at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending East and West, and dazzling animated backdrops-together creating one spectacular performance. $70-$150. Thursday, 7 p.m.; Friday, 2 p.m.
FREE Live Nativity at Edmond First United Methodist Church (305 E Hurd, Edmond) features all the traditional figures, Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, shepherds and the wise men as well as live stable animals including a cow, donkey, sheep and goats. Families can walk though the scene and enjoy petting the animals while seeing the Christmas Story come to life. Free refreshments are provided. 6 - 7 p.m.
FREE Christmas Eve Family Candlelight Service at Edmond’s First Baptist Church (1300 E 33rd St, Edmond) features a traditional candlelight church service with Christmas Carols and special music. 5 - 6 p.m.
Dec. 27 - 31
Elf The Musical at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. $23.84 - $94.29. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
FREE Winter Science Extravaganza at the Norman West Library (300 Norman Center Ct, Norman). Create a snowstorm in a jar, grow your own crystal snowflakes, discover how arctic animals stay warm, and experience the science of ice. No registration required. All materials provided and activities are come & go. 1 - 4 p.m.
NYEE Show & Auction at the Centennial Rodeo Opry (2221 Exchange Ave) features Owen Pickard, Philip Bauer and Lower 40. $20-$40. 7:30 p.m.
FREE Happy Noon Year Celebration at the Almonte Library (2914 SW 59th St) features games, party hat crafts and a practice countdown. Best suited for kids 12 & under. 11 a.m.- noon.
FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Party at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features games, crafts, music and more to celebrate the last noon of 2016. 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 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.
New Year’s Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features an all ages skate party to celebrate the new year. $15. 7 p.m. - 1 a.m.