Oklahoma City Thanksgiving Events

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Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family time, entertain guests and show gratitude by giving back. Events throughout Oklahoma City are helping families do all that and more. Below, find a list of Thanksgiving-related events and activities. From learning how to bake fresh bread for your Thanksgiving table to heading out to a tree lighting festival with friends and family, you'll find plenty of holiday inspiration on this list. Also, be sure to check out these Oklahoma City charities seeking volunteers, our editor's picks for best places to take out-of-towners this season and Oklahoma City craft shows for holiday shopping. 

Seasonal Events Leading Up to Thanksgiving Day

(This list was last updated Sept. 28, 2017)

Friday, Satuday & Sunday through Nov. 26

Fall Family Wagon Rides and Cook Outs at Honey Lee Ranch (7201 N Douglas Blvd) features a wagon ride and campfire to roast hotdogs & s'mores. Preregister. 12 & up, $12; kids (6-11), $6. Two ride times to choose from: 6:30 & 7 p.m.

Nov. 5

FREE Fall Lantern Walk at Pat Murphy Park (4500 W Hefner Rd) features a magical fall tradition drawing from celebrations around the world. Gather before dusk to sing traditional songs, light lanterns and enjoy an evening walk. Preregister. For ages 2-8 and family members. 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Nov. 10

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) opens for the 2017 season. $13 with skate rental, $8 without. See website for hours of operation and special events.

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. See website for a complete schedule of events.

Nov. 14

FREE Turkey Shoot at Oklahoma City Community Centers (various locations). Kids can compete in a basketball free throw contest to win a frozen turkey. Age groups are: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17 & 18+. 4 – 6 p.m.

Nov. 16

FREE Statehood Day Festival at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features story time, a craft and movie in the theater and FREE admission to the museum. 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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.

Nov. 17

Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling hand crafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake.Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 p.m.

Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink opens at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) opens for the 2017 season. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6. See website for hours of operation and special events.

FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with Christmas carols. 6 p.m.

FREE Movie Night at Chapel Hill UMC (2717 W Hefner Rd) features a family friendly movie, popcorn, pizza and hot chocolate. Bring a blanket or a pillow to snuggle with while you watch. 7 - 9:30 p.m.

Nov. 18

Learn to Curl at the Devon Ice Rink (301 W Reno Ave). Learn the basic rules and etiquette of curling from The Oklahoma Curling Club. Open to ages 10 & up. Preregister. Members, $20; nonmembers, $25. 9 - 10:30 a.m. 

The Santa Market at Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features featuring over 100 vendors showcasing the hottest decor and fashion, handmade and unique items and the latest in direct sales. Proceeds from the show benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Oklahoma. Free to attend. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pecan Festival in Luther (Main St, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts, car show, an attempt to make the world's largest pecan praline and more.

FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N. May Ave) features a Quirky Turkey craft for kids ages 3 & up. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 - 3 p.m.

Orienteering/Geocaching at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Park naturalists will teach how to navigate using only a compass and a map. Dress for the weather and come prepared to get dirty. Close-toed shoes are required. Preregister. For ages 6 & up. $5. 3 - 3:45 p.m.

FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4 & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children's activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, a live entertainment and more. 4 - 8 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. Adults, $25; kids, $20. 4:30 - 8 p.m.

Nov. 19

Historic Church Tour in Downtown OKC (various locations) features a self-guided tour through Oklahoma City’s most historic and breathtaking churches. Proceeds from the event go to fund operations and services at Good Shepherd Ministries. $20.

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features 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.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the beloved TV classic onstage including favorite characters: Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, Santa and of course Rudolph. $43 - $63. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 21

Tiny Tuesday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a monthly themed come-and-go, open-ended art-making experiences are geared towards children, ages 5 and under, with a parent or caregiver. Dress for a mess! Free with admission. 10 a.m. - noon.

FREE Apple Pie Time at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 - 3 p.m.

FREE Make an Apple Pie for Teens at the Moore Library (225 S Howard). Learn how to make an apple pie and take it home to bake. Preregister. For kids in grades 6th - 12th. 2 & 3:30 p.m.

Nov. 22

FREE Apple Pie 101 at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster Ave, Norman). Teen participates can make an apple pie to take home and bake. All supplies provided. Preregister. 2 - 4 p.m.

Nov. 23

Edmond Turkey Trot in Downtown Edmond (28 E Main St) is a 5K and one-mile Family Wobble on Thanksgiving. Costumes are encouraged and dogs on leashes are welcome. Preregister to receive a shirt. Prices vary. 8 – 10 a.m.

OKC Turkey Tracks 5K in Downtown Oklahoma City (5th  St & Harvey Ave) features a 5K and one-mile fun run on Thanksgiving Day. Strollers and dogs are welcome. Runners are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. $20-$35. 8:30 a.m. 7

Turkey Day 5K at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman) is a non-profit run on Thanksgiving Day benefiting Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. $20-$35. 8:30 a.m.

FREE Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner at UCO's Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr) is an annual holiday celebration open to all. The mission of the event is to provide food and fellowship to the entire Edmond community. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nov. 25 & 26

FREE Thanksgiving Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features  holiday sales, children’s Christmas ornament workshop, Native American miniature ornament class, stomp dancing and living village activities. Admission required for exhibit center. Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

On the next page, see holiday events happening Thankgiving weekend.

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