Winter Bucket List



This month marks the official start of winter. We asked our readers to help us come up with a list of must-try experiences for the season. Find more ideas on our holiday guides.

  1. Decorate a gingerbread house. The staff at Will Rogers Gardens hosts families from 9 a.m. – noon on Dec. 2 for a fun twist on this tasty tradition. Attendees can learn how to craft a gingerbread house fairy-style.
  2. Give to someone in need or volunteer. Shift your family’s focus from getting to giving by volunteering. Find a list of ideas here.
  3. Load up the car and discover a new holiday light display. The Oklahoma City metro has plenty to enjoy including drive-through options like Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular or walkable displays like Bricktown’s lights. You can even enjoy the sparkle aboard a free water taxi ride each weekend in December. 
  4. Visit a local tree farm. Around the metro, family-owned farms ready their festive harvest of pines and firs for families to enjoy. Snap a few fun photos among the trees and come home with some special memories and maybe some old-fashioned holiday décor. 
  5. Catch up with old Saint Nick! The jolly man himself plans to make several appearances around town including at Saturdays with Santa from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Devon Energy Center.
  6. Throw on your aprons and bake some festive treats. Whether for yourself or for friends and family, there is something very warming about a homemade treat.
  7. Bundle up for a winter nature walk. Take in the crisp, cool air as you hunt for pinecones and animal tracks. Martin Park Nature Center and Arcadia Lake are two great local spots for a stroll. Who knows, you might even spot an eagle nesting in its winter home.
  8. See a local holiday performance. There are plenty of family-friendly shows taking the stage this winter. Enjoy fun tales like Oklahoma Children’s Theatre’s annual tradition of “Junie B in Jingle Bells Batman Smells” or Oklahoma City Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.” 
  9. Slip down a giant snow tube at the LifeShare Winterfest. Snow is never a guarantee in Oklahoma but families can still enjoy the thrill of sledding on one of the two manmade slopes. 
  10. Hop aboard a Christmas train. There are a few departing from cities around the metro including the Christmas train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. Families enjoy a 40-minute ride with Santa, singing carols, listening to Christmas stories and more. 
  11. Make a handmade gift for family or friends. Oklahoma Contemporary has a free Make + Take on the second Saturday each month and Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts weekly Drop-In Art activities on Saturdays. 
  12. Find the perfect gift at a craft fair or pop-up shop. Local businesses and artisans roll out their best selections for holiday shoppers at events across the metro.
  13. Make an ornament to add to your tree. From 1-4 p.m. Dec. 2, the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse in Edmond hosts families during their annual Holiday Hop for some ornament making.
  14. Lace up and hit the ice! A spin around a rink is a fun way to embrace the winter chill. OKC has indoor and outdoor options to choose from during the winter season. 
  15. Treat your crew to hot cocoa. Whip up a pot of your best homemade recipe, stop at a local coffee shop or meet up with a local food truck and enjoy a piping hot cup of this season’s most popular drink. 
  16. Watch a holiday classic on the big screen. Harkins Theatre in Bricktown brings iconic Christmas movies back to the big screen on Tuesdays and Saturdays this December. Families can enjoy favorites like “Elf” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” for only $5 a ticket.
  17. Have fun together at a winter festival. Big cities, small towns and local museums fill up their winter-time calendars with festive events for families to enjoy
  18. Read a Christmas book together. Local story times across the metro will be pulling out seasonal favorites and mixing in new holiday tales for families to enjoy. 
  19. Celebrate the winter solstice at Myriad Gardens. Their themed, December Drop-in activities offer a fun story time and crafts for kids to learn about the changes of the winter season from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Dec. 21.
  20. Try a new restaurant or recipe. Make new memories together around the table as you warm up your taste buds with something new! 
  21. Pay it forward with a family-inspired random act of kindness. Whether you pick up another’s tab or surprise a neighbor with a special treat, doing for others is a great way to whisk away the winter blues.
  22. Play some games together. Whether at home or a local gaming café, take the time to slow down and enjoy some friendly competition together.
  23. Snuggle on a carriage ride. Downtown Edmond offers free carriage rides for shoppers to enjoy on Saturdays in December from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Find more ideas on our holiday guides.

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