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15 FREE OKC Christmas Celebrations

Between the gifts, the parties, the travel and the extra household guests, Christmas can get expensive. Here are 15 ways to celebrate the holiday in Oklahoma City without spending a dime. Find more information about all these activities on our online calendar.

  1. Whether you buy anything or not, a visit to the PAMBE Ghana Global Market at 50 Penn Place should be your new holiday tradition. Have fun browsing the free fair trade market and if you do splurge and buy something, feel good knowing it’s supporting a learning center in Ghana. They’re open through Dec. 24, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday – Friday and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturdays. 
  2. Take a spin through Downtonw Edmond aboard a horse-drawn carriage. The district will be offering shoppers free rides on Saturdays through Dec. 21 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  3. Discover festive Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. The Red Earth Treefest is free to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Dec. 4 – 13 at the OSU-OKC Student Center (900 N Portland Ave). Enjoy some special holiday treats including hot wassail during their open house on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  4. December brings dozens of opportunities to see Santa, but few are as exciting as seeing him among the dinosaurs at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave.). Their annual Holiday Happening on Dec. 5 features kid-friendly activities and Christmas-themed entertainment from 4 to 7 p.m.
  5. Celebrate with UCO as they light up the Old North and then warm up inside during their WinterGlow carnival on Dec. 6 from 6 – 9 p.m. Kids can meet Santa and take part in kid-friendly activities. Donations of unwrapped, new toys are appreciated.
  6. A dazzling display of holiday lights that’s sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit lines Broadway Ave. through Automobile Alley near downtown Oklahoma City. Pick a seasonably warm night to walk the area and take it all in. Or, hop aboard a streetcar and tour downtown during their free weekends during the holiday season.
  7. Santa will be tour the town with the Edmond Fire Department on Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will made several stops around town to greet kids with holiday crafts and refreshments and also pose for photos. Families in the area can stop in to enjoy some old-fashioned Christmas fun during the annual Holiday Hop.
  8. Midwest City glows all month long and invites the public to take part in their Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave.). From 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 to 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday until Dec. 25, enjoy more than 100 Christmas light displays and a majestic tree illuminated with 9,000 bulbs all for free.
  9. Although it’s definitely one of the busiest holiday events in the city, it’s not Christmas without a trip to Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) for Devon’s Weekend with Santa. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 & 8, enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus, live music, free photos with Santa and more. Register upon arrival and enjoy plenty of festivities while waiting for your turn to meet the man in the red suit.
  10. Historic El Reno (7107 W. Cheyenne) sits about 30 miles west of Oklahoma City and their annual Christmas Guns Celebration happens on Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. on Dec. and features a festive celebration of ancient folklore with cannons and guns blasting followed by a visit from Santa.
  11. All Aboard! Final stop Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s Family Fun Night on Dec. 12 from 6 – 8 p.m. In celebration of the return of their holiday model train exhibition, families are welcome join in on some festive fun including a cookie and hot cocoa bar, art activities, door prizes and an opportunity to meet Santa and pose for photos. The trains will remain on display until the end of December.
  12. Drive, walk and/or ride a train through Yukon’s Christmas in the Park holiday light display which includes three park complexes and nearly 5 million twinkling lights. The lights are open 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.
  13. Stroll the Promenade at Scissortail Park and enjoy roaming live entertainment, firepits for roasting marshmallows, holiday train rides and more on Dec. 13 from 5 – 10 p.m. & again on Dec. 14 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  14. Help deck the halls of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame with your holiday cheer during their Deck the Hall Fame event on Dec. 14. Families can enjoy story time, movies, crafts and holiday treats, plus chat with Santa. Story time begins at 10:30 a.m. and Santa arrives at 11 a.m.
  15. On Dec. 13 – 15, part of Church of the Servant’s campus will be transformed into a far-away land. Their A Walk Through Bethlehem event offers families a unique way to share the story of the birth of Jesus. Be counted in the census, browse the kid-friendly village bazaar, hang out with the animals in the Royal Stables and more, Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 6 – 8p.m.