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Downtown in December Holiday Events

photo courtesy of OKC Downtown Partnership

by Lindsay Cuomo

Reading Time: 8 minutes 

An ever-growing Oklahoma City tradition, Downtown in December gives families the chance to experience the best that Oklahoma City has to offer—all jazzed up for the holidays. Whether enjoying outdoor ice skating, holiday shopping or visiting with Santa, families can create life-long memories at these unforgettable holiday events.

(Editor’s Note: This list was last updated on Oct. 24, 2023.)

Get in the holiday spirit in the heart of Oklahoma City with a plethora of festive events and activities. Create your own family itinerary with these ideas and find even more seasonal fun at metrofamilymagazine.com/winter-fun-guides.

Light Up the Night

Thursday, Nov. 16

Kick off the holiday season with Downtown in December’s annual OKC Tree Lighting Festival presented by Heartland, held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. outside the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. OKC’s Mayor David Holt and Santa Blair will light the tree, followed by holiday performances and plenty of FREE fun for the whole family.

Skate into the Season

Saturday, Nov. 18

Take a spin around the Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens during opening weekend. Opt for an evening skate to also enjoy the glittering lights, and then take a stroll throughout the grounds to see illuminated trees, pathways and lanterns. The Devon Ice Rink is open Nov. 17 through Feb. 4, 2024. The newly renovated Inasmuch Foundation Crystal Bridge Conservatory will be open late, until 7:30 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays Nov. 24 through Dec. 22.

Friday, Nov. 24

Lyric Theatre’s beloved A Christmas Carol returns to the Plaza Theatre for the first time in four years with all-new sets, costumes, lights, sounds and staging. Catch the opening night show, which runs through Dec. 24.

Shop Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 25

Celebrate Small Business Saturday at Midtown’s Holiday Pop-Up Shops, where you can find unique gifts for everyone on your list. Or simply enjoy the free festivities, like live music and visits from Santa. The Holiday Pop-Ups are located at the corner of NW 10th and Hudson and are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Nov. 24 through Dec. 17.

Sunday, Nov. 26

Take your pup to Midtown for FREE Santa Paws photo ops from 1 to 3 p.m.!

Sing with Santa

Saturday, Dec. 2

Sing along with Santa at Myriad Gardens! In addition to singing songs, enjoy story time, crafts and, of course, hanging out with Santa. Sing Along with Santa is offered Dec. 2, 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Visitor Lobby of the Inasmuch Crystal Bridge Conservatory.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Kids ages 8 and under can race in the FREE Kids’ Dash as part of the Saints Santa Run. Events begin at 8 a.m. and include a 1-mile fun run, 5k, costume contest and FREE face painting, balloon art, snacks and more.

Get Glowing

Saturday, Dec. 9

Snowball fight! Enjoy Oklahoma Contemporary’s FREE Second Saturday XL: Snow Glow, complete with winter weather-themed crafts and, yes, an indoor snowball fight. Create holiday cards that light and pop up, experiment with glow-in-the-dark art materials, dance to festive tunes, take a family photo in a life-sized snow globe and explore the galleries. Second Saturday will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 9

Meet Santa Blair at Myriad Gardens! Snap photos with Santa from 2:30-5 p.m. Read more about Santa Blair on page 10.

Celebrate Chanukah

Sunday, Dec. 10

Welcome Chanukah at the FREE annual festival in Scissortail Park. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., enjoy live music and dancing, carnival rides, treats from Dreidel Man and hot kosher foods and drinks. The highlight of the evening is the lighting of a giant menorah by the Chabad Community Center.

Stroll Lights On Broadway

Saturday, Dec. 16

Cruise historic Automobile Alley for the district’s annual Lights On Broadway event. From 4 to 7 p.m., enjoy local shopping, giveaways and sidewalk entertainment, plus plenty of FREE family fun, including photos with Santa, all with the backdrop of the district’s stunning light displays. Lights on Broadway will be held Dec 2, 9 and 16; and Automobile Alley lights will shine from dawn till dusk, Nov. 16 through Jan. 7.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Take a FREE spin on Mo’s Carousel at the Myriad Gardens! Sponsored by the Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Foundation, enjoy free rides during select times on Dec. 10, 17, 22 and 24.

See the Lights from the Streetcar

Saturday, Dec. 23

Ride the OKC Streetcar for FREE on weekends to enjoy all the holiday lights downtown. Enjoy complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcar on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.

Count Down to Noon

Saturday, Dec. 30

Celebrate the end of 2023 and the excitement of the new year at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s Noon Year’s Eve Eve party. Join the party from 10 a.m. to noon. for music, art-making, story time, snacks and a countdown to noon.

 

More Downtown in December events:

Nov. 4-Dec. 24

FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr & 1200 W Memorial Rd) features free experience with free family holiday activities and the chance to meet Santa. See website for hours.

Nov. 16

FREE Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a showcase of talented and diverse performances celebrating the season, free family-friendly activities, the chance to meet Santa Claus, and the traditional countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree with Mayor David Holt. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 – Dec. 24

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features Ebenezer Scrooge, a host of ghosts and Charles Dickens’ characters that bring to life Lyric’s spectacular, new production. $25 & up. See website for show times.

Nov. 16-Jan. 7

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway (NW 4th to 10th) features more than  230,000 colorful LED lights draped along the buildings on North Broadway. Open daily, dusk until dawn.

Nov. 17-Dec. 31

FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars (various locations) feature complimentary fares on the weekends. Friday-Sunday.

Myriad & Bright! at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features illuminated trees, lighted pathways and lanterns outside, plus elaborate decor inside including the traditional poinsettia tree. Prices vary. See website for hours.

Nov. 17-Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features outdoor ice skating. $14, $9 without skates; members, $9. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson Ave) feature local rotating shops and an urban tree lot benefiting Bishop John Carroll School. Free to attend. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 23

ArtAfloatOKC Showboat Caroling Cruises at the Bricktown Canal (111 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features warm beverages and holiday songs sung by local carolers. $Adults, $23; kids (6-12), $20; kids (5 & under), $14. 6:30-9 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 24

Merry Midtown (various locations) features festive opportunities, limited-time promotions and more. Free to attend. See website for schedule.

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

FREE Holiday Lights at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features festive lights throughout the grounds with paths of luminaries, a 40-foot tall holiday tree and a giant menorah. 6-11  p.m.

Dec. 1-2

OKCPHIL’s A Very Merry Pops at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features an all-new holly jolly extravaganza with Grammy winners Take 6 and Oklahoma’s own Sandi Patty performing holiday favorites.. $$27- & up. 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-15

Conservatory After Hours – Myriad and Bright at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features live music, champagne and holiday lights. Attendees can also shop the Gardens Gift Shop and walk the lights glowing on the exterior grounds. Prices vary. Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 2

Saints Santa Run in Midtown (various locations) features a festive, family-friendly 5K race. Costumes are encouraged. $25-$40; kids’ dash, free. 8 a.m.

Gingerbread Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Explore the plants used in making candy and chocolate. Structure, frosting and candies for decorating all provided. Preregister. Best suited for ages 4-12. Members, $18; nonmembers, $20. 10-11 a.m.

‘Tis the Season Market at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor, holiday gift market supporting local businesses and artisans. 2-8 p.m.

Dec. 2-16

FREE Sing-along with Santa at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Meet with Santa in the Gardens’ sleigh and participate in sing-alongs, read-aloud, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-noon.

FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Events in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4th & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children’s activities, outdoor movies and more. Saturdays, 3-7 p.m.

Dec. 3

Candy Cane Christmas at American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features live holiday music, candy canes and other goodies and the chance to meet Santa Claus. Admission is free when you bring a new, unwrapped toy to support the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. Otherwise, adults are $8. 1-4 p.m.

Dec. 5-20

Holiday Classic Movies at Harkins Cinemas (150 E. Reno Ave). Relive your favorite holiday films on the big screen including Elf & National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. $5. Tuesdays, 7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Dec. 7

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features their 2023 winter tour. $49.50 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 9

FREE Deck the Hall of Fame at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features crafts, activities for the whole family and the chance to meet Santa. This is a come-and-go event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

FREE Snow Glow Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features art-making and winter fun including festive music, a hot chocolate bar, an indoor snowball fight area and face painting. 1-5 p.m.

FREE Photos with Santa Blair at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Meet Santa Blair and pose for photos in Santa’s sleigh. 2:30-5 p.m.

Dec. 8-17

OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday performance of the story of Clara, her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $30 & up. See website for schedule.

Dec. 10

FREE Menorah Lighting by the Chabad Community Center at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a family-friendly celebration of the festival of lights and Hanukah. Enjoy traditional live music and dancing, carnival rides, hot kosher food and drinks, Dreidel Man giving out treats, a giant menorah lighting, public officials like Mayor Holt and more. 4:30-7 p.m.

Dec. 18-19

Winter Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) feature daily activities. Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals, make a craft, read a holiday book, and enjoy a holiday treat. Donations accepted. 10 a.m. – noon.

Dec. 21

FREE Winter Solstice Observance at the First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features a reflective experience with interpretive walks up the FAM Mound, prayer and a round dance. Then, observe the setting of the solstice sun through the Mound tunnel. 3-6 p.m.

March of the Trees at Oklahoma Contemporary & Factory Obscura (11 NW 11th St) features a lighted march, live music and more. Participants are invited to light up the night and dress as trees — holiday trees, butterfly trees, forest trees, trees of life, any tree you choose. Free to attend. 5:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 22 -23

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features cirque artists and popular holiday music. $33 & up. 6 p.m.

Dec. 30

Noon Year’s Eve’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features scavenger hunts, music, art-making, story time, refreshments and a countdown to noon with a balloon drop. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-noon.

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