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Downtown in December Holiday Events

photo courtesy of OKC Downtown Partnership

by Lindsay Cuomo

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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, sliding down a snow tube or visiting with Santa, families can create life-long memories at these unforgettable holiday events.

(Editor’s Note: This list was last updated on Dec. 8, 2021.)

For even more seasonal fun, check out our Winter Fun Guides.

Nov. 6 – Dec. 24

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

Nov. 17 – Dec. 23

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features an all-new outdoor production. Patrons will follow Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption, as they are guided from scene to scene at the homestead. Adults, $61 & up; kids, $35 & up. See website for a full schedule of performances.

Nov. 18

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 p.m.

Nov. 19 – Jan. 30

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. 20 – Dec. 11

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

Nov. 19-Jan. 2

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

Nov. 20 – Jan. 9

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. 26

FREE Union Station Illumination Lighting Celebration at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) the official lighting of Union Station. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Dec. 19

Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson Ave) features 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. 26 – Dec. 23

Cousin’ Eddie’s Holiday Pop-up Experience in the Plaza District (1616 Blackwelder Ave) features themed drinks, music and photo opportunities. Prices vary. See website for daily operating times.

Nov. 26 – Dec. 24

ArtAfloatOKC Showboat Caroling Cruises at the Bricktown Canal (111 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features warm beverages and holiday songs sung by local carolers. $25. 7-10 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Dec. 31

Katiebug’s Winter Wonderland at Katiebug’s Sips & Sweets (7 NW 9th St) features beautiful holiday backdrops, sweet treats, cookie decorating kits and more. Prices vary. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

Nov. 26 – Jan. 2

LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features snow tubing slopes and sparkling holiday décor. The larger slide has three lanes that are each 145 feet in length for a larger thrill and the small slide is 75 feet long perfect for children and anyone wishing for a milder thrill.  Holiday-themed food and beverage items will be available at the concession stands. $16 per two-hour session. Public session times are: noon-1:30 p.m., 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m. & 6-7:30 p.m. See website for hours as sessions available vary.

FREE Union Station Illumination at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features music and a light display illuminating Union Station nightly. The holiday light and music experience transforms historic Union Station with a magical display of synchronized lights and music. The park will also have festive lights throughout the grounds with paths of luminaries, a 40-foot tall holiday tree and a giant menorah. 6-11  p.m.

Nov. 26 – Jan. 9

Winter Glow at Riversport Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features a Nordic experience that includes climate-controlled ice skating, Olympic curling, alpine climbing, skiing and snowboarding, plus hot chocolate, s’mores and firepits – all wrapped up with holiday lights and Santa on Saturdays. Day passes: adults, $19.99; kids (12 & under), $9.99; spectators, $4.99. See website for times.

Nov. 27 – Dec. 11

Santa Claus Lane at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features the chance to meet Santa, live music, crafts and more. Free to attend; crafts, $5. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Nov. 27 – Dec. 24

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

Nov. 30 – Dec. 21

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.

Dec. 4

Saints Santa Run in Midtown (various locations) features a festive, family-friendly 5K race. Costumes are encouraged. Pricing TBA. 9 a.m.

Dec. 3-4

OKC Philharmonic  A Classics Christmas show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features a musical production with the OKC PHIL and Rachel York. $$27-$94. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.

Dec. 4-5

‘Tis the Season Market at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor, holiday gift market supporting local businesses and artisans. Attendees can also enjoy live music and the chance to meet Santa (noon-4 p.m.) Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 5

Handel’s Messiah at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features Canterbury Voices and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. $23 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 8

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features their 2021 winter tour. $46.50 & up. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 11

Santa Paws at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a photo session with Santa in the dog park. Preregister. Dogs must be friendly and leashed at all times. Member, $5; nonmember,$10. 10-11 a.m.

FREE Season of Light Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features lantern making, guided tours, storytelling and more. Noon-4 p.m.

Dec. 11 & 18

FREE Santa Visits at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave). Meet Santa at Scissortail Park and pose for photos. Pets are welcome too. Noo-4 p.m.

Dec. 11-19

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. $20-$80. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2  & 7 p.m.

Dec. 17-26

(Joy to the) World of Wong Kar-Wai at OKCMOA’s Noble Theater (415 Couch Dr) features new 4K restorations of In the Mood for Love, Chungking Express and Happy Together, alongside other modern classics and rarely seen gems. Adults, $10; students & seniors, $8; kids (12 & under), $6. See website for times.

Dec. 18

Gingerbread Houses at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Decorate gingerbread houses, listen to holiday music and discuss the Ginger root and the history of gingerbread. Structure, frosting and candies for decorating all provided. Preregister. Members, $39; nonmembers, $45. 10 a.m. – noon.

March of the Trees at Oklahoma Contemporary & Factory Obscura (11 NW 11th St) features a lighted march, craft activities, live music and more. Free to attend. 5:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 18 & 19

FREE Meet Indigenous Santa at the FAMStore (659 First Americans Blvd). Meet Indigenous Santa and pose for pictures. Families may visit on a first-come, first-served basis. Noon-5 p.m.

Dec. 18-23

Holiday Film Series at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features holiday and family films including Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Grelims. $8. See website for showtimes.

Dec. 20 & 21

December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features daily activities. Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals, play games, read a holiday book, and more. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8. 10 a.m. – noon.

Dec. 21

FREE Winter Solstice Observance at the First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features a reflective outdoor experience. Observe the setting of the solstice sun through the Mound tunnel. Rev. David Wilson (Choctaw) will provide an invocation and Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee) will sing. 4:30-6 p.m.

Dec. 22 

A Magical Cirque Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features cirque artists and popular holiday music. $36 & up. 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features music, activities, snacks, punch and lots of art! This event is come-and-go and activities are included in museum admission. Festive attire is encouraged. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; $5; kids (17 & under), free. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Opening Night Finale 5K (various locations) features a festive run for all ages. Registrants receive a limited edition Finale 5K Shirt and a finisher’s medal. $35. 3 p.m.

Opening Night Celebration at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features music, mural competition, and a children’s area with themed hands-on art projects. and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza located at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. $8. 7 p.m. -midnight.

Jan. 1

FREE First Day Walk at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a community day to enjoy the parks, trails and public spaces available in the Greater Oklahoma City area. The event is open to everyone, including children of all ages and dogs. Please keep dogs on leashes. The event is part of a nationwide initiative meant to encourage people to get outdoors. 11 a.m.

 

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