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Downtown in December Holiday Events

by Lindsay Cuomo. Photos provided by Downtown OKC Partnership

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 Nov. 19, 2020.)

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

Nov. 4 – Dec. 27

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. Tickets will be limited for each performance to ensure proper social distancing. Adults, $61; kids, $35. See website for a full schedule of performances.

Nov. 7 – 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. “Contactless Claus” visits feature an acrylic barrier between Santa and families at all times. See website for hours.

Nov. 13 – Jan. 31

OPENING POSTPONED – Devon Ice Rink returns to Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy another great winter of outdoor ice skating. $14, $9 without skates; members, $9.  Monday-Thursday 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday 3-11p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. See website for holiday hours.

Nov. 21 – Jan. 10

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. 21 – Dec. 12

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 – 8 p.m.

Nov. 27

FREE Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (online & News 9 app). News 9 will bring the holiday special to homes across the city and the program will feature original music by The Imaginaries, classic Christmas songs by Tony Foster Jr. and Kandace Duke, a selection of carols from Lyric Theatre’s cast of “A Christmas Carol”, and the Oklahoma-favorite “I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas” by a Lyric Theatre Academy student. Local musical artist Jabee will read the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and Mayor Holt will be on-site in Bricktown to end the evening with the traditional countdown to the lighting of the tree. 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 & 28

‘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 (times TBD). Friday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 28

FREE ‘Tis the Season Lighting Ceremony at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) the official lighting of Union Station. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate and s’mores. 7 p.m.

Nov. 28 – Dec. 20

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.

Dec. 1, 8 & 15

Holiday Date Nights at Scissortail Park (801 S Robinson Ave) features holiday lights, roast s’mores and acoustic music. Holiday Date packages include a Scissortail Park blanket, two s’mores kits and two hot chocolates. Packages can be purchased at the Picnic Pavilion. Members, $20; non-members, $25. 7 p.m.

Dec. 1 – 22

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. 1 – 31

Saints Virtual Santa Run (various locations) features a festive, virtual 5K race. The virtual Saints Santa Run can be completed on a treadmill from the comfort of your home, around your neighborhood, on your favorite jogging trail, or on our suggested route in Midtown. Sign up online and complete your run anytime, anywhere during the month of December. $25-$35

OKC Philharmonic  A Classics Christmas show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features a musical production with the OKCPHIL and performers Mandy Jiran and Vince Leseney. Enjoy Christmas favorites including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sleigh Ride and other festive selections. Concerts will also be available via digital stream. $20 & up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.

Dec. 4 – Jan. 17

Bricktown Ice Rink (Reno & Sheridan Ave on Oklahoma Ave) features an outdoor rink on the canal in the heart of Bricktown. Enjoy music provided by a live DJ, light shows, themed skate party nights, kids hockey games and more. $14, includes skate rental; $9 without. Monday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

Dec. 5 & 12

FREE Holiday Movies at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features family-friendly movies on the spacious Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn with ample room for social distancing. Watch Polar Express on Dec. 5 & The Grinch Movie on Dec. 12. 6 p.m.

Dec. 6

Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features an evening filled with traditional Christmas favorites and new holiday classics – and an audience sing-a-long. The Civic Center will be decked out with poinsettias, Christmas trees and the special guests are OCU Faculty Brass Quintet and the Canterbury Youth Voices Chorale, under the direction of Mr. Stephen Ziegler. $18 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 12 – 20

The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet 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.  This year’s production will be shortened to one act, but will still include all of the favorite characters from the dancing snowflakes to the Kingdom of Sweets. $20-$80. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2  & 7 p.m.

Dec. 18

FREE Hot Chocolate Social at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a family-friendly dance recital from Elevate Dance and food trucks. Social distancing encouraged. 6 p.m.

Dec. 25, 31 & Jan. 1

FREE OKC Streetcar Rides (various locations). Enjoy complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on select days during the holidays.

Dec. 31

Opening Night Finale 5K at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a festive run for all ages. Participants are encouraged to dress festively. $30-$40. 3 p.m.

FREE New Year Early Bird at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an early-bird New Year’s Eve celebration created for families with young children. Countdown to 2021 at 7 p.m. and make it home in time to get the kids to bed. 5-7 p.m.

Opening Night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a variety of bands, entertainment, family activities and more. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, free. 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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