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Downtown in December

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 Oct. 24, 2019.)

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

Nov. 8 – Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink returns to Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Enjoy another great winter of outdoor ice skating. $13, $8 without skates; members, $7.  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. 23

FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4th & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children’s activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, an outdoor movie series and more. 4 – 8 p.m.

Nov. 26

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features all of your favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting. $27.16 – $86.90. 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 29

FREE Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features fun festive activities, FREE photos with Santa and a tree lighting ceremony led by Mayor David Holt. 5 – 7 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22

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. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Jan. 5

FREE OKC Streetcar Rides (various locations). Enjoy complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends in celebration of their one year anniversary.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29

FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides in Bricktown (California Ave) features a fun-filled 25-minute float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. Thursday – Sunday, 6 – 9 p.m. (closed Christmas night)

Nov. 29 – Dec. 24

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. See website for a full schedule of performances.

Dec. 5

FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (1171 N Hudson Ave) is a pet-friendly holiday party featuring pet photos with Santa and treats for pets and owners to enjoy. 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Dec. 5 – 7

OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at the Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features fresh interpretations of holiday favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance. $19 & up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.

Dec. 7

Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) features a stair climbing event is open to people of all ages. Racers will climb 138 floors in three buildings combined. Single and relay options available. Benefits Homeless Alliance. $45 & up. 8 a.m.

Dec. 7 & 8

FREE Saturdays with Santa at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features holiday crafts, live holiday music, a festive train ride, story time with Mrs. Claus and more. Families can also meet Santa and pose for photos. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Holly Jolly Shops at the Brick at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features local pop-up shops, food and activities for kids on the concourse. Free to attend. Saturday, noon – 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 8

Candy Cane Christmas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features a sing-a-long banjo performance of holiday favorites, the chance to meet Santa and more. Admission is FREE when you bring a new unwrapped toy to support the Red Andrews Christmas Dinner. 1:30 -3:30 p.m.

Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features an encore performance of Eugene Goosen’s arrangement of Handel’s masterwork, Messiah. After concert reception includes home-baked cookies, punch and the chance to meet Santa & Mrs. Claus and pose for photos. $18 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 14

SandRidge Santa Run at SandRidge Energy (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a 5K race and a one-mile fun fun through the streets of downtown. 5K, $35; fun run, $20.. 8 a.m.

Dec. 14 – 22

The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by the Oklahoma City Ballet with the OKC Philharmonic. $15-$60. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2  & 7 p.m.

Dec. 31

Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 4 p.m.

Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. Children can create festive art projects in the Children’s Area located inside the Civic Center Hall of Mirrors. $8 in advance, $10 at the event. 7 p.m. – midnight.

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