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Downtown in December Holiday Events

by Lindsay Cuomo. Photos provided by Downtown OKC Partnership

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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 Oct. 1, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 31

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

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.


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.

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