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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 Oct. 12, 2022.)

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

Nov. 5 – 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. 16 – 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, $62 & up; kids (14 & under), $37 & up. See website for a full schedule of performances.

Nov. 17

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. 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 16 – Jan. 29

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.

Dec. 3 & 10

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. Saturday, 4-7 p.m.

Nov. 18-Jan. 1

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

Nov. 19-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. 25-Dec. 18

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.


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. 25-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. 25-Jan. 1

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. $18 per 90-minute session. 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. 25-Jan. 8

Winter Glow at Riversport Adventures (800 Riversport Dr) features ice skating, curling and indoor climbing experiences, all decorated in a holiday theme. Day passes: adults, $19.99; kids (12 & under), $9.99; spectators, $4.99. See website for times.

Nov. 25-Dec. 24

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

Nov. 29-Dec. 27

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. $20-$40; kids’ dash, free. 8 a.m.

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. 1-4 p.m.

Dec. 2-3

OKCPHIL’s Coming Home for Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features an all-new extravaganza starring legendary performer Michael Feinstein. $$27-$94. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.

Dec. 3

‘Tis the Season Market at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features an outdoor, holiday gift market supporting local businesses and artisans. Noon-7 p.m.

Dec. 8

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features their 2021 winter tour. $49.50 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 10

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.-noon.

FREE Ice Block Party Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features art-making and winter fun including a hot chocolate bar, indoor snowball fight area and face painting. Noon-4 p.m.

Dec. 10-18

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. $25 & up. See website for schedule.

Dec. 17

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. 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. 18

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. 6-7 p.m.

Dec. 21-22

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. Donations accepted. 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. This quiet, reflective experience will include prayer, song and hot drinks available for purchase. 4-6 p.m.

Dec. 22 -23

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

Dec. 31

Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features a festive run for all ages. Registrants receive a limited edition Finale 5K Shirt and a finisher’s medal. $30-$40. 3 p.m.

Opening Night Celebration at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features music, mural competition, a children’s area with themed hands-on art projects and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza. All ages welcome. $8. 7 p.m. -midnight.


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