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Merry & Bright: New & Returning Holiday Happenings

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Whether your family loves the glittering lights, holiday productions, cold weather fun or unique experiences of this season, Oklahoma City offers something for everyone. Holiday happenings are back in a big way this year, with expansive new events and reinvented favorites leading the way for family fun. We wish you a season of memory making with those you love best!

Safari Lights

Oklahoma City Zoo

Nightly Nov. 6-Jan. 9, 5:30-11 p.m.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the Oklahoma City Zoo had a holiday light attraction but that’s changing this year! Families are invited to
enjoy Safari Lights, a drive-thru and walkable holiday experience inside the zoo.

The OKC Zoo brings back a holiday light attraction for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The drive-thru display is wildlife-themed, of course, with interactive features celebrating endangered animals and the animals at the zoo.

The mile drive into the zoo wraps around the zoo’s perimeter, passing Dog Row, the animal hospital, continuing behind Sanctuary Asia and exiting by the education building east of the zoo entrance. Families have the option to park and head back inside for more lights, the chance to meet Santa and lots of fun photo opportunities.

On the weekends, Santa will be hanging out at The Canopy restaurant to pose for pictures. There will be fun displays and photo opportunities in the Children’s Zoo area as well as crafts and snacks available in the restaurant.

“We’ll have s’mores kits, hot chocolate and fun seasonal snacks, and the gift shop will be open so families can pick up some unique gifts during their visit,” said Candice Rennels, director of public relations for the zoo.

To cap it all off, the zoo’s entry plaza will feature a synchronized light show designed by the Miranda family, Edmond residents and 2019 contestants on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight.

A bonus for families visiting: Dino Safari has been extended and is included in Safari Lights admission.

The drive-thru experience is $60 per car, $50 for Zoofriends members, and four tickets are included for the walkable activities in the Children’s Zoo and The Canopy restaurant. Families can opt for just the walkable activities for $12 per person, $10 for Zoofriends members, for ages 3 and up.

Timed tickets are required, and families can make their reservations for the night they would like to visit in advance at okczoo.org/tickets.

Curiousiday: Hibernating Holiday

Sam Noble Museum

Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Sam Noble Museum continues the monthly Curiosiday events in December with a visit from Santa. He is coming out of hibernation to hang out with museum guests and pose for photos.

Learn how animals survive the winter and enter a holiday sweater raffle!

After snapping the perfect Santa pic, families can learn about how different animals survive the winter. Kids can craft animal ornaments, create winter-wonderland scenes and everyone can enter a holiday sweater raffle for the chance to win a holiday surprise.

The program will be bilingual in English and Spanish, and all activities and photo opportunities are free with admission. Adult admission is $8 and kids ages 4 to 17 are $5. Kids 3 and under get in free. Advanced tickets are not required but can be purchased at samnoblemuseum.ou.edu/planyourvisit.

LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Nov. 26-Jan. 2, noon–7:30 p.m.

Snow tubing is back at the ballpark! Bundle up and zip down one of four icy tracks on a gigantic man-made slope, where snow is always in the forecast. Sessions run an hour and half and there will be two distances to choose from so kids of all ages can join in the fun. But keep in mind that no lap riding is allowed; sliders have to be able to go down the slope on their own.

Snow tubing is back at the ballpark

As always, the ballpark will be festively decorated, and their concessions will be serving holiday treats. New this year, organizers are planning some entertaining programming on the video board to add to the festivities.

“Just like Dodgers baseball, people are pretty excited to have snow tubing back after not having it for a year,” said Alex Freedman, director of communications and broadcasting for the OKC Dodgers. “We are going to have some fun things going on our video board to keep things fun even when you’re in line.”

Winterfest will be open on select dates starting Black Friday until mid-December and then daily through Jan. 2. Four sessions will be offered each day from noon to 7:30 p.m. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit okcdodgers.com.

Lyric Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Harn Homestead

Nov. 17-Dec. 23

Challenged to create a safe experience during the pandemic, Lyric Theatre transformed their annual performance of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, into an immersive, walkable production. The directors, actors and set designers transformed Harn Homestead into the streets of Victorian London and the setting of Ebenzer Scrooge’s climactic visits from three magical ghosts.

Susan Riley and Charlie Monnot in Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol,” Photos by K. Talley Photography.

Lyric is bringing back their 75-minute, outdoor, walkable production again this year. Families move from scene to scene to see a host of characters, including Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim.

The production features two rotating casts and tickets start at $37 for kids and $62 for adults. For show times and to purchase tickets, visit lyrictheatreokc.com.

Devon Ice Rink

Myriad Gardens

Daily Nov. 5-Jan. 30

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.

Families can lace up their skates again for a spin around the Devon Ice Rink after a year’s hiatus! An annual family favorite, the rink will welcome skaters through Jan. 30. Bundle up and zip around the 5,500-square-foot real ice rink surrounded by glittering lights and holiday displays in the park.

The Devon Ice Rink reopens this season after year’s hiatus.

Skaters can warm up with seasonal food and beverages between trips around the rink.

Admission is $14 per person and includes skate rentals. For those with their own skates, admission is $9. Groups rates are available for groups of 10 or more people, but advanced reservations are required. The rink will be open for extended hours around Thanksgiving, winter break, New Year’s and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Find out more about the rink and their seasonal hours at myriadgardens.com/devonicerink. 

Looking for even more things to do this Christmas season? Check out our comprehensive list of holiday guides highlighting where to find Santa, free Christmas events, holiday craft shows and more.

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