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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. 12-Jan. 1, 5:30-11 p.m.

Families are invited to enjoy Safari Lights, a drive-thru and walkable holiday experience inside the zoo.

The OKC Zoo’s Safari LIghts

The drive-thru display is wildlife-themed 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.

Santa will be making special visits to the OKC Zoo every Thursday – Sunday starting November 12 – December 11 and daily from December 15 – 25. Get your photo taken with Santa in the Canopy East room for an additional cost.

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.

The drive-thru experience is $65 per car, 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


LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Nov. 25-Jan. 1, noon–7:30 p.m.

Snow tubing 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.

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


Lyric Theatre’s A Christmas Carol

Harn Homestead

Nov. 16-Dec. 23

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol returns for its 12th year. Enjoy this immersive, walkable production at Harn Homestead that has been turned 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.

This production is a 75-minute, outdoor, walkable performance where 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


Devon Ice Rink

Myriad Gardens

Daily Nov. 13-Jan. 29

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! An annual family favorite, the rink will welcome skaters through Jan. 29. 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 


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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