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Oklahoma City Holiday Events

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Break out the garland and the cocoa, the holiday season is upon us. Oklahoma City is coming alive with holiday events for the whole family. From Santa sightings and tree lighting events to live nativities and ice skating, find every kind of Christmas event you can imagine here on our list of 2020 Oklahoma City Holiday Events. Your family will love celebrating the holiday season with these kid-friendly events. Also check out our comprehensive list of holiday guides highlighting where to find Santa, free Christmas events, holiday craft shows and more.

(This is a working list so check back often for updates. Last updated Dec. 4, 2020)

Nov. 13 – Jan. 4

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental; $8 if you bring your own skates. $8 for ages 5 and under. Monday-Thursday, 3 – 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 – 10 p.m; Saturday & Sunday, noon – 10 p.m.; See website for exceptions.

Nov. 7 – 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. “Contactless Claus” visits feature an acrylic barrier between Santa and families at all times. See website for hours.

Nov. 20 – Dec. 25

CANCELED – FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features more than one million holiday lights and a 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs. Sunday-Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m.

Nov. 20 – Jan. 3

FREE Edmond Holiday Light Displays in Downtown Edmond (Various locations). Enjoy holiday lights displays throughout the city in Downtown Edmond, Spring Creek Plaza, Spring Creek Village, First Baptist Church, UCO and OC campuses.

Nov. 21  – Dec. 31

FREE Chickasha Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 N 9t St, Chickasha) features carriage rides, live nativity, camel rides, live animals, photos with Santa, gift shop and more. Monday-Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m.

FREE Yukon Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features over 100 acres of Christmas cheer with hundreds of displays and millions of lights as well as refreshments, live music, pictures with Santa and train rides. 6 – 11 p.m.

Nov. 21 – Jan. 10

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. 27 – Jan. 1

FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE) is a light display set to music that features more than 18 miles of light strands. Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 6 – 10 p.m.

Nov 27 – Dec. 24

North Pole Adventure at Walnut Square Center (2215 W I-240 Service Rd) features a socially-distant but interactive Christmas attraction with a life-sized replica of the North Pole including Santa’s post office, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a live reindeer barn and more. Price to be determined. Noon – 8 p.m.

Nov. 28 – Dec. 20

Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features an all outdoor market with rotating, local vendors offering gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The event also features the Bishop John Carroll Christmas Christmas tree lot. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Jan. 5

Holiday in the Park at Frontier City Theme Park (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, the chance to meet Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows, crafts, fire pits and more on weekends and select days during the holiday season. Prices vary. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 4-9 p.m. Open daily beginning Dec. 18.

Dec. 1 – 22

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. Select Tuesdays, 7 p.m.

Dec. 1 – 31

Saints Virtual Santa Run (virtual) features a festive, virtual 5K race. The virtual run can be completed on a treadmill from the comfort of your home, around your neighborhood, on your favorite jogging trail or on our suggested route in Midtown. $25-$35.

Dec. 4 – 9  

FREE Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Boys Ranch Town (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features living nativity presented by residents, staff children and live animals from the ranch depicting the life of Jesus Christ including his birth, death and resurrection. 7 – 9 p.m.

Dec. 4 – Jan. 1

FREE Festival of Trees at Chisholm Creek (13230 Pawnee Dr) features a holiday celebration with trees decorated by local businesses and organizations in a free walk-through display.

Dec. 8, 15 & 15 22

S’mores & Hot Cocoa Nights at Scissortail Park (801 S Robinson Ave) features beautiful lights around the Park, s’mores, hot cocoa and holiday music. Hot chocolate and s’mores kits will be available to purchase at the Picnic Pavilion (east side of the Park near the Playground). Prices vary. 7-10 p.m.

Dec. 12

Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decor, handmade and seasonal goods from local crafters. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

FREE Holiday Hop at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features FREE cocoa, a take-home craft bag, eye-spy activities and a vintage Christmas photo station. Christmas artifacts are on display as part of the “Back to the 1950s” exhibit and, as a bonus, kids can participate in a scavenger hunt to look for historic Christmas cards from the 1940s to 1980s in Downtown Edmond and the nearby historic structures. 1-4 p.m.

FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave, Norman) features a parade in reverse. Organizations will set up around the perimeter of Andrews Park for drivers to make a loop around to see the festive entries. 6 p.m.

Dec. 12 & 19

CANCELED FREE Holiday Movies at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features family-friendly movies on the spacious Love’s Travel Stops Stage & Great Lawn with ample room for social distancing. Dec. 12: Polar Express; Dec. 19: The Grinch Movie. 6 p.m.

Dec. 12 – 20

The Nutcracker: Short & Sweet at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) 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.  This year’s production will be shortened to one act. $20 – $80. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Dec. 12 – 31

FREE Model Train Display at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features model trains focusing on Oklahoma trains past and present in the Sandy Bell Gallery in the lower level of the museum. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.

Dec. 15

A Date with the Duke at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a cash bar, buffet and special screening of Rio Grande. Members, $40; nonmembers, $45. 5 – 8 p.m.

Holiday Wine-Down at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a one-night painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Members, $40; Nonmembers, $45. 6 – 9 p.m.

Dec. 18

FREE Hot Chocolate Social at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a family-friendly dance recital from Elevate Dance and food trucks. Social distancing encouraged. 6 p.m.

Dec. 19

Rodeo Opry Virtual Christmas Show (online) features a virtual Christmas Show with family-friendly entertainment, door prizes, sing-alongs and more. $15. 4 & 7 p.m.

Dec. 20

CANCELED – FREE Cookies with Kringle at Charles J. Johnson Park (29th St, Midwest City) features live music, complimentary gift-wrapping, crafts, hot chocolate, cookies and the chance to meet Santa. Bring your own camera. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Dec. 21 & 22

Very Merry Workshop at Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) features special holiday-themed art projects. Preregister. For kids in grades K – 5th. Pizza lunch provided. $60. 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Dec. 23 & 24

FREE Christmas at Crossings (various locations) features on-campus or online options. Nursery care, for children birth-three years, is available for all services.

Dec. 24

FREE Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at Nichols Hills United Methodist Church (1212 Bedford Dr, Nichols Hills) features three traditional candlelight church services on Christmas Eve.  Listen as the Christmas Story of Jesus’ birth comes alive through music and scripture in the warm glow of candlelight. Reserve your seats online. 4:30 & 6 p.m.

Dec. 26 – 31

Opening Night Finale Virtual 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.

Dec. 28 – 31

FREE New Year’s Around the World with the Capitol Hill Library (327 SW 27th St). Learn about New Year’s traditions from cultures around the world with a take-home kit, no passport needed! Preregister. One kit per family.

Dec. 31

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.

FREE Opening Night Virtual Experience at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a variety of bands and family entertainment and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza located at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Stay tuned for more information. 7pm-midnight.

New Year’s Eve Bash at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features skating, party favors, door prizes and a sparkling grape juice toast & balloon drop at midnight. All ages welcome. $15. 7pm-1am.

Jan. 1

FREE First Day Hike at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features three hiking options including an accessible trail and stroller friendly option. Be sure to bring your leashed pets, camera, binoculars, water and appropriate dress for cold weather. Preregister. 11 a.m.

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.

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.

Below, you’ll find events that have already happened this year.

Nov. 11 & 12

Holiday Home Tour in Norman (various locations) features holiday decorations from traditional to trendy on a home tour. This year will also offer a virtual tour option to tour local homes. Benefits the Assistance League of Norman’s programs. $30. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 14

Holiday Bazaar at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (308 NW 164th, Edmond) features crafters selling paintings, quilts, jewelry, pottery and more. Free to attend. Saturday,  9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Nov. 20 & 21

FREE The Santa Market at the Oklahoma City Pavilion (3212 Wichita Walk) features more than 100 vendors featuring decor, fashion, handmade and unique items with show proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association. Families can meet Santa and pose for a FREE photo with him. Donations accepted. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 21

Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a mascot jog, 1-mile Jingle Walk, and 5k run that winds through the streets of Yukon and ends amid nearly 5 million twinkling Christmas lights on display in the park. $25 & up. 5 – 6 p.m.

Nov. 27

FREE OKC Tree Lighting Festival (online & News 9 app) features special performances of classic Christmas songs as well as original music by The Imaginaries and a reading of Twas the Night Before Christmas by local musical artist Jabee. Mayor Holy will end the evening with the traditional countdown to the lighting of the tree. The virtual Oklahoma City Tree Lighting presented by SONIC Foundation is tentatively scheduled to air on the News 9 app and online at 7 p.m.

Nov. 27 – 29

At Home for the Holidays with Crossings Community Church (online) features an online-only women’s Christmas event designed to inspire you to find new ways to bring family into your Christmas celebration—even if you are separated by miles. At Home for the Holidays will feature decorating tips, baking ideas and an Advent message by Deidre Franklin. 7 p.m.

Nov. 28

FREE ‘Tis the Season Lighting Ceremony at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) the official lighting of Union Station. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate and s’mores. 7 p.m.

Nov. 29

FREE Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St) features a family-friendly community event with live music, food trucks and more. Holiday costumes are encouraged. The event is pet friendly. 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 3

FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee).  Main Street will be turned into a one-way street to drive and gaze at the lights as well as have the opportunity to judge the art murals that will be on display. The drive concludes at the Santa Fe Depot where families will be greeted by Santa’s elves and given the opportunity to drop off your letter and meet Santa from a safe social distance. 7-9 p.m.

Dec. 3 – 5

OKC Philharmonic  A Classics Christmas show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features a musical production with the OKCPHIL and performers Mandy Jiran and Vince Leseney. Enjoy Christmas favorites including I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Sleigh Ride and other festive selections. Concerts will also be available via digital stream. $20 & up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.

Dec. 5

Breakfast with Santa at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features breakfast, holiday crafts and a chance to meet Santa. Professional photographer available, personal cameras welcome. Best suited for kids ages 2 – 8. $7.50. 8 – 10 a.m.

FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1217 South Agnew) features the chance to meet Cowboy Santa, socially distant, and pose for pictures. He will be stationed in one of the drive-thru lanes at the former UMB building.  Families can walk through, visit with Santa and take pictures. There will be some equine groups in the district that day, including the Express Ranch Percherons and Oklahoma Heritage Horses, and some cool cars will be on display, too. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Holidays at the Museum at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of holiday family fun activities throughout the Museum including Western-inspired ornament making, a scavenger hunt through select exhibit galleries and more. Meet Santa and Western historical figures. Preregister. Free with admission 10 a.m. –  noon.

Czech Christmas Market at 10 West Main (10 W Main St, Yukon) features an old-fashion, outdoor market with local vendors offering fine art, crafts, holiday fare and more. Free to attend. 2-7 p.m.

FREE Christmas in the Park at Harrah Heritage Park (1374 N Church Ave, Harrah) features a parade, food trucks, tree lighting, holiday music, the chance to meet Santa and more.. 3 – 9 p.m.

FREE The Real Christmas Story at Crossings Community Church (14600 N Portland Ave) features a live nativity play in the Sanctuary, then stop by the Atrium for some treats. Preregister. 5 & 6 p.m.

FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features Christmas music performances and fireworks. 7 – 8:30 p.m.

FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Chickasha (Main Street, Chickasha) features 40 floats from businesses and community groups in and around Chickasha, followed by a concert by The Imaginaries, Americana husband/wife duo Shane Henry and Maggie McClure.  The free outdoor performance will be under a tent on the main stage at 1st and Chickasha near the Rock Island Depot. Parade, 7 p.m.; concert, 8 p.m.

Dec. 5 & 6

‘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 (times TBD). Noon-4 p.m. Also held: Dec. 12, 17 & 19. 

Dec. 6

Handel’s Messiah at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features an evening filled with traditional Christmas favorites, new holiday classics and an audience sing-a-long. $15 & up. 7 – 9:30 p.m.

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