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 2021 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 Nov. 2, 2022)
PAMBE Ghana Global Market at Shoppes at Northpark (May and N.W. 122nd) features a seasonal fair trade shop offering unique gifts, including a wide selection of folk art from around the world and more. All proceeds benefit PAMBE Ghana’s La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Nov. 5-Dec. 24
FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr & 1200 W Memorial Rd) features a Santa’s Wonderland experience with holiday giveaways and the chance to meet Santa. Advanced reservations are required. .
Nov. 5-Jan. 15
Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $14 with skate rental; $10 if you bring your own skates. $10 for ages 5 and under. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; See website for exceptions.
Nov. 11-Jan. 8
Crest on Ice in Norman (2550 Mt Williams Dr, Norman) features outdoor ice skating on 4,100 square feet of real ice. $13; $10 without skate rental & for kids 5 & under. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.
Nov. 16-Jan. 29
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features outdoor ice skating on 5,500 square feet of real ice. $14 with skate rental, $9 without. See website for hours of operation and special events.
Nov. 12-Dec. 27
The Polar Express Train Ride at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features an immersive onboard experience including a reading of the book, cookies delivered by dancing chefs and the chance to meet Santa. Adults, $49-$75; kids (2-11), $42-$70. See website for a schedule of departure times.
Nov. 16-Dec. 23
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Harn Homestead (1721 N Lincoln Blvd) features an all-new outdoor production. The Harn Homestead will be reimagined as the Victorian Era setting for Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley and a host of unforgettable characters. Patrons will follow Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of transformation and redemption as they are guided from scene to scene. Adults, $62 & up; kids, $37 & up. See website for showtimes.
Nov. 18-Jan. 1
FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars in Downtown OKC (various locations) features complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends.
Nov. 19-Jan. 1
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. 19-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. Sunday-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, train rides and an ice skating rink. 6-11 p.m.
Nov. 19-Jan. 1
Yukon Ice Rink at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features outdoor ice skating on 4,100 square feet of real ice. $13; $10 without skate rental & for kids 5 & under. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m
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. 24-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. 25-Jan. 1
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features snow tubing slopes, concessions and sparkling holiday décor. Riders must be 42” tall to ride the large slope. $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. 6-10 p.m.
Nov. 25-26 & Dec. 10
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.
Nov. 25-Dec. 18
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. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 25-Jan. 8
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 hours.
POSTPONED – FREE Movie on the Lawn at Chisholm Creek (1332 W Memorial Rd) features an outdoor screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The movie will begin around sunset
Nov. 26-Dec. 23
A Territorial Christmas Carol at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features a reimagined tale of Dickens’ classic. Best suited for ages 7 & up. Adults, $35; kids (12 & under), $10. Thursday & Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Nov. 26-Dec. 10
A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma, Guthrie) features a lighted Christmas parade, home tours and Victorian Walk nights. 5-9 p.m.
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.
Walk the Lights – Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (SE 15th St & Century Blvd, Midwest City) features a walkable event where families can stroll through the one-mile stretch of twinkling lights and animated displays. Attendees can also enjoy Christmas carols, hot chocolate and the chance to meet Santa and other holiday characters. $5; kids (5 & under), free. 6-9 p.m.
FREE Home for the Holidays in Downtown Tuttle (221 W Main St, Tuttle) features carolers, vendors, children’s crafts, live choir performances, sweet treats, tree lighting and a Christmas parade. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a picture. 5-9 p.m.
FREE Light the Night at Rose State College (6420 SE 15th St) features letters to Santa, DIY ornament making, caroling, hot cocoa and cookies and more. The first 200 in attendance will receive a hot cocoa mug. 5:30-8 p.m.
FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee) features a “Christmas Morning” themed parade with marching bands, floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus, followed by a fireworks display. 6-9 p.m.
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. Each Wednesday, drive-thru access will closed to allow groups to walk the lights. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m.
FREE Tree Lighting at Andrews Park (479 N Webster Ave, Norman) features hot cocoa, holiday music and see the tree light up. 5:30 p.m.
FREE Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features a tree lighting ceremony, the chance to meet Santa, Christmas music and hot chocolate. 6-6:30 p.m.
OKCPHIL’s Coming Home for Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features an all-new extravaganza starring legendary performer Michael Feinstein and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. $27 & up. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.
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.
Dec. 2-3 & 10-11
RACE’s Hip Hop Nutcracker at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a reimagining of the classic holiday story as you follow Carlos on his hip-hop journey to self-discovery through magical lands filled with larger-than-life characters. This production features local artists, students, an original storyline and Hip Hop music. For its 10th anniversary, RACE will premiere two of these original performances in Spanish and these will be free to the community. $23-$28. See website for schedule.
FREE Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Boys Ranch Town (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features a 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.
Saints Santa Run at SSM Health – St. Anthony (1000 N Lee Ave) features a festive, family-friendly 5K race, 1-mile fun run and a free 50-yard kids’ dash. Benefits the Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership. $20-$40; kids’ dash, free. 8-11 a.m.
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. $10 per person. 8-10 a.m.
FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a morning of Christmas activities including crafts, games and more. The Mayor’s Essay Contest will be held at 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-noon.
FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1217 South Agnew) features a parade, Christmas music and the chance to meet Cowboy Santa. 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. – 2 p.m.
FREE Main Street Christmas Parade in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features an old-fashioned Christmas parade, shopping, food trucks, live music, and more. Parade, 11 a.m.; activities, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
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. 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
FREE Holiday Hop at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features crafts, cocoa and the opportunity to see a live model train exhibit.. 1-4 p.m.
Norman Parks Ugly Sweater Run in Downtown Norman (Main Street, Norman) features a 3K fun run around downtown Norman. There will be a prize for the ugliest sweaters. $22-$30. 4 p.m.
Edmond Ugly Sweater Run at Mitch Park (1501 W. Covell Rd, Edmond) features a Christmas sweater-themed 5K and one-mile fun run through Luminance, the Christmas light displays in Mitch Park. Runners can also participate in an ugly sweater contest for the most creative, prettiest or ugliest sweater. All ages welcome. $18. 5-7 p.m.
FREE Holiday River Parade on the Oklahoma River (800 Riversport Dr) features water skiing elves, holiday-themed boats sparkling on the Oklahoma River, a laser light show, fireworks and more. Admission is free; parking is $5. 5-9 p.m.
FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Pickard Ave. to James Garner Ave, Norman) features a nighttime parade with bands, floats and Christmas characters including Santa and more. 6 p.m.
FREE Parade of Lights in Old Town Moore (Main & Broadway, Moore) features a parade and a chance to meet Santa and other holiday characters, as well as holiday goodies for kids and horse and buggy rides. 6-8 p.m.
FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features Christmas music performances and fireworks. 6:30-9 p.m.
FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Chickasha (Main Street, Chickasha) features 40 floats from businesses and community groups in and around Chickasha. 6 p.m.
Tacky Sweater 5k at Chandler Park (1400 Chandler Rd, Purcell) features a 5K run through Christmas light display in the park. Before and after the race, there will be Taco Casa tacos, homemade cupcakes and cookies, Christmas music, selfies with Santa and games. $25 & up. 7-11:30 p.m.
‘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. 3 & 4
Passport to Tropical Santa Claus Weekend at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a variety of holiday activities, live holiday music and more. Santa will be hanging out at the event on Dec. 4. Passport, $5; train ride, $5; Santa, Crystal Bridge admission. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 3 & 10
FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Events in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4 & 10th St) features holiday window displays, family-friendly activities, carriage rides, live entertainment and more. 4 – 7 p.m.
North Pole Adventure at Walnut Square Center (2215 W I-240 Service Rd) features an interactive Christmas attraction with a life-sized replica of the North Pole including Santa’s post office, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, a reindeer barn and more. Kids, $20, one adult, free; additional adults, $5. See website for hours.
Caring Santa at Penn Square Mall (1901 NW Expressway) features a sensory-friendly environment for families of children with special needs to meet Santa, prior to mall opening. Preregister. Prices vary. 10:30 a.m.-noon.
Sleigh Bells Market at the OKC Farmers Market (311 S Klein Ave) features more than 80 vendors and a holiday drink menu. Free to attend. Noon-5 p.m.
Candy Cane Christmas at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features the chance to meet Santa and a sing-a-long banjo performance of holiday favorites and more. $8 or donation of an unwrapped toy; kids (15 & under), free. 1-4 p.m.
Classic Holiday Movies at OKCMOA (415 Couch Dr) features screenings of classic holiday films. Adults, $10; students & seniors, $8; kids (12 & under), $6. Saturdays, 2 p.m.
The Sugar Plum Fairy at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a twist on the holiday classic. The Sugar Plum Fairy is preparing for her famous dance in the ‘Nutcracker Ballet.’ But after a terrible costume mishap leaves her unable to perform, a new star of the show must be found. Best suited for ages 5 & up. Adults, $11; kids (2-12), $9. See website for showtimes.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features their 2022 Winter Tour. $49.50 & up. 7 p.m.
FREE Purcell Christmas Parade in Historic Downtown Purcell (W Main St, Purcell) features bands, dancing groups, tractors, horses and decorated floats. 6-7 p.m.
FREE Christmas at The Cube (7903 NW 30th) features carnival games, petting zoo, food trucks, hay rides, karaoke, inflatables, a Christmas concert and more. 5-8 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa at the Overholser Mansion (405 NW 15th St) features a delicious breakfast, a craft, and the chance to meet Santa. $25 per person. 9-11 a.m.
Sleigh Bells Market at the Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center (1700 W Independence St, Shawnee) features vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
FREE Deck the Hall of Fame at the 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.-2 p.m.
FREE Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features live music, hot drinks, adult beverages, yard games, fireworks and the chance to meet Santa. 5:30-7:15 p.m.
FREE Sounds of the Season by the Oklahoma Chamber Symphony at First Church OKC (131 NW 4th St) features an hour concert performed by experienced orchestral players and college music students beginning their professional music careers. 7:30-9 p.m.
OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker 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. $25 & up. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 4 & 4 p.m.
Dec. 11 & 18
Sundays with Santa in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave). Meet Santa and pose for pictures, plus enjoy holiday music inside the newly remodeled Crystal Bridge. Free with admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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 Stagecoach (1939). Members, $50; nonmembers, $55. 5:30-8:30 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.
Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by Lucas Ross and the Oklahoma Symphonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30-9 p.m.
Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a yuletide dance with Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family. The alcohol-free event features a bountiful dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years. Kids in attendance can meet Santa. Reservations required. Members, $70; nonmembers, $85; kids, $25. 5:30-9 p.m.
Merry Mitchmas at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a festive 5K & 10K. The course will be a scenic winter wonderland route through Mitch Park in Edmond. After the race warm up with a festive hot cocoa bar. $35. 9 a.m.-noon.
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.
Rodeo Opry Christmas Show at Stockyards Central (2312 Exchange Ave) features a holiday performance by Owen & Kelcie Pickard, Maddox Ross and more. $25. 3:30 & 7 p.m.
Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets at the Civic Center Meinder’s Hall of Mirrors (201 N Walker Ave) features treats, characters from The Nutcracker, a short performance, crafts and photo opportunities. $50. 4-6 p.m.
March of the Trees at Oklahoma Contemporary & Factory Obscura (11 NW 11th St) features a lighted march, crafts, 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. The festivities begin at 5:30 at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Studio School. Free to attend. 5:30-9 p.m.
FREE Chanukah Celebration at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a celebration of the festival of lights and Hanukah with the Chabad Community Center. The event is family-friendly and open to all. 6-7 p.m.
December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals, play games, read a holiday book, and more. All ages welcome. Donations accepted. 10 a.m.-noon.
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. $65. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Winter Break Drop-In Activities at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of family-friendly activities, while supplies last. Each day features a different activity. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A Magical Cirque Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features cirque artists and popular holiday music. $36 &up. 7 p.m.
FREE Christmas at Crossings (various locations). Celebrate the birth of Jesus through worship and carols, an inspiring Christmas message and a beautiful candlelight conclusion.
Miracle on 34th Street at OKCMOA (415 Couch Dr) features Santa, enjoy cookies and cocoa plus an art-making activity. Create fun, holiday-inspired picture frames perfect for displaying your picture with Santa. Then, watch a screening of Miracle on 34th Street at 12:30 p.m. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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 & 5:30 p.m.
The Centennial Rodeo Opry’s NYEE Fundraiser Concert at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features the musical talents of locally renowned Oklahoma artists including Darci Lynn, Wanda Jackson and more. $45 & up. 7 p.m.
Noon Year’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features music, activities and lots of art. This event is come-and-go and includes admission to the Museum. Festive attire is encouraged. All ages welcome. Adults, $12; seniors, $10; $5; kids (17 & under), free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opening Night Finale 5K (various locations) 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 Experience at the Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features music, a mural competition, and a children’s area with the 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.
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.
Events that have already happened in 2022
Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling handcrafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with live entertainment, hot chocolate and Santa. 6 p.m.
Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a 5K run that winds through the street of Yukon and ends amid 4 million twinkling Christmas lights. Activities also include train rides, live Christmas music and more. $25 & up. 4:30-6 p.m.
Merry Marketplace at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a holiday pop-up shop experience with a variety of local vendors. Free to attend. 4-8 p.m.