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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 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. 7, 2023)

Oct. 17-Dec. 24

PAMBE Ghana Global Market at Sailor & The Dock (617 W Sheridan Ave) 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. 4-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. 4-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. 10-Jan. 7

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. See website for exceptions.

Nov. 11

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. 6:30-9 p.m.

Nov. 11-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, $50-$77; kids (2-11), $44-$72. See website for departure times.

Nov. 16-Dec. 23

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features Ebenezer Scrooge, a host of ghosts and Charles Dickens’ characters that bring to life Lyric’s spectacular, new production. $25 & up. See website for showtimes.

Nov. 17

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. Also held on Dec. 8

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.

Nov. 17-Dec. 31

FREE Weekends on the OKC Streetcars in Downtown OKC (various locations) features complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends.

Nov. 17-Feb. 2 

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. 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. See website for exceptions.

Nov. 18

Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling handcrafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 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.

Nov. 18-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. 18-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. 16-Jan. 7

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway (NW 4th to 10th) features more than 600,000 colorful LED lights draped along the buildings on North Broadway. Open daily, dusk until dawn.

Nov. 23-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. 24-25 & Dec. 9

Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by over 90 crafters. Free to attend. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

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, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Nov. 24-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. See website for showtimes.

Nov. 25-Dec. 9

A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma, Guthrie) features a lighted Christmas parade, home tours and Victorian Walk nights. noon-9 p.m.

Nov. 26

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features cirque artists and popular holiday music. $33 & up. 6 p.m.

Nov. 30

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. 5:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 1

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. 6:30 p.m.

FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features carolers, a Mini Merry Market, inflatables and holiday fireworks. Kids can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus. Food trucks will also be on-site. 6:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 1-2

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.

OKCPHIL’s A Very Merry Pops at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features an all-new extravaganza with Grammy winners Take 6 and Oklahoma’s own Sandi Patty performing holiday favorites. $27 & up. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m.

Dec. 1-3

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.

Dec. 1-25

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.; Wednesday, 6-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m.

Dec. 2

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 is available, personal cameras welcome. $10 per person. 8-10 a.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. $25-$40; kids’ dash, free. 8-11 a.m.

FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at the Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features snacks, crafts, music, letters to Santa, and fun Christmas-themed games. The Mayor’s Essay Contest will be held at 9:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m.-noon.

Gingerbread Gardens at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Explore the plants used in making candy and chocolate. Then, decorate your very own gingerbread garden. Preregister. Members, $18; nonmembers, $20. 10-11 a.m.

FREE Cowboy Christmas Parade 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.

Czech Christmas Market at 10 West Main (10 W Main St, Yukon) features an old-fashioned, outdoor market with local vendors offering fine art, crafts, holiday fare and more. Free to attend. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

FREE Holiday Stroll at the Edmond Historical Society & Museum (431 S Boulevard, Edmond) features old-fashioned holiday crafts, cocoa, the chance to meet Santa and more.  1-4 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. $20 & up. 5-7 p.m.

FREE Light the Night at Rose State College (6420 SE 15th St) features letters to Santa, DIY arts and crafts, hot cocoa and more. The first 200 in attendance will receive a hot cocoa mug. 5-8 p.m.

‘Tis the Season Market at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features shopping, live music and holiday performances on the Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn. 2-8 p.m.

FREE Christmas Experience at the Rock in Downtown El Reno (Main St, El Reno) features an old-fashioned Christmas parade, shopping, food trucks, live music, and more. 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 Christmas Parade in Downtown Chickasha (Main Street, Chickasha) features 40 floats from businesses and community groups in and around Chickasha. 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.

Oklahoma Opry Christmas Show at ACM@UCO (25 S Oklahoma Ave) features a holiday performance by Owen Pickard & Kelcie Pickard, Angela Brooks and more. $25. 3:30 & 7 p.m.

Dec. 2-16

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. Saturday, 3-7 p.m.

Dec. 3

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. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

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 live Christmas music along with the chance to meet Santa and Christmas treats.. $8 or donation of an unwrapped toy; kids (15 & under), free. 1-4 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. Guests can expect an alcohol-free event including a seated, home-style dinner, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years, plus a special visit from Santa. Reservations required. Members, $75; nonmembers, $90; kids, $30. 5-9 p.m.

Dec. 3-24

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.

Dec. 5-20

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.; Wednesdays, 1 p.m.

Dec. 7

FREE Home for the Holidays in Downtown Tuttle (221 W Main St, Tuttle) features carolers, vendors, children’s crafts, live performances, tree lighting and a Christmas parade. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a picture. 5:30-9 p.m.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour. $49.50 & up. 7 p.m.

Dec. 8

FREE Tree Lighting at Andrews Park (479 N Webster Ave, Norman) features hot cocoa, holiday music and see the tree light up, followed by crafts, story time and more inside the library nearby. 5:30 p.m.

FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (101 E Main St, Shawnee) features a “Christmas in Toyland” themed parade with marching bands, floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The parade will conclude with a fireworks display. 6:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 8-10

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. One performance will be narrated in Spanish. $23-$28. See website for schedule.

Dec. 8-17

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. 9

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. 5:30-8:30 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.

Dec. 10

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.

FREE Chanukah Celebration at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a celebration with traditional music and dancing, carnival rides, hot kosher food and drinks, Dreidel Man giving out treats, a giant menorah lighting, public officials like Mayor Holt and more. The event is family-friendly and open to all. 4:30-7 p.m.

Dec. 14

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.

Dec. 16

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.

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.

Dec. 18-19

December Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals, make a craft, read a holiday book, and enjoy a holiday treat.. All ages welcome. Donations accepted. 10 a.m.-noon.

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. $65. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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. 4 & 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 30

Noon Year’s Eve’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features scavenger hunts, sketching activities in the galleries, a crown activity with MetroFamily Magazine, refreshments and a balloon drop at noon. All ages welcome. Art activities are free with admission – kids 17 and under always receive free admission. 10 a.m.-noon.

 

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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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.

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.

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.

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 Christmas at Crossings (various locations). Celebrate the birth of Jesus through worship and carols, an inspiring Christmas message and a beautiful candlelight conclusion.

 

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