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Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family time and show gratitude by giving back. Events throughout Oklahoma City are helping families do all that and more. Below, find a list of Thanksgiving-related events and activities. Also, be sure to check out these Oklahoma City charities seeking volunteers and Oklahoma City craft shows for local holiday shopping.

Our friends with Oklahoma City Public Schools Native American Student Services have compiled and provided resources so that both Native and non-Native families can learn more about historical events from a Native perspective heritage including the Thanksgiving Story.

(The following lists were last updated on Oct. 20, 2023)

Thanksgiving Break Camps & Activities

Nov. 4-Jan. 15

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $14 with skate rental, $10 without; kids (under 5), $10. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Thanksgiving break, 12-10 p.m.

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.; Thanksgiving break, 12-10 p.m.

Nov. 17-Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features 5,500 square feet of real ice, plus seasonal food and beverage offerings.. $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.; Thanksgiving break, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thanksgiving Day, 3-11 p.m.

Nov. 18

Wild-ones Wildlife Walks at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features a guided hike through the park to see and learn about the amazing wildlife all around us. Preregister. $2. 9-10 a.m.

Luther Pecan Festival in Downtown Luther (Main St, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nov. 18-19

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live Glow Party at Paycom Center (100 W Reno Ave) features popular monster trucks competing in the dark in exciting competitions and battles. $25 & up. See website for show times.

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.; Thanksgiving break, 12-10 p.m.

Nov. 20-21

Dino Day Camps at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features activities, crafts, games and gallery tours that explore the world of natural history. For ages 5-11. $55-$65. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Nov. 20-22

OKC Parks Day Camp – Thanksgiving 2022 at Sellers Recreation Center (8301 S Villa Ave) features fun and exciting games that allow campers to make new friends and field trips around OKC. For ages 6-12. $75. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. okc.gov/parksignup

School’s Out Day Camps at OKC Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) feature educational activities, in-park exploration, up-close animal ambassador visits and more. For ages 4-12. Members, $45 per day; nonmembers, $50 per day. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Break Camps at SoccerCity (4520 Old Farm Rd) features a fun, age-divided, skill-building camp. Beginners and recreational players welcome. For ages 4-15. $30-$150. Morning session: 9 a.m.-noon; afternoon session, 1-4 p.m. All-day and half-day options available. 405-748-3888, hayden@soccercityokcity.com

Kidz Rock Rec: Thanksgiving Break at Southern Oaks Recreation Center (6818 S Walker Ave) features a wide variety of fun-filled activities that encourage community involvement in recreation, culture, health and family life activities. For ages 6-12. $10 per day. Family discount available. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. okc.gov/parksignup

Nov. 21

Thunder Youth Basketball Fall Camp at Quail Athletic Center (3333 W Hefner Rd) features developmentally appropriate drills and customized instruction focus on fundamentals of the game. For ages 6-14. $658-11 a.m. & Noon-3 p.m.

Nov. 25

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Watch the film while the OKCPhil performs the exciting John Williams score live with the movie. Dress up is encouraged. $27 & up. 2 & 8 p.m.

Nov. 25-Dec. 30

Winter Glow Camps at Riversport OKC (800 Riversport Dr) features traditional gaming and VR rowing and kayaking. Sessions will include training, gameplay and competition on Valorant and Overwatch 2 (Rated T for Teen), plus activity breaks including skiing, climbing and curling. $75-$125. Full & half day options available. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. riversportokc.org


Holiday Events Leading Up to Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 4-Dec. 24

FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr & 1200 W Memorial Rd) features giveaways and the chance to meet Santa. Advanced reservations are required. See website for a complete schedule of events.

Nov. 11-Dec. 27

The Polar Express Train Ride at Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) features the magic of the classic story on an hour train ride. During the trip, characters on each car lead passengers in 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 a schedule of departure times.

Nov. 16

FREE OKC Tree Lighting Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 Mickey Mantle Dr) features a showcase of talented and diverse performances celebrating the season, free family-friendly activities, the chance for kids to meet Santa Claus and the traditional countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree with Mayor David Holt. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16-Dec. 29

FREE Red Earth Treefest at the Red Earth Art Center (100 N Broadway Ave) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to showcase the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Weekdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Nov. 17

Elf in Concert at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the heartwarming holiday classic on a giant screen as every note of John Debney’s wonderful score is played live. Adults, $60 & up; kids (12 & under), $33. Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday,  2 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, live music and more. Free to attend. 4-8 p.m.

FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with live entertainment, hot chocolate and Santa. 6-7 p.m.

Nov. 18

Chill Your Cheeks 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. 4:30-6 p.m.

Saturday Night Show at Oklahoma Opry (25 S Oklahoma Ave) features local and regional talent, rising stars and area favorites performing live music from a wide range of genres backed by the Opry Band. $20. 7 p.m.

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. 23

Edmond Turkey Trot in Downtown Edmond (19 N. Boulevard, Edmond) features a 5K run and 1-mile Family Wobble. Strollers and friendly dogs on a leash are welcome and the best Turkey Trot costume will win a prize. Preregister. Proceeds benefit Turning Point Ministries. $5 & up. 8-10 a.m.

OKC Turkey Tracks 5K  in Downtown OKC (5th and Harvey) features a 5K, 1-mile fun run and a post-race, pre-feast party. Benefits Toys for Tots. $30 & up. 8:30 a.m.

Turkey Day 5K  at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman) features a 5K or 1-mile fun run of your choice on Thanksgiving Day. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma – Norman. Prices vary. 8:30 a.m.

Piedmont Turkey Trot (Highland and Magnolia Ave, Piedmont) features a 5K and one-mile fun run on Thanksgiving morning.  Participants can choose a virtual option. Benefits Bright Sky Ministries. $25 & up. 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) feature an outdoor market with rotating, local vendors offering gifts for everyone on your shopping list. The event also features the Bishop John Carroll Christmas tree lot, live music, surprise visits from Santa and Curbside Chronicle wrapping paper sales. 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 re-imagining of Dickens’ classic tale. Best suited for ages 7 & up. Adults, $35; kids (12 & under), $10. See website for show times.

ArtAfloatOKC Showboat Caroling Cruises on the Bricktown Canal (115 E California Ave) features a 45-minute musical excursion with live music performed by local artists aboard a water taxi. Adults, $23; kids (6-12), $20; kids (5 & under), $14. Thursday & Friday, 6:30-9 p.m.

Nov. 24-Dec. 24

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

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. 5-9 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.


Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond

Opening Nov. 11

Safari Lights at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) features larger-than-life light displays and over 50 themed light sculptures highlighting wildlife and more. Drive-thru: $70 (per vehicle). Walk-thru: $16. 5:30-11 p.m.

Opening Nov. 16

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Ave (NW 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Ave.) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draping the buildings along eight city blocks in the historic district. Open dusk to dawn.

FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display lines the canal with twinkling lights. Open at dusk.

Opening Nov. 17

FREE Luminance at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a walk-thru display with over 50,000 LED lights, a 25-foot tunnel and 20 interactive, 3D light displays. 5-10 p.m.

Opening Nov. 18

FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features drive-thru and walk-thru light displays with over 100 acres of twinkling lights. Open seven days a week from 6 – 10 p.m. through Dec 31.

FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 S 9th St, Chickasha) features a drive-thru and walk-thru light displays, carriage rides and on select nights a live nativity, camel rides, photos with Santa, a gift shop and concessions. Sunday-Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.

Opening Nov. 22

FREE Lights from the Heart at Purcell Lake (1400 Chandler Rd, Purcell) features a wonderland of Christmas holiday light displays. The 2-mile, drive-thru light display runs along the lakeshore. 5:30-10 p.m.

Opening Nov. 23

FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights(2900 72nd Ave SE, Norman) 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. Open through Jan. 2.

Opening Nov. 25

FREE Holiday Lights at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features luminaries, a 40′ Christmas tree, a giant menorah and other holiday decor throughout the park. 6-11 p.m.

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FREE Lights in Legion Park at Legion Park (Ash St, El Reno) features holiday lights and, on select nights, train rides, a petting zoo, the chance to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus and more. 5-9 p.m.


Looking for even more fun check out our list of family-friendly winter festivals or more events in our winter guidesSee an event missing from our list? Email us at tips@metrofamilymagazine.com!

 

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