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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.

Seasonal Events Leading Up to Thanksgiving Day

(This list was last updated on Sept. 23, 2022)

 

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

Nov. 5-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. See website for hours of operation and special events.

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. 11-Jan. 29

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. See website for hours of operation and special events.

Nov. 17

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. 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 18

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.

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

Nov. 19

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.

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. $20 & up. 4:30-6 p.m.

Nov. 19-Jan. 2

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. 24

Edmond Turkey Trot at the Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 East Main St) 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. $10 – $26; 1-mile wobble, free (no shirt). 8:30-10 a.m.

OKC Turkey Tracks 5K  in Downtown OKC (305 NW 5th St) features a 5K, 1-mile fun run and a post-race, pre-feast party. Benefits Toys for Tots. $25 & 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 at the First Baptist Church of Piedmont (15 Jackson Ave NW, Piedmont) features a 5K and one-mile fun run on Thanksgiving morning.  Participants can choose a virtual option. Benefits Bright Sky Ministries. $25-$35. 8:30-11:30 a.m.

 

Holiday Activities and Events Happening Thanksgiving Weekend in OKC

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. Tickets will be limited for each performance to ensure proper social distancing. Adults, $61 & up; kids, $35 & up. See website for showtimes.

Nov. 17

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. 5-7 p.m.

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FREE Union Station Illumination Lighting Celebration at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features a light show with an eclectic mix of music synchronized with the lights. 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 18

FREE Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features local shops set up with holiday goods and gifts. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nov. 25-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. $25-$35. See website for show times.

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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, $15, one adult, free; additional adults, $6. See website for hours.

Holiday in the Park at Frontier City Theme Park (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows and more every weekend during the holiday season. Open daily beginning Dec. 18. Prices vary. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 5 – 9 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.

Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond

Opening Nov. 12

Safari Lights at the OKC Zoo (2000 Remington Pl) features larger-than-life light displays and over 50 themed light sculptures highlighting wildlife, aquatic animals, prehistoric creatures and more. Drive-thru: members, $50 (per vehicle); nonmembers, $60 (per vehicle). Walk-thru: members, $10; nonmembers, $12. 5:30-11 p.m.

Opening Nov. 18

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. Grand opening, 4 p.m.; open nightly thereafter, 5 – 10 p.m.

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. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides on certain nights of the week. Open at dusk.

Nov. 19

FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a 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 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. 23

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. 24

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.

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FREE Union Station Illumination at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features a light show with an eclectic mix of music synchronized with the lights. 6-11 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 lindsay@metrofamilymagazine.com!

 

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