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 socially-distant, Thanksgiving-related events and activities. Also, be sure to check out these Oklahoma City charities seeking volunteers and Oklahoma City craft shows for 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 Oct. 20, 2020)
Through Dec. 24
PAMBE Ghana Global Market at 50 Penn Place (1900 NW Expressway) is an online, 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. Curbside pickup available. Noon – 6 p.m.
Nov. 13 – Jan. 4
Edmond Ice Rink opens at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $8. See website for hours of operation and special events.
Nov. 16 – Dec. 24
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.
FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with Christmas carols. 6:30 p.m.
Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling handcrafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5 & 12
FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4 & 10th St) features holiday window displays, family-friendly activities, carriage rides, live entertainment and more. 4 – 8 p.m.
FREE Turkey Shoot at Oklahoma City Community Centers (select locations). Kids can compete in a basketball free-throw contest to win a frozen turkey. Age groups are: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17 & 18+. 5 p.m.
Nov. 20 & 21
The Santa Market at State Fair Park Oklahoma Pavilion (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features featuring over 100 vendors showcasing the hottest decor and fashion, handmade and unique items and the latest in direct sales. Proceeds from the show benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 4 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. Adults, $25; kids, $20. 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 25 – 27
Thanksgiving Break Family Skate Sessions at Skate Galaxy OKC (5800 NW 36th St). Admission $6 includes basic skate rental. Wednesday, 1-4 & 7-10 p.m.; Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday, 1-4 p.m.
Edmond Turkey Trot (various locations) features a virtual 5K and 10-mile bike ride. Families are encouraged to participate at a socially-distant location of their choice. Preregister to receive a shirt. $20 & up.
OKC Turkey Tracks Virtual 5K (various locations) features a one-mile fun run, a 5K or whatever distance you pick. Registrants get a zip jacket, pumpkin-pie inspired medal and a navy blue beanie. Benefits Toys for Tots. $40.
Turkey Day Virtual 5K (various locations) features a 5K and one-mile fun run. Benefits the Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. $25.
Holiday Activities and Events Happening Thanksgiving Weekend in OKC
Nov. 20 – Dec. 25
CANCELED – FREE Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave, Midwest City) features 85 displays including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree illuminated with 9,000 bulbs. Sunday – Thursday 6 – 10 p.m., Friday – Saturday 6 – 11 p.m.
Nov. 4 – Dec. 23
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) 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.
FREE OKC Tree Lighting Festival (online & TV) features festive performances and the mayor will light the Bricktown Christmas tree for the season. Time will be announced soon.
Black Friday Black Out Skate at Skate Galaxy OKC (5800 NW 36th St) features a family fun skate night. $12. 7 p.m. – midnight.
Nov. 28 – Dec. 20
FREE Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features local shops set up with holiday goods and gifts. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Nov. 27 – Dec. 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, $15, one adult, free; additional adults, $6. See website for hours.
Nov. 27 – Jan. 3
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.
Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond
Opening Nov. 20
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, 5 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, through Jan. 11.
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 night 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. 27
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. 28
FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display lines the canal with twinkling lights. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides certain nights of the week. Open at dusk through Jan. 1.