Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family time, entertain guests 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. From learning how to bake fresh bread for your Thanksgiving table to heading out to a tree lighting festival with friends and family, you’ll find plenty of holiday inspiration on this list. Also, be sure to check out these Oklahoma City charities seeking volunteers, our editor’s picks for best places to take out-of-towners this season and Oklahoma City craft shows for holiday shopping.
Seasonal Events Leading Up to Thanksgiving Day
(This list was last updated Nov. 20, 2019)
Oct. 29 – Dec. 24
PAMBE Ghana Global Market at 50 Penn Place (1900 NW Expressway) 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. Free to attend. Tuesday-Friday, noon – 6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 8 – Feb. 2
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. $29 & up. 7 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Jan. 5
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), $6. See website for hours of operation and special events.
Pecan Festival in Luther (Main St, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts, car show, an attempt to make the world’s largest pecan praline and more. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m
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.
Walk the Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (SE 15th & Century Dr). Stroll through the one-mile stretch of twinkling lights and animated displays before Holiday Lights Spectacular opens. Adults, $5; Kids under 12, free. 6 – 9 p.m.
Nov. 21 & 22
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.
FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with Christmas carols. 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 22 – Jan. 5
FREE OKC Streetcar Rides (various locations) features complimentary fares on the OKC Streetcars on the weekends in celebration of their one year anniversary.
FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake.Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 – 3 p.m.
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. – 5 p.m.
Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling hand crafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4 & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children’s activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, a live entertainment and more. 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, pictures with Santa, refreshments, live Christmas music and games. Adults, $25; kids, $20. 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 27 – 29
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 in Downtown Edmond (28 E Main St) is a 5K and one-mile Family Wobble on Thanksgiving. Costumes are encouraged and dogs on leashes are welcome. Preregister to receive a shirt. Prices vary. 8 – 10 a.m.
OKC Turkey Tracks 5K in Downtown Oklahoma City (5th St & Harvey Ave) features a 5K and one-mile fun run on Thanksgiving Day. Strollers and dogs are welcome. Runners are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. $20-$35. 8:30 a.m.
Turkey Day 5K at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman) is a non-profit run on Thanksgiving Day benefiting Serve More. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. $25. 8:30 a.m. – noon.
FREE Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner at UCO’s Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr) is an annual holiday celebration open to all. The mission of the event is to provide food and fellowship to the entire Edmond community. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Holiday Activities and Events Happening Thanksgiving Weekend in OKC
Nov. 22 – Dec. 31
Polar Express Train Ride at 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, $45-$60; kids (2-11), $35-$50; kids (under 2), free. See website for departure times.
Paycom HoliDazzle Coat Drive at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Bring a new or gently used child- or adult-sized coat or cash donation to receive a complimentary photo with Santa, and $5 off that day’s admission to the museum.
Black Friday Fun Day at Andy Alligator’s Fun Park (3300 Market Pl, Norman) features a discount on a Fun Park wristband. $19.95. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
FREE OKC Tree Lighting Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features festive activities and photos with Santa. The mayor will light the Bricktown Christmas tree for the season. Friday, 5-7 p.m.
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. 29 – Dec. 22
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features two gigantic snow tubing slides and sparkling holiday décor. In order to celebrate opening day of LifeShare WinterFest and the OKC Tree Lighting Festival on Nov. 29, WinterFest tickets will cost $10 and will be valid for unlimited rides from 2 – 8 p.m. After tickets are $14. See website for hours.
It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features an ensemble cast and the story of the idealistic George Bailey. Best suited for ages 8 & up. $15-$30. Thursday & Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Nov. 29 – 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. Attendees can enjoy hands-on activities including writing letters to Santa, making toys and more. Kids, $15, one adult, free; additional adults, $6. See website for hours.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol at Lyric Plaza Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) features a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. $25 & up. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 & 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 – Jan. 5
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. 26. $47.99, online, $37.99. Friday & Saturday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m.
Small Business Saturday at Best of Books (1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond) features special sales, author signings, refreshments, the chance to meet Santa and more. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.
A Territorial Christmas Celebration opens in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a parade, Victorian Christmas celebrations, live entertainment and the Territorial Christmas Tree lighting. 5 p.m.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 22
FREE Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features local shops set up with holiday goods and gifts in geodesic domes in Midtown. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond
Opening Nov. 22
FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features a drive-thru display with more than one million holiday lights and a 118-foot Christmas tree lit. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m. through Dec. 25.
Opening Nov. 23
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 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
ILLUMINATIONS: Night Lights in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave). New this year, professional designers using the latest lighting technology take the Bridge’s holiday display beyond strings of lights and into a northern lights experience. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8; kids (2 & under), free. 6 – 9 p.m. through Jan. 5.
Opening Nov. 28
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. 29
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.
Opening Nov. 30
FREE A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features a Victorian Christmas celebration, historic home tours and a lighted parade at dusk on November 30.
Opening Dec. 2
FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a beautiful drive-thru holiday light display. 6 – 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.