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Oklahoma City Thanksgiving Events

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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 Oct. 29, 2021)

Through Dec. 24

PAMBE Ghana Global Market (2420 N. Robinson) 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. Noon – 6 p.m.

Nov. 6-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.

Nov. 12-Jan. 3

Edmond Ice Rink opens at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features ice skating, a Christmas train ride, holiday music and food concessions. $13 with skate rental, $10 without; kids (under 5), $10. See website for hours of operation and special events.

Nov. 19-Jan. 31

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). $14 with skate rental, $9 without. See website for hours of operation and special events.

Nov. 18

CANCELED – FREE OKC Tree Lighting Festival 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. 19

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.

FREE Movie on the Lawn at Chisholm Creek (1332 W Memorial Rd) features an outdoor screening of Elf. 7 p.m.

Nov. 19-20

The Santa Market at State Fair Park 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.

Nov. 19-Jan. 2

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

Nov. 19-Jan. 3

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. 20

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

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. 20 & 27, Dec. 4 & 11

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. 4 – 7 p.m.

Nov. 20-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. 24-26

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.

Nov. 25

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). 8-10 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. $30-$35. 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. $20 & up. 8:30-11:30 a.m.
FREE Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner at UCO’s Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr) features a drive-through meal service on a first-come, first-serve basis from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov 26-27
Cleveland  County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 Robinson St, Norman) features home decorating, handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by over 90 crafters. Parking and admission are free, and refreshments will be available at the on-site concession stand. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nov. 27

FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (13101 Alameda Dr, Norman) features an information session and a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. 12:45-4 p.m.

FREE Open World Family Tours at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features tours geared specifically to families, along with free art kits for kids to take home and make their own video game-inspired creations. Noon-5 p.m.

 

Holiday Activities and Events Happening Thanksgiving Weekend in OKC

Nov. 13-Dec. 28

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, $40-$67; kids (2-11), $33-$63. See website for a schedule of departure times.

Nov. 17 – 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. 18

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. 24

Hip Hop Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a contemporary dance spectacle set to Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. $30 & up. 7 p.m.

Nov. 26

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.

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. 26 – Dec. 19

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. 26-Dec. 23

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features an ensemble cast that brings the holiday classic to life as a 1940s radio broadcast. Best suited for ages 8 & up. $25-$35. Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Nov. 26 – 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. 26-Jan. 2

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-Jan. 6

Silver Flyer Holiday Lights Tours at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features golf cart tours of the Park’s holiday lights for any guest with limited mobility. Evening tours during the holidays are available Thursdays through Sundays. Accommodates up to four guests. Member, $10; nonmember,$15. See website for times.

Nov. 27-Dec. 11

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. 28
FREE Chanukah Celebration at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features live music and entertainment, special treats for children, traditional foods, a giant menorah lighting and more. Mayor Holt, Police Chief Gourley, Congresswoman Bice and other public officials will be there to greet the community. The event is family-friendly and open to all. 5 p.m.

Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond

Opening Nov. 6

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. 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, 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 certain nights of the week. Open at dusk.

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. 24

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. 25

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. 26

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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