December brings endless strands of brilliant Christmas lights to the Oklahoma City area. While you can’t miss the beautiful lights throughout your neighborhoods and along all OKC’s streets, there are a few holiday lights that glow extra bright. These five festive holiday light displays in and around the Oklahoma City metro certainly stick in our memories as some of the best ways to celebrate the season.
For even more seasonal fun, check out our Winter Fun Guides.
1. Back after three decades, the Oklahoma City Zoo will once again glitter and sparkle during their Safari Lights. Families can drive-thru the zoo to see interactive light displays celebrating endangered animals and animals at the zoo. The wildlife-themed, 1-mile path wraps around the zoo and exits near the Children’s Zoo area where even more festive fun and lights await. Inside the Children’s Zoo, the walkable holiday experience features insta-worthy photo opportunities, Santa and tasty seasonal treats. Then, to top it all off, the Miranda family, Oklahoma’s second-ever contestant group on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, designed a synchronized light show for the zoo’s entry plaza.
The drive-thru experience is $60 per car, $50 for Zoofriends members, and four tickets are included for the walkable activities in the Children’s Zoo and The Canopy restaurant. Families can opt for just the walkable activities for $12 per person, $10 for Zoofriends members, for ages 3 and up. Timed tickets are required, and families can make their reservations for the night they would like to visit in advance online.
2. Automobile Alley near downtown Oklahoma City presents a breathtaking display of holiday lights each winter. From Nov. 20 to Jan. 9, visit Broadway Avenue between N.W. 4th and N.W. 10th to see more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draped over buildings in a dazzling display of Christmas cheer. The light display is easily seen from your car, but if you want to truly get into the holiday spirit you should get out and take it in on foot. Or, hop aboard the OKC Streetcar and tour lights all around downtown. The lights are on daily from dusk to dawn.
For a jumpstart on your holiday fun, set your calendars to attend Lights on Broadway on Saturdays from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11 from 4 – 7 p.m. Enjoy activities for kids, special promotions and giveaways as well as complimentary carriage rides, outdoor movies and more.
Downtown in December boasts several other light displays including Illumination at Union Station, a light show set to music. Scissortail Park will also have paths of luminaries, a 40-foot tall holiday tree and a giant menorah.
3. Just outside Oklahoma City, Edmond glows with the Christmas spirit throughout the month of December. Brilliant light displays can be found in downtown Edmond, the UCO and OC campuses and the newest addition, Luminance at Mitch Park. So load up and drive throughout town to see different displays spread throughout the area.
Mitch Park will be aglow with interactive, 3D lighted displays and families can also take a spin on the ice at the Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink.
4. Head west to Yukon for their annual Christmas in the Park Celebration. The drive-thru display covers three park complexes with nearly three miles of illuminated fun, 5 million twinkling lights and over 425 one-of-a-kind lighted displays. See the lights from your car or hop aboard the Santa Express Train in Chisholm Trail Park for an up-close view, weather permitting. Returning again this year, the Yukon Ice Rink at Chisholm Trail Park features 4,100 square feet of real ice so families can take in the festive sights from the ice. The lights are open 6 – 11 p.m. nightly.
5. Just as the name suggests, the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular is nothing short of spectacular. The city transforms Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (8500 E. Reno Ave.) into a winter wonderland with more than 100 Christmas light displays. The most impressive is the 118-foot Christmas tree sparkling with 9,000 festive bulbs. This drive-through display is a great way to celebrate the season with the whole family. Load up the car and stock up on cocoa to make the trip through the dazzling display.
Bonus! – Even before it was featured on the television show “Great Christmas Light Fight,” the Downs Family Christmas was known for its brilliant holiday light display. This light display makes the list not just for featuring more than 18 miles of stunning light strands, but because visitors take canned food and monetary donations that benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. It’s a win for everyone!
To see more holiday lights in OKC and beyond, check out this list.