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.
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1. Automobile Alley near downtown Oklahoma City presents a breathtaking display of holiday lights each winter. From Nov. 21 to Jan. 10, 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. 21 to Dec. 12 from 4 – 8 p.m. Enjoy activities for kids, special promotions and giveaways as well as complimentary carriage rides, outdoor movies and more.
2. 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.
According to city officials, there was substantial damage to trees in the park and to the light displays that had already been installed. Additionally, the storm caused the city staff to lose several days of installation work as personnel that would be involved in the installation has been redirected to clean up efforts in the city.
“This decision was made after much evaluation of the damage to the park and to the displays,” said City Manager Tim Lyon. “There’s simply not time to clean up the park and to repair and install displays before the holiday season.”
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, Spring Creek Plaza, Spring Creek Village, First Baptist Church, 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 the fun begins on Nov. 21 with a celebratory kickoff featuring food trucks, pop-up shops and live music. 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. The lights are open 6 – 11 p.m. nightly.
Challenge the family to take part in the Chill Your Cheeks holiday light 5K. Runners will make their way through the streets of Yukon, ending amid the lights.
5. 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!
In the News: Oklahoma’s second-ever contestant group on ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, Edmond’s Miranda Family Lights (19544 Talavera Ln, Edmond) will run until New Year’s Day.
To see more holiday lights in OKC and beyond, check out this list.