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Family-Friendly Winter Festivals

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There is always something to do in Oklahoma—and this festival guide is your comprehensive list to family-friendly fun around the state! Whether you are looking for a large festival in the Oklahoma City metro or an event with small-town charm, this guide can help you plan day and weekend trips in Oklahoma. There is family fun waiting to be explored in every corner of our state, so enjoy exploring with your family!

[Editor’s Note: This is a working list, so check back often for new listings. If you know of a festival or activity that you think should be included, please email the listing information to calendar@metrofamilymagazine.com or leave a comment below. last updated Nov. 10, 2021]

2021 Winter Festivals

Nov. 12-Jan. 3

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music, The Christmas Express train and food concessions. $13 with skate rental, $10 without, kids (under 5), $10. Train rides, $3. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 19-20

Dickens on the Boulevard in Downtown Claremore (Main St, Claremore) features a Victorian-themed holiday festival with living history demonstrations, a territorial marshals reenactment, live stage entertainment, food, pictures with Santa, a living nativity and more. Friday & Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

Nov. 19-Jan. 3

Winterfest in Downtown Tulsa (200 S Denver, Tulsa) features outdoor skating, Oklahoma’s tallest outdoor Christmas tree, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, holiday lights, the chance to meet Santa and more. Free to attend; skating, $12. See website for rink hours and event schedule. tulsawinterfest.com

Nov. 20-Jan. 2 

Holiday in the Park at Frontier City (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, the chance to meet Santa, rides, holiday shows, crafts, outdoor s’mores fire pits and more. Friday, 5-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 4-9 p.m.

Nov. 20-Jan. 9

FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway (NW 4th to 10th) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draped along the buildings on North Broadway. Open daily, dusk until dawn. The annual Lights on Broadway celebration is planned for four Saturdays, Nov. 20 – Dec. 11, with live entertainment, free carriage rides, outdoor movies and more.

Nov. 20  – Dec. 30

Ardmore Festival of Lights at Regional Park (2704 N Rockford Rd, Ardmore) features more than 125 animated displays in a beautiful drive-thru winter wonderland. Sunday – Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m. 580-223-7765, www.exploreardmore.com

Nov. 20 – Dec. 31

FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) celebrates the season with a festive light display featuring over 100 acres of twinkling lights. 6 – 10 p.m.

FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 N 9th St, Chickasha) is a top ten nationally recognized holiday light show featuring over 3.5 million lights, a computer-animated light show, carriage rides, pictures with Santa and cinnamon rolls. Donations accepted. Sunday -Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m.

FREE Edmond Holiday Light Displays in Downtown Edmond (Various locations). Enjoy holiday lights displays throughout the city in Downtown Edmond, UCO and OC campuses.

Crystal Christmas in Crystal Beach Park (108 Temple Houston Dr, Woodward) features over two million Christmas lights and displays as well as lighted train rides, live nativity scenes and more. 6 – 10 p.m. www.woodwardchamber.com

Nov. 24-Dec. 31

FREE Lights from the Heart at Purcell Lake (1400 Chandler Rd, Purcell) features a wonderland of Christmas holiday light displays. The two mile, drive-through light display runs along the lakeshore beginning at Chandler Road, ending at Highway 39 on the northeast side of Purcell. 5:30-10 p.m.

Nov. 25 – Dec. 31

Castle Christmas at the Castle in Muskogee (3400 West Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee) features a lighting display, hayrides, pony & camel rides, Santa Claus, and more. Prices vary. See website for full schedule of activities. Thanksgiving – New Year’s Eve, 5:30 – 10 p.m. 918-687-3625, www.okcastle.com

FREE Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park (1400 Honor Heights Dr, Muskogee) features over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds. 5:30 – 10 p.m. 918-682-2401, www.visitmuskogee.com

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE) 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. 6-10 p.m.

Nov. 25-Jan. 2

FREE Rhema Christmas Lights at Rhema Bible Church (1025 W Kenosha St, Broken Arrow) features over two million lights and over 100,000 shimmering bulbs synchronized to Christmas music. Visitors can drive through the lights in their own vehicle, get out of the car and walk around the park, or view the spectacular displays from a carriage. The lights shine every night from 5:30 – 11:30 p.m. 918-258-1588, rhemalights.org

Nov. 26-Dec. 19

Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features dozens of independent shops and an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School. Shops rotate weekly & the tree lot is available until trees sell out. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville)features more than 750,000 glistening lights and decorations on the museum’s grounds. $6; kids (12 & under), $1. Friday-Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m. 918-336-0307, www.woolaroc.org

Nov. 26-Dec. 24

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa) features thousands of holiday lights, music and more. Celebrate the season with hot cocoa, musical light shows, take-and-make art projects, the chance to meet Santa and more. Adults, $16; kids (17 & under), $6; crafts, $5. See website for times.

Nov. 26-Jan. 2

Garden of Lights at the Tulsa Botanic Garden (3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr, Tulsa) features festive lights, a Wishing Tree, holiday selfie photo booth, fire pits, seasonal snacks and more. 16 & up, $15; 3-15, $6 & 2 & under, free. Thursday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. tulsabotanic.org

Nov. 27-Dec. 11

A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma)a lighted Christmas parade, home tours and Victorian Walk nights. See website for activity schedule. 5-9 p.m.

Nov. 27 -Dec. 26

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features thousands of holiday lights, music and more. Re-imagined as an all outdoor experience, there will be more lights and music this year to celebrate the holidays in a safe setting. Sip cocoa by the fire, say hello to Santa (from afar!) and take home a one-of-kind art project. Advanced registration required. Adults, $15; kids (17 & under), $3; crafts, $5. Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Dec. 2

FREE Home for the Holidays in Downtown Tuttle (221 W Main St, Tuttle) features carolers, vendors, children’s crafts, live choir performances, sweet treats, tree lighting and a Christmas parade. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a picture. 6-9 p.m.

FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee) features a festive parade and an appearance by Santa. 7-9 p.m.

FREE Christmas Parade of Lights in Downtown Stillwater (8th Ave and Main St, Stillwater) features decorative floats, music and tons of family fun. 7 p.m.

Dec. 2-25

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.

Dec. 3-4

Luther Pecan Festival at Couch Pecan Orchard (19020-19458 N Luther Rd, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Will’s County Christmas at Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch (9501 E 380 Rd, Oologah) features storytelling, Wild West shootouts, children’s crafts, 19th-century games, carriage rides, shooting gallery, music, vendors, and food trucks. Guests will also have the opportunity to take a Wild West hayride by the shores of Oologah Lake. FREE; hayrides (15 & older), $5. 5-9 p.m.

Dec. 4

Honey Festival in Minco (Hwy 81 & 37, Minco) features a large arts & crafts fair, tours of the Ross Honey Company and Great Plains Cotton Gin, carriage rides, free food samples, entertainment from Lucas Ross, a kid’s toy tractor pull, great local shopping and restaurants, food trucks, a honey bake-off, Santa Claus and more. Free to attend. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1305 S Agnew) features a parade, Christmas music and the chance to meet Cowboy Santa. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Christmas Parade of Lights in Pawhuska (210 W Main St, Pawhuska) features lighted floats, a visit from Santa Claus and more. Visitors can also enjoy food and drink vendors, horse-drawn carriage rides and photos with Santa. 5:30 p.m. 918-287-1208, www.pawhuskachamber.com

FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (201 W Daws St, Norman) features a parade with festive floats, marching bands and an appearance by Santa. 6 p.m.

Dec. 11

FREE Tulsa Christmas Parade in Downtown Tulsa (E 6th St, Tulsa) features floats, bands, drill teams, dancers and giant balloons. 11 a.m. tulsachristmasparade.org

Christmas on Main in Downtown Blanchard (Main & Broadway, Blanchard) features the chance to meet Santa, crafts, hot cocoa, train rides and hay rides, plus a Christmas concert and holiday parade. 2:30-8:30 p.m.

Dec. 17-Jan. 2

Winter Wonderland at the Gathering Place (2650 S John Williams Way E, Tulsa) features lights, the chance to meet Santa, train rides, carolers, a holiday market and more. Free to attend. 5-8 p.m.

Dec. 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!)

Opening Night at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features music, mural competition, and a children’s area with the themed hands-on art projects and concludes with a bang at the midnight fireworks extravaganza. $8. 7 p.m. – midnight.

Want to see the festivals and fairs happening year-round in Oklahoma? Check out our festival guides for all seasons.

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