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Family-Friendly Winter Festivals

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 or leave a comment below. last updated Oct. 25, 2019]

2019 Winter Festivals

Nov. 8 – 10

Beavers Bend Folk Festival and Craft Show at the Forest Heritage Center Museum in Beavers Bend State Park (US-259, Broken Bow) features arts & crafts exhibitors, quilters, storytelling, barnyard petting zoo, children’s activity area with crafts, food vendors and more. Free to attend. Friday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Nov. 8 – Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. Members, $7; nonmember, $13, $8 for guests who bring their own skates. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 15 – Jan. 5

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 22 & 23

Dickens on the Boulevard in Downtown Claremore (Main St, Claremore) features a Victorian-themed holiday festival with living history demonstrations, Territorial Marshals re-enactment, festive shops and decorated boutiques and more. Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Nov. 22 – Dec. 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.

Nov. 23 – Jan. 11

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. A special open house is planned for Nov. 18 with holiday window displays, children’s activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, a live entertainment and more.

Nov. 23  – 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,

Nov. 23 – 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, Spring Creek Plaza, Spring Creek Village, First Baptist Church, UCO and OC campuses.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 29

FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides at Bricktown Water Taxi (111 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. All ages welcome. Thursday-Sunday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Nov. 28 – Dec. 31

Castle Christmas at the Castle in Muskogee (3400 West Fern Mountain Rd, Muskogee) features 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,

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,

Nov. 28 – Jan. 1

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,

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. 29 – Dec. 22

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 through a set of geodesic domes & the tree lot is available until trees sell out. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd, Bartlesville). Ride a wagon or stroll the grounds to enjoy more than 750,000 glistening lights, decorating the museum’s grounds and facilities, as well as live entertainment, refreshments and the chance to meet Santa. Adults, $6; kids (11 & under), $1. Friday-Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m. 918-336-0307,

Nov. 29 – Dec. 28

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features garden lights, art, a LEGO Village, live music, concessions, shopping and more. The museum stays open late on select nights during the holiday season. See website for a schedule of events. Adults, $9; kids (17 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 31

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 pictures with Santa Claus. 6 – 10 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Jan. 1

FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display in Bricktown lines the canal with twinkling lights. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides certain nights of the week. Opens at dusk daily.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 22

“A Classic Christmas” at the Artesian Hotel Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features classic Christmas festivities all month long including lavish decorations, carolers, carriage rides and a Breakfast with Santa. Prices vary. See website for schedule of events.

Nov. 30 – Dec. 14

A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a Victorian Christmas celebrations including a parade, historic home tours, candlelit trolley rides, carolers in early-1900s dress and decorated store windows complete with re-enactors depicting Victorian-era Guthrie.  Free lighted Christmas parade at dusk on Nov 30. See website for a complete schedule of events.

Nov. 29 – Dec. 31

Festival Nights at the Philbrook Museum of Art (2727 S Rockford Rd, Tulsa ) features garden lights, art, a LEGO Village, live music, concessions, shopping and more. The museum stays open late on select nights during the holiday season. See website for a schedule of events. Adults, $15; kids (17 & under), $3. Friday & Saturday, 6 – 9 p.m.

Dec. 1 – 31

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,

Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22

Christmas in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) features free carriage rides from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., historic tours on select weeks, Santa and musical entertainment. The celebration begins with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting on Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. and continues each Saturday until Christmas.

Dec. 1 – 31

West Bend Winterland at the Claremore Expo Center (400 Veterans Pkwy, Claremore) features ice skating rink, pictures with Santa, real reindeer borrowed from the North Pole, shopping, and more. Free to attend; participation prices vary. See website for a complete schedule of events. 918-342-5357,

FREE River Lights in Tulsa (41st & Riverside, Tulsa) features a dazzling display of lights, live performers and free refreshments. 3 p.m. 918-596-200,

Dec. 2 – 31

FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a drive-through beautiful holiday light display. 6-9 p.m. nightly.

Dec. 4 – 13

FREE Red Earth Treefest at OSU/OKC Student Center (900 N Portland) features seven Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the diverse Native cultures. Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 5

FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee). Watch as Santa leads his team of eight reindeer down Main Street, ushered in by lively dancers and more. 7 p.m.

Dec. 7

FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1305 S Agnew) features a holiday parade with longhorn steers, authentic cowboys, antique cars, equestrian clubs and native dancers. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry after the parade and pose for pictures. Food trucks and street performers round out this festive event. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

FREE Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features moon bounces, gift wrapping contest, musical performances, crafts for kids, the chance to meet Santa and more. 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dec. 7 & 8

FREE Devon’s Weekends with Santa at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a variety of holiday-themed activities and the an opportunity to meet Santa. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dec. 8

FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at Historic Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno) features a timeless celebration from German and American folklore with cannons and guns blasting, snacks, story-telling and a visit from Santa. 2 – 4 p.m.

Dec. 14

FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave, Norman) features a lighted parade with bands, floats, Santa and a variety of Christmas characters. 6 p.m.

Dec. 31 (NEW YEAR’S EVE!)

Opening Night in Downtown OKC is a family-oriented New Year’s Eve celebration at various venues downtown featuring live music, impromptu comedy and magic, children’s activities, fireworks and New Year countdown. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5 are FREE. 7 p.m. – midnight.

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

special thanks to @projectprincessok

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