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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 or leave a comment below. last updated on Oct. 31, 2023.]

2023 Winter Festivals

Nov. 4-Jan. 15

Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $14 with skate rental, $10 without, kids (under 5), $10. See website for hours of operation.

Nov. 16

FREE Oklahoma City 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 to meet Santa Claus, and the traditional countdown to the lighting of the Christmas tree with Mayor David Holt. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16-Jan. 7

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 three Saturdays, Dec. 2-16, with live entertainment, outdoor movies and more.

Nov. 17-18

Dickens on the Boulevard in Downtown Claremore (Main St, Claremore) features a Victorian-themed holiday festival with music, street dances, the chance to meet Santa and more. Free to attend. Friday & Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

Nov. 17-Dec. 31

Myriad & Bright! at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features illuminated trees, lighted pathways and lanterns outside, plus elaborate decor inside including the traditional poinsettia tree. Prices vary. See website for hours.

Nov. 17-Feb. 2

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features outdoor ice skating. $14, $9 without skates; members, $9. Monday-Thursday, 3-9 p.m.; Friday, 3-11 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Nov. 18-19

Luther Pecan Festival at Downtown Luther (Main Street, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Nov. 18-Dec. 29

FREE 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.

Nov. 18-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. 6-11 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.

FREE 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, carriage rides, live nativity scenes and more. 6-9 p.m.

Nov. 22-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. 22-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,

Nov. 23-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,

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. $10 per car. Sunday-Thursday, 5:30 – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 5:30-11 p.m.

Nov. 23-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. 24-Dec. 24

Merry Midtown (various locations) features festive opportunities, limited-time promotions and more. Free to attend. See website for schedule.

Nov. 24-Jan. 2

Winterfest in Downtown Tulsa (200 S Denver, Tulsa) features outdoor skating, holiday decor, 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.

Nov. 24-Dec. 17

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 the trees sell out. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 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. $7; kids (12 & under), $2. Friday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. 918-336-0307,

Nov. 24-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, take-and-make art projects, the chance to meet Santa and more. Adults, $22; kids (17 & under), $8; crafts, $5. See website for times.

Nov. 24-Dec. 30

Garden of Lights at the Tulsa Botanic Garden (3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr, Tulsa) features festive lights, a Wishing Tree, a holiday selfie photo booth, fire pits, seasonal snacks and more. 16 & up, $17; 3-15, $9 & 2 & under, free. Thursday-Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Nightly Dec. 7-30.

Nov. 25-Dec. 9

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

Nov. 25-Dec. 25

Winter Nights at Kingfisher Park (Park Rd, Kingfisher) features more than 60 lighted displays, the chance to meet Santa on Saturdays, train rides and more. Free to attend. Friday & Saturday, 6-10 p.m.; Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m.

Nov. 25-Jan. 1

FREE Holiday Lights at Scissortail Park (300 SW 7th St) features festive lights throughout the grounds with paths of luminaries, a 40-foot tall holiday tree and a giant menorah. 6-11  p.m.

Dec. 1-15

Conservatory After Hours – Myriad and Bright at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features live music, champagne and holiday lights. Attendees can also shop the Gardens Gift Shop and walk the lights glowing on the exterior grounds. Prices vary. Fridays, 5-7 p.m.

Dec. 1-25

FREE Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave,  Midwest City) features more than 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. 2

Honey Festival in Minco (Hwy 81 & 37, Minco) features honey plant tours, arts & crafts, dairy samples, kiddie tractor pull, the chance to meet Santa 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. 5:30-7 p.m. 918-287-1208,

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. 2-24

Winter Wonderland at the Gathering Place (2650 S John Williams Way E, Tulsa) features festive photo ops, story times, holiday train rides, a Winter Wonderland workshop and more. Free to attend. Saturday & Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Dec. 7

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. 5-9 p.m.

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

Dec. 8

FREE Shawnee Christmas Parade (Main St, Shawnee) features a “Christmas in Toyland” themed parade with marching bands, floats and a special appearance by Santa Claus. The parade will conclude with a fireworks display. 6:30-9 p.m.

Dec. 9

FREE Deck the Hall of Fame at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features crafts, activities for the whole family and the chance to meet Santa. This is a come-and-go event. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

FREE Snow Glow Second Saturday at Oklahoma Contemporary (11 NW 11th St) features art-making and winter fun including festive music, a hot chocolate bar, an indoor snowball fight area and face painting. 1-5 p.m.

Christmas on Main in Downtown Blanchard (Main & Broadway, Blanchard) features the chance to meet Santa, a Christmas concert and holiday parade. 2-8 p.m.

Dec. 10

FREE Menorah Lighting by the Chabad Community Center at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features a family-friendly celebration of the festival of lights and Hanukah. Enjoy traditional live music and dancing, carnival rides, hot kosher food and drinks, Dreidel Man giving out treats, a giant menorah lighting, public officials like Mayor Holt and more. 4:30-7 p.m.

Dec. 21

FREE Winter Solstice Observance at the First Americans Museum (659 First Americans Blvd) features a reflective experience with interpretive walks up the FAM Mound, prayer and a round dance. Then, observe the setting of the solstice sun through the Mound tunnel. 3-6 p.m.

Dec. 30

Noon Year’s Eve’s Eve at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features scavenger hunts, music, art-making, story time, refreshments and a countdown to noon with a balloon drop. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-noon.

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

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