Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma in 2018-2019. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date while everything else is alphabetical.
This guide is regularly updated, so check back. Some listings may be placeholders and so if you see a dates from last year, then I haven’t been able to confirm the event for this year at the time.
- Arts and Entertainment
- Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights, and other Bright Spots
- Dining Expereinces
- Holiday Shopping Events
- Performing Arts, Concerts, and Parades
Christmastime is coming to Enid with numerous family-friendly events, concerts, and performances scheduled throughout the season. Beginning in November, visitors to Enid can enjoy holiday décor and yuletide cheer at various local businesses and events.
Christmas in the Park makes its debut with a fun, free event for all ages on Saturday, November 24, 2018. From 6 to 9 pm, guests to Meadowlake Park can enjoy cookie decorating, storytelling, ornament and toy making, writing a letter to and taking pictures with Santa, partaking in festive games and riding carnival rides, including a carousel. A train that tours the park will also be running for $2 per person per ride. Christmas in the Park will also take place on December 1, 8 and 15 from 6 to 9 pm.
Throughout the month of December, visitors can step back in time during Christmas in the Village as Humphrey Heritage Village at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center is transformed to replicate Christmastime as it was more than 100 years ago. Opening night is Friday, December 7 from 5 to 8 pm and includes guided tours through the historic buildings decorated for the season, live entertainment, ornament decorating and children’s crafts. Tickets are $10 per person or $25 for a family up to five. Beginning Saturday, December 8, admission to the village to view the decorations is included in museum admission, which is $7 per person. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. All exhibits will be closed on Christmas Day.
WHERE: Artesian Hotel
1001 West 1st Street, Sulphur
Celebrate a Christmas your family at The Artesian Hotel this holiday season as they’re bringing back the tradition of a “Classic Christmas” with horse-drawn carriage rides, carolers, gingerbread workshop, storytime with Mrs. Claus, breakfast with Santa and even an appearance by a live reindeer. Other events include Carriage Rides from Sweet Swirlz at the Artesian, Chickasaw National Recreation Area Candlelight Tours, Breakfast with Santa in the Artesian Hotel Ballroom, and more.
Full events here: https://artesianhotel.com/classicchristmas/
WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 9 – January 27, 2019
COST: The Myriad Botanical Gardens transforms into an icy entertainment zone. The Devon Ice Rink hosts daily public skating, private parties, and special events all winter long. $13 per person for all ages (includes skates). $8 for guests who bring their own skates. Myriad Garden Members skate for $7 (includes skates). More details here.
WHERE: Midtown Mutts Dog Park
409 West Park Place, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Bring the pups and enjoy a pet-friendly Dog Day in December holiday party fundraiser on Saturday, December 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (407 W. Park Pl.), benefiting the Midtown Association.
Dogs can take photos with Santa (printed on site) for $10 each and enjoy complimentary “puppuccinos.” Goodie bags stuffed with dog treats, toys, and Midtown swag will be available for purchase for $20.00 each. Each goodie bag will include a ticket to the “After Party at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops” where guests will receive a beer ticket to The Big Friendly Beer Bus. The event is free and open to all ages, but beverages and photos with Santa will have a suggested donation.
Downtown in December is a series of holiday events and attractions in Oklahoma City. It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties that are all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights.
WHERE: Mitch Park
1501 West Covell Road, Edmond
Mitch Park in Edmond is home to an outdoor ice skating rink and a holiday light trail. Luminance is the new walk-thru holiday light display that will be open to the public at the park during the month of December. For this first full year, there will be twenty 3-D displays for visitors to enjoy.
WHERE: Downtown Guthrie
WHEN: November – December
Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas began as a hometown holiday event in 1995 when a group of merchants and citizens decided to celebrate Christmas as it had been in the early days of the Oklahoma Territory after the Land Run of 1889. Their biggest drawn is the Victorian Walk Evenings where you can spend an evening strolling brick streets enjoying life as it was in Christmas’s past.
Windows throughout the Downtown Historic District come alive with living scenes depicting the joys of the season. During the Victorian Walk Evenings, watch for roving carolers and peanut vendors in the streets, shopkeepers and elegant folks dressed for the celebration in period costumes and the welcoming ambiance you’ve come to expect in Historic Guthrie.
WHERE: Frontier City
11501 North I-35 Service Road, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 23 – January 6, 2019
Enjoy Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows and more at Frontier City every weekend this holiday season.
WHERE: Red Earth Art Center
6 Santa Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK
WHEN: November 19 through January 4, 2019
Red Earth celebrates the Christmas season with a decidedly Native Twist this year during the fourth annual Red Earth Treefest scheduled November 19 through January 4, 2019. This popular family Holiday Tradition features 25 Christmas Trees decorated with handmade ornaments and art objects created by Oklahoma Native Tribes. Ornaments on each Christmas tree will showcase the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call Oklahoma home.
LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The Winterfest celebration will include outdoor ice skating, photographs with “Segway Santa,” a towering tree, horse and carriage rides, and delicious concessions in Downtown Tulsa. Tulsa boasts one of the nation’s largest ice rinks with 9,000 square feet of perfectly layered ice.
LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 30, 2018 – December 30, 2018
Gathering Place transforms into a Winter Wonderland, spreading holiday cheer with lights, performances, festive food and drink and much more. Winter Wonderland will activate the entire Park, creating a one-of-a-kind experience unlike anything Tulsa has seen before! The Winter Wonderland will bring thousands of lights to twinkle through Chapman Adventure Playground, sparking imaginations and creating new holiday traditions for the whole family.
The Winter Wonderland Holiday Market will occur every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night starting November 30, from 5 – 8 p.m., as well as every night the last week of December (24th – 30th). Guests can walk through the Winter Wonderland of lights, explore the European-styled Holiday Market, enjoy live music and performances, indulge in festive food and drinks, and take a ride on a themed train. All events are FREE with the exception of retail and food/beverage purchases.
WHERE: 4th to 10th Street on Broadway Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 18, 2017 – January 1, 2018
From 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Aveune in Oklahoma City, stroll through Automobile Alley’s colorful walls of lights. Open every night from Saturday, November 17th until January 1. Colorful LED lights drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway making for a magical holiday wonderland. The Lights On Broadway Opening event on will be on Saturday, November 17th from 4 pm to 8 pm for those wanting to discovering the Alley “in the new old-fashioned way!”
WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 23, 2018 – January 1, 2019
ADMISSION: Parking fee varies by location/time
The Bricktown Canal Lights display will brighten your Bricktown experience. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC’s premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The light display is free to the public. Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events on his segway and delivers goodies for both kids and adults.
Take the Free Holiday Taxi Ride on Thursdays through Sundays from November 23 – December 30, 2018. The narrated and holiday-themed Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides will begin at the main Water Taxi dock on canal level, below the entrance to Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse and Brickopolis. The tours will run on a continuous loop through Bricktown, turning around near the Residence Inn by Marriott (in Lower Bricktown), and returning to the loading dock. All of the canal’s holiday decorations will be visible on the tour. Each round trip is estimated to take 20-30 minutes.
STARTING POINT: Holiday Pop-Up Shops
399 NW 10th Street, Oklahoma City
Experience downtown Oklahoma City’s Holiday lights in whole new way by biking through Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills with Ride OKC. You’ll see stunning festive light displays while listening to your favorite holiday tunes. Worried about being cold? We have you covered with a warm and delicious cup of hot chocolate from Katy Bug’s Sips and Sweets.
This tour is offered for $15 with $5 of each ride going to a local charity. It lasts 1.5 hours, and includes a unique experience, local guide, bottle of water, and hot chocolate. Don’t own a bike? Just add a bike or kids trailer rental at check out.
WHEN: November 17 – December 31, 2018
ADMISSION: Free, however, cost for events
Through the power of community spirt, Chickasha’s Festival of Lights is a worthy visit. All decorations are designed and hand-made in Chickasha with the help of thousands of volunteers. This free event does have some paid extras, such as bus tours, carriage rides, laser tag, camel rides, and photos with Santa available for a charge. For more information, directions, and special event dates, visit their chickashafestivaloflight.org.
WHERE: 3400 West Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee
WHEN: November 22 – December 31, 2018
At the Christmas Kingdom, drive through Castleton Village, filled with over thousands of holiday inflatables and colorful lights, creating an unforgettable display. Open every night, Thanksgiving Day through New Year’s Eve. Admission is FREE, though donations are gratefully accepted.
Take a hayride or a carriage ride through the Village, or ride the ponies or the camel! Don’t miss the petting zoo. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace.
WHERE: Downs Family Home
2900 72nd Avenue SE, Norman
WHEN: November 22 to December 31, 2018
With over 18 miles of light strands, the Downs Family transforms their countryside property into a Christmas Musical Experience, syncing up several Christmas songs to lights. The experience is similar to going to a drive-in movie where patrons would park on the field, turn their radio to 107.1 FM, and watch the show. The show is free with them only collecting food and cash donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
WHERE: Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, OK 74401
WHEN: November 23, 2017 to January 01, 2018
The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents Garden of Lights, a display of over 1.2 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. A beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music as you drive through the park. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and gift shop.
WHERE: Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street, Tulsa
WHEN: Sunday, November 25, 2018
The annual holiday lighting spectacular and Tulsa Tradition, GLOW on the Green, features an afternoon of live holiday music and special performances, a winter market with the best local vendors and craft makers, a holiday-inspired drink and food menu from the on-site restaurant, and a visit from Santa & Mrs. Claus!
Besides the opening event, the GLOW on the Green festivities continues with the First Friday Art Walk and other days throughout the month of December.
WHERE: Chandler Community Center
6500 West 21st Street, Tulsa
WHEN: November 24-December 31, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 6p-9p
Chandler Park with be ablaze with the sights and sounds of the holiday spirit during November and December with the annual Holiday Lights on the Hill event. The public is invited to take a drive through three miles of bright lights and whimsical displays in celebration of Christmas. In addition to the lights display, the park will offer horse-drawn carriage rides and even a special visit from Santa.
WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno, Oklahoma City
There’s a new take on holiday lighting inside the Crystal Bridge Conservatory beginning Friday, November 23, 2018, through January 1, 2019. Professional designers from Lightswitch, Toucan Productions, HYBYCOZO and used the latest technology to take the Myriad Botanical Gardens’ holiday display to the next level, beyond strings of lights.
WHERE: Oklahoma City
Mon – Thu:6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Fri – Sat: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Sun: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Neighborhood of animated Christmas lights! Coming from I-40, head North along Council Road until you reach 23rd Street. Turn left, heading west to the Graham Ave where you’ll turn left to start seeing the lights. Tune your car radio to 107.1 FM to hear the music. They accept canned good donations.
ADMISSION: Free – donations welcomed, cost for carriage rides
WHEN: November 16 - December 30, 2018
Sunday – Thursday: 6 – 10 PM | Friday – Saturday: 6 – 11 PM
Midwest City’s holiday lights shine brightly each night the Friday before Thanksgiving through December 30; Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday-Saturday 6pm -11pm. Admission is free, though they offer a romantic horse drawn carriage ride through the shimmering lights on Friday and Saturday nights or by appointment for a fee. Enjoy the amazing 118 foot Christmas tree illuminated with over 9,000 LED bulbs, the impressive tunnel of lights, Santa fly fishing in a 15 foot waterfall, elves baking in the candy factory and so much more!
To get to the lights from I-40 or I-240 exit Douglas Blvd. North and follow the Snowflakes heading West on S.E 15th to the entrance at Century Blvd.
WHERE: Tulsa County Helicopters
200 Lear Jet Lane, Tulsa
ADMISSION: Starting at $65 per person
See holiday lights from the unique perspective of a helicopter. Skip the traffic and fly with Tulsa County Helicopters.
ADMISSION: $6 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under
WHEN: November 23 – December 23, 2018
A wonderful holiday tradition returns again this year at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve with the spectacular Wonderland of Lights. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland! The lights will be turned on Friday, November 23 and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 23rd. Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $6 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under.
“This is truly one of those wonderful family traditions for so many people,” said Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser. “We have families who meet here at Woolaroc each year to celebrate their ‘family Christmas’ during our lights. In addition to the lights, we have wagon rides, live entertainment, Santa Claus in the Museum, hot cider/hot chocolate and cookies for sale in the Lodge; and, if you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of the Holiday Horseman, covered in lights, riding across the grounds. To have the chance to walk the grounds as holiday music drifts through the trees, enjoying the lights, hearing the laughter of children – this is the way things should be this time of year,” said Fraser.
Entertainment will be in the Heritage Theater almost every Friday and Saturday night, and a schedule of performances will be distributed at the Front Gate when guests arrive. Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view, seen only this time of year, of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights.
Woolaroc is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 and 45 miles NW of Tulsa. For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 10 or 11.
ADMISSION: Free – Donations welcomed
It’s time for Yukon’s breathtaking Christmas in the Park, a magical wonderland of visual entertainment offered starting Saturday, November 17 at 6:30 p.m., then running from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. every night through New Year’s Eve. Motorists drive along nearly three miles of illuminated fun in three inter-connected city parks to see 4 million twinkling lights and over 425 one-of-a-kind lighted displays.
Christmas in the Park, which started with a handful of displays in one park, has increased in popularity every year. Now, the event is a popular holiday tourist destination. In recent years, people from across Oklahoma and 48 different states took the tour.
Christmas in the Park covers 100 rolling park acres that are lavishly decorated top to bottom every year. It features one-of-a-kind light displays that change every few feet. Many people enjoy parking their cars and taking a leisurely self-guided tour along the 2.2 miles of walking trails. Various costumed Christmas characters are often in the parks and are happy to pose for photos.
Rides on the Santa Express Train are offered every night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., weather permitting. Tickets are $2 per person at the train depot located inside Chisholm Trail Park, 500 W Vandament. Children under three ride for FREE! The train loops through Chisholm Trail Park at 500 W Vandament.
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantel Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Sunday, December 1, 2018 at 5 pm
The entire community is encouraged to join in a display of light, joy, solidarity and an expression of the great American spirit and freedom. The Grand Chanukah Celebration will feature a giant Menorah lighting, live music, hot latkes, doughnuts, and a light and fire entertainment show.
None announced for 2018 at this time.
WHERE: OKC Farmer’s Public Market
311 South Klein Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 11 AM – 5 PM
ADMISSION: $4 to $18
Featuring food trucks, live music by Heartbreak Rodeo, Holiday Shopping with some of the best local Oklahoma vendors, wine tastings, photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, planting station, and more. Free parking! This event is benefiting The Homeless Alliance in Oklahoma City.
WHERE: Edmond Community Center
28 East Main Street, Edmond
WHEN: November 16-17, 2018
Please join the Santa Market for their 9th Annual Santa Market Craft Show benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma! In 7 years, they’ve raised over $70,000.00 for Alzheimer’s! New this year: they will a have Friday Night Shopping! The event kicks off on Friday, November 16 from 5-9:00 PM and Saturday, November 17, 2018, 9 AM to 5 PM. Shop from over 100 vendors, enjoy fantastic food from our food trucks, a silent auction, Free Photos with Santa, Free shopping bags filled with goodies to the first 1000 customers, Free admission, Free Parking, and more! Held at the Downtown Edmond Community Center.
WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 23 — December 23, 2018
A holiday shopping village in the heart of Midtown! Visit over 50 independent shops, an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School and much more at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes and the tree lot is available until trees sell out.
WHERE: Leadership Square
211 North Robinson, Downtown Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Deluxe Winter Market offers free admission in Downtown Oklahoma City, where unique makers show and sell their work to enthusiastic shoppers from all over the region. The show is open one day only on Small Business Saturday, November 24 from 11 am to 5 pm at Leadership Square in Downtown Oklahoma City. Learn more at DeluxeOK.net.
WHERE: Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market
WHEN: Sunday, December 3, 2018 at 12 PM – 6 PM
Sleigh Bells Market returns to the OKC Farmers Market Building in Oklahoma City! LOTS of vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods! Holiday drinks will be served by the Farmers Market Bar. Owned and produced by Revolve Productions.
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 South Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 15-16, 2018
Holly Jolly Shops at the Brick is a two day event featuring some amazing retailers, food and fun on the concourse of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Come enjoy holiday shopping in a festive atmosphere. Produced by Revolve Productions.
WHERE: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 16 – December 16, 2018
In Junie B Jones’ world things are very clear – Christmas means you get presents, elf costumes are awesome, and May is a blabbermouth tattletale. Things are going so well, until she pulls May as her Secret Santa! With Santa watching her like hawk what will Junie B do? Based on the best-selling Junie B Jones books. Call 951-0011 for tickets and showtimes or visit oklahomachildrenstheatre.org
WHERE: 120 West Harrison Avenue, Guthrie
WHEN: November 23 – December 23, 2018
The beloved American holiday classic, It’s a Wonderful Life, comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast at The Pollard Theatre. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.
WHERE: Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District
725 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 23 – December 24, 2018
Go on a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future! The spectacular Oklahoma holiday tradition returns with the 2018 edition of Charles Dickens’ classic. Featuring stunning sets, sparkling costumes and a cast of beloved characters that will get your entire family in the holiday spirit!
WHERE: The Boom!
2218 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 23 – December 23, 2018
SCROOGE IN ROUGE, is a hysterical quick-change, cross-dressing version of the Charles Dickens Christmas classic. Playing at The Boom this holiday season, the show abounds in bad puns, bawdy malapropisms, naughty double-entendres, and extremely witty songs. There may be a few missed cues, some ill-fitting costumes, (and no one to play Tiny Tim!), but SCROOGE IN ROUGE is a raucous holiday treat!
WHERE: Gaslight Theatre
221 North Independence, Enid
WHEN: November 30, December 1-2 & 6-8, 2018
Capture the spirit of Christmas with this timeless classic at the Gaslight Theatre in Enid! Miracle on 34th Street takes place between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day in New York City, and focuses on the impact of a department store Santa Claus who claims to be the real Santa. If you really believe, anything can happen.
WHERE: Stockyards City Main Street
1307 South Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 1, 2018 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
In Stockyards City, ring in the holiday season with the Cowboy Christmas Parade starting off the stampede of longhorn steers, followed by parade participants, and their own Cowboy Santa. You won’t see a parade like this one! After the parade, enjoy refreshments and entertainment while shopping at the District-wide Open House from Stockyards City merchants. You’ll be able to enjoy a festive and historical atmosphere as carolers, street actors and the Guthrie Gunfighters roam the district. There will also be free carriage rides in antique horse-drawn vehicles and Santa will be at the Centennial Rodeo Opry giving free presents and posing for photos.
WHERE: Oklahoma City Improv Theatre
1757 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 2018
It’s the most hilarious time of the year as OKC Improv spreads it’s annual holiday cheer by bringing multiple nights (with extended show times) of nonstop laughter!
WHERE: Seretean Center
132 Seretean Center, Stillwater
WHEN: December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM – 9 PM
The OSU Symphony Orchestra presents their 2nd annual Holiday Pops featuring music from The Polar Express, Frozen, Mannheim Steamroller, and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
WHERE: Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main Street, Norman
WHEN: December 7-9 & 14-16, 2018
This musical, which received rave reviews on its Broadway run, is based on the movie classic that runs round-the-clock on television every Christmas. Set in the 1940s in the fictional town of Hohman, Indiana, the musical follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker and his quest for the Holy Grail of Christmas gifts—an Official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range Model air rifle. Rebuffed at every turn with a similar echoing response, Ralphie plots numerous schemes to achieve his desperate desire for the coveted BB gun. All the iconic scenes from the movie are here: Ralphie’s friend, Flick, getting his tongue stuck to the flagpole; his brother, Randy, getting dressed in his snowsuit; the bullies, Farkus and Dill; the leg lamp award; the bunny suit; the Chinese restaurant; Christmas dinner; and many others. The delightfully versatile score ranges from gentle ballads to show-stopping full-ensemble numbers such as “Ralphie to the Rescue!”, “A Major Award,” “Sticky Situation,” “Up on Santa’s Lap,” “Somewhere Hovering Over Indiana” and the inevitable “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out!” A Christmas Story, The Musical will bring an exciting new dimension to those who have seen the movie and will certainly stand on its own for those who haven’t.
WHERE: Downtown Tulsa
WHEN: December 8, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Since 1926, the Tulsa Christmas Parade has entertained thousands of children and adults year after year as it winds through the historic streets of downtown Tulsa. In its early days, when Tulsa was a new town booming with rapid growth from the recent discovery of oil, the Christmas parade quickly became an annual tradition that has continued to be a favorite event.
WHERE: OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 8 & 9 2018, at 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Get into the Christmas spirt with dancers from Race Dance Company and Oklahoma City Public High School dance programs. OKC’s Annual Hip Hop Nutcracker is fun for the whole family!
At-risk students enrolled in dance programs at Capitol Hill High School, John Marshall High School, Northwest Classen High School, Oklahoma Centennial Mid-High School, Putnam City North High School and U.S. Grant High School auditioned for HHN in September. RACE leadership chose more than 50 students to perform this year. Members of RACE Dance meet with the students once-to-twice a week leading up to the show, teaching them the fundamentals of hip-hop and contemporary dance, and choreography for the show.
RACE Dance seeks to advance its mission of bringing social awareness and change through dance performances and education by including students who normally do not have the opportunity to perform outside of school. “It is about giving them the experience of a professional show so they can understand dance on another level. It also brings kids together from different schools in a non-competitive environment to perpetuate a culture of collaboration and inclusion,” said Hui Cha Poos, Executive Director of RACE.
Like the original Nutcracker, HHN follows the journey of a young man who seeks to find something missing from his life, only to discover that “it” already exists within himself. HHN’s high-energy music and dance styles incorporate many more twists and turns than the traditional Nutcrackers. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit.
WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm
The Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade “Merry & Bright In Lights!” will feature bands, floats and horses beginning at 6 pm. Set in a festive spirit complete with a variety of Christmas characters, this annual holiday parade will also feature an appearance by the man of the month, Santa Claus. The parade takes place in Downtown Norman, stretching across Main Street beginning at Pickard Avenue.
WHERE: The Station at Central Park
700 South Broadway Avenue, Moore
WHEN: December 9, 2018, from 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Elsa and Anna host this Holiday Spectacular full of Christmas magic and of course a drop in visit from the big man himself- Santa Claus! Featuring high quality professional performers from Project Princess, Oklahoma’s Premeire Character Company, this event is an hour and a half full of holiday-themed activities that is not to be missed! Costumes and holiday dresses are encouraged.
WHERE: 2221 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm and 7 pm
Join the Rodeo Opry Band and a bevy of top performers as they share songs of the season at the annual Rodeo Opry Christmas Show.
4200 North Western Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 14 and 15, 2018
The City Cabaret OKC is celebrating the holiday season by transforming into an intimate 1950’s jazz club offering a mix of Christmas and classic jazz standards. Tickets are $25. Dressing in a retro-style is not required but encouraged. VZDs Restaurant and Bar will be offering their standard menu and drinks during the show!
WHERE: Actors Casting & Talent Services
30 NE 52nd Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: 7:30PM & 9:30PM; 12/14, 12/15, 12/21, 12/22
The Space, Oklahoma’s only sketch comedy theatre, is proud to present it’s second revue, OklaHO-HO-HOma! Because we all need breaks from all the holiday madness this time of year can bring, we’ve created a space for you to do just that: a safe space, a playful space, a fresh space, a stress-free space, a straight-up hilarious space! Directed by Second City veteran Topher Owen, and featuring an incredible amount of Oklahomegrown talent, OklaHO-HO-HOma is a 100% original and groundbreaking show created by Oklahomans for Oklahomans. Come play with us!
WHERE: McClendon Riverfront Plaza
800 Riversport Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. – parade starts at 6:00pm
RIVERSPORT OKC will have free s’mores and hot chocolate at the new McClendon Riverfront Plaza during the Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade on Sunday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m.
“The view is perfect. The new McClendon Riverfront Plaza is next to the river,” explained executive director Mike Knopp. “Add in the firepits and free s’mores and hot chocolate, and you have all the ingredients for a fun family party.”
Big Water Grill with its floor-to-ceiling windows will also be open for indoor viewing.
Alcoholic beverages, soft drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Guests will also be able to take advantage of RIVERSPORT’s holiday deals on season passes. Admission is free.
WHERE: TCC Vantrease PACE
10300 E 81st Street, Tulsa
WHEN: December 22, 2018 7 pm to 9 pm Brian Nhira & Friends from ‘The Voice’ to Perform 3rd Annual Tulsa Christmas Concert at the TCC VanTrease PACE.
Brian Nhira, an incredibly gifted vocalist from Tulsa, amazed the nation when he appeared on season 10 of NBC’s Emmy award-winning show ‘The Voice.’ And, for the past two years, Nhira has hosted a sold-out Tulsa Christmas concert with his friends from ‘The Voice’ and an array of local talent.
Presented by Good Life Music and Media Lessons, on Saturday December 22nd, the third iteration of this annual local favorite Christmas concert will feature a collection of the most popular pop Christmas tunes as well as some of the classics performed by ‘The Voice’ alumni Brian Nhira (Season 10), Caity Peters (Season 10), Alaska Holloway (Season 6), and Mark Hood (Season 9).
In addition to the talented vocalists from ‘The Voice,’ this family-friendly concert will feature an incredible slate of local performers including Rustic Cuff founder Jill Donovan, the Jenks High School Trojanaires, Nhira’s background vocalists and his live band will round out this year’s talented roster, along with some special guest appearances.
Don’t miss out on the VIP experience, which includes premium seating, a meet-and-greet, a hot chocolate bar, pictures with Santa and the performers, and a special pre-concert acoustic performance.
Part of the proceeds from the concert will go to the Backpack Project, which buys backpacks and school supplies for kids in need.
Tickets start at $25 (Plus Fees) and can be purchased by calling the box office at (918) 595-7777, by visiting the VanTrease PACE box office (TCC Southeast), or by visiting briannhira.com/xmas.
The Gift Raps is an annual charity event for homeless and those in need during the holidays that tours around various cities in Oklahoma. Each show is free and excepting donations such as non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, toys for children, etc.
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