Christmas Lights, Holiday Plays, and Winter Festivities Guide

Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma in 2016-2017. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date while everything else is alphabetical. Looking for New Year Celebrations? Read the New Years Celebrations Guide.

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Arts and Entertainment

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: Artesian Hotel
1001 W. 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.

Skaters on the Devon Ice Rink - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 11 – January 29
COST: $12 per person for all ages (includes skates). $8 for guests who bring their own skates.
The Myriad Botanical Gardens transforms into an icy entertainment zone. Hungry skaters can dine indoors at the new Park House restaurant, 7 days a week for lunch or dinner. More details here.

WHERE: Tulsa Promenade Mall
4107 S Yale Ave, Tulsa
WHEN: November 25th – December 31st, 2016
Experience Victorian-era Christmas in the modern age as you walk through Kringle’s Christmas Land. During this magical winter event, two stores in the Tulsa Promenade Mall will transform into a voice-narrated holiday story with life-size animated displays from the 1940s-1990s. Besides hand painted human animations, visitors can also see Santa and his reindeer, as well as other animals. The elaborate special effects and realistic snow blowing in the middle of the blizzard scene truly bring this year’s “Vintage Family Christmas” theme to life.

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.

Red Earth Treefest - photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Red Earth Art Center,
6 Santa Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK
WHEN: November 1 – January 13, 2017
Red Earth celebrates the Christmas season with a Native twist with Treefest. Red Earth Treefest features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to highlight the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. The event is free.

WHERE: Oklahoma Contemporary
3000 General Pershing Blvd, Oklahoma City
Create holiday art and ornaments at Oklahoma Contemporary’s Make + Take events. Make a playful Snowman Snow Globe for your Christmas tree on Saturday, December 3rd from 1-4 p.m. Make a one-of-a-kind Evergreen Print from textured paper, foam sheets, bubble wrap and ink on Saturday, December 10th from 1-4 p.m. Make Collage Paper Penguins out of an array of materials on Saturday, December 17th from 1-4 p.m.

WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: See Schedule
The Snow Tubing Winter Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will reopen this holiday season on November 26. It all begins with a gigantic snow tubing slope, starting from the upper level behind first base and landing near second base – it’s a thrill that you won’t want to miss. There will also be a second, smaller slide for children and those looking for a more moderate thrill. But let’s not stop with the slide!

From Santa’s Workshop to the children’s train, plus sparkling holiday lighting and décor, this will be a holiday highlight that your family will remember for years to come. There’s something for the whole family, so bring everyone along for a ride in the snow, hot chocolate, snacks, and a festive holiday atmosphere.

LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 25, 2016 – January 15, 2017
The month-long celebration, Winterfest, 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 – bigger than Rockefeller Center in NYC with 9,000 square feet of perfectly layered ice.

Christmas Lights, Holiday Lights, and other Bright Spots

Lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley, part of Downtown Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

Automobile Alley

WHERE: 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 19 – January 1, 2017
ADMISSION: Free
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 19th until January 1. More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway making for a magical holiday wonderland. The Lights On Broadway event on will be on Saturday, November 19th 4pm-8pm on Broadway Ave. between NW 4th & 10th Streets.

Lights in Bricktown, Oklahoma City - photo by Dennis Spielman

Bricktown

WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 25 – January 1, 2017
ADMISSION: Free (parking fee varies by location/time)
The Bricktown Canal Lights display will brighten your Bricktown experience from November 25 through January 1. 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 25 – December 31, 2016. 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.

Enjoy a holiday-themed pop-up bar coming to the Bricktown Canal during the Downtown in December season. This will be the perfect place to enjoy a brew or cocktail amidst the beautiful canal lights this holiday season.

WHEN: November 22 – December 31, 2016
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 runs from November 22 to December 31, 2016. Bus tours, carriage rides and photos with Santa available for a charge. For more information, directions, and special event dates, visit their web site.

WHERE: 3400 West Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee
WHEN: November 22 – December 31, 2016
At the Christmas Kingdom, drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 holiday inflatables and thousands of 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 Royal Garden Cafe. Make ornaments in Santa’s workshop and warm up by the fireplace.

WHERE: Honor Heights Park
1400 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, OK 74401
WHEN: November 24, 2016 to January 01, 2017
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: Chandler Community Center
Chandler Park 6500 W. 21st St. Tulsa, OK 74107
WHEN: November 28-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: Oklahoma City
WHEN: December
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 18, 2016 - December 30, 2016
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.

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.

ADMISSION: $4 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under
WHEN: November 25, 2016 - December 23, 2016
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 25th and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 23th. Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $4 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.

“The Ranch Crew takes care of the Haunted Grove and the main buildings in addition to taking care of the Wagon Rides,” said Fraser. “It is a big undertaking and one that involves every employee at Woolaroc…but it is something that everyone looks forward to as one of the special things that we do each year. The sparkle in the eyes of the children as they walk around makes all the work worthwhile!”

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.

Yukon’s Christmas in the Park

ADMISSION: Free – Donations welcomed
Drive over 3 miles through 100 acres along Jim Watson Drive and see more than 300 incredible light displays from your car.
Directions: City Park is located at 2200 S Holly take I-40 east to exit 137. Turn west on NW 10th Street and follow to South Holly. Turn right (north) on South Holly. Turn right (north) onto Jim Watson Drive.

WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantel Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Monday, December 26 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Grand Chanukah Celebration with a Giant Menorah Lighting, Live Music, Hot LAatkes, Matzah Ball Soup, Jelly Doughnuts, Selfie with ‘Dreidel Man,’ Fire Eating Show, and First-Of-It’s-Kind in the World an Inovative Menorah.

Holiday Shopping Events

Photo of Deluxe in 2014 by Dennis Spielman

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 2016 show is November 26 and 27, 11am-5pm at Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson in Downtown Oklahoma City. Learn more at DeluxeOK.net.

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops in 2014 photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 25th — December 22nd
A holiday shopping village in the heart of Midtown! This year, visit over 40 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.

The Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens in 2014 photo by Dennis Spielman

WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 25 – December 18, 2016
Experience holiday shopping, a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights, ice skating and a fine selection of boutique-style vendors all at one place. At the Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens. Open November 25 – December 18, the Winter Shoppes at Myriad Gardens can be your new family holiday shopping tradition. A full family experience awaits in this winter wonderland in downtown Oklahoma City.

Performing Arts and Parades

WHERE: 120 W. Harrison Avenue, Guthrie
WHEN: November 25 – December 23, 2016
This Pollard Theatre Original never fails to delight enthusiastic Oklahoma audiences. Adapted by gifted Oklahoma playwright, Stephen P. Scott, this version of Charles Dickens’ classic tale of redemption and brotherly love is set in the days of the Oklahoma Land Run. The Pollard’s all-time bestseller and a true Oklahoma tradition, A Territorial Christmas Carol continues to dazzle audiences and play to sold-out houses, so be sure to buy your tickets early.

WHERE: Oklahoma Children’s Theatre
2501 North Blackwelder, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 28 – December 18, 2016
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

A Christmas Carol by Lyric Theatre - promo photo

WHERE: Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District
725 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 30 – December 24, 2016
Oklahoma’s favorite holiday tradition, LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL presented by Devon Energy, returns this month to the Plaza District with a brand new set, dazzling new costumes and a Broadway performer taking on the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

“Charles Dickens’ story stands the test of time as the greatest holiday story in the modern English language,” said Michael Baron, Lyric’s producing artistic director. “LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL has already become a holiday tradition, now in its sixth year. We know it’s an important story to the community and is often the first live theatrical experience for many children.”

Capture the magic and joy of Christmas as the ghosts of Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Scrooge on a powerful journey of transformation and redemption. Relive the cherished tale of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a host of unforgettable characters as they touch your heart.

WHERE: The Paramount Theatre
11 N. Lee Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 1-3
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: Stockyards City Main Street
1307 S. Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, December 3rd 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: The Paramount Theatre
11 N. Lee Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 9, 10, and 17 at 8pm
The City Cabaret OKC is celebrating the holiday season by transforming into an intimate 1940’s jazz club offering a mix of Christmas and classic jazz standards. Shows are December 9th and 10th at The Paramount Theatre, 11 N. Lee Ave., at 8:00pm. Tickets are $25. Retro Wonderland will feature the musical talents of Marita Stryker, Sheridan McMichael, Kendon Lacy, Emily Etherton, Cristela Carrizales and backed by The City Cabaret band: Christopher Black, Michelle Hedges and Musical Director, Corie Melaugh. Dressing in a retro-style is not required but encouraged.

WHERE: Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main Street, Norman
WHEN: December 9-11, 16-18 2016
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10 am
The 2016 Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade “March of the Toys” will feature bands, floats and horses beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 10. 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 Ave.

WHERE: Bishop McGuinness High School
801 NW 50th Steet, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2016
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: VZD’s Restaurant & Bar
4200 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, December 17, 2016 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm
Come to VZD’s this Saturday, December 17th for Christmas tunes from your favorite OKC vocalists, a toy drive, comedy from the best guys in OKC, a Christmas selfie booth, AND an ugly Christmas sweater contest! Entry fee is $10 entry. Doors at 8pm with Music at 9pm and Comedy at 10:30pm.

WHERE: The Civic Center Music Hall
201 N. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: DECEMBER 2-17, 2016
Reduxion Theatre’s “Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker!” is a Holiday celebration in which audiences meet Austen’s fictional characters along with characters based on Austen herself and her family. In the show audiences will not only meet Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice, but also Jane herself, her sister Cassandra and her niece, Fanny.

A Nice Family Christmas - promo photo

WHERE: Carpenter Square Theatre
800 W. Main, Oklahoma City
WHEN: 8 p.m. December 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th ; 7:30 p.m. December 8th and 15th, and 2:00 p.m. December 11th.
Carpenter Square’s holiday comedy A Nice Family Christmas brings a boisterous family together on Christmas Eve. The fruitcake hits the fan when the family discovers one among them is writing an article for the local newspaper that reveals the family’s secrets and eccentricities. You won’t want to miss the hilarious and heartwarming final moments to see if the magic of Christmas brings the family back together.

Learn more about the show in this Performing Arts Q&A session.

WHERE: 2221 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 17, 2016 at 6pm and 8:30 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.

WHERE: ACTS Acting Academy
30 NE 52nd St, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
WHEN: TBA
Join the wildly irreverent Christmas sketch comedy show, Eggnog, for a night of holiday hijinks, drunken elf karaoke, Santa Watch, North Pole Poetry Slam, and more. Don’t miss it! Get your reservations now as the show is different every year. Watch Last Year’s Show and Uncovering Oklahoma’s interview.


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