Uncovering Oklahoma’s Holiday Guide highlights the various winter festivities, such as Christmas Lights, plays, and winter sports, happening throughout Oklahoma in 2017-2018. Events and Performing Arts are sorted by Date while everything else is alphabetical. For fall activities, check out the Halloween/Fall Guide. Looking for New Year Celebrations? Read the New Years Celebrations Guide.
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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 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.
Holiday festivities begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 25, 2017, with the City of Sulphur’s “Christmas in Sulphur” event as the Artesian and other downtown businesses turn on the lights and display their extravagant outdoor light displays. The celebration includes music, entertainment, food trucks and more, followed by a Christmas Parade of Lights and the Official Lighting Ceremony. More than 150,000 LED lights will outline the Artesian’s traditional spires and turrets while more than two-dozen Christmas trees fill the inside of the hotel, including a grand 20-foot tree at the hotel’s entrance.
“This time of the year is very special to us and the city of Sulphur,” said Justin Williams, interim Artesian area general manager. “Many families choose to celebrate the Christmas season with us and we strive to provide a traditional holiday experience they’ll remember for years to come.”
Guests can make arrangements to meet their favorite North Pole celebrity on Dec. 9 and 16 at 8 and 10:30 a.m. during Breakfast with Santa. Reservations include hot breakfast served in the ballroom and an opportunity to meet and snap a photo with Santa. A 4×6 portrait will be included, with the option to buy more prints online. In addition, live reindeer will greet guests from 8 a.m. to noon both days as they enter the hotel. Tickets are $25 per person or $250 per table of 10. Reservations are required.
The Artesian will also offer traditional gingerbread house decorating classes following Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 per gingerbread house. Reservations are required.
On Friday and Saturday of the second and third weekends in December, guests will be welcomed by carolers from 4 to 8 p.m. During those days, visitors can also meet Mrs. Claus as she sits by the fireplace, reading stories and singing carols for the Artesian’s guests from 6 to 8 p.m.
Horse-drawn carriage ride tours will run through downtown Sulphur and its numerous light displays on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Dec. 8 running through the weekend before Christmas. Tickets are $40 per carriage ride. As carriages vary in size, reservations are required.
Hotel guests can also treat themselves to milk and cookies from Santa from 7 to 9 p.m. daily in the second floor common area. Complimentary hot cocoa and apple cider will also be available in the lobby daily.
The Chickasaw National Recreation Area’s Historic Candlelight Tour is scheduled for Dec. 1 and 2 and will take visitors on a walking tour of Flower Park, which will be decorated with more than 1,000 candlelit luminaries. Tours will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run through 10:00 p.m. both nights. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 580-622-7234. Shuttle service will be provided and departs from the Chickasaw Visitor’s Center.
WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 10 – January 28
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: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 6 PM – 8 PM
Bring the pups and enjoy a pet-friendly Dog Day in December holiday party fundraiser on Friday, December 1 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (407 W. Park Pl.), benefiting the Midtown Association.
Dogs can take photos with Santa (printed on site), for a small donation, and enjoy “puppuccinos” from The Children’s Hospital Volunteers’ new Paws for Purpose program. Goodie bags stuffed with dog treats, toys, and Midtown swag will be available for purchase for $20.00 each.
Attendees can participate in a silent auction with baskets and items from local Midtown businesses. The auction will close at 7:15 p.m. and winners will be notified by December 4 to pick up prizes. Tickets to enter into a drawing for Midtown business gift cards will be available for purchase for $3.00 each.
WHERE: Tulsa Promenade Mall
4107 South Yale Avenue, Tulsa
WHEN: November 24 – December 31, 2017
Once inside Kringle’s Christmas Land, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will guide you through a magical Christmas Town, see vintage animated display pieces dressed in Victorian style attire like in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” These life-size pieces were once displayed in New York City’s biggest, most glamorous department store windows, viewed by millions of Holiday lovers from all around the world. They have since been re-purposed and placed to tell the perfect Christmas story for families to enjoy for years to come. Plus, families can ride through Santa’s workshop and watch his team of elves hard at work preparing toys for kids all around the world? Then, take a ride into Candy Cane Forrest and see how all of Santa’s Christmas candy is made! Only inside Kringle’s Christmas Land Santa promises snow!Then step back in time to the first Christmas as you tour a life-size Nativity Scene.
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: Red Earth Art Center
6 Santa Fe Plaza, Oklahoma City, OK
WHEN: November 13 through January 5, 2018
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, such as a beautiful tree lantern. You’ll use air-dry clay, clay tools and colorful sequins to make your festive lantern. Get the gift of creativity this holiday; come create with Oklahoma Contemporary!
WHERE: Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 South Mickey Mantle Drive, Oklahoma City
WHEN: See Schedule
The Snow Tubing Winter Festival at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark features the only manmade snow slopes in the region. Heading into 2017, the two slopes have been redesigned to make sliding down them even more exhilarating for riders of all ages. For thrill seekers, there is a large slope 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.
LOCATION: 3rd & Denver, Tulsa
WHEN: November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018
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.
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 18th 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 18th 4pm-8pm for those wanting to discovering the Alley “in the new old-fashioned way!”
WHERE: Bricktown, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 24, 2017 – January 1, 2018
ADMISSION: Free (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 24 – December 31, 2017. 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.
WHEN: November 18, 2017 – December 31, 2017
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 23 – December 31, 2017
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 23, 2017 to December 31, 2017
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 99.9 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
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: 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 17, 2017 - December 30, 2017
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.
ADMISSION: $4 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under
WHEN: Nov. 24, 2017 – Dec. 23, 2017
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 24th and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 5-9 p.m., through December 23rd. 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.
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, Nov. 18 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: Monday, December 26, 2016 at 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM (Waiting for details for 2017)
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.
805 North Hudson Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Monday, December 18, 2017 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Charles Dickens is sometimes credited with creating the modern idea of what a traditional Christmas looks like, especially in regards to a Christmas feast. Food and its preparation were common themes in Dickens’ novels, and, with this dinner, we pay homage to the lush descriptions found in his timeless classic, “A Christmas Carol.”
The Four Ghosts Of Christmas Dinner will feature four incredible courses inspired by Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Dinner is $70 per seat, $100 with wine pairings. Seating is limited so tickets must be purchased in advance.
WHERE: Devon Boathouse District
725 South Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 11 AM – 6 PM
Join the GypsyGlam Roadshow for a one-day shopping event featuring the best pop-up shops in the state, food trucks, local entertainment, Oklahoma wineries, and a fantastic cause. They will be #stuffing the airstream with new unwrapped toys for children for Toys for Tots!
WHERE: Edmond Community Center
28 East Main Street, Edmond
WHEN: Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 9 AM – 5 PM
The 8th Annual Santa Market Craft Show will be held at the Edmond Community Center on November 18, 2017! Please join us for a fun day filled with shopping, photos with Santa, food trucks and more! The Santa Market is one of the largest fundraisers for the Alzheimer’s Association of OK. All proceeds benefit our local chapter. Visit the Silent Auction and shop in our specific Alzheimer’s booth with items donated from local businesses. Free Admission with donations appreciated!
WHERE: 397 NW 10th St, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 24 — December 23, 2017
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.
WHERE: Leadership Square
211 North Robinson, Downtown Oklahoma City
WHEN: Saturday, November 25, 2017
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 2017 show is open one day only on November 25 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, 2017 at 12 PM – 6 PM
Join Junk Utopia for their first ever Sleigh Bells Market upstairs at the OKC Farmers Market Building Oklahoma City! Free admission to lots of vendors with vintage, handmade and local goods! No direct sales or multi-level marketing booths.
WHERE: Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 West Reno Aveune, Oklahoma City
WHEN: PAUSED FOR 2017!
“We are pausing this year on our annual Winter Shoppes program. The public response the past 4 seasons at the Myriad Gardens has been wonderful. People comment how the event adds to the local Holiday festivities and reminds them of New York City’s Bryant Park and European Christmas festivals.”
“Given the dramatic progress being made downtown on the Street Car and Scissortail Park projects, the pause will allow us to take a good look at the future of our holiday shopping event. We look forward to exploring the new opportunities emerging downtown to bring back this event for the enjoyment of the community.”
WHERE: 120 West Harrison Avenue, Guthrie
WHEN: November 24, 2017 – December 23, 2017
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 27 – December 17
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: Lyric Theatre in the Plaza District
725 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 29 – December 24, 2017
PREMIERE: November 29, 2017
Oklahoma’s favorite holiday tradition, LYRIC’S A CHRISTMAS CAROL presented by Devon Energy, returns in its 2017 edition to Oklahoma City’s Plaza District featuring joyous music, dazzling costumes and an acclaimed Broadway actor reprising 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, and director of this production. “Lyric’s A Christmas Carol has already become a holiday tradition, now in its seventh year. We know it’s an important story to the community and is often the first live theatrical experience for many children.”
In Dickens’ timeless tale, three magical ghosts whisk the miserly Scrooge away on an unforgettable adventure of transformation and redemption. Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, The Fezziwigs and a host of unforgettable characters spring to life in Lyric’s spectacular production sparking the holiday spirit in audiences of all ages.
Returning for his second-holiday production with Lyric is Broadway’s Dirk Lumbard as Scrooge. The cast features many Lyric favorites, including Charlie Monnot as Bob Cratchit, Thomas E. Cunningham as Jacob Marley/Mr. Fezziwig/Old Joe, Mateja Govich as the Ghost of Christmas Present, Susan Riley as a solicitor, Matthew Alvin Brown as Topper, Lexi Windsor as Belle, Jennifer Teel as Mrs. Fred and Brenda Williams as Mrs. Dilber. The production also includes Andi Dema as Fred/Young Scrooge, Natalya Ferch as the Ghost of Christmas Past and Nakiesha McGee as Mrs. Cratchit.
Lyric’s artistic team includes choreography by Ashley Wells, music direction by Brian T. Hamilton, lighting design by Weston Wilkerson, set design by Kimberly Powers, costume design by Jeffrey Meek, sound design by Brad Poarch and props design by Courtney Strong.
WHERE: The Paramount Theatre
11 N. Lee Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: November 30 – December 2, 2017
PREMIERE: November 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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 South Agnew Ave, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 2, 2017 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: Sooner Theatre
101 E. Main Street, Norman
WHEN: December 8-10 & 15-17, 2017
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: OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center
7777 South May Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 8, 2017 at 8pm, December 9th at 2pm and 8pm
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: [Artspace] at Untitled
1 NE 3RD Street, Oklahoma City
WHEN: Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 17, 2017
[Artspace] at Untitled is happy to present Alcoholidays, a comedic stage play directed by Tim Berg, following married couple Meg and Jacob as they make their way through the usual list of obligatory holiday parties. From co-workers, to families, to old friends, their only goal is to make the most of every difficult situation. But when forced into corners to discuss physical ailments and hilarious family drama, there’s only one thing to do: drink! With Christmas sweaters and holiday spirits, these parties go from unbearable to unforgettable in one guzzle.
This side-splitting comedy was written by married couple, writing team, and native Oklahomans Ted Satterfield and Melanie Wilderman. Melanie is currently an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oklahoma and won the 2013 best short screenplay award at the deadCENTER Film Festival. Ted won that exact screenwriting award at deadCENTER in 2012, as well as two screenwriting awards at the Bare Bones Film Festival. Alcoholidays had its world premiere in 2013, produced and developed by Next Stage, a local theatre group dedicated to fostering new works from local writers.
WHERE: Downtown Norman
WHEN: Saturday, December 09, 2017 at 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The 2017 Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade “Christmas In Lights” will feature bands, floats and horses beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 9. 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: 2221 Exchange Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 16, 2017 at 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.
WHERE: The Paramount Theatre
11 North Lee Avenue, Oklahoma City
WHEN: December 21, 22, and 23, 2017 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 at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $25. Dressing in a retro-style is not required but encouraged.
For the 4th year of The Gift Raps Charity Show, they are expanding from 2 to 3 cities this year, stopping at OKC, Tulsa, and El Reno! Each show is free and excepting donations such as non-perishable food items, socks, gloves, toys for children, etc.
Thursday, Dec 21st – OKC at the 51st Street Speakeasy
Friday, Dec 22nd – EL Reno at Vices
Saturday, Dec 23rd – Tulsa at The Yeti & SoundPony
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