OKC's top 10 festive spots

By
Moriah Slavens

Snow tube at lifeshare winterfest

Just in time for the holidays, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is fully transformed into the North Pole, complete with two wonderful man-made snow slopes to excite and exhilarate riders of all ages. All snow tubing sessions last for 2 hours, and we’re willing to guarantee that you’ll enjoy every second of sledding with your pals.

Grab your skates for the Devon ice rink at Myriad gardens

This classic family favorite returns for its 8th season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens all the way through late January. Enjoy the brisk weather with outdoor ice skating seven days a week for public skating and special events (like a Christmas DJ!) all winter long. This is great news if you want to book a private event! Visit DowntownInDecember.com for their full schedule.

Lights on Broadway (Automobile Alley light display)

Grab the whole family and pile in the car, right now. Pack some hot chocolate with extra marshmallows and cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the ever-growing Lights on Broadway between NW 4th and 10th Streets. See your favorite retail shops like Coffee Slingers, Cultivar Mexican Kitchen, and Plenty Mercantile come to life with dazzling window displays and take in the nostalgic painted signs in a new way!

Check your list twice at the holiday pop-up shops at Midtown

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back in Midtown for their 6th year! Shop for everyone on your list with 45 locally owned shops like Blue Seven, The Okay See, and Shop Good. Next door, pick this year’s Christmas tree with proceeds benefiting Bishop John Carroll Catholic Cathedral School. The shops rotate weekly, so make sure to stop by several times! With food trucks like The Saucee Sicilian and hot chocolate + treats served by Katiebug’s, there is something jolly to fill everyone’s stocking. Entry is free, shopping is encouraged.

Dazzle at the nutcracker at Civic Center

If you live for the holiday classics, a trip to the Civic Center Music Hall for The Nutcracker makes the perfect date night or surprise gift for your loved one or best friend. The Oklahoma City Ballet’s flawless dancers are joined with over 100 adorable children from The School of Oklahoma City Ballet as well as the Oklahoma City Philharmonic for a dreamlike production, whether you come for the ballet or simply to experience the holidays coming to life in front of your eyes.

Celebrate Christmas in the park

It’s the happiest time of the year, otherwise known as the Yukon Lights Display. Drive along nearly three miles of magical wonderland where you’ll see over 425 one-of-a-kind twinkling Christmas displays. Cruise over 100 park acres or enjoy over 2 miles of walking trails on foot. Don’t be surprised if you witness Christmas characters like Santa and his elves along the way. Hop aboard the Santa Express Train between 6 and 10pm for only $2.

All aboard for the Bricktown canal lightdisplay

Stroll down and enjoy dinner at Zio’s Italian Kitchen or Knuck’s Wheelhouse along a view that’s as festive as it is romantic at the Bricktown Canal Lights Display. All aboard the Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides free of charge, just hop on below the entrance to Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse. Each trip lasts between 20-30 minutes, and will point out every glittering light on the beautifully adorned Bricktown Canal.

Enjoy the many merry Myriad gardens holiday events

Brace yourself: this jam-packed lineup is sure to be a major holiday hit. The Myriad Gardens glow well into the Christmas season with thousands of lights in the Crystal Bridge and outside. Our absolute must-see is the OG&E Merry and Bright tradition, with free admission on Sunday evenings to the tropical conservatory. Don’t miss the holiday lights and special plant exhibits that you can only catch during the holiday season.

Spend your (Devon) Saturdays with santa

A family favorite returns to the Devon Energy Center on December 16th. Bring the kids to visit the jolliest man of them all, Santa Claus himself. His elf friends will be joining him making crafts, riding trains, and playing live music. Don’t forget to pack your camera and snap lots of pictures of the kids with Santa.

Travel down to Chickasha festival of light (and sing to Christmas carols the whole way!)

We’ve been saving the very best for last. If you’re determined to get into the Christmas spirit, we recommend heading down to the annual Chickasha Festival of Light, where even the biggest Ebenezer Scrooge will forget what the ‘bah humbug’ was all about. The views are second to none, and the live nativity scene brings back the Christmas of old. Children can feed and pet all the friendly animals, and the glowing bridge makes the perfect photo-opp for that family Christmas card you forgot about… until now.

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