The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events in OKC

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Holiday Events in OKC

Eeeeekkk! It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I am HERE for it this year. I’ve been playing the Home Alone soundtrack for weeks now, and I am SO ready for local events to catch up with my holiday fever! I’m making up for “the lost year” in 2020 with extra holiday magic in 2021.

When my second child was born, I started a new tradition with our family: we do a holiday event or activity every day of December, leading up to Christmas Day. Those of you who started daily grandiose “Elf on the Shelf” scenes and are now kicking yourself may be wondering if I regret it. Yes, yes I do…some days. Even though many of the activities we do are just at home rather than out and about, I run out of ideas. Often. BUT…my kiddos love it and I keep telling myself that we’re making memories to last a lifetime…or at least until next year.

We have some fan favorites that we repeat every year, but I’m always on the lookout for new activities we can do as a family! And Oklahoma City does NOT disappoint this year (or ever, really)! Don’t celebrate Christmas? There are Chanukah events in OKC this year, too! Use this Holiday Event Guide to kickstart your holiday cheer – some events have already started!

NOW-January 3

Edmond Ice Rink – The Edmond Ice Rink is open now, with skate rentals available! Holiday ambiance is also readily available, with holiday music, lights, concessions, and a Christmas train.

NOW-January 9

OKC Zoo Safari Lights – From 5:30-11:30 pm each night, the OKC Zoo is hosting drive-through Safari Lights full of wildlife-themed interactive light sculptures! Online reservations are required, and the cost per vehicle is $50/members and $60/non-members. This pricing also includes 4 walk-through tickets after you drive through.

November 17-December 23

Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol – Tickets are available for showtimes November 17-December 23! If you didn’t go last year, you haven’t seen this show! Each performance of this year’s A Christmas Carol will be held outdoors at the Harn Homestead! Visitors walk from scene to scene in this unique holiday favorite.

November 17-December 28

The Polar Express – Just like the movie (minus Tom Hanks), you can ride the Polar Express in OKC! There are currently tickets available for purchase for dates through December 28 here. Departing from the Oklahoma Railway Museum, passengers are served hot chocolate and hear the story of the Polar Express. Santa even makes an appearance!

November 18

OKC Tree Lighting Festival – OKC’s Tree Lighting Festival in Bricktown is back for its 20th year this year! The festival is free and includes aaallll kinds of family-friendly activities, from photos with Santa to balloon art to caricatures and stage performances, all before Mayor David Holt leads the countdown to the tree lighting at 6 pm.

November 19-December 24

North Pole Adventure – Details aren’t entirely clear yet, but North Pole Adventure has said they WILL  be open for the 2021 season! Tickets go on sale on their website this week for the North Pole Adventure! See Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer barn, “Grinch-land”, Elf University, and more in this magical Winter Wonderland!

November 19-January 30

Devon Ice Rink – Whether it’s your first time on skates or your hundredth, the Devon Ice Rink is ready for you! Skate rentals are available, as well as seasonal food and beverage offerings in the urban paradise that is downtown OKC.

November 20

Lights on Broadway – Sure, the lights on Broadway are on every night through the end of December, but for 4 special Saturdays (November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11th), there will be family-friendly events each evening from 4-7 pm. Look for retail shops and restaurants to have eye-popping window displays, pop-up activities, giveaways, live music and more! You can even peep Santa Claus on these nights!

November 20-December 31

Chickasha Festival of Lights – This does require a bit of a time commitment, as it’s in Chickasha, but it’s worth it for the mind-blowing number of lights. This is one of our family’s “fan favorites” that we missed attending last year during COVID. It’s completely free to drive or walk through, but there are paid activities that you can partake in, too! Activities have varied from year to year, but there are typically things like: carriage rides, food trucks, ice skating, photos with Santa, and a petting zoo.

November 20-December 31

Yukon’s Christmas in the Park – They say this is the biggest drive-through lights display in the state! Our family has never been, but we’re definitely adding it to the list this year. Traversing three city parks, you can drive or walk through nearly three miles of 5 million twinkling lights. If you walk through, there are various selfie stations scattered through the parks to take family photos! Again, it’s free to drive or walk through, but there is a Santa Express Train that you can ride for a small fee!

November 26-28

Holiday Pop-Up Shops – On the corner of NW 10th and Hudson, you will find THE most festive holiday shopping area in town. With different vendors every week, you will find a gift for everyone on your list. Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the Holiday Pop-Up shops feature both igloo-like domes and tents from various retailers around the metro. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at Katiebug’s or pick out a Christmas tree from Bishop John Carroll’s tree lot while you’re there!

November 26-December 31

Winterfest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark – Open daily, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is transformed into a snow-tubing wonderland! Holiday movies play on the video board, and hot chocolate is available for purchase.

November 26-January 6

Union Station Illumination – You can’t go wrong with Scissortail Park. My kids will go to Scissortail rain or shine, any day of the year. This year’s Union Station Illumination starts on November 26 with a station lighting celebration. Keep this calendar handy for a full season events at Scissortail, including appearances by Santa and more of your child’s favorite characters!

November 26-January 9

Winter Glow at Riversport – Join Riversport for a Nordic experience that includes indoor ice skating, Olympic curling, alpine climbing, skiing and snowboarding, plus hot chocolate, holiday sweets and firepits – all wrapped up with glittering lights and Santa on Saturdays! Winter Glow is included in Riversport memberships, and day passes are available for non-members.

November 27

Tis the Season Holiday Concert – On Love’s stage at Scissortail Park, the holiday concert will feature a selection of local artists singing all your holiday favorites!

Lights on Broadway – Sure, the lights on Broadway are on every night through the end of December, but for 4 special Saturdays (November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11th), there will be family-friendly events each evening from 4-7 pm. Look for retail shops and restaurants to have eye-popping window displays, pop-up activities, giveaways, live music and more! You can even peep Santa Claus on these nights!

Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Opening Night – New this year, Opening Night will consist of an all-day Small Business Saturday sidewalk sale and street festival! Shop small and receive raffle tickets for cash prizes! Following the sidewalk sale and street festival, the Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 6 pm, and will immediately precede the Territorial Governor Ceremonies. Follow them here for event updates.

November 28

Scissortail Lights – The Chabad Community Center presents a family-friendly Chanukah celebration! The event will feature entertainment, a giant menorah lighting, special treats for kids, and appearances by local elected officials.

November 30

Harkins Holiday Classics – In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Harkins Theatre’s $5 Tuesday Night Classics turns into $5 Holiday Classics! This week’s feature is A Christmas Story!

December 1-25

Holiday Lights Spectacular – Head to Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City in December to view over 100 animated light displays. The event also boasts a 118-foot Christmas tree to wow your little ones!

December 2

Chanukah Car Menorah Parade – Starting at 6 pm, the parade will run from Chabad Community Center to the Joe Carter parking lot in Bricktown! Following the parade, there will be a giant Menorah lighting at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Chanukah treats available!

For King and Country – A Drummer Boy Christmas concert at the Paycom Center, beginning at 7 pm.

December 3-January 1

Winter on Western – If you’ve been in Oklahoma City for a hot second, you know the holiday light display that once lined Western Ave. This year, on Western Ave., between NW 63rd Street and Grand Blvd., holiday lights will return this year, six years after being discontinued by Chesapeake Energy Corporation. Now paid for by a private foundation, Winter on Western, you’ll be able to drive down Western to see those stunning lights from December 3-January 1.

December 3-5

Boys Ranch Town Christmas Pageant – If you celebrate Christmas, Boys Ranch Town puts on a beautiful drive-through live nativity performance in Edmond each year. It’s free to drive through, though they do accept donations for Boys Ranch Town.

Holiday Pop-Up Shops – On the corner of NW 10th and Hudson, you will find THE most festive holiday shopping area in town. With different vendors every week, you will find a gift for everyone on your list. Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the Holiday Pop-Up shops feature both igloo-like domes and tents from various retailers around the metro. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at Katiebug’s or pick out a Christmas tree from Bishop John Carroll’s tree lot while you’re there!

December 4

Saints Santa Run – Full disclosure: I am NOT a runner. I wish I was…really, I do. But I will be metaphorically cheering all you runner-moms on from the sidelines. Sign up for the 5K run/walk or 1-mile Fun Run here. There’s even a Kids Dash, so bring the whole family!

Lights on Broadway – Sure, the lights on Broadway are on every night through the end of December, but for 4 special Saturdays (November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11th), there will be family-friendly events each evening from 4-7 pm. Look for retail shops and restaurants to have eye-popping window displays, pop-up activities, giveaways, live music and more! You can even peep Santa Claus on these nights!

Holiday River Parade at Riversport – From 5-9 pm, view the Holiday River Parade in OKC’s Boathouse District! The parade will feature waterskiing elves, holiday-themed boats, fireworks, and more!

Kids Take Over the Cowboy – From 10 am-2 pm, celebrate the holiday season at the Cowboy Museum with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Prosperity Junction! Holiday-themed crafts and activities will also be available.

Holidays at the Skirvin – The Skirvin Hilton has a whole calendar full of holiday events! Join them today from 1-3:30 pm for Holiday High Tea or from 5-8 pm for Christmas caroling!

Victorian Walk Nights – From 5-9 pm, you can dress up (or not!) and stroll through downtown Guthrie to see Victorian-costumed people from all over the state! This year’s schedule hasn’t been announced, but there is typically street entertainment, photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more!

December 7

Harkins Holiday Classics – In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Harkins Theatre’s $5 Tuesday Night Classics turns into $5 Holiday Classics! This week’s feature is The Polar Express!

Holiday Kick-off and Tree Lighting – If you miss the tree lighting in Bricktown, the Skirvin Hilton downtown is hosting their own tree lighting and holiday kick-off party! Join them for a complimentary reception with holiday music and “festive libations” from 5-7 pm!

December 10-12

Holiday Pop-Up Shops – On the corner of NW 10th and Hudson, you will find THE most festive holiday shopping area in town. With different vendors every week, you will find a gift for everyone on your list. Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the Holiday Pop-Up shops feature both igloo-like domes and tents from various retailers around the metro. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at Katiebug’s or pick out a Christmas tree from Bishop John Carroll’s tree lot while you’re there!

December 10-31

Festival of Trees – Walk through a forest of decorated trees at Chisholm Creek, each decorated and contributed by local businesses and other groups! You can vote for your favorite tree on Opening Night December 10, but the trees will be up for your viewing pleasure through the end of December. 

December 11

Lights on Broadway – Sure, the lights on Broadway are on every night through the end of December, but for 4 special Saturdays (November 20 and 27 and December 4 and 11th), there will be family-friendly events each evening from 4-7 pm. Look for retail shops and restaurants to have eye-popping window displays, pop-up activities, giveaways, live music and more! You can even peep Santa Claus on these nights!

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus – Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a buffet breakfast from  9:30-11:30 am at the Skirvin Hilton! Reservations are required.

Victorian Walk Nights – From 5-9 pm, you can dress up (or not!) and stroll through downtown Guthrie to see Victorian-costumed people from all over the state! This year’s schedule hasn’t been announced, but there is typically street entertainment, photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more!

December 11-12

OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Whether your favorite is Clara or the Sugar Plum Fairy (who can decide?), don’t miss this year’s performances! At the Civic Center, there’s really not a bad seat in the house.

December 14

Harkins Holiday Classics – In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Harkins Theatre’s $5 Tuesday Night Classics turns into $5 Holiday Classics! This week’s feature is Elf!

December 17-19

OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker – Whether your favorite is Clara or the Sugar Plum Fairy (who can decide?), don’t miss this year’s performances! At the Civic Center, there’s really not a bad seat in the house.

Holiday Pop-Up Shops – On the corner of NW 10th and Hudson, you will find THE most festive holiday shopping area in town. With different vendors every week, you will find a gift for everyone on your list. Both kid-friendly and dog-friendly, the Holiday Pop-Up shops feature both igloo-like domes and tents from various retailers around the metro. Grab a cup of hot chocolate at Katiebug’s or pick out a Christmas tree from Bishop John Carroll’s tree lot while you’re there!

December 18

Nutcracker Tea in the Kingdom of Sweets – From 4-6 pm, in between OKC Ballet’s productions of the Nutcracker, there will be a Nutcracker tea in the Hall of Mirrors. Nutcracker Tea is complete with appearances by Santa and the characters of the Nutcracker, and guests will also get to enjoy cocoa, treats, tea, and crafts! Tickets for the Nutcracker tea must be purchased separately from the ballet performance.

December 20-24

Winter Break Activities at the Cowboy Museum – From 10 am-2 pm, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is hosting holiday-themed crafts daily! Show up for fingerprint Christmas tree crafts, wreath ornaments, and more.

December 21

Harkins Holiday Classics – In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Harkins Theatre’s $5 Tuesday Night Classics turns into $5 Holiday Classics! This week’s feature is National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!

Did we miss your family’s favorite event?? Tell us in the comments! What are YOU looking forward to this holiday season?

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Stacy grew up in Minnesota, but spent the next several years of her life traversing the globe, temporarily setting down roots anywhere and everywhere. Stacy is extremely passionate about the world of adoption and foster care, having spent a year in Uganda adopting her oldest daughter in 2008. Stacy married her husband Jesse in 2011, and they moved to Oklahoma City to grow their family. After a brief hiatus in Minnesota, Stacy and her beloved family of five returned to Oklahoma City in June of 2017. They are thrilled to be back "home" where sweet tea flows like water and they can fully embrace saying "Y'all". Stacy obtained a Master’s degree in child psychology in 2007, but currently uses it only on her own children! A stay-at-home mama since Baby #3 was born, Stacy has stayed busy keeping her children alive and relatively entertained. She loves her little crazy crew fiercely and is enjoying returning to all of their favorite local haunts. When she’s not chasing her kiddos, Stacy is likely traveling or daydreaming about traveling. She also enjoys coffee shops, copious amounts of “cop drama” shows, and perusing pinterest for ideas that have little chance of ever getting done. But they’re good to have. Just in case.

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