Unwrapping the Magic of the Holidays in the Oklahoma City Metro

The holiday season in the Oklahoma City Metro Area is a magical time filled with festive cheer and family-friendly activities that bring joy to all. Whether you’re a local resident or planning a visit, there’s no shortage of heartwarming events and things to do that cater to all ages. Here’s our guide to the top popular family-friendly holiday events in the area.

1. Scissortail Park & Myriad Gardens

Starting November 18th through December 24th enjoy the holiday festivities at Scissortail Park downtown. Tis the Season Holiday Market and Concert will be held on December 2nd. You can shop, enjoy live music and other holiday performances. Cocoa Cottage will be at scissortail where you can enjoy coffee, hot cocoa and other holiday treats as you stroll through the grounds. At Myriad Gardens the Devon Ice Rink will be open from November 17th – February 4th. Santa will be visiting Myriad on December 2, 9, and 16th from 10am-12pm at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Also check out their website for the many Workshops and Classes they hold throughout the season!

2. Live Christmas Performances

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol is a holiday tradition in the metro. They will be returning the the Plaza Theatre this fall where you can experience all-new sets, costumes, lights, sounds and staging. Experience OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker, a performance wonderful for all ages. The Nutcracker includes students from the OKC Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School plus live music from Canterbury Youth Voices and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Cirque Dreams Holidaze will be at the Civic Center Music Hall the show features cirque artists and popular holiday music. OKC Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops features Take 6 and Sandi Patty performing holiday favorites.

3. Support Local with Holiday Pop Up Shops and Local Markets

Merry Marketplace will take place at Mitch Park in Edmond on Nov. 17th and Dec. 8th this year. Holiday Pop-Up Shops are in Midtown Oklahoma City. Shops rotate weekly and include local shops from around the metro. Enjoy treats from Katiebug’s Sips & Sweets. Along with the pop-up shops you can buy your fresh Christmas tree from Bishop John Carroll tree lot. The pop up shops also have live music and special appearances from Santa

4. Experience the Wonder of Holiday Lights

Whether you want to bundle up and stroll through a light display or escape the cold via a drive through, Oklahoma City Metro has so much to choose from. 

  • OKC Zoo Safari Lights – This is an amazing light show with animal themed light displays. There is a drive through as well as a walk through course. The walk through experience is interactive and so much fun for the whole family. This year the walk-through course features a musical light show produced by the Miranda Family of Edmond. Roast some s’mores, see Santa, and experience some great photo ops! 
  • Bricktown Canal Lights Display. Enjoy an evening of in Bricktown with dinner and a stroll through the the canal. You can also enjoy a caroling cruise with the Bricktown Water Taxi. This cruise is 40 minutes and has an array of holiday themed performances by local artists. 
  • Edmond Electric’s Luminance: An Enchanted Stroll – This free walk-through holiday light display kicks off on November 17th at Mitch Park near the baseball fields. Our family enjoys this walk-through for littles because of it’s great photo opportunities and the fact that you can walk the whole thing in about 15-20 minutes if you wanted to.
  • Yukon Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park – This free walk through is huge with over 100 acres of Christmas light displays
  • Chickasha Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park – This display is about an hour south of the city but is hugely popular. The display features carriage rides, live nativity, camel rides, live animals, Santa, and a gift shop. 
  • Downs Family Christmas Lights at 2900 72nd Ave SE is a light display set up to music. The family accepts canned goods or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Back. 
  • Check out local neighborhoods with amazing light displays. Popular neighborhoods to drive through include: Heritage Hills, Mesta Park, and Nichols Hills. For animated displays check out Lights on the Ponderosa (NW OKC), Lights on Rockwood (Edmond), The Carney Family (Edmond), Lights on Southridge (Piedmont)

5. The Polar Express Train Ride

Passengers get to relive the magic of the classic story as they are whisked away on The Polar Express for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa. On board passengers will get  their golden ticket punched, enjoy hot chocolate and shortbread cookies served by dancing chefs. Listen to the classic story, caroling and meet Santa. 

6. Ice Skating

Outdoor Ice Rinks can be found throughout the metro. Fun for all ages, experience gliding across the ice and then warm up with some hot chocolate after for a fun family outing. 

  • Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens from November 17th – February 4th 
  • Edmond Ice Rink at Mitch Park is open from November 4 – Jan 15th 
  • Yukon Ice Rink at Chisholm Trail Park is open from November 18th – January 1st. 

7. Winter Glow at Riversport

November 24th – December 30th RIVERSPORT Winter Glow offers a unique holiday event filled with winter experiences. Try skiing for the first time or brush up on your skills before hitting the slopes. Cox Winter Flow eSport Camps features gameplay training, VR rowing and kayaking and winter sports. If your kiddo is having a birthday during this time they also offer Birthday parties and group ski lessons. 

8. North Pole City

For many years we always wondered about North Pole City as we drove back and forth to the airport. One year we finally decided to check it out and WOW, the store is amazing. If you want to experience a Christmas wonderland, do not skip this store. Even if you don’t purchase anything it is worth your time to see their beautiful displays. The store has been around for 30 years and is the largest Christmas store in Oklahoma. 

9. Holiday Races

Are you a runner? Or just love the energy of a race and like to do “fun runs”? There are so many races in the metro during the holidays. 

  • Nov 18th: Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park, Yukon 
  • Nov 23rd: Turkey Trot, Edmond
  • Dec 2nd: Saints Santa Run at SSM Health – St. Anthony, OKC
  • Dec 2nd: Edmond Ugly Sweater Run at Mitch Mark, Edmond
  • Dec 10th: Norman Parks Ugly Sweater Run, Downtown Norman

10. Candlelight Service

Churches across the metro hold candlelight services on christmas eve or before. It’s a time to reflect on the true reason for the holiday season. There is truly nothing like looking around in a sanctuary filled with people, with candles lit, singing “Silent Night”. It’s something our family has tried to do every year and I cherish the tradition. 

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