If you are thinking of taking a Christmas getaway this year, Oklahoma City makes a great vacation destination.
Oklahoma City is known for its fun cowboy culture. It is surrounded by working oil wells and the site of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. It is full of cultural and natural landmarks.
The city is one that lights up with Christmas cheer at holiday time. Here are some festive things you can see and do.
Holidays at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a lovely place to take in nature. During the holiday season, it transforms into Christmas Central offering the following events.
The Holiday Market: the holiday marketing takes place on various Saturdays throughout December. It is a great way to get holiday shopping done and support local vendors. Food truck are also on hand to provide delicious treats.
Santa at the Gardens: Santa also visits the Gardens. Children can sit on his lap and tell him what they would like for Christmas.
Chrystal Bridge Conservatory: The Chrystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory is a great place to visit year-round but it’s especially magical during the holiday season. It if full of green foliage, tropical fruits and plenty of seasonal cheer.
Devon Ice Rink: Every year, the gardens opens up the Devon Ice Rink. Located at the Seasonal Plaza, it features 5500 square feet of real ice, skate rentals and seasonal snacks and beverages. Families can come to enjoy skating under the blue sky or the stars at night.
Mo’s Carousel: Mo’s Carousel is set up near the Children’s Garden and it’s a must do seasonal activity.
Gingerbread House Workshop: Guests can attend this workshop to learn about ginger and gingerbread and decorate gingerbread houses.
Natural Ornaments Workshop: In this workshop, guests will have a chance to make ornaments out of all natural materials.
Evergreen Wreath Class: Attend to design an 18-22” evergreen wreath that can make for a lovely display item on your front door.
Downtown in December
Downtown Oklahoma City is a sight to see at Christmastime. Families can enjoy the light display and decorations while checking out outdoor attractions, performing arts and family activities. There are many shops in the area that are ideal for holiday shopping.
Every year the downtown area hosts a tree lighting event. The event is hosted by the city’s mayor and features face painting, live bands, choral groups, dancing, appearances by local theater groups, food trucks and more. The grand finale is the countdown to the lighting of the tree.
The event takes place at the Third Base Plaza at the Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark.
A Frontier Christmas
Frontier City is Oklahoma City’s Six Flags amusement park. The park lights up for a Frontier Christmas complete with Christmas lights, hay rides, chances to meet Santa Claus, holiday shows, crafts, s’mores firepits and more. The event is on weekends and select weekdays.
Automobile Alley is a small, hip neighborhood known for its 1920’s brick buildings, vintage neon signs and Model-T era car dealerships. The buildings are now home to trendy restaurants, wine bars and creative businesses.
Stroll through the section of Broadway Ave that runs from 4th у 10th St to check out the colorful LED lights that drape the buildings.
The first day of the display is marked by an open house called Lights on Broadway. Various shops will be boasting impressive window displays. There will also be family friendly activities, promotions and giveaways. The streets will be filled with live music, balloon art makers, magic elves, holiday movies, the Salvation Army brass band and more.
Bricktown Canal Lights
Bricktown is an industrial chic Oklahoma City neighborhood with plenty of eclectic shops restaurants and businesses. The Bricktown Water Taxi takes riders through its canal for tours and dinner cruises.
Take the cruise of stroll the canal to enjoy the holiday lights and visit the shops and restaurants. Keep your eyes open for Santa who may come riding down the street on a Segway.
Holiday Light Ride with Ride OKC
Ride OKC is a Oklahoma City company that specializes in bike tours. At Christmastime, they host tours that run through Automobile Alley and Heritage Hills. Riders also get delicious cups of hot chocolate to keep them warm.
Not traveling with your bike? No worries. Ride OKC has bikes for rent as well as kids trailers. Their tours are 90 minutes long.