Celebrate the Magic of the Season at Downtown in December | Oklahoma City 2023


Downtown in December
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Downtown in December returns this season and is a wonderful way to experience the magic of the holiday season in the heart of Oklahoma City. With so many events and things to do, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

From festive holiday performances to outdoor attractions, there is something for everyone to experience. Here are some of the events and things to do for families during Downtown in December 2023:

Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival | November 16

The 22nd annual event will take place in Bricktown outside of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday, November 16th, 2023 from 5:30-7:30pm. The festival is free and open to everyone and features live holiday performances, free activities including photos with Santa and a Letters to Santa station, food and drinks, and the traditional countdown to the tree lighting by Mayor David Holt.


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Saints Santa Run | December 2

The Saints Santa Run presented by SSM Health – St. Anthony Hospital is returning on Saturday, December 2nd, 2023. It is a family-friendly holiday run that brings all ages, and even pets, to downtown Oklahoma City for a festive 5K and costume contest. Participants can choose between the 5K Walk/Run, 1-Mile Fun Run, and free Kids’ Dash

Lights On Broadway Annual Event | Saturdays December 2-16

Attendees can cruise down historic Automobile Alley for the district’s holiday open house and experience its stunning light display during the 8th Annual Lights On Broadway event! On Saturday, December 2nd, 9th, and 16th – from 3-7pm – attendees can enjoy local shopping, seasonal activities and decor, special promotions, sidewalk entertainment, and much more.

Santa Details: Santa will be in attendance and located in the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (1000 N Broadway Ave) parking lot next to Factory Obscura. Bring your phone for a quick photo!

Downtown in December | Lights on Broadway

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol | November 24 – December 24

Lyric’s A Christmas Carol makes its triumphant return to The Plaza Theatre November 24 – December 24 featuring all-new sets, costumes, lights, sounds, and staging! Join Ebenezer Scrooge, a host of ghosts and Charles Dickens’ characters as they spring to life in Lyric’s spectacular, new production. 

Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker | December 8 – 17

returns to the Civic Center Music Hall Dec. 8 through Dec. 17 and will feature all-new choreography by Artistic Director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye. Tchaikovsky’s spirited and familiar score evokes warm, childlike memories in the most glorious way as this colorful and extravagant ballet takes the stage once again this holiday season. For more information, including performance schedules, visit OKCBallet.com.

Devon Ice Rink | November 17 – February 4

The Devon Ice Rink is a thrilling outdoor ice skating experience located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at Myriad Gardens. It is open from November 17 to February 4 and is a great way to get into the holiday spirit.

Holiday Pop Up Shops
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Holiday Pop-Up Shops | November 24 – December 17

Visit more than 30 Oklahoma-owned businesses at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops, a can’t-miss holiday shopping experience returning to Midtown from November 24th to December 17th, 2023. Shops rotate weekly and feature a number of local and small businesses so there’s a new selection of goodies every time you visit.

Merry Midtown | December 9

This is a free event that takes place on December 9th, 2023, in Midtown Oklahoma City. It features live music, food trucks, and a holiday market.

Downtown in December is a wonderful way to experience the magic of the holiday season in Oklahoma City. With so many events and things to do, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Be sure to take in all of the wonderful winter happenings downtown!

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