Family Holiday Events and Festivals In & Around OKC

Family Holiday Events in OKC

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the OKC Metro is full of festive, holiday fun for the whole family! 

Oklahoma City does not disappoint with plenty to do in for holiday fun. Be sure to use this Holiday Event Guide to kickstart your holiday cheer and let us know in the comments if there are any we should add.

Edmond Ice Rink 

November 5-January 15

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.

OKC Zoo Safari Lights 

November 12-January 1

From 5:30-11:00 pm each night, the OKC Zoo is hosting drive-through Safari Lights full of wildlife-themed interactive light sculptures! There is also the option to walk through this year for $15. Cost per vehicle is $65 for drive through. *This pricing also includes 4 walk-through tickets after you drive through. Santa will be making special visits to the OKC Zoo every Thursday – Sunday starting November 12 – December 11 and daily from December 15 – 25.

Lyric Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol 

November 16-December 23

Tickets are available for showtimes November 16-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.

The Polar Express 

November 11-December 27

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 27 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!

North Pole Adventure 

December 3-December 23

See Santa’s Post Office and Reindeer barn, “Grinch-land”, Elf University, and more in this magical Winter Wonderland!

Devon Ice Rink 

November 16-January 29

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.

Chickasha Festival of Lights

November 19 – December 31

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. 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.

Union Station Illumination 

November 25-January 1

You can’t go wrong with Scissortail Park. This year’s Union Station Illumination starts on November 25 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!

Winter Glow at Riversport 

November 25-December 30

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.

Holiday Lights Spectacular 

December 1-25

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!

Boys Ranch Town Christmas Pageant 

December 2-4

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 

November 25-December 18

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!

Lights on Broadway 

December 3 and 10

Sure, the lights on Broadway are on every night through the end of December, but for 2 special Saturdays (December 3rd and 10th), 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 

December 3

From 6-8pm 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 

December 3

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 

December 3, 10, 17

The Skirvin Hilton has a whole calendar full of holiday events! Join them for Breakfast with Santa, or for Holiday High Tea!

Victorian Walk Nights 

December 3 & 10

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! There is typically street entertainment, photos with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, and more!

Harkins Holiday Classics 

Tuesdays in December

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Harkins Theatre’s $5 Tuesday Night Classics turns into $5 Holiday Classics!

OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker 

December 10-18

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.

Winter Break Activities at the Cowboy Museum 

December 19-28

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.

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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