Christmas in OKC | 15 Festive Activities and Things to Do (by a local!)

The holiday season is a great time to visit Oklahoma City. Christmas in OKC means holiday events, neighborhoods covered in vibrant light displays, and unique festive activities in Oklahoma City. 

About Christmas in OKC

Christmas lights in OKC neighborhood
Whether driving around looking at holiday lights or taking part in a holiday event, there is a lot to do around Christmas in OKC.

While Oklahoma City isn’t necessarily a snowy winter wonderland or a world-renowned Christmas destination, it is still a wonderful place to spend the holidays.

With typical high temperatures in the 40s during the month of December, it is warm enough that you can enjoy outdoor activities if you bundle up, while still feeling chilly enough to get you in the holiday spirit.

This list of the best Christmas events in Oklahoma City, includes both free things to do during Christmas in OKC and activities that require tickets or admission. 

Christmas in OKC | 15 Fun things to do in Oklahoma City at Christmas

santa reading a book to children at North Pole City
A visit with Santa Claus is the perfect way to usher in Christmas in OKC, but there are lots of great Christmas events in Oklahoma City to help ring in the festive season.

As OKC locals and lovers of the holiday season, we have personally tried out most of the festive Christmas experiences in Oklahoma City for families. In fact, having lived in OKC for more than a decade, we’ve done just about all the fun things to do in Oklahoma City with kids

If you are specifically looking for fun things to do at Christmas time in OKC, we’ve compiled a guide to the best Oklahoma City Christmas events and activities to add to your list this holiday season.

Drive through Christmas in the Park in Yukon

Christmas lights at Christmas in the Park in Yukon, Oklahoma
Located in the suburb of Yukon, Christmas in the Park is a free holiday event in OKC.

One of the best free places to see Christmas lights in OKC, this Yukon holiday staple draws thousands of people each season to the western OKC suburb.

Christmas in the Park is both a drive-through Christmas lights display and a walk-through event, for those who want to get out of their car and walk below archways of lights and past larger-than-life holiday motifs. 

Located in Yukon City Park and concluding in Chisholm Trail Park, this festive OKC event typically begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving and runs through New Year’s Eve.

You can take in the fun of more than 5 million lights and stop for photos at selfie stations located along the optional walking portion of the event. 

Walk through an illuminated garden at Myriad Botanical Gardens 

Myriad Gardens is another place where you can stroll through a beautiful light display during Christmas in OKC. Beginning in late November and running through early January, the downtown botanical garden not only beautifully lit up, but hosts several festive events. 

In December 2023 Myriad Gardens will also host Gingerbread Gardens, a workshop where you can learn about the plants used in making candy, as well as different Christmas-themed craft workshops.

During the holiday season, Myriad’s Santa Claus Lane is a great place to bring kids (and pets!) to meet the jolly bearded guy in the red suit. Although, you’ll need to check their event calendar, as dates and special events vary by year.  

The botanical garden is just one of the awesome attractions in OKC that make it one of the most underrated cities to visit in the United States.

Go Ice Skating at the Devon Ice Rink 

child ice skating at the Devon ice rink in downtown OKC at Christmas
Ice skating in Downtown OKC at Christmas is a fun outdoor activity for people of all ages.

In the heart of downtown, the Devon Ice Rink is a fun place to test your talents at Ice skating. Located directly below the Devon Tower that dominated the city’s skyline, the 5,500 square foot outdoor ice rink is fun for the whole family. 

You can rent skates and even rent skating trainers for young kids who might need a little extra help staying upright on the skating blades. 

Be sure to bundle up for this Christmas activity in Oklahoma City! Seeing as it is an outdoor rink, you’ll want to have on a couple of layers, particularly on cold nights. 

The ice skating rink opens for the season the week of Thanksgiving and continues through early February.

Visit the Chisholm Creek Christmas Village

Chisholm Creek is a popular mixed-use shopping area and entertainment district located along Memorial between Pennsylvania Ave. and Western. 

During the holiday season, the district hosts a Christmas market complete with music, Santa Claus, live reindeer, and other Christmas characters and activities. 

It is the perfect place to spend some time as a family and shop for unique Christmas gifts.

Spend an evening at the Chickasha Festival of Light

Light tunnel at Chickasha festival of light
Although it isn’t technically in the OKC metro, the Festival of Light is worth the drive to Chickasha.

A bit of a road trip from Oklahoma City, Chickasha is worth the 45-minute drive to visit this OKC area Christmas event. Each year, the town, located south of Oklahoma City, hosts a free holiday event, called Festival of Light

The festival, which begins in mid-November, includes light features, rides, food, and more which you can purchase individually. 

While in Chickasha, be sure to check out the enormous Chickasha Leg Lamp, a 50-foot tall sculpture inspired by the tacky yet beloved novelty lamp in the classic holiday movie “A Christmas Story”.

Watch a Holiday Parade on the Oklahoma River

This isn’t your typical holiday parade. On Saturday, November 11, 2023, RIVERSPORT in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District will host a holiday parade on water – complete with water skiing elves and holiday-themed boats sparkling with lights.

The parade on the Oklahoma River will also feature a laser show and fireworks. 

Before the Holiday River Parade, be sure to check out Winter Glow, where you can try winter sports like skiing, curling, and Nordic climbing.

Take a Stroll down Automobile Alley 

buildings draped in colorful lights in Automobile Alley at Christmas downtown OKC
One of the best places to see Christmas lights in OKC, Automobile Alley is draped in color each December.

Perhaps my favorite one of OKC’s holiday light displays, Automobile Alley is always aglow at Christmas time. 

Located just a few blocks north of Downtown OKC, Automobile Alley is not only one of the best places to see Christmas lights in Oklahoma City, it is also one of the best places in OKC for quirky street art.

Each holiday season, the district drapes all the buildings in strands of colorful lights. From roof to pavement, each building is robed in a different vibrant set of lights, creating a rainbow of color as you drive or walk down the urban street. 

This is a must-visit Downtown in December in OKC.

See the zoo aglow at OKC Zoo Safari Lights

One of the best events hosted around Christmas in OKC takes place at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Safari Lights begins in mid-November and runs through January 1. 

Every night, the zoo is illuminated with larger-than-life light displays that are, fittingly, wild-life themed. 

Visitors can either choose a drive-through experience or purchase walk-through admission tickets. The walking path winds through the Children’s Zoo, butterfly garden and along the lake, featuring interactive light exhibits and musically choreographed light shows. 

It is not only a fun experience on a winter night, but it is filled with great photo ops that guests will love!

Ride the Polar Express Christmas Train 

Albeit a pricey OKC Christmas event, the Polar Express is a memorable way to celebrate Christmas in OKC. 

The one-hour trip to meet Santa boards at the Oklahoma Railway Museum, just south of the OKC Zoo. During the adventure, guests get to relive the classic children’s story through a cast of actors on board the train. 

The performers engage with passengers, lead them in song, read a book, and even serve hot cocoa and cookies to kids who are decked out in pajamas while they all eagerly await for the main event – when Santa boards the train to greet families and hand out the first gift of Christmas to the kids. 

Prices range from $44-$65 per person, but if you’re looking for a bucket-list OKC Christmas activity, this is one that is very memorable for kids.

Attend the Nutcracker at the OKC Ballet 

A Christmas time tradition for many families, The Nutcracker is a great way to introduce children to performing arts. 

The classic ballet enchants and entertains audiences at the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall for two weekends each December.

In 2023, you can catch The Nutcracker the weekends of December 8-10 and December 15-17.

Featuring choreography and dance performed by students from the Oklahoma City Ballet School and live music from the Philharmonic, The Nutcracker is a beloved holiday event and one of the best Christmas shows in OKC.

Take festive photos at a Christmas Tree Farm

family at a Christmas tree farm in OKC
What’s more festive than a Christmas tree farm? Luckily, there are several Christmas tree farms in Oklahoma City that you can visit to get in the holiday spirit.

There is nothing quite like visiting a Christmas tree farm to get you in the holiday spirit. Whether you are picking out a fresh cut tree or simply wandering through the rows of evergreens, you’ll feel like you are in a Hallmark movie when you visit one of OKC’s Christmas tree farms. 

Wells Christmas Tree Farm in Norman and All Pine Tree Farm in Yukon are both great options for festive family photos – whether professional or amateur.

Drive through the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular 

Looking for things to do on the east side of the Oklahoma City metro? The Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular is the free drive through holiday light display you’ll want to check out. With more than 100 animated light features, the 1.5 mile long drive through boasts one million lights! 

Open each night from December 1st through Christmas, the Holiday Lights Spectacular draws thousands of cars filled with families each season. And if you prefer to walk through the event and take lots of pictures, go on Wednesdays, when drive-through access is closed to allow foot traffic only. 

The crown jewel of the drive-through event is the 118 foot Christmas tree and the impressive tunnels of lights. 

While the event is free, donations are accepted to keep the annual tradition in Midwest City open and running year after year. 

Walk along the canal in Bricktown 

Bricktown is a colorful place to take a winter stroll during Christmas in OKC.

Bricktown is the city’s premier tourism and entertainment district. For this reason there are so many things to do in Bricktown OKC year round. 

The downtown Oklahoma City district off Main Street, and its signature canal feels extra special during the holiday season. The trees on each side of the canal are beautifully wrapped in Christmas lights, while even more lights are draped across the canal. 

Whether you want to bundle up and take a stroll along the canal, take a canal boat tour underneath the lights, or go for a winter carriage ride along Main Street, Bricktown is one of the best places to visit in Oklahoma City at Christmas time. 

Attend the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

Located in the Mickey Mantle Plaza, directly in front of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, the annual Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival is a must-visit during the holiday season. But this event only takes place on one night in mid-November.

Mark your calendar this year for Thursday, November 16th, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 pm. 

The free festival includes fun activities like face-painting, caricatures, and pictures with Santa. 

The 2-hour long festival also includes a variety of holiday performances, and of course, the official tree lighting ceremony.  This annual tradition is definitely one of the best free Christmas activities in OKC.

Peruse Mistletoe Market

Mistletoe Market is Oklahoma City’s most popular arts and crafts fair. Organized by the Junior League of Oklahoma City, the massive market at the Convention Center takes place the weekend of November 3-5, 2023

You can shop for unique items like jewelry, clothing, and locally made products like jams, honey, and gourmet foods. So, if you have some Christmas shopping to do, the first weekend in November will be a good time to do.

There is a cost to get in, but proceeds go to fund community projects determined by the Junior League.

Do you have a question or comment about any of these OKC Christmas events and activities? We’d love to hear from you! Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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This guide to the best Christmas in OKC events was first written in November 2022 but was updated in October 2023 to reflect current information and new events.

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