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Oklahoma City really comes alive this time of year with events for the whole family. From Santa sightings and tree lighting events to live nativities and ice skating, find every kind of Christmas event you can imagine here on this. Enjoy celebrating the holiday season with these kid-friendly events.
 
NOW  –  Jan. 27
 
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Botanical Gardens (113 S Robinson) offers ice skating through Downtown in December. $13, includes skate rental; $8, without; $7 for members. See website for hours of operation.
 
NOW - Dec. 23
 
PAMBE Ghana Global Market (6516 N. Olie) offers unique, fair trade products from around the world to support La’Angum Learning Center. Parents can shop while kids enjoy a section just for children. Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 3 p.m.
 
NOW - Dec. 24
 
FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops (200 Bass Pro Dr) features giveaways, crafts, activities and the chance to meet Santa. Guests receive one FREE photo print, additional photos available for purchase. Weekdays, 5 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
 
NOW – Dec. 25
 
FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features more than one million holiday lights and a 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs. Sunday-Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.
 
NOW – Jan. 6
 
Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd) offers ice skating, holiday music and food concessions. $12 with skate rental; $8 if you bring your own skates. $6 for ages 5 and under. Monday-Thursday, 3 - 9 p.m.; Friday, 3 - 10 p.m; Saturday & Sunday, noon - 10 p.m.; See website for exceptions.
 
 
NOW – Jan. 1
 
FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway (NW 4th to 10th) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draped along the buildings on North Broadway. Open daily, dusk until dawn.
 
NOW – Dec. 31
 
FREE Chickasha Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 N 9t St, Chickasha) is known as one of the best light festivals in the country and features carriage rides, live nativity, camel rides, live animals, photos with Santa, gift shop and gift shop & snack stand. Monday-Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.
 
FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) offers over 100 acres of Christmas cheer featuring over 125 displays and four million lights as well as refreshments, live music, pictures with Santa and train rides. 6 - 11 p.m.
 
Nov. 19 – Jan. 4
 
FREE Red Earth Treefest at Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments showcasing the diverse Native cultures. Monday - Friday,10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
 
Nov. 23
 
FREE Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features live music, complimentary popcorn, cookies, face painting and photos with Santa. Mayor Cornett will light the Bricktown Christmas tree for the season. Friday, 5-7 p.m.
 
Nov. 23 - Dec. 23
 
Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features dozens of independent shops and an urban Christmas tree lot managed by Bishop John Carroll School. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes & the tree lot is available until trees sell out. Free to attend. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
Nov 23 – Dec. 24
 
“A Christmas Carol” at Lyric Theatre (1727 NW 16th St) is a classic Christmas tale portrayed by local actors. $25 & up. Performances at various times, Wednesdays through Sundays.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 30
 
FREE Holiday Water Taxi Rides at Bricktown Water Taxi (111 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District. All ages welcome. Thursday -Sunday, 6 - 9 p.m.
 
Nov. 23 - Jan. 1
 
FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE) is a light display set to music that features more than 18 miles of light strands. Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. 6 - 10 p.m.
 
Nov. 23 – Jan. 5
 
FREE Lights on Markwell Avenue (Council & NW 23rd St) features an entire block Christmas light display set to music on 107.1 FM. Donations of canned food accepted. Sunday - Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6 - 11 p.m.
 
Nov. 24 - Dec. 15
 
A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a Victorian Christmas celebrations including a parade, historic home tours, theater performances of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, candlelit trolley rides, carolers in early-1900s dress and decorated store windows complete with re-enactors depicting Victorian-era Guthrie. Free lighted Christmas parade at dusk on Nov 24. For schedule and information, see website.
 
Nov. 24
 
FREE Deluxe Winter Market at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) offers an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 60 vendor booths. Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
 
Nov. 24 & 25
 
“The Oklahoma Nutcracker” at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (131 S Flood, Norman), a local tradition presented by the Norman Ballet, features a classical ballet performance and a Sand Plum Fairy Tea party featuring sand plum fairies and other special guests, activities and refreshments. $15 - $25; tea party, $19. Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday: 3 p.m.; tea party, 1 p.m.
  
Nov. 24 - Dec. 22
 
"A Classic Christmas" at the Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa (1001 W 1st St, Sulphur) features lavish decorations, carriage rides and a variety of family activities including gingerbread house decorating and live reindeer. Prices vary. See website for a schedule of events
 
Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
 
FREE Celebration of Lights at The Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) invites the family to drive through a beautiful holiday light display. 6 - 9 p.m. nightly.
 
Nov. 27 & Dec. 4, 11 & 18
 
Tuesday Night Holiday Movies at Harkins Cinemas (150 E. Reno Ave). Relive your favorite holiday films on the big screen. Click here for movie schedule. $5. 7 p.m.
 
Nov. 29
 
Territorial Christmas at Harn Homestead (1721 N Linoln Blvd.) features hay rides, cookie decorating, Harn House tours and a chance to meet Santa. $5, kids (under 3), free. 6 - 8 p.m.
 
KLOVE Christmas at Council Road Baptist Church (2900 Council Rd, Bethany) features C a special Christmas concert from contemporary artists Crowder, Mac Powell of Third Day and Unspoken. $25 & up. 7 - 10 p.m.
 
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1
 
OKC Philharmonic Christmas Show at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features fresh interpretations of holiday favorites, celebrated through music, song and dance. $19&up. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 8 p.m.
 
Nov. 30
 
UCO WinterGlow at Nigh University Center (100 N University, Dr, Edmond) features the Ceremonial Lighting of the Old North as well as a winter carnival with a craft area, trackless train rides and inflatables. Attendees have the opportunity to meet Santa. Bring a toy to donate and receive a FREE photo with Santa. 6 - 9 p.m.
  
Nov. 30 - Dec. 16
 
FREE Storyland Christmas at Charles J Johnson Central Park (29th St, Midwest City) will transform into a traditional story land Christmas featuring 35 hand-painted murals and a 30-foot Christmas tree covered in 6,000 lights. Additional activities include showings of Christmas classic movies and photo opportunities with Santa.
 
Dec. 1
 
El Reno Polar Express at the Canadian County Historical Museum (300 S Grand Ave, El Reno) features holiday activities and a screening of The Polar Express. Attendees can meet Santa, build a toy in his workshop, ride a trolley to Centre Theatre and more. Benefits Sacred Heart Catholic School. Kids (2 & older), $15; adults, $5; VIP family pass, $50. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
FREE Yukon Mayor’s Christmas Party for Kids at Dale Robertson Center (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) invites all kids to enjoy donuts, crafts, games and visits from Jingle, Rudolph, Frosty and Santa. 9:30 a.m. - noon.
 
FREE Autism-Friendly Santa Event at ACI Learning Centers (401 E Memorial Rd Ste 700) features a  the chance to meet Santa in a welcoming environment and family activities including refreshments, crafts and a play area. Preregister. Siblings welcome. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
 
FREE Cowboy Christmas at Stockyards City Main Street (1305 S Agnew) features a holiday parade with longhorn steers, authentic cowboys, antique cars, equestrian clubs and native dancers. Kids can meet Santa at the Centennial Rodeo Opry after the parade and pose for pictures. Food trucks and street performers round out this festive event. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
FREE Christmas Saturday for Kids: Holidays at the Museum at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a variety of holiday family fun activities throughout the Museum including Western-inspired ornament making, a scavenger hunt through select exhibit galleries and more. Meet Santa and Western historical figures. Preregister. 10 a.m. -  2 p.m.
 
FREE Holiday Hop at the Victorian Rodkey House & 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse (410 S Littler & 124 E 2nd St, Edmond) features holiday activities, hot cocoa and music hosted at the Victorian Rodkey House and old fashion ornament making and tree decorating at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse. 1 – 4 p.m.
 
 
FREE Parade of Lights in Old Town Moore (Main & Broadway Ave, Moore) features a parade and a chance to meet Santa, the Grinch and Frosty, as well as holiday goodies for kids, and horse and buggy rides. 6 - 8 p.m.
 
Dec. 1, 8 & 15
 
Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western). Enjoy a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa. Photo opportunities available. Bring your own camera. Includes a train and carousel ride. Preregister. $17.50. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon.
 
Dec. 1 & 8
 
FREE Devon’s Saturdays with Santa at Devon Tower (333 W Sheridan Ave). Children can meet Santa and other holiday characters, make crafts, ride a train, listen to live music, as well as other activities. Visits with Santa are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Dec. 1, 8 & 15
 
Breakfast with Santa at Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western). Enjoy a pancake breakfast, story time, a Christmas craft and carols with Santa. Photo opportunities available. Bring your own camera. Includes a train and carousel ride. Preregister. $17.50. Saturdays, 10 a.m. – noon.
 
Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22
 
Christmas in Downtown Edmond (Various locations) Experience the wonder of the season as you step back in time with free carriage rides and more. Free carriage rides will be on Saturdays in December from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Dec. 1 – 31
 
FREE Edmond Holiday Light Displays in Downtown Edmond (Various locations). Enjoy holiday lights displays throughout the city in Downtown Edmond, Spring Creek Plaza, Spring Creek Village, First Baptist Church, UCO and OC campuses.
 
Dec. 2
 
Sensory Santa Morning at Myriad Gardens’ Park House Event Center (301 W Reno Ave) features the chance to meet Santa in a welcoming environment for families with children with special needs, festive booths with activities for kids and a light snack. Preregister.  Members, $8; nonmembers, $12; adults, free. 9 - 11 a.m.
 
Canterbury Christmas at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a holiday carol sing-a-long and a chance to meet Santa following the concert. $15-$62. 7 p.m.
 
Dec. 5
 
Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) makes a stop in Oklahoma City on their winter tour. $41 & up. 7:30 p.m.
 
Dec. 6
 
FREE Holiday Happening at Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features family-friendly activities and festive entertainment as well as Pioneer Library Storybook Time and discounts at the museum store. 5 - 8 p.m.
 
FREE Heart of Oklahoma Parade of Lights in Downtown Purcell (Main St, Purcell) features bands, dancing groups, tractors, horses and decorated floats. 6 - 9 p.m.
 
Dec. 6 – 9
 
Home for the Holiday at Oklahoma City University’s Kirkpatrick Auditorium (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) is an annual Broadway-style dance extravaganza highlighting the spirit of the season with rocking swing numbers, colorful costumes and a Nativity of Christ birth. $29.85.  Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.
 
FREE Holiday Gala at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore) features music, refreshments, a chance to meet Santa, crafts, the Maker Mobile and activities for the whole family. No registration required, all ages welcome. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
 
FREE Winterfest at Legacy Park (1898 Legacy Park Dr, Norman) features moon bounces, gift wrapping contest, musical performances, crafts for kids, the chance to meet Santa and more. 5:30 - 7 p.m.
 
FREE A Dog Day in December at Midtown Mutts Dog Park (1171 N Hudson Ave) features a pet-friendly holiday party with photos with Santa and treats for pups and their owners. 6 - 8 p.m.
 
Dec. 7 & 8
 
Holiday Home Tour in Norman (various locations). Five festively decorated homes will be open for tour featuring holiday decorations from traditional to trendy. Benefits the Assistance League of Norman’s programs. $25. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Dec. 7 - 9 
 
FREE Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant at Boys Ranch Town (5100 SE 33rd St, Edmond) features living nativity presented by residents, staff children and live animals from the ranch depicting the life of Jesus Christ including his birth, death and resurrection. 7 - 9 p.m.
 
Dec 7 - 16
 
A Christmas Story at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a community theatre production of the story of Ralphie Parker. Adults, $28-$33; kids (12&under), $15. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
 
Dec. 8
 
Breakfast with Santa at The Station Recreation Center (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features breakfast, holiday crafts and a chance to meet Santa. Professional photographer available, personal cameras welcome. Best suited for kids ages 2 - 8. $10. 8 - 10 a.m.
 
SandRidge Santa Run at SandRidge Energy (123 Robert S Kerr Ave) features a 5K race, a one-mile Fun Run and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash through the streets of downtown, all started off with a warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. 5K, $35; fun run, $20; kids’ dash, FREE. 8:45 p.m.
 
Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decorating, handmade, seasonal and specialty items presented by over 90 crafters. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
 
Santa’s Art Workshop at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute (27 E Edwards, Edmond) features rotating holiday activities including art projects, snacks, storytelling with Mrs. Claus and the chance to meet Santa. Preregister. $15. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
 
FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features new, themed experiences and learning opportunities for families to enjoy together including crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
FREE Family Make + Take at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features a Christmas craft for the whole family to enjoy. All children must be accompanied by an adult. 1 - 4 p.m.
 
FREE Christmas Parade in Downtown Norman (Main St, Pickard Ave. to Crawford Ave, Norman) features bands, floats, Santa and a variety of Christmas characters. 5 p.m.
 
FREE Christmas Spectacular at Moore’s Central Park (700 S Broadway Ave, Moore) features inflatables, Polar Express barrel train, carolers, and holiday fireworks. Kids can meet Santa and pose for a photo. 7 - 8:30 p.m.
 
Dec. 8, 15 & 22
 
Christmas Train at the Oklahoma Railway Museum (3400 NE Grand Blvd) is a holiday train ride with hot cocoa, carols, the reading Christmas stories and the chance to meet Santa. Ride is 40 minutes. Purchase tickets in advance to guarantee a seat. $15, children under 3 are free. See website for train departures.
 
Dec. 9
 
FREE Christmas Guns Celebration at Fort Reno (7107 W Cheyenne, El Reno) features a timeless celebration from German and American folklore with cannons and guns blasting, snacks, story-telling and the chance to meet Santa. 2 - 4 p.m.
 
Dec. 10
 
FREE Christmas Open House at the Murrell Home (19479 E Murrell Home Rd, Park Hill) features a truly old-fashioned Christmas with Victorian Christmas decorations, special exhibits, costumed re-enactors, refreshments and a visit from Father Christmas. 1 – 4 p.m.
 
Dec 11
 
FREE Holiday Lighting Ceremony at Skirvin Hilton Hotel (1 Park Ave) features a complimentary reception and ceremony. 5 - 7 p.m.
 
A Date with the Duke – Holiday Edition at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a cash bar, buffet and special screening of El Dorado. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40. 5 – 8 p.m.
 
Dec. 14
 
Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family with a dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years. Kids in attendance can meet Santa. Preregister. $70 for members, $85 for nonmembers, $25 for children under 12. 6 – 9 p.m.
  
Dec 14 – 15
 
The City Cabaret OKC presents Retro Wonderland at VSD’s (4200 N Western Ave) features a 1950s style holiday performance, backed by The City Cabaret band. Retro-style dress encouraged but not required. $25. 8 p.m.
 
Dec. 14 – 23
 
The Nutcracker at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker) features the story of Clara, her Nutcracker prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy in 10 enchanting performances by the Oklahoma City Ballet as well as special activities before and after the show. $15-$60. Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, 2 & 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
 
Dec. 15
 
Gingerbread House Workshop at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Learn about the flavorful ginger root – where it comes from and how it grows. Attendees will also create their own masterpieces using gingerbread, frosting and candies. All ages welcome. Kids ages 8 & under will need chaperone help. Preregister. Members, $35; nonmembers, $40. 10 a.m. - noon.
 
Mini Kids’ Wreath Class at Will Rogers Gardens (3400 NW 36th St). Create a mini wreath with a collection of greens and berries collected on a winter walk. Preregister. All ages welcome. $5 per wreath. Noon - 2 p.m.
 
Dec. 17
 
FREE Kids' Holiday Shoppe at the Southern Oaks Library (6900 S Walker Ave). Kids ages 12 & under can choose two small gifts for family members with the help of library staff and volunteers. Registration is required to sign up for a specific time slot. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
 
Dec. 19 - 21
 
FREE Decembers Drop-ins at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) features story times every 30 minutes, holiday ornament or gift making and interactive educational activities. Every day has a different theme and craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Members, $4; nonmembers, $5. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  
Dec. 20
 
FREE Gingerbread House Building at the Bethany Library (794 NW 23rd St, Bethany). Create and decorate your very own gingerbread house. This is a come & go event open to all ages. All materials provided. 3 – 6 p.m.
 
FREE Gingerbread Challenge at the Northwest Library (5600 NW 122nd St). Compete to make and decorate the best confectionary creation. Best suited for ages 9 & up. Preregister. 6 – 7 p.m.
 
Sounds of the Season Concert at Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium (850 Yukon Ave, Yukon) features a holiday performance by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Orchestra. $10. 7:30 – 9 p.m.
 
Dec. 31
 
FREE Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party at the Moore Public Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Children are invited to make crafts and enjoy music; dancing and a balloon drop at noon. 11 a.m. - noon.
 
Opening Night Finale 5K at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) takes you through downtown, across the Skydance Bridge and back to Bicentennial Park. Participants are encouraged to dress festive. $35. 4 p.m.
 
Opening Night at Bicentennial Park (500 Couch Dr) features evening of music, comedy, magic and fireworks at midnight to ring in the New Year. $8 in advance, $10 at the event, children under 5, free. 7 p.m. to midnight.