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Oklahoma natives strongly believe that viewing light displays is one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit. The state features some of the largest light installations in the country. So take your family and friends and enjoy the magic of the holidays. Hot cocoa, Santa Claus, and lots of fun activities will keep everyone warm and happy!
Downtown in December, Oklahoma City (November 6, 2020–January 31, 2021)
Beat this winter gloom at Downtown in December with a holiday celebration in the heart of Oklahoma City. There are several winter activities for everyone in your group—ice skating, free holiday light festival, Santa visits, virtual events, and many more. You can participate in a festive holiday run, free water taxi excursions, watch performances and shows, enjoy holiday shopping and parties. Check out the fantastic Bricktown Canal Lights display or cruise down Automobile Alley with stunning Lights in Broadway show while dining and shopping along downtown Oklahoma entertainment district. Most events and displays are free to the public.
Yukon Christmas in the Park (November 21–December 31, 2020)
There is no better holiday destination in Yukon, Oklahoma, than spectacular Christmas in the Park, about a thirty-minute drive from Oklahoma City. Every night during the holiday season the park turns into a magical wonderland of visual entertainment. Drive through three miles of illuminated light displays in three inter-connected city parks—Yukon City Park, Freedom Trail, and Chisholm Trail Park. They feature over four and a half million twinkling lights and about 500 unique light displays. Visitors can also walk through light displays or ride the Santa Express Train. There are many selfie stations throughout the parks, which are perfect backdrops for family photos. Kids would definitely like Gingerbread Family Photo Cutouts and the singing Christmas tree. Also, don't miss the 30-foot (9-m) main Christmas Tree, which features animations and dancing lights, synchronized to Christmas tunes, a majestic unicorn, and a juggling dragon.
Midwest City's Holiday Lights Spectacular (canceled in 2020)
Holiday Lights Spectacular in the heart of Joe B. Barnes Regional Park in Midwest City is the largest animated lights display in a five-state region. It features more than one hundred animated light displays along the two a half kilometer(1.5-mi) drive. Over one million lights and the fantastic thirty-six meter (118- foot) Christmas tree lit up with over 9,000 LED blights are the main attractions of the show. Also, check out the tunnel of lights, watch Santa fly fishing in a four and a half meter (15 foot) waterfall, and watch the elves work in a candy factory. Dancing lights are synchronized to favorite Christmas classics.
Rhema Christmas Lights, Broken Arrow (November 25, 2020–January 1, 2021)
Rhema Christmas Lights in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, is a spectacular display of twinkling lights and a favorite holiday attraction for local families. It all started began with 60,000 lights in 1982 and has grown to more than 2 million lights decorating the campus of Rhema Bible College throughout the holiday season. Running from 5:30 to 11:30 pm, the seasonal display typically attracts more than 200,000 visitors from all over Oklahoma and Midwest. Check out 22-foot (7-m) Christmas Tree, surrounded by smaller illuminated trees. The colorful Rhema Park bridge is a perfect backdrop for a family picture.
Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights, Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve (November 27–December 20, 2020)
Wonderland of Lights at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville is a cherished local holiday tradition. The park transforms into the spectacular Wonderland of Lights when its historic buildings and grounds are adorned with over 750,000 lights. The historic Woolaroc ranch becomes the epicenter of magic from late November through December, Friday to Sunday. Check out live entertainment at the Heritage Theater almost every Friday and Saturday night. The scenic trail starts from the Front Gate, through the main drive to campus, with a stunning view of the illuminated buildings across from Clyde Lake. The 2020 edition will have only drive-thru access, no wagon rides. Admission can be purchased at the gate only with no advance purchase offered.
Castle Christmas, Muskogee (November 26–December 31, 2020)
The Castle of Muskogee becomes a true fairytale land during the holiday season. Visitors can take a drive through the Village, illuminated with thousands of sparkling lights. There are plenty of fun activities for kids outside of the castle. Enjoy an old-fashioned hayride or ride the festive Castle Train. There are cute holiday ponies available for the littlest riders and camels for older kids. Inside the Castle, guests can warm up and enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities—crafts at Santa's workshop, candle workshop, and face painting. There are plenty of unique gifts from the Christmas Shoppe or the Castle gift shop, free family movies, and a cafe.
Ardmore Festival of Lights, Ardmore Regional Park (November 21–December 30, 2020)
Ardmore Festival of Lights is an impressive one and a half-mile drive through beautiful, vibrant Christmas lights. One of the biggest holiday light events in southern Oklahoma, it offers more than 160 animated displays in a sparkling winter wonderland. The Ardmore Regional Park entertains visitors of all ages. Tune your car stereo to a favorite Christmas music station and enjoy row after row of lights as a holiday fairy tale comes to life. Admission to the park is free; however, donations are appreciated.
Chickasha Festival of Light, Shannon Springs Park (November 21–December 31, 2020)
One of the largest in the Midwest, Chickasha Festival of Light features over 3.5 million lights. A stunning drive-through light display is located in Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha, with more than one hundred light installations and scenes. A computer-animated light show synchronized to holiday music is definitely going to make an impression. Don't miss the large 172-foot (52-m) Christmas tree visible for miles around town. The park also has a Ferris wheel, a live nativity scene, many food trucks, a holiday gift shop, a carriage, and even camel rides. The Santa residence is open to kids.
Crystal Christmas at Crystal Beach Park, Woodward (November 21–December 31, 2020)
Crystal Beach Park in Woodward attracts families from all over Oklahoma when it sparkles with over two million Christmas lights and displays. Crystal Christmas is one of the main annual events in Woodward. It opens with a large celebration—fireworks, caroling, concessions, and a countdown. On Thursdays and Fridays, Chrystal Beach Park features family nights with plenty of kid-oriented activities like lighted train rides, Christmas characters, live nativity scenes, and, of course, Santa Claus.