Visitors to downtown Oklahoma City have the opportunity to enjoy a collection of more than 30 holiday events and activities this winter as Downtown in December is back for its 17th year.
Each holiday season, the Myriad Botanical Gardens transforms its seasonal plaza into the Devon Ice Rink. The holiday series’ signature attraction returns for its eighth year. The Devon Ice Rink opens seven days a week at the corner of Robinson Avenue and Sheridan Avenue, and hosts daily public skating, private parties, and special events through January 27th. Father Christmas makes a special trip to the Devon Energy Center this holiday season during Devon’s Saturdays with Santa, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 1st and 8th. Saturdays with Santa offers a variety of holiday activities and entertainment. Children and families can visit Santa and other holiday characters, make crafts, listen to live music, and more. Visits with Santa are first come, first served.
A spectacular Oklahoma holiday tradition returns with Lyric Theatre’s production of Charles Dickens' classic, A Christmas Carol. Guests are invited to go on a magical journey with Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The show takes place at Lyric's Plaza Theater (1725 NW 16th Street) with the final performance - a matinee - on Christmas Eve. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.LyricTheatreOKC.com.
Saturday, December 8th, prance in the streets of downtown Oklahoma City in the city’s most festive holiday race, SandRidge Santa Run. The Santa Run includes a 5K race and a one-mile Fun Run, plus a warm-up with Rumble the Bison. Activities at SandRidge Energy, which is the start and finish line for all races, include a photo booth, face painting, mascot appearances, build-your-owntrail- mix bar, and an impressive, highlycompetitive costume contest with cash prizes. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the races begin at 8:45 a.m.
Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides are offered Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. through December 30th. All are welcome to enjoy a funfilled float down the beautifully adorned Bricktown Canal. All of the canal’s holiday decorations will be visible on the narrated tour. Each round trip is approximately 25 minutes.
Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker returns to the Civic Center Music Hall December 14th through 23rd. The Nutcracker, a holiday favorite, is the perfect way to fill your heart with the spirit of the season. The production features over 100 students from The Oklahoma City Ballet Yvonne Chouteau School and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. The Nutcracker creates special holiday memories that will last a lifetime. For more information, including performance schedules, visit www.OKCBallet.com.
Enjoy a walk around downtown and see the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light during Automobile Alley’s Light Display. More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will curtain the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway and district side streets making for a magical holiday wonderland. The Bricktown Canal Light Display will brighten your Bricktown experience. Stroll the canal and enjoy the dining and shopping throughout Bricktown, OKC's premier entertainment district, under the gorgeous holiday lights. Both displays are free to the public and begin at dusk each evening through January 1st.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art features holiday-themed art installations, drop-in art making, SONIC Free Family Day on Dec.2nd, a New Year’s Eve event, and more. The new exhibition ‘Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement’ is open now at the museum and runs through January 9th. For more information, visit www.OKCMOA.com.
Ring in the new year in style! Since 1987, Opening Night has been the place for families and friends to enjoy the performing arts and “open” the New Year in the spirit of community. Downtown Oklahoma City is the setting for a variety bands, fireworks, and an unforgettable children’s craft and performance area. The day begins with a festive 5k and all the excitement concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight. For more information visit www.artscouncilokc.com.
For more information on events and activities, call 405-235-3500 or visit www.downtownindecember.com
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