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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

January in Oklahoma City

Just because the holidays are over that doesn’t mean the fun stops in Oklahoma City. Don’t just take our word for it though. Go check out the January in OKC video from our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a look at all of this month’s happenings. From Thunder basketball to the Color Purple and everything in between, the calendar is packed full this month in the 4-0-5.

Adventure District, attractions, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Oklahoma City Way to Cinema Verite

Film Row OKC

Between the popularity of projects like ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, “Jim & Andy” on Netflix, Frederick Wiseman’s “Ex Libris,” Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War,” “School Life” and others, one could argue that the documentary film scene has never been stronger or more varied. Get in on the action this Sunday, January 14, as you make your way to docLAHOMA, the state’s only documentary film festival. Appropriately located in OKC’s historic Film Row district at the Paramount, this free(!) festival features five different subject “blocks” of programming, with multiple docs in each. The fun begins (and the bar opens) at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, so don’t miss the chance to check out some of the newest, best indie docs to hit the screen!

More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/165978737346120/permalink/165979684012692/

festivals, film, Film Row, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 9 - January 15, 2018

Science Museum Oklahoma

Tuesday, January 9
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lady Bird; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Wednesday, January 10
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Sole Expression: The Art of the Shoe; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Lady Bird; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Thursday, January 11
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
Uncle Lucius; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $15.

Friday, January 12
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Black Label Society; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 800-514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Young Dolph; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 13
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Insamuch Foundation Classic Series- Joshua Roman; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Bijou & LO’99; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, January 14
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
DocLAHOMA Film Festival; All Day; The Paramount; Admission is free.
Science Museum Oklahoma Augmented Reality Pop-Up Museum; Regular Museum; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Free with museum admission.
OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; OKC State Fair Park; 787-0787; Ticket prices vary.
Dunkirk; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Monday, January 15
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration; 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; $2 suggested donation for Peace Dove Craft.
Selma; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

Downtown OKC Skyline

Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is a place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City, it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog emailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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ABetterLife: The Website

Better Life Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself.

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Other relocation resources

Besides our blog (of course), a great resource for new residents is the Oklahoma City Welcome Guide. What is a welcome guide you might ask? Well, exactly what it sounds like: A guide to make you feel welcome in Oklahoma City. It’s everything you could want to know about moving to OKC in one very handy publication. It has great info on housing, education, employment, health, weather and so much more (plus a lot of pretty pictures). The latest version of the guide can always be found here. Also be sure to check out our relocation video and be sure to share both with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

moving, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Best of 2017

Riversport Rapids

Each year, we like to take a look back at some of our favorite posts of the past year. 2017 was a big year for our city and the groundwork was laid for several projects and initiatives that could shape our metro for decades to come.

  • Tinker Turns 75- Tinker Air Force Base is a major driver of the OKC economy and this year it turned the big 7-5.
  • Innovation District- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking, centered around a proposed innovation district, took huge strides towards reality.
  • Craft Beer Explosion- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Various Venues- With the opening of several new venues, live music had a big year in OKC.
  • Infrastructure Investment- This fall OKC residents voted yes on a landmark infrastructure package that will invest more than $1 billion in our roads, bridges and public safety.
  • A River’s Rise- Check out our new storytelling feature on the rise of the Oklahoma River.
beer, community, Innovation District, live music, music, Oklahoma River, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 2 - January 8, 2018

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, January 2
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, January 3
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 4
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 5
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
The Color Purple; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 6
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
More than Human: A Celebration of David Bowie; 5 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
South Bay Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 7
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Color Purple; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, January 8
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Kick off the New Year in style

NYE in OKC

For 30 years, Opening Night has been the center of New Year’s Eve fun in Oklahoma City. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as The Wise Guys, Edgar Cruz, OKC Improv and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, MidFirst Bank locations and Plenty Mercantile. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

family-friendly, festivals, food, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunder in the New Year

OKC Thunder Drummers

Why not ring in the New Year with Russell Westbrook and 18,000 of your rowdiest friends as the Thunder take on the Dallas Mavericks on New Year’s Eve? Get your tickets here. Be sure to check out the menus at downtown restaurants as many will feature special New Year’s Eve menus.

What are you doing to usher in 2018? Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

basketball, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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And the Oscar goes to

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

In our humble opinion, one of the coolest things about the renovation of the historic Tower Theatre is how the building’s history as a film house has been kept front and center. If you didn’t know, the Tower Theatre originally opened in 1937, and served as the premier movie house in Oklahoma City for almost 40 years. While the renovation of the historic theatre has mainly focused on the facility as a live music venue, you can also catch some of your favorite films there as well. “Home Alone”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Shawshank Redemption” are just a handful of the movies playing between now and the end of the year. The Tower even offers a full bar for movie showings. Check out their schedule to see when your favorite movie is playing.

The Tower Theatre is far from the only unique place to see a movie in Oklahoma City. On the third Friday of each month, the 21c Museum Hotel features a movie screening as part of their Filmography series, a partnership with deadCenter Film and OKC Film Society. These screenings are absolutely free.

Finally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has been the metro’s art house cinema for years. Their film program mainly focuses on independent cinema but occasionally sprinkles in films such as “Die Hard” for special holiday screenings. They even offer special ticket packages that include dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe.

film, free, history, live music, museums, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get the low down on universities

OU Campus in Norman

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up-to-date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”), you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC At a Glance” publication.

college, education, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Snow Tubing in OKC

Tuesday, December 26
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 27
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Shawshank Redemption; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 28
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.

Friday, December 29
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
No Country for Old Men; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 30
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Deep Deuce Sessions; 7 p.m.; Deep Deuce District; This event is free.

Sunday, December 31
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
2018 Opening Night Finale 5K; Bicentennial Park; 3 p.m.; Registration fees vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Opening Night; 7 p.m.; Downtown; Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 night of the event.
Uptown Get Down New Year’s Eve Party; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
The Drop- NYE at the Jones ft. My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 1
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Light up your night

Bricktown Christmas Tree

Maybe it is just us but something about driving around in the car on a crisp December night to look at Christmas lights instantly makes us feel like a kid again. If the sight of Christmas lights instantly takes you from Scrooge to Buddy the Elf, then we’ve got some good news for you: Oklahoma City does Christmas lights right.

We compiled a list of some can’t miss stops on your 2017 Christmas light tour.

  • Devon Energy Center’s giant-sized ornaments have again taken their places on the lawn and outside the Colcord, as well as in the rotunda. Bonus points if you take a picture in front of them for your Christmas card.
  • Bricktown Canal Lights plus free water taxi rides equal the best of ways to make nighttime the brighttime.
  • The Bricktown Christmas Tree is up and blazin’ at the 3rd Base Plaza at the ballpark until January 1.
  • The Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway are located between 4th and 10th streets. Auto Alley does not mess around with its 180,000 lights along eight blocks.
  • Headed east? Then hit up Midwest City’s Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Park.
  • Headed west? Then hit up Yukon’s Christmas in the Park in what is actually three interconnected parks.

What are your favorite neighborhood displays? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook and help us get the word out.

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, family-friendly, free, holiday, kids, Midwest City, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shopping made easy

OKC Pop Up Shops

We all know the feeling. Heck, most of us are feeling the same thing this time of year. Christmas is right around the corner and we still haven’t finished up our shopping. If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoma from The Black Scintilla, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s malls including the OKC OutletsQuail Springs MallPenn Square Mall, or perhaps peruse the various rotating offerings at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

If you want more great shopping ideas be sure to visit the shopping section of our website.

golf, local goods, outdoor recreation, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red Earth Treefest

Seminole Tree Photo Provided By Red Earth Museum

[Photo provided by Red Earth Museum]

You’ve heard us talk about the history and heritage of OKC. Why not explore some of our rich heritage and maybe start a new tradition with your own family this holiday season? There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in OKC.

Explore Oklahoma’s Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Your family is sure to be amazed at 25 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments from Oklahoma tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations, each showcasing the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call our great state home. This year’s exhibition will run through Jan. 5 at the Red Earth Museum and Art Center and is completely free. That means you don’t have a single excuse to miss it.

 

holiday, museums, native american, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 19 - December 25, 2017

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, December 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Die Hard 2; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Mandy Harvey; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 21
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Winter Solstice Night in the Gardens; 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Steve Earle and the Dukes; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 22
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation; 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Casey Donahew; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9196; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 23
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 24
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 25
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A night at the theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet the Nutcracker

We don’t know about you, but nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the classics (although the BC Clark jingle and lights of Automobile Alley are close). One line from “A Christmas Carol” puts an end to our inner Grinch quicker than you can say Tiny Tim. The great thing about living in Oklahoma City is just about every night in December you can catch one of your favorite holiday classics being performed.

Lyric Theater’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” is an Oklahoma City favorite. This is the seventh year of Lyric’s performing the Dickens classic, and you can catch the run through Dec. 24. If you miss this, you might get some unwanted visits from your ghost of Christmas Past.

Running through Dec. 19, you can experience the Oklahoma City Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker at the Civic Center Music Hall. In our opinion, the Nutcracker is a great way to introduce people to the ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, holiday, Plaza District, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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December in OKC


It is a new month, and that means another great video from our friends at the Convention and Visitors Bureau highlighting all there is to do in the 4-0-5 this month. Check out the link for information on the Nutcracker, NRHA Futurity Show, Red Earth Tree Festival and more. These videos are great to share with out of town family and friends to let them know all the fun they are missing in OKC.

attractions, ballet, holiday, horse show
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Getting around

Skydance Bridge over I 40 at night

Don’t know your I-40s from your I-35s? What exactly is a Broadway Extension and why is it extended to begin with? Learning to get around your new hometown is one of the most overwhelming aspects of relocating. If you are wondering about anything from bus service to our airport, be sure to visit the transportation page of our website. When you combine Oklahoma City’s efficient traffic grid with the fact it sits at the center of several major interstates, it is easy to see why the metro has one of the shortest commute averages in the U.S.  In Oklahoma City, it is simply easier to get around. Next year it is going to get even easier when the Oklahoma City Streetcar makes its debut.

community, public transportation
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Artist in residence

Skirvin Hilton

Some might call the Skirvin’s Artist in Residence a hidden gem in Oklahoma City. As part of the program, the Skirvin offers its one-of-a-kind studio space to world-class artists. The unique program gives visitors a chance to interact with the artist and get a first-hand look at their process.

The current artist-in-residence will be Marissa Raglin. Raglin is a local visual artist who works in collage and resin. As the 2017-18 Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, Raglin will create a new body of collage work. Raglin will also help guests make their own postcards using vintage pictures. 

The opening reception happens tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include free drinks and snacks. The opening reception will also coincide with the lighting of the Skirvin’s holiday tree. Don’t worry if you can’t make tonight’s reception because Raglin will be exhibiting at the Skirvin until next September.

arts and culture, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 12 - December 18, 2017

OKC Pop Up Shops

Tuesday, December 12
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Pan’s Labyrinth; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Robert Earl Keen’s Fam-O-Lee Back to Country Jamboree; 9 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Tickets are $35.

Wednesday, December 13
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Batman Returns; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 14
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 15
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 16
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Devon Saturdays with Santa; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 17
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Home Alone; 10:30 a.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Home Alone 2; 1:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade; 6 p.m.; Boathouse District; This event is free.

Monday, December 18
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
This is Spinal Tap; 6:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter wonderland 

Myriad Gardens in the snow

We like to brag about the weather in Oklahoma City. Most days are sunny and clear, and we get to enjoy all four seasons. That being said, once in a blue moon, we will get hit with a winter storm.

While it is nice if you get a day to break out your snow tube, sometimes you do have to get around. The good news is the City of Oklahoma City does an excellent job of maintaining snow routes if we get snow. The routes allow you to access all parts of Oklahoma City and you can find them here.

We recommend you go ahead and bookmark that page because in addition to snow routes, you can find winter driving tips, regional snow routes, definitions for winter weather advisories and so much more. In our experience, you probably won’t need any of it, but as the old saying goes “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

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Rockstar

live music in Bricktown

As we talked about a while back, the opening of several new music venues in Oklahoma City has led to a surge in live music in OKC. No matter what kind of music you like, there has never been a better time to be a music fan living in the 4-0-5. If you haven’t checked out any live music lately, what are you waiting for? December is a great month to get started. Lady Gaga and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are making stops at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. John Moreland and Steve Earle hit the Tower Theatre. If you like your rock a little harder check out some of the acts coming to the Diamond Ballroom this month. We’ve been noticing tickets at a lot of venues seem to be going pretty quickly. If you are poking around looking for a show in December, you might as well look ahead to 2018 while you are at it. You wouldn’t want to miss out on your favorite artist coming through.  

P.S.- Be sure to check out our weekly Things to Do and See post because we always try and highlight great live music in OKC.

concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Art of Oklahoma

OKC MOA

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art recently debuted their Art of Oklahoma exhibit. Open through August of 2018, the exhibit honors art either created by Oklahomans or the cities and landscapes they call home. The exhibit features art from John Steuart Curry, Oscar Brousse Jacobson and more.

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 5 - December 11, 2017

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, December 5
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Outsiders; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 6
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 7
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 8
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Festive Fridays: Santa Paws; 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Animaniacs; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 9
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Lady Gaga; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 10
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 3 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 11
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
The Blues Brothers; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Decembering up downtown

Devon Ice Rink

The calendar is about to change from November to December which means one thing…. Downtown in December! If you are new to our fair city, you might be wondering what exactly is Downtown in December. Basically, downtown Oklahoma City turns into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer.

The very best thing about Downtown in December is most of the activities and events are free. Here are some of our favorite events, but be sure to check out their website for more.

  • Devon Ice Rink
    The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice and doing your best to stay level and off your backside. Click here for schedule and prices.
  • SandRidge Santa Run
    Run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 9 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 a.m. at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. Get more info here.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa
    Each Saturday in December the world famous Santa Claus will be at the Devon Energy Center to hear want toys your kids want under the tree. Learn more here.
family-friendly, festivals, holiday, kids, outdoor recreation, running, downtown
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Last one down

Snow Tubbing

Get ready to snow tube your colorful woolen socks off starting at the LifeShare Winterfest. One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising down one of the country’s largest manmade snow-tubbing slides at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark each year. Check hours and prices here.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, holiday
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Hope you’re on the good list

OKC Pop Up Shops

With another Black Friday in the books, that means it is officially shopping season. If parking lot fighting is not your thing, or if you are looking for a gift on the unique side, why not do some pop-up shopping?

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back in Midtown, featuring a weekly rotating schedule of local vendors. The pop-ups are open now and will run through December 13.

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free rides

Downtown In December

We’ve told you about some of our favorite Downtown in December activities already, but we would be remiss if we neglected to remind you to take advantage of the free water taxi rides offered Thursday – Sunday from 6-9 p.m. until December 31 (excepting Christmas Day, of course)! The narrated 20-30-minute rides allow you to check out the holiday décor as well as learn some cool facts about Oklahoma and OKC in a festive, fun-filled, family friendly atmosphere of fantasticness. If you’ve got an aversion to water, or just want to hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling jing-jing-jingaling too, don’t fret – perhaps it’s a great time to try out a ride in a horse-drawn carriage from one of the many such vendors around downtown.

Bricktown, downtown, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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