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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.

Midwest City, Yukon, Automobile Alley, Bricktown, family-friendly, free, holiday, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Out West

Yukon Flour Mill

Oklahoma City’s next door neighbor to the West is Yukon. Yukon is a fast-growing community with roots in agriculture and a Czech history. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

day-trip, festivals, history, nightlife, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Parades

Parade

Interested in making your Fourth of July celebration an all-day family affair? Consider attending one of the many parades taking place throughout the OKC metro for some family fun.

LibertyFest – Rated as one of the top 10 places to be in America on the Fourth by CNN and USA Today, the LibertyFest parade in Edmond is a fun-filled spectacle for kids and adults. The parade begins at 9 a.m. in downtown Edmond.

Kingfisher’s Annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration – This parade begins at 10 a.m. in downtown Kingfisher and is followed by a day long Fourth of July celebration in a nearby park.

Freedom Fest – The Yukon Freedom Fest parade begins at 8 a.m. with other fun activities throughout the day including a car show, sand volleyball tournament and more.

Bethany's Freedom Festival – The parade begins at 10 a.m. at 39th Expy & Peniel with many other activities for the family at Eldon Lyon Park.

Edmond, family-friendly, festivals, holiday, Kingfisher, parade, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Want a little room to stretch your legs?

Home with land

Looking for a little more room to roam? Living on the outskirts of Oklahoma City has never been more attractive. You’ll have all the peace that pastoral living provides, with much shorter commute times than you expect and still the same access to amenities.

Surrey Hills/Piedmont/Deer Creek
These communities located in far northwest Oklahoma City offer bigger lots and a definite change of pace. Subdivisions include Surrey Hills, Antler Ridge, Anderson Acres and more.

West Bethany/Mustang/Yukon
Large, unplatted residences on lots of land near traditional subdivisions offer all the traditional amenities alongside sought-after public schools. Easy highway access gives you a great way to live the lifestyle you want in the west Oklahoma City metro area. Subdivisions include Brownsville, Westport, Kingsridge, Magnolia Trace, Savannah Lakes, Walnut Manor, Hunters Glen, Canyon Lakes and more.

Midwest City/ Choctaw/ Jones/Nicoma Park/ Lake Aluma
The combination of small-town goodness and the close comforts of a metropolitan area can't be beat! Near Tinker AFB and great outdoors activities, eastern Oklahoma county has lots with lots of room, and lots to offer. Subdivisions include Asheville, Frolich Meadows, Riverwind Estates, Burtondale, Hickory Forest, The Timbers, Mill Creek Pond, Edgewater, and more.

Midwest City, Mustang, Nicoma Park, Piedmont, Yukon, Bethany, Choctaw, Deer Creek, housing, Jones, Lake Aluma
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Go West

Are you looking for a little adventure just outside OKC? Head west for exciting, hands-on family fun.  We’ll start our tour just west of OKC in Yukon.

Get up close and personal with majestic Clydesdale horses at the Express Clydesdales Ranch in Yukon. Take a free tour of the working ranch and learn about these magnificent purebred horses. Not only do these beauties meet thousands of visitors each year at home, but they travel across North America as ambassadors for Express Employment Professionals and help raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities. Each year, the Clydesdales are invited to take part in some of the world’s most famous parades like Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Tournament of Roses Parade and the Kentucky Derby Pegasus Parade, just to name a few. While you’re in Yukon, Czech out the historic Czech Hall, which is a on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances each Saturday night, complete with a live band. Fun, family-friendly community events are also held throughout the year at the Kirkpatrick Family Farm, one of the oldest pieces of continually owned family real estate in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City’s newest professional soccer team, Rayo OKC, also plays at Miller Stadium at Yukon High School. Catch their last home game of the season on Oct. 30.

Yukon, day-trip, free, history, live music, Rayo, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bring On Yukon

Yukon Main Street

Another great stop west of OKC proper is Yukon. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

Monument, Czech Hall, Yukon, OK Czech Hall - Bohemian Hall, Yukon, OK

festivals, Oklahoma, Yukon, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to You…

Guess who turns the big 2-3-9 this week? These United States of America, of course. Since firefighters across the country might frown on putting 239 candles on the cake, why don’t you let someone else do all the work and hit one of the many celebratory events all over the metro instead? On this week’s blog we will take a look at some of the best firework displays, festivals and parades you will find in OKC.

So grill a hotdog, grab an ice-cold beverage (something made in ’Merica) and enjoy the Fourth. No matter what corner of the OKC metro you live in we promise you there is a celebration nearby. Also, don't forget that personal fireworks are illegal in OKC proper, including sparklers, snakes and bottle rockets. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) Here are a few public fireworks displays for you to enjoy:

Know of any other communities nearby having Fourth of July bashes we missed? Let us know in the comments.

free, holiday, Kingfisher, Moore, Stillwater, Yukon, Bethany, Edmond, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pastoral Paradise

Oklahoma City Pastoral Housing

Looking for a little more room to roam? Living on the outskirts of Oklahoma City has never been more attractive. You’ll have all the peace that pastoral living provides, with much shorter commute times than you expect and still the same access to amenities.

Surrey Hills/Piedmont/Deer Creek
These communities located in far northwest Oklahoma City offer bigger lots and a definite change of pace. Subdivisions include Surrey Hills, Antler Ridge, Anderson Acres and more.

West Bethany/Mustang/Yukon
Large, unplatted residences on lots of land near traditional subdivisions offer all the traditional amenities alongside sought-after public schools. Easy highway access gives you a great way to live the lifestyle you want in the west Oklahoma City metro area. Subdivisions include Brownsville, Westport, Kingsridge, Magnolia Trace, Savannah Lakes, Walnut Manor, Hunters Glen, Canyon Lakes and more.

Midwest City/ Choctaw/ Jones/Nicoma Park/ Lake Aluma
The combination of small-town goodness and the close comforts of a metropolitan area can't be beat! Near Tinker AFB and great outdoors activities, eastern Oklahoma county has lots with lots of room, and lots to offer. Subdivisions include Asheville, Frolich Meadows, Riverwind Estates, Burtondale, Hickory Forest, The Timbers, Mill Creek Pond, Edgewater, and more.

Bethany, housing, Oklahoma City, Yukon
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yukon: “Czech Capitol of Oklahoma”

Here at the Better Life Headquarters we are dedicated to showing you everything that is awesome and fun about Oklahoma City. If you’ve read our blog before you know the good times don’t stop at the OKC city limits. Greater Oklahoma City (as we like to call it) has a bevy of cities and communities that each offer unique events, attractions and histories that are definitely worth exploring.

We’ll start our tour just west of OKC in Yukon. Yukon is the hometown of music superstar Garth Brooks and was officially founded in 1890. Yukon was a popular stop on the historic Chisholm Trail long before the city formed. In fact, if you know what you are looking for, you can still find deep ruts left behind from wagon tracks and watering holes for the cattle. The Chisholm Trail and Crawfish Festival is held every year in Yukon.

Yukon is also known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and hosts the Czech Festival on the first Saturday of October. The festival kicks off with a parade followed by singing and dancing at the Czech Building. The festival also features a carnival and the royal coronation ball at historic Czech Hall. More than 2,500 dozen kolaches are baked for the festival each year. Take our word for it and taste as many different flavors as you can.

Speaking of Czech Hall, you can check out the historic building (built in 1899 and on the National Register of Historic Places) every Saturday night for the Czech dances. The dances have been held every week since 1925.

Yukon is also home to some great museums, shopping and a Main Street that is part of historic Route 66. Find more fun things to do in Yukon here.

museums, Route 66, Yukon, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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