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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Opening Night

NYE in OKC

Each new year is a time of reflection and resolutions. But first, you have to ring in the year in style. Are you still looking for that perfect place to welcome 2017? Well, we’ve got you covered. OKC is hopping with so many exciting events on NYE that it may be hard to choose just one.

Do you love music, dancing, theater or fireworks? If so, you certainly won’t want to miss Opening Night, one of OKC’s premier New Year’s Eve parties. 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 Jabee, L.T.Z., Moetowne Alex and the Nightview Band, OKC Improv, Ali Harter, Michael King, Yung Tray, Susan Herndon, Sativa Prophets, Kinsey Charles, 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 and MidFirst Bank locations. 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, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Race for the Prize

5K Run

Before putting on your dancing shoes, kick off the evening (or that 2017 resolution) a little early with Opening Night 5k. Just think, you can squeeze in one last run in 2016 and make a big difference in our arts community at the same time. 

The run starts at 4 p.m. just east of Bicentennial Park downtown (where the Opening Night Finale takes place). This isn’t your normal race though. Don your best costume of neon and glitter or dig out your superhero cape because the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art. The best part? Every participant gets an Opening Night wristband. That is what we in the fun business call a win-win.

outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thundering up the new year in style

Devon Ice Rink

Some might say that we here at Better Life Central suffer from Thunder-mania year-round and rightfully so. Anyone who’s seen the Thunder this season can attest to the excitement our boys in blue bring to the court each game. So of course we will be enjoying the game this New Year’s Eve as the Thunder take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Find tickets here. Downtown restaurants including Park Avenue Grill, Flint, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Vast and many others will have special menus before and after the game to help you make sure that you and your special someone kick off 2017 with a bang.

Some of our favorite other places around town to ring in 2017:

And our resolution for 2017: keeping you – our loyal reader – in the know about all of the cool, hip happenings in OKC. 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.

festivals, restaurants, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017

OKC Thunder Game

Tuesday, December 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 28
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 29
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.  
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 30
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Greensboro Swarm vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 31
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Opening Night 2017; 7 p.m.; Downtown; 270-4848; Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the night of the event.
L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 1
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 2
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gift giving made easy

Plenty Mercantile

We are four shopping days away from Christmas! 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 Oklahoman from Red Dirt Emporium, 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 retail mechas including the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown or the Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens. 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 massages or a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Holiday Heritage

OKC Thunder Fans

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 18 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. Or celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas tradition in style with a visit to Fort Reno’s Christmas Guns event. Traced back to German immigrants, legend has it that the loud noise produced by the firearms will dispel evil spirits before the upcoming holiday.

If you’re having a hard time finding your Christmas cheer, kick your inner elf into overdrive with festive lights around Oklahoma City and sounds of the season at the Lyric Theater and Civic Center Music Hall. For sports enthusiasts, Oklahoma City has plenty to offer this holiday season. The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. The OKC Blue also takes the court tonight as well as twice next week at the Cox Convention Center.

arts and culture, holiday, Oklahoma City history, theater, Thunder, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Have a holly, jolly dining experience

bar beer with taps

If entertaining guests is making you say, “Bah, humbug,” then why don’t you leave the cooking to the professionals? Lighten your to-do list and brighten your mood with festive libations and world-class cuisine. Many OKC restaurants including Flint, Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton, Viceroy Grill, and many others are serving special menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, meaning that you can enjoy a great meal with your loves ones with none of the stress!

Have other suggestions that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know in the comments!

holiday, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 20 - December 26, 2016

SNow Tubing

Tuesday, December 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.  
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

EMBARK on a bus ride

Roy on an EMBARK bus

Don’t miss the bus! EMBARK, Oklahoma City’s bus system, won a national award this year due to the system’s growth and improvements that have been implemented. The American Public Transportation Association named Embark the “Outstanding Public Transportation System” for systems providing less than 4 million annual passenger trips. And it just keeps getting better: the system is now boasting realigned routes that improve frequency, upgraded bus stops with double the number of shelters, Wi-Fi on every bus, real-time arrival information and other mobile tools, and best of all, expanded service hours until midnight on four of the most popular routes. Check out embarkok.com for routes, schedules, fares, “how to ride” info and more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Getting around Downtown in December

Bricktown Water Taxi and Canal at Christmas

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. If your horse sense is telling you to stay away from horses, Downtown in December is featuring Segway rentals as well, and of course, there’s always Spokies. Get down to Bricktown and check out all the ways to get around and enjoy all the festive holiday spirit in your downtown!

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

Streetcar branding

It’s been a banner year for the upcoming OKC Streetcar system. In addition to the release of the branding and colors, the City Council approved two routes for the initial system, the purchase of up to six streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corporation, and a contractor for the installation of the rails. Things are really “moving along” when it comes to the OKC Streetcar, and we can’t wait to start riding in 2018. Keep up with the MAPS 3 news archive on the City’s website.

MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 13 - December 19, 2016

Myriad Gardens Popup Shops

Tuesday, December 13
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 14
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 16
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Flaming Lips; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Sun vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 4 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Greetings from Stockyards City

Stockyards City

Cowboy culture is alive and well in Oklahoma City, and you can experience it for yourself at Stockyards City, just a few miles southeast of downtown OKC. Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stockyards – the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. Originally called “Packingtown,” the area was developed as a meat processing and packing plant in 1910, and by 1915 the area was home to cowboys and cattle drives.

The meat packing plant closed in 1961 and was replaced by a cattle auction, which has seen more than 102 million head of livestock pass through its iron gates since opening. Today, you can experience a live action on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week starting at 8 a.m.

The original business district of the area is still intact, making it the perfect place to buy gear for your homestead (or just a pair of boots for two-stepping). Several businesses date back to the early 1900s and still provide authentic Western wear and gear to the cattle buyers and ranch hands that come to Stockyards City each week.

retail, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A tribute to the Old West

Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma City’s storied past – from its shotgun-start beginning to its important role in the cattle industry – is an important part of our community’s identity. If you want to get a better historical understanding of the cowboy culture that helped drive the development of this area, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

With multiple exhibits, art and sculpture galleries, the 17-foot-tall “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser and a replica of a Western town called Prosperity Junction, you’ll learn about cowboy culture and gear, Native American history, Western performers, settling the frontier and more.

The museum also organizes an annual chuck wagon gathering and children’s cowboy festival and the invitational Prix de West exhibit each year, an event that highlights the world’s best contemporary Western paintings and sculptures. While the next Prix de West is not scheduled until 2017, you can always see the past winners on display at the museum.

museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the trail

equestrian park ground breaking

Itching to saddle up and experience our Western heritage for yourself? Civic leaders and community officials recently announced plans for an equestrian park on the Oklahoma River that will give you the opportunity to do just that. The park, on the Oklahoma River’s south bank, is just east of Exchange Ave. adjacent to Stockyards City. When it is complete, it will include a visitor center, a corral, an exercise area, open and covered outdoor arenas, and a riding stable that will be open to the public.

But you don’t have to wait to enjoy it (as long as you own a horse, that is)! The first phase of the development is open for visitors, with 20 acres and a 0.6 mile looped trail. Go ahead and hit the trail, pardner!

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 6 - December 12, 2016

OKC Civic Center

Tuesday, December 6
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 7
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 8
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 9
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 10
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
All-City College Basketball Classic 2016; 3 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Westchester Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 11
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 12
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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