Snow tubing at the Brick returns Nov. 29
Following a one-year hiatus, one of Oklahoma City’s biggest holiday traditions is returning to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The 2019 LifeShare WinterFest, featuring snow tubing, opens Friday and tickets for all public sessions are now available online at okcdodgers.com and ticketmaster.com.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark was unable to host LifeShare WinterFest and snow tubing in 2018 due to a complete field renovation. Oklahoma City Dodgers President and General Manager Michael Byrnes said it was during that off-year that the the staff really learned what the event means to the community.
"We had a lot of people ask when was snow tubing going to return," he said. "It helped reinforce that it was important and it had become an anticipated part of families' holiday celebrations."
In prior years, LifeShare WinterFest has attracted approximately 20,000 guests to public sessions on an annual basis.
There will be two different sized snow slides for all ages. The main slide has three lanes that are each 145 feet in length, and the small side is 75 feet long. The slides are also designed to operate in the face of unpredictable Oklahoma weather. Riders must be 42 inches tall to ride the large slope and lap riding is not allowed on either slope.
In addition to snow tubing, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will again be transformed into a winter wonderland with special holiday lighting and décor throughout the ballpark. Holiday-themed food and beverage items will be available at the concession stands.
Byrnes said one new change this year is that visitors are able to watch their friends or family head down the snow slide without buying an admission ticket.
LifeShare WinterFest and snow tubing will be open the weekends of Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, with sessions offered on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Starting Dec. 21, snow tubing will be available daily until Jan. 4, with the exception of Christmas Day. There will be a minimum of three, two-hour sessions per day. Sessions times are available at okcdodgers.com.
Besides outings of family and friends, Byrnes said snow tubing is also a popular place for holiday company parties. There are 35 private events booked already, but there are still some open dates.
The first public sessions on Friday coincide with the annual Oklahoma City Tree Lighting Festival, held on the Mickey Mantle Plaza of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The free event features Mayor David Holt lighting the Christmas tree with Santa Claus and will also include a live band, food trucks, face painting and the chance to meet Santa.
To commemorate the opening day of LifeShare Winterfest and the Tree Lighting Festival, all WinterFest tickets will cost $10 and will be valid for unlimited rides during the entire day of operation from 2-8 p.m.
All other single-session tickets are $14. Group tickets are also available for advanced purchase for $11 per snow tuber to ensure admission for preferred dates and sessions. Private rentals are also currently available, and those interested should call (405) 218-2115 to set up a reservation.