Local holiday events make city festive
The last two weeks of the year offer more festive events and winter entertainment opportunities than you can fit in. Downtown in December is a series of holiday events and attractions, many of which are free, that the entire family will enjoy through Jan. 11.
Downtown in December is produced in part by Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership with generous support from Devon Energy and the Downtown Business Improvement District, as well as other corporate sponsors and partners.
If it’s holiday lights that you crave, check out the Lights on Broadway that illuminate Automobile Alley in waterfalls of color. Many of the merchants on Broadway offer extended hours and holiday specials. At the Myriad Gardens, Illuminations is an immersive installation inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory that combines light and sound. Hop on a free water taxi ride to see the lights on the Bricktown Canal. Join Chabad Community Center the first night of Chanukah with a celebration of joy, pride, and gratitude at the Bricktown Ballpark on Dec. 22.
Looking for some active time? Sign up for the 5K Santa Run through downtown Oklahoma City, grab a stocking cap and bring the family to the Devon Ice Rink in the Myriad Gardens or brace yourself for speed down the snow tubing hill at the LifeShare WinterFest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
It’s not too late to get tickets to holiday musicals, ballets and art shows. Check out events at Civic Center Music Hall, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art and ArtSpace at Untitled to name a few.
Ring in 2020 at Oklahoma City’s biggest New Year’s Eve party, the Oklahoma City Arts Council’s Opening Night. A huge, family-friendly celebration downtown, the event starts with a 5K and continues into the evening with live performances and entertainment, a children’s crafts area and food trucks and concludes with a fireworks extravaganza at midnight.
Being home for the holidays in Oklahoma City means you never have to have a dull moment and it’s a great time to show visiting friends and family what’s special and unique about our city. Spending time at these community events and activities also builds a sense of place, community and holiday spirit. Visit downtownindecember.com for more information and to see the full listing of events.
Cathy O’Connor is president of the Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City.