Muskogee, Oklahoma is an easy Christmas getaway

Visit Muskogee for several seasonal light displays, and enjoy unique attractions while you're in town.



The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, is perhaps best known for the annual Renaissance Faire that takes place every May, but did you know it also has an impressive display at Christmastime? It runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve and hosts a wide variety of activities. The castle itself is decorated with thousands of lights and features a train, pony rides and multiple vendors. You can make your own Christmas ornaments and visit with Father Christmas while enjoying this one-of-a-kind Sooner State landmark.

Courtesy Castle of Muskogee

 

If you are an Okie, you have to visit Muskogee. It has the makings for a great day tour, or even a weekend of exploration.

The Castle of Muskogee

The Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, is perhaps best known for the annual Renaissance Faire that takes place every May, but did you know it also has an impressive display at Christmastime?

It runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve and hosts a wide variety of activities.

The castle itself is decorated with thousands of lights and features a train, pony rides and multiple vendors. You can make your own Christmas ornaments and visit with Father Christmas while enjoying this one-of-a-kind Sooner State landmark.

Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park

Just down the road from the Castle, the Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Drive, is a 26-year tradition with a stunning drive-through Christmas light display.

The park has more than 1 million lights spread over 132 acres, making this one of the premier displays in the state. It also offers a hayride.

The Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park, 1400 Honor Heights Drive, is a 26-year tradition with a stunning drive-through Christmas light display.  The park has more than 1 million lights spread over 132 acres, making this one of the premier displays in the state. It also offers a hayride. Courtesy Muskogee Parks

Learn something new

Did you know the first Girl Scout cookies were baked in Muskogee? That’s one of the things that you’ll learn at the Three Rivers Museum, 220 Elgin St., which restored the abandoned Midland Valley Railroad Depot in the late ’90s. Today, the museum is known for its exhibits on local history and its diesel switch engine, which visitors can explore.

Entertainment

The museum also partners with the local historic Roxy Theater, 220 W. Okmulgee Ave., to show classic movies and organizes other events throughout the year. Check online at roxymuskogee.com before heading out to see what is happening.

World War II History

If you’re in the mood for military history, the War Memorial Park, 3500 Batfish Road, on the east side of town is home to the USS Batfish, a World War II-era submarine. The ship was donated to Oklahoma in 1971 and was towed 1,350 miles from Orange, Texas, up through the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers to Muskogee. In addition to the Batfish, the museum has a collection of other military artifacts, including the mast of the USS Oklahoma, one of the ships attacked at Pearl Harbor.

Local eats

If you get hungry while wandering the town, there are several options for great local eats. Runts Bar-B-Q, 3003 W. Okmulgee Ave., is well-respected for its offerings of smoked meats and catfish. If it’s lunch time, though, it’s hard to go wrong at the Harmony House, 208 S. Seventh St. The restaurant and bakery operates out of a 100-year-old house near downtown.

 

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