Things to do in Tulsa in December
Check out our picks for fun and festive events in December 2018.
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Through Jan. 1
Three miles of holiday lights and scenes await west of Tulsa at Chandler Park’s free “Lights on the Hill” on Saturday and Sunday nights only.
Walk or drive through more than a million lights and animatronic scenes at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow.
“Christmas at the Castle” of Muskogee occurs in the mythical village of Castleton.
Through Jan. 6
Ice skate or take a carriage ride downtown at Arvest Winterfest, next door to the BOK Center.
Find local makers, food trucks, music and a photo booth in the Kendall Whittier district for a special holiday version of the Kendall Whittier Pop Up Shops.
December 1-2, 6-9
See a Christmas pageant nearly go wrong when Clark Youth Theatre at Henthorne Park presents its annual comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
Kids can visit Santa personally at Utica Square’s Santa House, before he heads out in his sleigh on Christmas Eve.
Drive along East 11th Street to see holiday lights and decorations on the first Route 66 Twinkle Tour. On Twinkle Tuesdays, many shops offer extended hours or specials.
Stop by Saturn Room for Santa’s Sippin’ Safari, featuring Christmas-themed tiki drinks made by Jeff “Beachbum” Berry, a well-known tiki bartender.
The ’90s rock band Smashing Pumpkins play the Brady Theater “Tonight, Tonight.”
Santa and Mrs. Claus gift new books to the first 500 children who attend the Santa Community Project at the Greenwood Cultural Center.
Tulsa Oilers play Wichita at the BOK Center.
Sesame Street characters come alive when “Sesame Street Live! Make Your Magic” visits Expo Square Pavilion.
The annual Alliday Show at Retro Den offers shoppers plenty of local and handmade gift options.
December 7-9, 13-16, 19-23
Ebenezer Scrooge gets his Christmas morning reckoning at American Theatre Co.’s musical version of “A Christmas Carol” at the Tulsa PAC.
December 7, 14, 21, 24, 28
Philbrook Museum’s holiday Festival features special lighting in the gardens, live music, Lego villages and Santa Claus.
Holiday trains of the Tulsa Garden Railroad Club roll through the Tulsa Botanic Garden this week, where you also can find visits with St. Nick on Wednesdays and train rides on Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 6.
December 8-9, 14-16, 21-23
Tulsa Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” set in 1920s Paris and choreographed by Executive Director Marcello Angelini, opens at the Tulsa PAC.
Living Arts of Tulsa presents a free showing of the popular PBS series “Art:21 Season 9 Screenings.”
OK, So Story Slam: Go For It at the IDL Ballroom presents stories from 10 audience participants, ages 18 and over.
Sheridan Road’s Christmas Cabaret Finale presents its last holiday concert, accompanied by Brad Henderson and Combo, at the Tulsa PAC.
The Oklahoma Center for Humanities presents “Mapping Tulsa: Tulsa Exhibition” in TU’s Tyrrell Hall.
Tulsa Oratorio Chorus presents “Russian Chorale Classics,” a cappella classics from the Russian repertoire, at Holy Family Cathedral.
Signature Symphony’s annual “Christmas in Tulsa” features Cherish the Ladies and the Signature Chorale at Van Trease Performing Arts Center for Education.
American Theatre Co. presents the musical “Songs for a New World” at Studio 308 in ATC’s headquarters in the East Village.
Put on your running shoes, a red nose and antlers, and lead the pack through downtown Broken Arrow during FleetFeet Tulsa’s “Rudolph Run.”
Take the kids to Tandy Family YMCA, where ages 8-13 learn their way around the kitchen and prepare a meal, overseen by a registered dietician and chef.
Cheer the OU Sooners when they host the University of Southern California at the BOK Center.
Award-winning gospel artist David Phelps presents his Christmas show at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center.
Head downtown for the 92nd annual afternoon Tulsa Christmas Parade, “Miracle at Boston and Fourth Street.”
Boston Avenue United Methodist Church Chancel Choir presents the 23rd annual Natalie Warren Presentation of “Messiah,” accompanied by Tulsa Symphony Orchestra.
Kids will stay busy with Santa pictures, gingerbread cookie decorating, ornament making, face painting, a bounce house and a special appearance by the “Frozen” princesses at “Christmas at the Aquarium” in Jenks.
Iconic rocker Michael McDonald presents hits by the Doobie Brothers and Christmas favorites, at his “Season of Peace Holiday and Hits Tour” stop at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
A guided walk focusing on local flora is the highlight of the Botany Walk at Oxley Nature Center.
Don’t miss “Christmas with Brian Nhira and Friends from ‘The Voice’” at the VanTrease PACE.
Welcome 2019 with chic food, live entertainment and a midnight toast at “Avant Garden New Year’s Eve 2018” in the Crystal Ballroom and Rooftop Bar of the Mayo Hotel.