25 top holiday events
This year, to celebrate TulsaPeople Magazine’s 25th anniversary, we have selected our favorite local holiday events in November and December.
The holidays on stage
Audiences flock to see how miserly skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge redeems himself in the classic “A Christmas Carol.”
American Theatre Company celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with its musical version of Charles Dickens’ yuletide tale. And don’t forget Tulsa Ballet’s art nouveau production of “The Nutcracker,” staged by the ballet’s executive director, Marcello Angelini. For the kid in all of us, see how the Peanuts gang celebrates in “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” or meet the meanest kids in town, the Herdmans, and see their interpretation of the Christmas story, in the classic comedy “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.”
- “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 9-12, 14-19, 21-23. Visit www.tulsapac.com.
- “The Nutcracker” Tulsa Ballet: Dec. 11-12, 17-19, 22-23. Visit www.tulsapac.com.
- Bartlesville Civic Ballet: Dec. 18-19. Visit www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com.
- “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” Clark Theatre: Dec. 3-5, 8-12. Visit www.clarktheatre.com. Broken Arrow Community Playhouse: Dec. 3-4, 9-12. Visit www.bacptheatre.com.
- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 9-12. Visit www.tulsapac.com.
Giving from the heart
Lace up your running shoes or grab a toy and bring your dog — it’s time for the Thanks for Giving Run, Jingle Bell Run and ever-popular Bark Park Toy Drive. Here’s another way to offer some holiday cheer: Take those clothes that no longer fit from your closet (on hangers) to the Tulsa County Bar Association, which will donate them to someone going back to work. You can also help Tulsans in need through contributions to the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree at local shopping centers. And you can even shop at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges’ Holiday Mart.
- Thanks for Giving Run. Nov. 27. Visit www.thanksforgivingrun.com.
- Santa Brings a Lawsuit. Nov. 17-Dec. 17. Visit www.tulsabar.com.
- Bark Park Toy Drive. Nov. 13. Visit www.salvationarmytulsa.org.
- Angel Tree. Nov. 20-Dec. 19. Visit www.salvationarmytulsa.org.
- Jingle Bell Run. Dec. 11. Visit www.arthritis.org/chapters/eastern-oklahoma.
- Center Holiday Mart Nov. 20. Visit www.tulsacenter.org.
Everyone loves a parade to usher in the holidays, with brass bands blaring, colorful, sparkling floats galore and, of course, the man of the moment, Santa Claus! In the Tulsa area you can attend various holiday parades from morning till night. Bundle up, stand on your favorite street and watch the holidays march in.
- Jenks Nov. 20. Visit www.jenkschamber.com.
- Sand Springs Dec. 3. Visit www.sandspringschamber.com.
- Broken Arrow Dec. 4. Visit www.brokenarrowchamber.com.
- Sapulpa Dec. 11. Visit www.sapulpachamber.com.
- Tulsa Parade of Lights Dec. 11.
Dazzling lights and home tours
Nothing puts you in a holiday mood like breathtaking lighting displays and decorations, whether indoors or out. You can start off the season in mid-November by viewing decorated trees at the annual Festival of Trees at Philbrook Museum of Art, attending Lights On! at Utica Square and the Rhema Bible Church Holiday Lighting at Thanksgiving, ice skating at WinterFest at the BOK Center and attending the Cascia Christmas Walk and Jenks Holiday Home Tour during early December.
- Lights On! Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Visit www.uticasquare.com.
- Rhema Holiday Lighting. Nov. 25-Jan. 1. Visit www.rhemabiblechurch.com.
- Festival of Trees. Nov. 20-Dec. 12. Visit www.philbrook.org.
- Cascia Christmas Walk Dec. 5. Visit www.casciahall.com.
- Jenks Festive Holiday Home Tour Dec. 5. Visit www.jenksvocal.com.
- WinterFest. Nov. 26-Jan. 3. Visit www.bokcenter.com.
Music of the season
Music is the heart and soul of the holiday season, and it overflows at many Tulsa venues. Need a classical chorale fix? Attend a performance of the Tulsa Boy Singers, presentations of Handel’s “Messiah” at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church or the All-Lutheran “Messiah” (where choir members sing and portray the Nativity story in costume).
Maybe hearing caroling bells puts you in the spirit. If so, Tulsa Festival Ringers offers two free noon concerts at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Or attend noontime concerts on Tuesdays at Trinity Episcopal Church downtown.
Like holiday jazz? Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame and Signature Symphony both offer toe-tapping, finger-snapping favorites.
Are you a red dirt music fan? Catch the 15th annual “Red Dirt Christmas” at Cain’s Ballroom.
Like a mix of holiday music? Try All Souls Unitarian Church’s Holiday Concert or a performance by the Council Oak Men’s Chorale. Or be treated to dinner and live entertainment at Light Opera Oklahoma’s Holiday Supper.
- Handel’s “Messiah” Dec. 19. Visit www.bostonavenue.org.
- The 90th annual All-Lutheran “Messiah” Dec. 4-5. Visit www.lutheransonline.com/firstlutherantulsa.
- The 15th annual Red Dirt Christmas Dec. 18. Visit www.cainsballroom.com.
- Tulsa Boy Singers Dec. 17. Trinity Episcopal Church. Visit www.trinitytulsa.org.
- Tulsa Festival Ringers Dec 1. Visit www.tulsapac.com.
- Tuesdays at Trinity Dec. 7, 14, 21. Visit www.trinitytulsa.org.
- Holiday Supper Dec. 5. Visit www.lightoperaok.org.
- All Souls Holiday Concert Dec. 12. Visit www.allsoulschurch.org.
- Council Oak Men’s Chorale Dec. 3, 4, 7. Visit www.trinitytulsa.org.
- Signature Symphony, “A Tulsa Christmas featuring Kelly Ford and Cathy Venable” Dec. 3-4. Visit www.signaturesymphony.org.
- Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Dec. 5, 12, 19. Visit www.okjazz.org.