Holly jolly jaunts
Unfold a new kind of holiday vacation with a visit to one of these celebrations throughout the state.
Santa skis across the Shannon Springs Park lake at the Chickasha Festival of Light. More than 100 creative light displays sparkle throughout the park.
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The holiday season is the perfect time to take a road trip to discover a new side of Oklahoma. Whether you are looking to snuggle with a special someone on a carriage ride or glide across an outdoor ice rink, there is plenty to keep your holidays merry and bright.
Festival of Light
To add a little spark to your holiday season, head southwest to the glimmering 3.5 million lights of Shannon Springs Park in Chickasha. This 43-acre park dazzles visitors with its elaborate Festival of Light display that includes 75,000 lights strung around a 16-story tree, bridge and walkways. Hundreds of trees glisten as light displays dance along with a computer-animated light show.
Grab some hot chocolate and a gooey cinnamon roll from the gift shop and hop into the carriage for a truly glowing experience. Chickasha’s Festival of Light display switches on every evening from 6-10 p.m., Sundays-Thursdays, and 6-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, from Nov. 23 to New Year’s Eve.
Dickens on the Boulevard
Who says Santa is the only one who gets to dress in costume for the holidays? Downtown Claremore’s Dickens on the Boulevard event transports visitors back to the Victorian era, and many come dressed for the occasion. Live mannequins dressed in hoop skirts and petticoats bring storefront windows to life.
Outside, the streets are filled with action as territorial marshal re-enactors battle it out with a gunfight. After the smoke clears, families can enjoy Victorian-era foods such as stew and cobbler. To wrap up the evening, musicians fill the streets with music. Guests can kick off the holiday season by kicking up their heels with a Victorian-style street dance. Downtown Claremore steps back in time for the event from 6-10 p.m., Nov. 22 and 23.
Downtown in December
Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December is a winter experience with a speed for everyone to enjoy. To kick the winter season into high gear, grab some skates and soar across the outdoor ice rink or take a ride on a snow tube down the Southwest’s largest man-made slope. If your holidays are already fast-paced and you’re ready for a break, slow things down with a free ride on a water taxi surrounded by twinkling lights in Bricktown, or tell Santa why you deserve to be on the nice list during one of his scheduled afternoon visits. Downtown in December is open from Nov. 29-Dec. 31 in the heart of Oklahoma City.