Santa at 2020 Christmas parade

Santa greets paradegoers in 2020.

Tulsa’s Christmas parade is back in full swing after last year’s pandemic drive-through adaptation, meaning locals will line the streets to spectate and celebrate as fantastic floats and merry music usher in the holiday season. 

Floats and fanfare 

Dec. 3    Sand Springs Christmas Parade  7 p.m. Theme of “Joy of Giving,” along East Broadway Street, near the Triangle. 

Dec. 4   Broken Arrow Civitans Christmas Parade

10 a.m. Rose District, Broken Arrow.   

Dec. 11   “Making Spirits Bright” Tulsa Christmas Parade 11 a.m. Starts at East Seventh Street and South Boston Avenue, heads north on East Third Street, then proceeds south to East Seventh Street and South Boulder Avenue. 

Lights and gatherings 


Arvest Winterfest

Nov. 13   Thanksgiving Gathering 6-9 p.m. Tulsa Legion Post 308, 11328 E. Admiral Place. Pipers will usher in this season of gratitude, along with food and education on Highland Dress. $5-$8. 

Nov. 18   Jenks Lights On! 4-8 p.m.Jenks Main Street, between First and Fourth streets. News on 6 Meteorologist Travis Meyer emcees this event with entertainment from Jenks High School Trojanaires and other local acts, plus food trucks and a free carriage ride. 

Nov. 19-Jan. 3   Arvest Winterfest Various times. BOK Center. Tulsa’s only outdoor ice-skating rink is returning downtown, along with horse-drawn carriage rides and live music. Various prices. 

Nov. 20   Boare’s Head Feaste 7 p.m. Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road, Muskogee.Begin the holidays witha four-course medieval meal, live music and entertainment. $49.95. 

Nov. 20   Holiday Craft Bazaar 9 a.m.-5 p.m. St. Henry Catholic Church, 8500 N. Owasso Expressway. Stock up for the holidays with handcrafted decor and unique goods, along with prizes, food and more. Free admission. 

Nov. 25   Lights On! Time TBA. Utica Square, East 21st Street and South Utica Avenue. More than 1 million white lights in 175 trees illuminate after a 10-second countdown. 


Castle Christmas

Nov. 25-DEC. 31   Castle Christmas 5:30-10 p.m. Castle of Muskogee, 3400 W. Fern Mountain Road. Castleton Village contains more than 2,000 holiday lights, and admission is free. Other activities include camel, train and hayrides, as well as Christmas ponies. Prices vary. 

Nov. 25-Jan. 1   Rhema Lights 5:30-11:30 p.m.Rhema Bible Church, 1025 W. Kenosha St., Broken Arrow. Walk or take a carriage ride through a stunning display of holiday lights. Free-$50. 

Nov. 25-Jan. 1   Garden of Lights at Honor Heights Park 5:30 p.m., gates open; 10 p.m., gates close Sunday-Thursday, and 11 p.m., Friday-Saturday. $5 per car. 1400 Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee. Drive through more than 1 million lights timed to holiday music. 

Nov. 26   Turkey Trot 8:30-11 a.m. BOK Center. Stuff yourself full with fuel on Thanksgiving and then race the next day in the 5K or fun run/walk. $25-$35.

Nov. 26-28, Dec. 3-4   Cascia Hall Christmas Tree Lot Hours vary. Cascia Hall, 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. Pick out your family Christmas tree from more than

200 Fraser firs, and then stop by Santa’s Village for s’mores, games and the Christmas train.  

Nov. 26-Dec. 31   Philbrook Festival Times vary.  Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road. Usher in the holidays with lighting in the gardens, live music, Santa and more — now with activities all day. $12 for non-member adults. Free for members and kids under 17.

Nov. 26-Jan. 2   Garden of Lights Times and dates vary. Tulsa Botanic Garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive. Stroll through the Garden aglow with millions of lights. $5-$15. 

Nov. 28   First Night Hanukkiah Lighting Time TBA. Temple Israel, 2004 E. 22nd Place. As the sun sets,join Temple Israel as a large menorah is lit on the Temple lawn. Free.

Dec. 3   GLOW on the Green Time TBA. Guthrie Green, 111 E. Reconciliation Way. A lights on event with live music, a vendor market and special guest host News on 6 Meteorologist Travis Meyer. Holiday lights will remain illuminated every night through December.   

Dec. 3-5   Christkindlmarkt Various times. German-American Society of Tulsa Event Center, 2301 E. 15th St. Good food, warm drinks and artisan crafts ring in the holidays at this local three-day market. Free admission and parking. 

Dec. 4   Children’s Holiday Party Time TBA. Asbury Methodist Church, 6767 S. Mingo Road. Tulsa Speech and Hearing Association (TSHA) hosts a soiree with a deaf Santa Claus, and 200 children are provided with stockings stuffed with goodies. 

Dec. 4   Christmas Celebration 6 p.m. Tulsa Aglow, 5119 S. Joplin Ave. Tulsa’s Aglow International ministry is celebrating Christmas with food, friends and fun. Free. 

Dec. 4   Jingle Bell Run Time TBA. River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. Jingle all the way during the 5K or 1-mile races to raise money for the Arthritis Foundation. Cost TBA.  

Dec. 7   Tulsa Women’s Auxiliary Fashion Show and Silent Auction 10:30 a.m., silent auction; 11:30 a.m., luncheon. Renaissance Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center, 6808 S. 107th E. Ave. The 69th annual fundraiser for Salvation Army raises money for local neighbors in need. $75. 

Dec. 11   New Orleans Square Holiday Arts and Crafts Festival Noon-7 p.m. New Orleans Square, New Orleans Place and Elm Street, Broken Arrow. The inaugural Holiday Arts and Crafts festival will include arts and crafts vendors, kids activities, hot chocolate and Santa.

Dec. 12   ABATE of Tulsa Toy Run 10 a.m. Expo Square’s West Parking Lot, East 21st Street and South Louisville Avenue. The 42nd annual race benefits motorcycle safety and awareness. Admission is one new, unwrapped toy. 

Dec. 17-Jan. 2   Winter Wonderland at Gathering Place Various times. Gathering Place, East John Williams Way and Riverside Drive. The park transforms into a winter wonderland complete with caroling, a Christmas train and a visit from Santa. 


Gathering Place

Music and performances 

Nov. 18   Million Dollar Quartet Christmas 7:30 p.m. Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center. Journey through the story of Christmas past, present and future with Johnny CashJerry Lee LewisCarl Perkins and Elvis

Presley. $35-$75. 

Dec. 3   Oral Roberts University’s annual Christmas Concert Time TBA. Enjoy holiday performances by ORU music and theater students.  

Dec. 3   Postmodern Jukebox 7:30 p.m.Broken Arrow PAC.The rotating musical from Scott Bradlee is back with swing and jazz that will have you grooving in your seat. $35-$75.  

Dec. 3-5, 10-12   Santa Claus Conquers the Martians 

Times vary. Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, 1800 S. Main St. Broken Arrow. Science fiction and comedy collide in this stage adaptation of the 1964 film. Prices vary. 

Dec. 4   The Polar Express in Concert 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Performing Arts Center. All aboard for a musical ride on Santa’s magic train. $20-65.   

Dec. 5   Wynonna Judd 8 p.m. Skyline Event Center at Osage Casino Hotel, 951 W. 36th St. N. The Country Music Hall of Fame star is billed to perform “the holiday event of the year.” 

Dec. 5-8, 12-15   The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Various times. Clark Youth Theatre at Henthorne Performing Arts Center, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. This annual show tells the tale of the Herdman family, who somehow lands leading roles in their church Christmas pageant. Teen cast. $10-13. 

Dec. 9   A Johnny Mathis Christmas 8 p.m. The Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Parkway. Celebrate 65 years of this versatile vocalist with his evening performance of Christmas favorites. $35-$75. 

Dec. 10-19   The Nutcracker Times vary. Tulsa PAC. Don’t miss Tulsa Ballet’s fresh take on this holiday favorite from Artistic Director Marcello Angelini


Dec. 10-23   A Christmas Carol Times vary. Tulsa PAC. American Theatre Co. performs this musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ beloved novella, a show that has shared the joy of Christmas with Tulsa for more than 40 years. $24-$38.   

Dec. 11   SOCKS: A Rock N’ Roll Christmas Tour 8 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. It’s a holiday honky-tonk with music from JD McPherson and special guest Joel Paterson. $22-$31. 

Dec. 11   Christmas in Tulsa 7:30 p.m. VanTrease PACE, 10300 E. 81st St. Signature Symphony’s full orchestra returns with Broadway star Scott Coulter and Tulsa Sings! finalists. $35-75.

Dec. 12   The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical 2 and 6 p.m. Tulsa Theater. Journey to the North Pole for a glimpse of Santa and his elves. $29.95-$84.95.

Dec. 16   Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical 7:30 p.m. Broken Arrow PAC. Santa’s little red sleigh headlight is coming to town with songs about how differences make us special. $35-$75. 

Dec. 18   Tulsa’s K-pop Holiday Event Noon-4 p.m. Junior League of Tulsa, 3633 S. Yale Ave. Find food, games, prizes and more at this event celebrating

K-pop music and the culture surrounding it. $10.  

Dec. 18   The Odyssey’s Christmas Bash 8 p.m. The Vanguard, 222 N. Main St. Rock out with local headliner The Odyssey and other Oklahoma bands at this live music extravaganza. $10. 

Dec. 18   Red Dirt Christmas 7 p.m. Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St. Join Cody Canada and the Departed and the Red Dirt Rangers for the 21st annual Red Dirt Christmas. $20-$40. 

Dec. 19   Mannheim Steamroller Christmas 8 p.m. The Cove at River Spirit Casino Resort, 8330 Riverside Parkway. Chip Davis brings the holiday magic live in concert. $35-$75.

Popular holiday venues 

BOK Center

200 S. Denver Ave., 

Tulsa Performing Arts Center

110 E. Second St.,  

Tulsa Theater

105 W. Reconciliation Way,  

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center 

701 S. Main St., Broken Arrow, 

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