The Bartlesville area is home to two drive-thru light displays this year: Fantasy Land of Lights and Wonderland of Lights.
Presented by the Rotary Bartlesville Daybreak Club, the Fantasy Land of Lights grows each year at Johnstone Park, 200 N. Cherokee. Though there is no admission charge, donations are accepted to offset repairs and purchase new displays, as well as to support the Club’s educational scholarships for Washington County area students. Fantasy Land of Lights is open 6-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 30. Check visitbartlesville.com or fantasylandoflights.com for more information.
Every year, Woolaroc flips the switch on 750,000 lights for its Wonderland of Lights experience. The traditional wagon rides, Santa visits and cookies in the Lodge are canceled this year, but from their vehicles guests can still be on the lookout for the Holiday Horseman, who will roam the grounds to spread some cheer.
The Wonderland of Lights is open from 5-9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 20. Admission is $2 per person, with those age 2 and under admitted free. Woolaroc, a museum and 3,700-acre wildlife preserve, is located 12 miles southwest of Bartlesville on State Highway 123. Visit woolaroc.org for more information.
Christmas in the Ville returns with its outdoor ice rink. For $10 per person, guests can skate under the stars and in front of the historic Bartlesville Depot, 201 S.W. Keeler Ave. A grand opening celebration where kids can meet Anna and Elsa from “Frozen” will be from 5:30-9 p.m., Dec. 4. The rink also will be open every day through Jan. 3, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. For all the details, visit visitbartlesville.com.
If all the driving or skating makes you hungry, don’t shy away from the food scene in Bartlesville. Murphy’s Steak House, 1625 S.W. Frank Phillips Blvd., is known for its “Hot Hamburger,” which is topped with fries and rich brown gravy. Grab a fork.
Only in the ‘ville will you find Frank Lloyd Wright’s solitary skyscraper, the Price Tower, 510 S. Dewey Ave. Copper Restaurant and Bar commands the 15th floor and provides a handcrafted menu and outdoor terrace seating, weather permitting. Reservations are suggested.
A stroll through downtown Bartlesville welcomes visitors with locally owned shops and restaurants, all decorated for the season. Much of it is nestled between Adams and Hensley boulevards as you travel west on Frank Phillips Boulevard from Highway 75. tp