The Christmas season has arrived and there’s no better way to start it then visiting festive towns full of the Christmas spirit. You can find hot cocoa, horse and carriages, lights with music, Santa Claus and all holiday charm all over Oklahoma. Here are 10 magical Christmas towns in Oklahoma that are worth visiting during the holiday season:
The Festival of Lights transforms Chickasha’s 43-acre Shannon Springs Park into a magnificent light display rivaling Branson, Las Vegas, and Marshal. It is one of the top 10 holiday light displays in the nation. View over 3.5 million lights, walk across the magnificent lighted bridge, view the 172-ft. lighted Christmas tree, sip on hot cocoa or take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage.
Tulsa goes all out with its annual Winterfest celebration in the heart of downtown next to the BOK Center. Join in on the fun and ice skate beneath the Tulsa skyline! The largest Christmas tree in the state can be found in the center of the activities, along with hot cocoa and horse & carriage rides.
Tonkawa's Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration starts the holiday season with a town parade, pictures taken with Santa at the Depot, and a giant tree lighting. Bring the whole family out to get in the holiday spirit and learn the true meaning of Christmas.
4. Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City's "Downtown in December" is a series of holiday events and attractions in the heart of the city. It’s a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features outdoor ice skating, a tree lighting festival, afternoon visits with Santa Claus, a festive holiday run, snow tubing, free water taxi excursions, performing arts, shopping, and parties... all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights. Most events are free of charge.
Guthrie's Territorial Christmas events are at the heart of
Oklahoma's traditional expression of the holidays with all the flavor of the
Territorial Days and all the excitement of the twenty-first century. Tour historic homes, churches
and century old buildings,
have a cup of Wassail and enjoy the hospitality of Guthrie residents who welcome you into their homes. Stroll the streets on the two Victorian Walk
evenings. The merchants decorate their windows with live scenes
from the Victorian-era in Oklahoma, along with entertainment and Christmas festivities.
6. Broken Arrow
Main Street Broken Arrow decorates its downtown Rose District in festive decorations and offers horse and carriage rides on various dates during the holiday season. The 2015 holiday season will feature the first ever Rose District's Christmas tree. The Rhema lights can also be found in Broken Arrow and are one of the most magnificent light displays in the state with over 1.5 million lights.
Har-Ber Village Museum becomes a winter wonderland each year when area businesses and organizations "deck the halls" of buildings along the Village’s Main Street. The public votes for their favorite displays while touring the Village area. Performers sing or play Christmas carols at the bandstand, and the Country Store and Crafters at Har-Ber Village Shop will be open to offer a wide array of seasonal gifts. Visitors can decorate ornaments to place on the Har-Ber Village Christmas tree.
The beautiful Honor Heights Park in Muskogee comes alive with lights in the evenings. From Thanksgiving through New Year's Day, visitors can enjoy a stunning drive through a holiday delight. The drive-through display includes over 1.2 million shimmering lights, enhancing the natural beauty of the park’s gardens, waterfalls and ponds with holiday displays the whole family will love.
"Christmas Downtown" in Enid is magical during the holidays. They have several nights of a giant snow globe that can be entered for a fun viewing and picture taking experience, a giant tree of lights, PAT the snowman, Christmas music, hot chocolate and so much more.
10. Midwest City
Midwest City goes all out to celebrate the holiday season. Known as one of the state’s largest drive-through light displays, Holiday Lights Spectacular lights up Joe B. Barnes Park with over 1 million sparkling lights. They have an extensive dancing forest display and a 118-ft. Christmas tree trimmed with over 9,000 holiday lights.