If you’re looking for the perfect place to go in Oklahoma to celebrate the holiday spirit, we found many places full of Christmas magic. Dazzling lights, pictures with Santa, hot cocoa and festive decorations make these spots the most unbelievable places to visit this Christmas season. Make sure to check out as many of these as you can for impressive light shows and off the charts holiday decorations.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Festival of Light, Chickasha
VIDEO As one of the top 10 light displays in the nation, The Festival of Light features over 3.5 million lights. Enjoy over four miles of lighted walkways and the festival’s illuminated 172-ft. Christmas tree, which can be seen from miles away. Stroll Chickasha’s Shannon Springs Park from the comfort of your own vehicle to view hundreds of animated displays and a fascinating light show synchronized to holiday music, or enjoy the scenery from a horse-drawn carriage.
2. Rhema Christmas Lights, Broken Arrow
This year, more than 2 million lights will decorate the campus of Rhema from Thanksgiving Eve through New Year's Day. The glittering lights will shine from 5:30 to 11:30 each night. The vibrant Rhema Park bridge acts as a remarkable centerpiece to the whole display. And back for another year is the "Christmas tree forest," a 14-foot tree surrounded by smaller, beautifully lit metal trees. You can drive around the campus, walk it, or take a horse-drawn carriage.
3. Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife, Bartlesville
The Christmas celebration at Woolaroc, "Wonderland of Lights," runs from November 27-December 20. The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 750,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland! In addition to the lights, they have wagon rides, live entertainment, Santa Claus in the Museum, hot cider/hot chocolate and cookies for sale in the Lodge.
4. Crystal Christmas, Woodward
Over 2 million lights and over 40 holiday displays light up the cold, winter nights in Woodward. Watch the lights reflect off the serene waters of Crystal Beach Lake while driving or enjoy a lighted walking tour around the park. Crystal Christmas is open nightly from 6-10p.m.until December 31st. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights there are special family activities, including train rides, live nativity scenes and pictures with Santa.
5. Garden of Lights, Muskogee
The Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department presents The Garden of Lights, a display of over 1.2 million lights decorating the trees, bushes, and walkways throughout Honor Heights Park. The park is open every night from 6-10pm. A beautiful, glittering display is timed to holiday music as you drive through the park. Don’t miss the ice rink, refreshments, and gift shop. They are open from Thanksgiving through New Years Day.
6. Down's Family Christmas, Norman
VIDEO The Down's private residence is transformed into a spectacular light display. It has been a family-favorite production since 2007. Nearly two months of work go into creating this wonderful display every year, which features two "mega trees" that are 70 feet tall, ten mini trees and 20-foot long arches, all created from over 280,000 lights. In 2013, the Down's Family Christmas Lights was chosen as one of the top 20 private home displays by ABC to be featured on their reality TV show, "The Great Christmas Light Fight."
7. Philbrook Museum of Arts, Tulsa
Celebrate the holidays with Philbrook. The museum inside is festive and gorgeous and the lights in the garden are exquisite. Visit Thursday nights from 5-8pm during the festival on select nights (12/10, 12/17) and enjoy live music, a stroll through the glowing gardens, and meet with the featured festival artists in the Museum Shop.
8. Christmas in the Park, Yukon
Christmas in the Park consists of over 4 million twinkling lights and over 400 displays covering 100 acres of Freedom Trail Playground, City and Chisholm Trail Parks. A 50-ft. lighted Christmas tree comes alive when the lights are synchronized to holiday music. You can drive the park roads, walk the trails or take a horse-drawn carriage for a cozy ride. The lights are on nightly 6:00-11:00 pm from Saturday, November 21st through Thursday, December 31st.
9. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma City
As part of the Downtown in December festivities in OKC, Myriad Botanical Gardens takes on a whole new glow at night with the illuminated Crystal Bridge. OG&E is pleased to offer FREE admission on Sunday evenings in December to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Come enjoy charming holiday light displays and beautiful plant exhibits designed especially for the holiday season on December 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6-9pm. It will be cold outside, but you'll think it’s Christmas in July in the warmth of the tropics.
10. Festival of LIghts, Ardmore
Ardmore Regional Park is transformed into a winter wonderland in late November and stays open until December 30th.
A drive-thru display of over 125 animated scenes and millions of lights delight visitors of all ages. Ardmore's Festival of Lights is quickly becoming one of the most popular light displays in the state.
11. Paragon Christmas Lights, Sapulpa
Just west off Hwy 75 and 121st street, is the private residence and business of a local Sapulpa businessman. Acres and acres of land are transformed into a magical world of lights and Christmas decorations that are pure magic. The lights can only be viewed from the highway frontage but they are spectacular and can be viewed for over 3/4 mile.
12. Holiday Lights Spectacular, Midwest City
For nearly 20 years, Midwest City has presented the Holiday Lights Spectacular, one of Oklahoma's brightest and longest drive-thru Christmas displays. Featuring over a million twinkling lights, the event is nearly a mile long and features both secular and religious displays. The lights are open Sunday through Thursday 6pm-10pm and Friday and Saturday 6pm-11pm through December 30th.
13. Christmas in the Park, Elk City
The annual Elk City Christmas in the Park extravaganza lights up Ackley Park located on historic Rt. 66 in Elk City. Activities include rides on the candy cane express train, old fashioned horse-drawn carriages and rides on the centennial carousel.Catch a ride on the double-decker bus and see thousands of beautiful light displays while you enjoy delicious hot cocoa, all free on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:00pm till 9:00pm. See Santa Claus on his sleigh or visit the Gingerbread Gift Shoppe for gifts.
14. Downtown in December, Oklahoma City
Downtown Oklahoma City is turned into a winter wonderland during "Downtown in December" festivities. Go snow tubing down the nation's largest man-made slope, ice-skate outdoors, enjoy beautifully lit areas all around the neighborhood, take a free water taxi excursion or enjoy free museum Sundays. It is a truly remarkable experience!
15. Castle Christmas at the Castle of Muskogee, Muskogee
Drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 holiday displays and thousands of colorful lights, creating an unforgettable experience. Open every night, Thanksgiving through New Years, from 6-10pm. Take a hayride through the Village, or ride the ponies and camels. Stop inside The Castle for the Christmas Shoppe, free family movies, unique merchants, and the Kris Kringle Cafe’.
16. The Polar Express, Bristow
Dancing chefs, singing elves and a special gift from Santa himself – all awaits you and your family aboard the POLAR EXPRES Train Ride departing from Bristow. Join the festivities on this round-trip train ride to the North Pole – in your favorite pajamas! Dates: November: 20-22, 25, 27-29 and December: 1-23, 26-27. This train is decked out for the Christmas season!
Please note: 2 of Oklahoma’s favorite Christmas spots are not open this season…Chesapeake Energy Lights Display in OKC and The Christmas Train at Camp Dry Gulch.
Which one of these do you think is the most spectacular for Christmas lights and decorations?