Oklahoma is a state state located in the South Central United States. It is bordered by Arkansas and Missouri to the east, Kansas to the north, Colorado to the northwest, New Mexico on the far west and, Texas on the south and near-west.
Oklahoma City is the capital and the largest city of Oklahoma.
Other big cities and towns in Oklahoma include – Tulsa, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Edmond, Moore, Midwest City, Enid, Stillwater, Muskogee, Bartlesville, etc.
Some of the popular tourist destinations in Ohio include – Philbrook Museum, Oklahoma City Zoo, Marland Estate Mansion, Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma City National Memorial, Boston Avenue Methodist Church, BOK Tower, etc.
Christmas Celebrations in Oklahoma :
Oklahoma’s capital city celebrates the holiday season with a month long Downtown in December celebration which includes events like an outdoor skating rink, snow tubing rides down a giant slope, water taxi trips along Bricktown Canal, and a light show at the botanical garden.
The city of Tulsa will celebrate the holiday season with lots of events and light displays at venues in the city like the BOK Center, ONEOK Field, HA Chapman Stadium, Reynolds Center, Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Cherry Street Farmer’s Market, etc.
Apart from all this, on second Saturday in the month of December, more than 30,000 people will gather on the streets in downtown Tulsa as the Tulsa Christmas Parade will take place.
Each December, both the Oklahoma City Ballet and Tulsa Ballet present The Nutcracker Ballet, a holiday tradition since decades.
For the holiday season, the Regional Park in the Midwest City is transformed into a winter wonderland as the Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular opens Sunday before Thanksgiving and remains open till the New Year starts. This light display is one of Oklahoma’s largest drive-through shows. It features over one million lights and huge collection of both religious and secular holiday scenes.
In the City of Yukon, Oklahoma, there is a spectacular drive thru through Christmas light displays “Yukon’s Christmas in the Park” consisting of over 4 million twinkling lights and over 400 displays covering 100 acres of Freedom Trail Playground, City and Chisholm Trail Park.
Elk City’s Ackley Park celebrates the holiday season with Christmas in the Park with millions of lights and is considered as one of the best light displays in Oklahoma. Visitors can drive through the park and view the light displays every night but every Friday and Saturday there are number of events lined up including delicious hot cocoa and cookies, rides on the carousel, the Candy Cane Express, double-decker buses and horse-drawn carriages.
In Shawnee, one of the Oklahoma’ largest nighttime Christmas Parades takes place. The Shawnee Christmas Parade takes place every year on first Thursday in month of December featuring decorative floats, antique cars, music and tons of family fun. This parade attracts thousands of visitors every year.
In Muskogee, Oklahoma, you can experience world’s largest collections of holiday inflatables at Castle Christmas, held at the Castle of Muskogee. You can drive through the kingdom’s winter wonderland and enjoy thousands of illuminated Christmas inflatables featuring Santa, Rudolph, the Grinch & Frosty.
You can also visit Muskogee’s annual Garden of Lights and drive through Honor Heights Park and view 120 acres of trees, bushes and water areas decorated with over a million lights for the holiday season. Apart from lights there are other events taking place which include ice rink, refreshments, and Gift Shop.
Guthrie’s Territorial Christmas Celebration is a month long part with events like Opening Night, Lighted Parade, Territorial Christmas Tree Lighting, Candlelight Trolley Tours, Victorian Walk Evenings, Display in Store Windows, Guthrie Historic Homes Tour and Christmas tree displays at the Oklahoma Publishing Museum.
Visit Claremore for the Living Nativity at Shepherd’s Cross – a walk-through nativity featuring Mary, Joseph, the Wise Men, shepherds and angels among the 100+ participants dressed in period-appropriate costumes and live animals including sheep, donkeys, chickens, mules, horses and guineas.
Fort Reno will host its annual Christmas Guns celebration on second Sunday in the month of December at the Historic Fort Reno in El Reno. It is believed that the loud noise produced by the firearms will dispel evil spirits before the upcoming holiday. Other events include storytelling, snacks and a visit from Santa.
The city of Chickasha will host its annual Festival of Light featuring more than 3.5 million lights over four miles of lighted walkways and a 172 feet long illuminated Christmas tree, which can be seen for miles away.
Woodward’s Crystal Christmas is an annual display of Christmas lights featuring over two million holiday lights and 40 animated light displays. Witness the reflection of the lights on the serene waters of Crystal Beach Lake while on a driving or lighted walking tour around the park.
Over a million holiday lights synchronized to Christmas tunes and carols will be part of the annual Rhema Christmas Lights display in Broken Arrow.
The annual Pat Taylor Memorial Parade of Lights is held in Ada on Thursday after Thanksgiving featuring colorful and brightly‑lit floats.
Wishing all readers Merry Christmas 2016 & Happy New Year 2017 !!!