Need something to do after eating all that turkey? Bring the family along to the family-friendly events happening in OKC this weekend! From festivals to tree lightings, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy as the holiday season begins! While you’re at it, you can start to mark some items and names off of your gift list at the various shopping events.
Safari Lights | Nov. 12 – Jan. 1
The Oklahoma City Zoo’s Safari Lights are roaring back for another holiday season! You can walk or drive-thru the showcase of wildlife-themed light sculptures, animated light displays, festive treats and visits from Santa. The festive adventure is meant for all ages to enjoy. $15 per person (walk through) or $65 per vehicle (drive-thru), 5:30–11 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden, OKC.
Devon Ice Rink | Nov. 16 – Jan. 29
The yearly Devon Ice Rink is ushering in the holiday season. Skate on 5,500 square feet of ice surrounded by the fall trees and city skyline. After you finish circling under the magical lights, warm up with some seasonal food and beverages. $14 (skate rental) or $9 (no skate rental), 3–11 p.m., Myriad Botanical Gardens, OKC.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol | Nov. 16 – Dec. 23
The Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s rendition of the holiday classic is returning for its 12th year. The immersive outdoor show at the Harn Homestead will allow the audience to walk from scene to scene — a great way for everyone to feel like a part of the holiday spirit. $62 for adults and $37 for children, times vary, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC.
The Polar Express | Nov. 18 – Dec. 27
All aboard! Ride the Polar Express to the North Pole at the Oklahoma Railway Museum. Passengers will get the movie experience of getting your ticket, drinking hot cocoa and meeting Santa! Sing and dance along the ride just as in the film, and receive Santa’s first gift of Christmas: a silver sleigh bell. Times and prices vary, 3400 NE Grand Blvd., OKC.
Red Earth TreeFest | Nov. 21 – Dec. 30
Oklahoma’s Native Nations are celebrating Christmas together at the Red Earth TreeFest. Each participating tribe has decorated its own tree with handmade ornaments. Come explore the many Native cultures that represent Oklahoma inside the downtown BancFirst Tower. Free, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Red Earth Art Center, 100 N Broadway Ave., OKC.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls | Nov. 25
Oklahoma’s own OKC Thunder will be taking on the Chicago Bulls. You won’t find the same fun, electric energy anywhere else! Meet the mascot Rumble the Bison or watch performances by the Thunder Girls, O’City Crew and Thunder Drummers while cheering for the team. Ticket prices vary, 7 p.m.; Paycom Center, OKC.
Union Station Illumination Lighting and Holiday Show | Nov. 25 – Jan. 1
Right in the heart of Oklahoma City, you can find a festive, elaborate and glowing light show at Scissortail Park. As you stroll through, you’ll find various light displays, including a 40-foot Christmas tree and a giant menorah. Also, this year will feature a special recording of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Mayor David Holt at the musical Union Station lights display. Free, 6–10 p.m., Scissortail Park, OKC.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops | Nov. 25 – Dec. 18
The local Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back for another year in downtown OKC. The vendors are small Oklahoma businesses, allowing shoppers to find unique gifts for friends and family while supporting the community. Free; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Downtown OKC.
Caroling Cruises | Nov. 25 – Dec. 23
Looking for a unique holiday experience this year? ArtAfloatOKC is presenting Caroling Cruises, a 45-minute musical excursion featuring local artists’ festive performances. All ages can enjoy a ride on a twinkling boat while singing along to the cheerful tunes. $23; Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30 p.m.; Bricktown Canal, OKC.
The Great Christmas Tree Lighting | Nov. 25
Watch the self-proclaimed largest indoor Christmas tree in Oklahoma light to life in the First National Center’s Great Hall! While you are there, drink hot chocolate, sing carols, enjoy decor and eat sweet treats with all of your friends and family. Free, 4–6 p.m., 120 North Robinson Ave., OKC.
WinterFest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Nov. 25 – Jan. 1
You don’t have to wait for it to snow to go sledding — ride down the giant snow tubing slope at WinterFest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark! Create special memories with your family by watching a holiday movie while you sled, get some hot cocoa and snacks, and take in all the festive lights and decor. $18 per rider, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, OKC.
Holiday Artist Market | Nov. 26
Find special gifts created by local artists at the Holiday Artist Market at Mix-Tape at Factory Obscura. When you finish your shopping, the Mix-Tape experience will be open, which provides viewers with unique exhibits to explore and take pictures in. Free, 4–7 p.m., 25 NW 9th St., OKC.
Free Art Kits and Family Gallery Tours | Nov. 26
Spend some time with the family before Thanksgiving Break ends at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Take an interactive, guided tour of the museum’s exhibition “La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara.” Continue the fun and grab an exhibition-inspired family art kit to create some contemporary art at home. Free, 12–5 p.m., Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, OKC.
Home Alone in Concert | Nov. 26
Kevin! The classic holiday movie Home Alone will be performed in concert by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Indulge in the beautiful music composed by John Williams and treat yourself to a seasonal favorite! Tickets start at $27, 8 p.m., Civic Center Music Hall, OKC.
Still looking for a gift for that special someone? Attend Shop Small Saturday in the Plaza District to find what you’re looking for while supporting small businesses, restaurants and shops. 12 p.m., Plaza District, OKC.
Princess Holiday Ball | Nov. 26
Let the magical season begin with Cinderella, Elsa, Ariel and many other princesses at the 2nd annual Princess Holiday Ball. Guests will step into a fairy tale while singing along to all their favorite songs and making Christmas crafts. It will be a royal experience to remember forever! $32 for children, $20 for adults; 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.; Gaillardia Country Club, 5300 Gaillardia Blvd., OKC.