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It’s A Big, Busy Metro Out There – If You Can’t Make It To Everything, Here’s Where To Start→

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The Gift of Spectacle

Whoever you are, the American Spirit Dance Company at OCU has a present for you: its Home for the Holidays revue combines elements of tap, ballet, ballroom dancing and more physical artistry into a fast-paced yule-tidal wave of glee that encompasses both a reverent nativity scene and an immense Rockettes-style kickline of Santa’s helpers. Step lively for tickets; it’s a gift that keeps on giving thrills and enjoyment.

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The Light Fantastic

When Christmas comes to Edmond, it begins with a burst of brilliance in a pair of luminous events: celebrants are invited to gather in Shannon Miller Park for the Mayor’s Tree Lighting at 6pm (including the presentation for the essay contest winner), followed by the joyously bedecked entries that make up the Edmond Electric Parade of Lights cruising from UCO through downtown. Light up your life!

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Fully Decked Out 

The beautiful Mesta Park neighborhood was founded in 1902, and for nearly 40 years its residents have been sharing its special appeal with visitors on its Holiday Home Tour. On a quiet Sunday afternoon or in the warm illumination of the Saturday night Candlelight Tour, these lovingly decorated abodes provide tremendous visual richness to explore.

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Let the Good Times Roll

Organizers probably wouldn’t mind if it snowed on their parade; it would only add to the spirit of the season that moves the marching bands, floats and equestrian groups in the Norman Main Street Christmas Holiday Parade. Themed “Frozen Christmas” and led by marshals David and Molly Boren, the festivities are free to enjoy, and you can definitely expect an appearance from Santa Claus – with this much revelry, how could the big guy stay away?

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The Midnight Special

Hours of music from more than a dozen stages and venues, all kinds of kids’ activities, an optional 5k race sponsored by Integris and a massive countdown to midnight, when the giant illuminated ball will rise, the skies will erupt with fireworks and Oklahoma City will joyously welcome a new year. It’s the Arts Council of OKC’s Opening Night - 2015, here we come!

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Reborn to Beauty

The components had been thrown away, but the creators refused to accept them as refuse. OKC Beautiful organizes the Art in Recycled Trash show so schoolchildren and adult artists can turn material that would be destined for a landfill into works of art that carry messages about the value of conservation and the potential for beauty hidden in everyday life.

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Beth Leavel courtesy OKC Philharmonic

The More and the Merrier

Extra holly? Check. Tons of jolly? Check. The OKC Philharmonic’s production of The Christmas Show is an annual tradition, and every year it seems to strain the Civic Center a bit further by cramming in yet more singing, dancing, comedy routines, carefully crafted costumes and sets, cheerful carols and all kinds of holiday mirth. Special guests include John Sawyer, Vince Leseney and Tony winner Beth Leavel.

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Justin Timberlake by Tom Munro / RCA Records

Sharp-Dressed Man 

See if you can guess who this describes: nine Grammys, four Emmys, actor in films like “In Time” and “The Social Network,” paramour of Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz and Jessica Biel, star member of NSYNC, extremely stylish lyric tenor. If the answer is still hazy, seeing Justin Timberlake on his 20/20 Experience World Tour should give you a clearer view of his star power.

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Hark! The Herald Persons Sing

Some have orchestral accompaniment, some are a cappella with merely the power of the human voice – but since these voices belong to the mighty Canterbury Choral Society, every song is a thing of power and beauty. The robust Canterbury Christmas is more than a concert, offering the chance to help the Regional Food Bank and Christmas Connection, as well as prizes, snacks and treats. Gloria!

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“A Christmas Carol” by K.O. Rinearson

Redemption Song 

The presentation is impeccable, including lavish period costumes, airborne spirits and snow falling onstage … and even beyond the trappings and effects, Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” remains a holiday classic for audiences and actors alike due to the power of its message – that self-improvement is attainable, and we can all decide to make ourselves be kinder, better people.  

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