The countdown till Christmas is on! While you wait for Santa to come to town, have some fun in OKC at events for the whole family.
Rose State College is presenting its inaugural Winter Solstice Concert. A combination of instrumental and vocal performances by students will create a night of entertainment in celebration of the shortest day of the year. Free, 7:30-9 p.m., Hudiburg Chevrolet Center Lobby, 6000 S. Prosper Blvd., Midwest City.
North Pole Adventure | Dec. 21-24
Take a trip to the North Pole for a special Christmas experience. Not only will kids meet Santa at this holiday attraction, but visit his post office, Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, the live reindeer barn and more! Also, kids can help save Christmas by stopping the Grinch in the Grinch-themed room. 10-6 p.m., $20 (children and one adult), $5 (additional adult), Walnut Square Center, 2215 W I-240, OKC.
Elf and Christmas Vacation at Tower Theatre | Dec. 22-23
“Santa’s coming! I know him!” And you can get to know him, too! Come watch Christmas classics Elf (Dec. 22) and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Dec. 23) at the historic Tower Theatre and meet the man in red. There will also be snacks available while you enjoy the movie with your family. $5, 7 p.m., Tower Theatre, 425 NW 23rd St., OKC
Christmas Day Feast at First National Center | Dec. 25
Don’t feel like cooking on Christmas? Join the First National Center to delight in a four-course holiday feast with dishes such as roasted butternut squash soup, lobster ravioli, braised short ribs and desserts. The tasty feast will make for a very, merry Christmas. $65 (adults) $25 (children), 12–10 p.m., First National Center, 120 N. Robinson Ave., OKC.
A Magical Cirque Christmas | Dec. 22-23
The flips, twists and twirls at A Magical Cirque Christmas will have the entire family enchanted this season. Magical hostess Lucy Darling will present the audience an experience full of extraordinary performers and cirque artists that’ll everyone in amazement of the magic showcase. This merry treat is a perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit. Prices vary, 7:30-10 p.m., Civic Center Music Hall, OKC.
Let’s get ready to rumble! Come support our city’s team as they take on Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans. Wear your blue and orange and be a part of the electric atmosphere at the Paycom Center. Ticket prices vary, 7 p.m., Paycom Center, OKC.
Winter Break Holiday Activities at The Cowboy | Dec. 22-31
Handmade art projects are the best kind of gifts. Let the kids get creative at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s winter break drop-in crafts. A new art activity will be available for kids every day: snowflake ornaments, reindeer glasses, snowflake fingerprints and more. Once the artwork is finished, stroll through the museum and learn about the Wild West. Free with museum admission, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd St., OKC.
Miracle on 34th Street at OKCMOA | Dec. 24
For a morning and afternoon filled with family holiday fun, stop by the OKC Museum of Art on Christmas Eve for its holiday celebration. Watch Miracle on 34th Street at the museum while taking pictures with Santa, eating cookies and cocoa and creating holiday frames before Christmas morning. Free with museum admission, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Oklahoma City Museum of Art, OKC.
Miracle on Fred Jones Ave. | Dec. 22 – Jan. 1
What if you could watch your favorite holiday classics on the side of a downtown building? Now you can at The Jones Assembly’s “Miracle on Fred Jones Ave.” installation by local artist Mat Miller of 1984 Studios. This is largest projection mapping project in OKC, presenting everyone’s favorite holiday movies on the Film Row restaurant’s 115-foot exterior. The installation can be seen every night from dark to close, so come celebrate the season with some movie magic! Free, 901 W. Sheridan Ave., OKC.
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit | Dec. 15 – Jan. 15
Have you ever wanted to step into a painting? Now is your chance to become a part of the art at the The Original Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit! Watch Van Gogh’s famous works come to life at this unique experience featuring a 30,000-square-foot exhibit at the Oklahoma City Convention Center. Tickets starting at $40, 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Oklahoma City Convention Center, 100 Mick Cornett Dr., OKC.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker | Dec. 22-23
For its first full-length season since the start of the pandemic, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park is bringing back its interactive Christmas classic based on revered author Jane Austen and the characters that populate her novels. Sing and dance along with Jane and her friends in the holiday celebration, and enjoy complimentary sweets, ice cream and eggnog. Tickets range from $23-38, 8–10 p.m., 2920 Paseo, OKC.
Winter Glow at Riversport | Dec. 22-30
Want to hit the slopes without having to take the road trip? Take a quick trip to Riversport for skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, curling and climbing. The new synthetic ice rink and curling court make for winter fun without the natural ice. After the fun activities, sit at the firepit with some hot chocolate and enjoy the holiday lights. Winter Glow is closed for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. $19.99 day pass, $14.99 youth; Times vary; 800 Riversport Dr., OKC.
Devon Ice Rink | Dec. 22 – 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.
Union Station and Illumination and Holiday Lights | Dec. 22 – 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.
The Polar Express | Dec. 22-27
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. The Polar Express is closed on Christmas Day. Times and prices vary, 3400 NE Grand Blvd., OKC.
Red Earth TreeFest | Dec. 22-30
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.
WinterFest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Dec. 22 – 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.