15 Things to Do in OKC This Weekend: December 8-11 - 405 Magazine

15 Things to Do in OKC This Weekend: December 8-11

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in OKC!

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Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in OKC! Whether you have an active family or the type to appreciate the arts, there are events for everyone to enjoy.

A projection of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is displayed on the side of a white brick building.
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Miracle on Fred Jones Ave. | Dec. 8 – 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.

Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker | Dec. 9-23

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. 9-30

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. $19.99 day pass, $14.99 youth; Times vary; 800 Riversport Dr., OKC.

An ensemble of dancers strike a pose with one arm and the opposite leg in the air. They're on a stage with fuchsia lighting.
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RACE’s Hip Hop Nutcracker | Dec. 10-11

This expressive reimagining of the holiday dance classic invites students from various Oklahoma City Public Schools dance programs to team up with RACE Dance Collective. The performance provides students a hands-on opportunity to learn from a local professional dance company. New this season for its 10th anniversary, the collective will also stage a performance in Spanish Saturday. $28; 2 p.m. in English, 7 p.m. in Spanish; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May Ave., OKC.

Second Saturday XL: Ice Block Party | Dec. 10

There’s nothing better than a homemade gift. Bring the kids along to Oklahoma Contemporary’s Ice Block Party to create art such a snow globe or miniature cozy hat. Although there’s no snow, you can still have a snowball fight in the indoor arena! There will also be face painting, a hot chocolate bar and snow cones. Free, 1–4 p.m., Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, OKC.

A circle of dancers lean back and raise their arms parallel to the ground. A woman in the midle of the circle raises both of her arms and is lifted by the circle of dancers.
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Oklahoma City Ballet’s The Nutcracker | Dec. 10-18

It’s not truly the holiday season without OKC Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Enjoy the traditional and elegant show that audiences have loved for decades, also with new choreographer from the ballet’s art director Ryan Jolicoeur-Nye. The beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy will enchant the stage while the classic Snow King and Queen make their return. Starting at $25, Civic Center Music Hall, OKC.

The Sugar Plum Fairy | Dec. 10-18

The Oklahoma’s Children Theatre is presenting The Sugar Plum Fairy, a sweet show with a special message about giving everyone a chance to shine. All ages will enjoy this unique holiday performance. $9 for children and $11 for adults, Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 3000 General Pershing Blvd., OKC.

Devon Ice Rink | Dec. 8 – 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 | Dec. 8-23

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. $37 for children and $62 for adults, times vary, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC.

The Polar Express | Dec. 9-27

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 | Dec. 8-30

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.

A smattering of blurry red lights are dotted on a landscape that shows the Skydance Bridge and Union Station in Scissortail Park alit in blue light.
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Union Station and Illumination and Holiday Lights | Dec. 8 – 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.

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops | Dec. 9-18

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 | Dec. 8-23

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.

WinterFest at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark | Dec. 10 – 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.