‘Tis the season for touring bright lights and winter wonders, and we have the best holiday displays in 2022.
Oklahoma City shines just a little brighter during the holiday season. From the dangling lights of Automobile Alley to the stunning, collective set-ups in local neighborhoods, the 405 gleams and glows in multicolored wonder. Even those that are holiday averse would have a hard time resisting the joyful spectacle.
Whether you’re looking to walk through these winter wonderlands or stick to enjoying electric spectacles from the warmth of a car, there are plenty of holiday lights for every budget and preference. Here are the top spots to revel in some holiday cheer.
Bricktown Canal Lights | Nov. 18–Jan. 8
This festive fixtures lights up the water along with the sky. Enjoy the radiant shimmers as you stroll down the canal or cruise in the Bricktown Water Taxi in one of its caroling ride. And don’t miss the Bricktown Christmas Tree that towers over the jolly scene. Free, Bricktown.
Safari Lights | Nov. 12–Jan. 1
The Oklahoma City Zoo tradition of larger-than-life animal light sculptures returns with s’mores and Santa visits. Visitors can either explore on foot and view a musical light show, or they can drive down a path full of shining creatures. $65 per vehicle or $15 per person walking, 5:30–11 p.m., Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden.
Lights on Broadway | Dec. 3 and 10
While these dazzling lights will be on display through Jan. 8, two special Saturdays will feature a streetwide celebration with live music, Santa photos, balloon art, giveaways and decorated window displays from Automobile Alley’s shops and restaurants. Free, 4–7 p.m., Automobile Alley.
Union Station Illumination at Scissortail Park | Nov. 25–Jan. 1
The grand synchronized light and music show in front of the historic Union Station is set to give another joyful show this season, with a few new tricks up its stockings. Free, 6–10 p.m., Scissortail Park.
Edmond’s classic walk-through extravaganza in Mitch Park features massive light-up sculptures such as ornament tunnels, plush reindeer and a breathtaking golden ribbon tree. On the stroll’s opening day and Dec. 17, visitors can shop the Merry Marketplace with local food and crafts vendors. Free, 5–10 p.m., 1501 W. Covell Rd.
Lights in Legion Park | Nov. 26
This 11-year tradition will kick off with a community celebration complete with train rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, Mr. and Mrs. Claus photos and treats such as s’mores and hot chocolate. The parkwide attraction will boast 25 new displays this year. Free, 4–6 p.m., W. Pine St. & S. Reno Ave.
Avondale Drive and Grand Boulevard | Season-long
These residential streets are known for their expansive, all-out light displays, so it’s worth a quick cruise to feel the neighborly holiday spirit. Free, Nichols Hills.
Downs Family Christmas | Nov. 24–Season-long
Tune into 99.9 FM and park in the lawn to view a decked-out synchronized light presentation with two 72-foot “Mega Trees.” The family accepts donations for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Free, 2900 72nd Ave. SE.
Festival of Lights | Nov. 19–Dec. 31
The 43-acre Christmas carnival has a huge variety of holiday activities, such as an ice rink, Ferris wheel, carousel and carriage rides. The walk-through and drive-thru light display includes an glowing icy bridge guarded by lit-up nutcrackers and a large cone tree, and food trucks will serve wintry treats. Free; 6–10 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, 6–11 pm. Fridays and Saturdays; Shannon Springs Park.
Lights from the Heart | Nov. 22–Dec. 31
This community drive-thru displays showcases two miles of gleaming, festive joy, and kettle corn and hot chocolate are available to hungry, holiday-happy visitors. Free, 5:30–10 p.m., Purcell Lake.