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By Austin Tackett
With the changing of the seasons comes a wealth of seasonal travel opportunities in Oklahoma. Whether warming up next to the fire at your favorite bed and breakfast, or just getting away for the holidays with friends and family, you’re bound to experience a vacation that’s not only fun and relaxing, but cost effective as well. Here’s just a few of the many opportunities you can take part in during the next couple of months as Oklahoma gears up for winter.
Looking for ways to celebrate the holiday season in style? The American Bus Association (ABA ) has designated The Airblown World’s Christmas Kingdom of Inflatables at the Castle of Muskogee as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2009. Airblown World’s Christmas Kingdom is located at the Castle in Muskogee where visitors are able to drive through the Kingdom and see over 1,000 holiday inflatables on display alongside thousands of Christmas lights. The entire holiday experience is located on over 60 acres, with inflatables ranging in size from 4ft to 20ft tall.
Downtown in December will invade downtown Oklahoma City all December and will feature an ice skating rink, snow tubing down the nations largest man made slope, elaborate holiday decorations, and much more.
Of course this is only a small sampling of the breathtaking holiday festivities happening around the state throughout December. You can find more about lights displays, crafts, caroling, and more by picking up a copy of the 2008 Oklahoma Events Guide or by visiting www.TravelOK.com.
With the winter season upon us, spending time outside might not have the same appeal as it does in the warm summer months - but it doesn’t have to be that way. Fifteen state parks with cabins offer visitors a welcome retreat no matter what time of year. From Robber’s Cave to Boiling Springs, many of Oklahoma’s State Parks provide affordable cabins equipped with the coziest amenities, including inviting beds and toasty fireplaces. The options are seemingly limitless as you look to Oklahoma for a unique and affordable place to get away from it all this holiday season.
The time has come to deck the halls with sparkling Christmas trees adorned with ornaments and trinkets that spill of special meaning and stories. Oklahoma Christmas tree growers across the state open their farms to help you add a little Oklahoma to your traditional holiday celebrations. For decades, Oklahoma Christmas tree growers have been helping families weave stories of tradition. Gathering as a family to search for the perfect live tree is one such tradition many Oklahomans honor every year.
Is holiday shopping your preferred winter past time? New to the Oklahoma Tourism Information Centers is the “Authentic Oklahoma” (AOK) merchandise line ranging from shirts and hats to jewelry and home décor items as well as office supplies, tote bags, baby items, travel journals, and more. Whether created by bona fide Oklahomans or chosen to represent Oklahoma’s feisty, fun spirit, our AOK brand reflects Oklahoma’s legendary stories, gracious people and epic landscapes. The array of merchandise available at our 12 visitors information centers located throughout the state makes it possible for you to create a special gift basket for an individual or an entire family.
For more great Oklahoma gift ideas and winter travel planning, make sure to visit TravelOK.com, where you’ll find great travel discounts under the “Hot Deals” section, or call 1-800-652-6552 to speak to a tourism professional.