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Central Oklahoma Full of Holiday Happenings
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2011
Contact: Katie Puckett, Public Relations Manager
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – This holiday season, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, offer several spectacular outdoor light displays, theater performances, music events and other one-of-a-kind holiday activities to entertain the whole family.
“If you’re looking for quick trips and activities for the family to enjoy this holiday season, look no further than Central Oklahoma Frontier Country,” said Sherri Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “Our 12 counties are ideally located next to major interstates, which make it easy to visit several destinations all over central Oklahoma without breaking bank.”
The City of Yukon’s Christmas in the Park is an illuminated, self-guided and drive-through tour of four million twinkling lights, 360 lighted displays, music and movement spanning 100-acres of three interconnecting parks. The 50-foot Colossal Christmas Tree is the feature with more than 12,000 multi-colored lights at City Park. Train and horse-drawn wagon rides are available on select nights. Christmas in the Park is free and runs Nov. 19 through Dec. 31 from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly.
Midwest City is home to the Holiday Lights Spectacular. With more than one million twinkling lights, the Joe B. Barnes Regional Park is transformed into a winter wonderland from Nov. 18 to Dec. 30. This free holiday attraction features 80 dazzling displays, including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs. Enjoy the lights from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly by vehicle or a horse-drawn carriage ride.
The Festival of Light in Chickasha is one of the top-rated light displays in the region and brings in more than 300,000 visitors from across the United States each year. Only 35 miles southwest of Oklahoma City, the 43-acre Shannon Springs Park can be toured for free by car, carriage ride or by foot along paved trails from Nov. 22 to Dec. 31 from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly. The Festival of Light features 3.5 million lights, hundreds of displays with music and movement, a warm gift shop with homemade cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate and a live nativity from Dec. 3-18.
See more lights at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Nov. 25-Jan. 1 as a part of Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December celebration. From 4th Street to 10th Street on Broadway Avenue, buildings are covered top to bottom with more than 130,000 colorful LED lights.
Theatre & Music
Central Oklahoma Ballet performs its 18th production of the classic The Nutcracker along with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Dec. 3-4 at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium in Yukon. Two performances of The Nutcracker are schedule for Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.
The classic A Christmas Carol debuts on the Lyric at the Plaza stage in Oklahoma City from Dec. 9-31. Relive the cherished tale of Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and a host of unforgettable characters with this new Lyric Theatre holiday tradition. Performance times vary and tickets are $40.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic presents A Christmas Show Dec. 1-3 at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City. This fully-staged holiday production features award-winning actress and singer Judy McLane alongside singers, dancers, new sets, costumes, arrangements, specials guests and the beloved Oklahoma City Philharmonic. Performances and ticket prices vary.
Other Can’t-Miss Holiday Events
Explore downtown Oklahoma City during the annual Downtown in December winter celebration Nov. 25-Jan. 1, 2012. The event kicks off with the SandRidge Christmas Tree & Lighting Ceremony Nov. 25 at 5:15 p.m. For 40 days, Downtown in December features an abundance of holiday activities including an outdoor ice skating rink, snow tubing at RedHawks Field, a Segway Santa, free museum Sundays, free Water Taxi rides along the beautifully-lit Bricktown Canal and more.
Guthrie celebrates the holidays in Territorial-style from the weekend after Thanksgiving to Christmas with candlelight trolley tours, historic home tours, Pollard Theatre productions of A Territorial Christmas Carol and The Victorian Christmas Walk on Dec. 10 and 17 at 5 p.m. Victorian Walk evenings feature music and carolers as you stroll along the lighted streets of historic downtown Guthrie to see live window scenes with patrons in territorial dress and shop for Christmas gifts in the specialty shops.
El Reno’s Christmas on the Western Frontier Dec. 1 includes an old fashioned Christmas parade, trolley rides, Santa, strolling carolers, Christmas treats, lighting of the Community Christmas Tree, children's craft projects, shopping and more of the small town charm of El Reno.
Historic Stockyard’s City in Oklahoma City hosts the annual Cowboy Christmas Dec. 2 and 10. Dec. 2 features the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. followed by a holiday open house throughout the district complete with cookies, hot chocolate and cider, and a holiday concert at the Rodeo Opry. Dec. 10 features the Cowboy Christmas parade, pictures with Santa and more beginning at 10 a.m.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City hosts Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball Dec. 16. The 17th anniversary of this yuletide dance features Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family and includes a buffet and a visit from Santa. Reservations are required for this event and prices vary.
Hop aboard the Christmas Train Dec. 17 at the Oklahoma Railway Museum in Oklahoma City. Christmas Train rides are open to children of all ages and are scheduled at various times. Tickets are $15.
Opening Night hosted by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City is OKC’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration Dec. 31. From 7 p.m. to midnight, enjoy live music, fireworks and watch the ball rise as you ring in 2012 in a family-friendly environment in downtown Oklahoma City. Wristbands for Opening Night are $8 in advance or $10 at the event and allow admission to all venues, all night long.
Frontier Country Marketing Association, a 501-c6 organization, promotes the economic growth of the tourism industry in the 12 central counties of Oklahoma. For more information about these events in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country or to request literature and coupons, visit oktourism.com or call (800) 386-6552.
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http://www.oktourism.com/uploads/images/Christmas/Christmas_in_the_Park_1.JPG - Yukon Christmas in the Park
http://www.oktourism.com/uploads/images/Christmas/Water_Taxi_on_Bricktown_Canal_OKC.JPG – Bricktown Canal, Downtown in December, Oklahoma City
http://www.oktourism.com/uploads/images/Christmas/snowtubing.jpg – Snow Tubing at RedHawks Field, Downtown in December, Oklahoma City