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Central Oklahoma Frontier Country Full of Holiday Happenings
By Tourism Industry Partner
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA – Situated at the crossroads of I-35, I-44 and I-40, the 12 central counties of Oklahoma, known as Frontier Country, offer spectacular outdoor light displays, events and activities for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.
“Central Oklahoma Frontier Country is the perfect place to plan getaways during the holidays with so many events and happenings,” said Sherri Rogers, executive director of Frontier Country Marketing Association. “Frontier Country is also ideally located for those quick family trips this holiday season.”
Yukon’s Christmas in the Park is an illuminated, self-guided and drive-through tour of more than four million twinkling lights, 200 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. 20 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. 19 to Dec. 30. This holiday attraction features 80 dazzling displays, including the majestic 118-foot Christmas tree lit with 9,000 bulbs. Enjoy the lights from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 to 11 p.m. on weekends by foot or even 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, Shannon Springs Park can be toured by car, carriage ride or by strolling along paved trails. Admission is free to this 43-acre park filled with 3.5 million lights from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30 from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly. Enjoy a live nativity from Dec. 3-12 and don’t miss out on the homemade cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate in the gift shop.
See more lights at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Nov. 26-Jan. 2, 2011 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 strands of colorful lights.
Theatre & Music
Central Oklahoma Ballet performs its 17th production of the classic The Nutcracker along with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra Dec. 4-5 at the Yukon Fine Arts Auditorium in Yukon. Show time is 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5.
The December Divas cabaret hits the Lyric at the Plaza stage in Oklahoma City this holiday season. From Dec.16-18 join the Divas as they belt, croon, harmonize and delight their way through an assortment of new and classic yuletide songs. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s A Very Merry Pops Dec. 2-4 is a holiday musical combination of traditional favorites and new gems for the entire family. This fully-staged production at the Civic Center Music Hall in Oklahoma City features singers, dancers, new sets, costumes, arrangements, specials guests and the beloved Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
The Sooner Theatre in Norman presents a heartwarming production of Scrooge: The Musical Nov. 26-28, Dec 3-5 and Dec. 10-12. Based on the Charles Dickens' tale of redemption, the show features the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge who is shown the error of his ways by Jacob Marley and three ghosts who visit him on Christmas Eve.
Other Can’t-Miss Holiday Events
Explore downtown Oklahoma City during the ninth annual Downtown in December winter celebration Nov. 26 through Jan. 2, 2011. The event kicks off with the SandRidge Christmas Tree & Lighting Ceremony Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Downtown in December also includes an outdoor ice skating rink, snow tubing at the Bricktown Ballpark, a Segway Santa, free Oklahoma River Holiday Cruises, 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, live performances and The Victorian Christmas Walk held on the evenings of Dec. 11 and 18 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. 2 features 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.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City hosts Michael Martin Murphey’s Cowboy Christmas Ball Dec. 17. The 16th 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.
Hop aboard the Christmas Train Dec. 18 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 $12.
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 drop as you ring in 2011 in a family-friendly environment in downtown Oklahoma City.
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 event in Central Oklahoma Frontier Country or to request literature and coupons, visit oktourism.com or call (800) 386-6552.
Public Relations Manager
Frontier Country Marketing Association
822 N. Broadway Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102