A wonderful holiday tradition returns again this year at Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve with their Wonderland of Lights spectacular.   The grounds and buildings of Woolaroc will be covered with over 650,000 lights as the historic ranch transforms itself into a magical winter wonderland!   The lights will be turned on Friday, November 25th and will be on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 24th.   Admission to Wonderland of Lights is $4 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under. The hours for Wonderland of Lights is 5-9 pm.


“People miss the old traditional memories of the holidays and we are proud that they still exist here at Woolaroc,” said Woolaroc CEO Bob Fraser. “In addition to the lights, we have wagon rides, live entertainment, Santa Claus in the Museum, hot cider/hot chocolate and cookies in the Lodge and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of the Holiday Horseman as he rides the grounds of the ranch.   To have the chance to walk the grounds as holiday music drifts through the trees, enjoying the lights, hearing the laughter of children, this is the way things should be this time of year,” said Fraser.


“Our landscape team began putting up the lights in September and they will be stringing them until the switch is thrown on November 25th…the Ranch Crew takes care of the Haunted Grove and the main buildings in addition to taking care of the Wagon Rides,” said Fraser.   “It is a big undertaking and one that involves every employee at Woolaroc…but it is something that everyone looks forward to as one of the special things that we do each year. The sparkle in the eyes of the children as they walk around makes all the work worthwhile!”


Something special this year is that the lights will be on all the way to Christmas Eve. “In order to allow families from out of town the chance to enjoy the lights, we are leaving them on a bit longer this year…..the final Friday and Saturday nights (23rd and 24th) will be a drive thru/walk thru only. None of the buildings will be open and the wagons won’t be running that last weekend, but people can enjoy the peaceful lights of Woolaroc” said Fraser.


Entertainment will be in the Heritage Theater almost every Friday and Saturday night and a schedule of performances will be distributed at the Front Gate when guests arrive.   Again this year, the main drive to the campus will be reversed, allowing guests the unique view seen only this time of year of the buildings across from Clyde Lake, outlined in lights.


Woolaroc is located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on State Highway 123 and 45 miles NW of Tulsa. For more information, call Woolaroc at 918-336-0307, extension 10 or 11 or you can go to www.woolaroc.org