Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to enjoy family time, entertain guests and show gratitude by giving back. Events throughout Oklahoma City are helping families do all that and more. Below, find a list of Thanksgiving-related events and activities. From learning how to bake fresh bread for your Thanksgiving table to heading out to a tree lighting festival with friends and family, you’ll find plenty of holiday inspiration on this list. Also, be sure to check out these Oklahoma City charities seeking volunteers, our editor’s picks for best places to take out-of-towners this season and Oklahoma City craft shows for holiday shopping.
Seasonal Events Leading Up to Thanksgiving Day
(This list was last updated Nov. 13, 2018)
Nov. 1 – Dec. 23
PAMBE Ghana Global Market at The Sieber Apartments (1307 N Hudson Ave) features a seasonal fair trade shop offering unique gifts, including a wide selection of folk art from around the world and more. All proceeds benefit PAMBE Ghana’s La’Angum Learning Center in northern Ghana. Free to attend. Tuesday-Saturday, noon – 6 p.m.;Thursdays, noon – 7 p.m.
Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) opens for the 2018 season. $13 with skate rental, $8 without. See website for hours of operation and special events.
Nov. 10 – Dec. 24
FREE Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s (200 Bass Pro Dr & 1200 W Memorial Rd) features giveaways, crafts, activities and the chance to meet Santa. See website for a complete schedule of events.
FREE See You Saturdays at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features story time, a craft and movie in the theater and FREE admission to the museum. 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake.Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 – 3 p.m.
FREE Turkey Shoot at Oklahoma City Community Centers (select locations). Kids can compete in a basketball free throw contest to win a frozen turkey. Age groups are: 6-8, 9-12, 13-17 & 18+. 4 – 6 p.m.
Walk the Lights Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B. Barnes Regional Park (SE 15th & Century Dr). Stroll through the one-mile stretch of twinkling lights and animated displays before Holiday Lights Spectacular opens. Adults, $5; Kids under 12, FREE. 6 – 8 p.m.
Nov. 15 – Dec. 22
Annual Ceramics Sale at Oklahoma Contemporary (3000 General Pershing Blvd) features one-of-a-kind pieces, made by artists in Oklahoma Contemporary’s studios. Proceeds benefit Oklahoma Contemporary’s Ceramics Program. Prices vary. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Edmond Outdoor Ice Rink opens at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) opens for the 2017 season. $12 with skate rental, $8 without, kids (under 5), $6. See website for hours of operation and special events.
FREE Tree Lighting Ceremony at Stockyards City (1217 S Agnew) features a special holiday ceremony with Christmas carols. 6 p.m.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City) features the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. $28 & up. 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 & 17
The Santa Market at Downtown Edmond Community Center (28 E Main St, Edmond) features featuring over 100 vendors showcasing the hottest decor and fashion, handmade and unique items and the latest in direct sales. Proceeds from the show benefit the Alzheimer’s Association of Oklahoma. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Craft Fair at Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features vendors selling hand crafted items. Free to attend. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Pecan Festival in Luther (Main St, Luther) features local artists, artisans, musicians, food, contests, crafts, car show, an attempt to make the world’s largest pecan praline and more.
FREE Crafts for Kids at Lakeshore Learning (6300 N. May Ave) features a hide-&-seek turkey craft for kids ages 3 & up. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
FREE Apple Pie Time at the Bethany Library (3510 N Mueller Ave, Bethany). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. For ages 9 & up. 2 – 3 p.m.
FREE Apple Pie Time at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave). Kids can practice following directions, measuring ingredients and putting together a delicious pie to take home and bake. Preregister, space is limited. All ages welcome. 2 – 3 p.m.
FREE Lights on Broadway Holiday Open House in Automobile Alley (Broadway Ave between 4 & 10th St) features holiday window displays, children’s activities, carriage rides, a chance to meet Santa, a live entertainment and more. 4 – 8 p.m.
Chill Your Cheeks 5K Run at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features a 5K run that winds through the street of Yukon and ends amid 4 million twinkling Christmas lights. Activities also include train rides, pictures with Santa, refreshments, live Christmas music and games. Adults, $25; kids, $20. 4:30 – 8 p.m.
Nov. 19 – Jan. 4
FREE Red Earth Treefest at Red Earth Art Center (6 Santa Fe Plaza) features 25 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments created to showcase the diverse Native cultures that make Oklahoma unique. Donations welcome. Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thanksgiving Tea Party at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a relaxing tea party with homemade herbal tea, snacks and festive stories. Everyone will get to create their own herbal tea blend to take home. Best suited for ages 5 – 9. Preregister. Members, $6; nonmembers, $8. 11 a.m. – noon.
Nov. 21 – 23
Thanksgiving Break Family Skate Sessions at Skate Galaxy OKC (5800 NW 36th St). Admission $6 includes basic skate rental. Wednesday, 1-4 & 7-10 p.m.; Thursday, 7-10 p.m.; Friday, 1-4 p.m.
Edmond Turkey Trot in Downtown Edmond (28 E Main St) is a 5K and one-mile Family Wobble on Thanksgiving. Costumes are encouraged and dogs on leashes are welcome. Preregister to receive a shirt. Prices vary. 8 – 10 a.m.
OKC Turkey Tracks 5K in Downtown Oklahoma City (5th St & Harvey Ave) features a 5K and one-mile fun run on Thanksgiving Day. Strollers and dogs are welcome. Runners are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. $20-$35. 8:30 a.m.
Turkey Day 5K at Norman High School (911 W Main St, Norman) is a non-profit run on Thanksgiving Day benefiting Serve More. Strollers and dogs on leashes welcome. $25. 8:30 a.m. – noon.
FREE Edmond Community Thanksgiving Dinner at UCO’s Nigh University Center (100 N University Dr) is an annual holiday celebration open to all. The mission of the event is to provide food and fellowship to the entire Edmond community. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Paycom HoliDazzle Coat Drive at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Bring a new or gently used child- or adult-sized coat or cash donation to receive a complimentary photo with Santa, and $5 off that day’s admission to the museum.
Black Friday Black Out Skate at Skate Galaxy OKC (5800 NW 36th St) features a family fun skate night. $12. 7 p.m. – midnight.
Nov. 23 – 24
FREE Cleveland County Craft Show at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds (615 E Robinson St, Norman) features home decor, handmade and seasonal goods from local crafters. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Also held: 12/8.
Nov. 23 – Dec. 1
Tours of the Historic Parlor Car at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl). Normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, the Pullman parlor car is decorated for the holidays and open for tours. Free with admission. Museum hours are: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 & 25
FREE Thanksgiving Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) features holiday sales, children’s Christmas ornament workshop, Native American miniature ornament class, stomp dancing and living village activities. Admission required for exhibit center. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
On the next page, see holiday events happening Thankgiving weekend.
Holiday Activities and Events Happening Thanksgiving Weekend in OKC
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6420 SE 15th St, Midwest City). Experience the exquisite artistry of world-class Russian dancers, playful puppets and the unmatched splendor of hand crafted sets and costumes. $28 & up. 7 p.m.
FREE Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (2 S Mickey Mantle Dr) features festive activities and photos with Santa. The mayor will light the Bricktown Christmas tree for the season. Friday, 5-7 p.m.
Nov. 23 – Jan. 6
Holiday in the Park at Frontier City Theme Park (11501 N I-35 Service Rd) features Christmas lights, visits with Santa Claus, rides, holiday shows and more every weekend during the holiday season. Open daily beginning Dec. 26. $47.99, online, $37.99. Friday & Saturday, 5 – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 5 – 9 p.m.
A Territorial Christmas Celebration opens in Downtown Guthrie (212 W Oklahoma) features a parade, Victorian Christmas celebrations, live entertainment and the Territorial Christmas Tree lighting. 6 p.m.
Nov. 23 – 25
FREE Pop-Up Shops in Midtown (10th & Hudson) features local shops set up with holiday goods and gifts in geodesic domes in Midtown. Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
FREE Deluxe Winter Market at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson) offers an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 60 vendor booths. Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 24 & 25
“The Oklahoma Nutcracker” at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (131 S Flood, Norman), a local tradition presented by the Norman Ballet, features a classical ballet performance and a Sand Plum Fairy Tea party featuring sand plum fairies and other special guests, activities and refreshments. $15 – $25; tea party, $19. Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 3 p.m; tea party, 1 p.m.
On the next page, see holiday light displays opening around the metro.
Holiday Light Display Openings around the OKC metro and beyond
Opening Nov. 16
FREE Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular at Joe B Barnes Regional Park (8700 E. Reno Ave) features a drive-thru display with more than one million holiday lights and a 118-foot Christmas tree lit. Sunday-Thursday, 6-10 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 6-11 p.m. through Dec. 30.
Opening Nov. 17
FREE Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway Ave (NW 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Ave.) features more than 180,000 colorful LED lights draping the buildings along eight city blocks in the historic district. Open dusk to dawn, through Jan. 1.
FREE Christmas in the Park at Chisholm Trail Park (500 W Vandament, Yukon) features drive-thru and walk-thru light displays with over 100 acres of twinkling lights. Open seven days a week from 6 – 10 p.m. through Dec 31.
FREE Festival of Light at Shannon Springs Park (2400 S 9th St, Chickasha) features drive-thru and walk-thru light displays, carriage rides and on select night a live nativity, camel rides, photos with Santa, a gift shop and concessions. Sunday-Thursday, 6 – 10 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 6 – 11 p.m. through Dec. 31.
Opening Nov. 23
ILLUMINATIONS: Night Lights in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory (301 W Reno Ave). New this year, professional designers using the latest lighting technology take the Bridge’s holiday display beyond strings of lights and into a northern lights experience. Members, $3-5; nonmembers, $7; kids (2 & under), free. 6 – 9 p.m.
FREE Downs Family Christmas Lights (2900 72nd Ave SE, Norman) is a light display set to music that features more than 18 miles of light strands. Bring a canned good or monetary donation to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Open through Jan. 2.
FREE Bricktown Canal Lights Display lines the canal with twinkling lights. Enjoy FREE water taxi rides certain nights of the week. Open at dusk through Jan. 1.
FREE Holiday Lights Display on Film Row (Sheridan Ave) showcases the historic district with twinkling lights. Open at dusk through Jan. 1.
Opening Nov. 24
FREE A Territorial Christmas Celebration in Downtown Guthrie (112 E Oklahoma Ave, Guthrie) features a Victorian Christmas celebration, historic home tours, theater performances of A Territorial Christmas Carol and a lighted parade at dusk on November 26.
FREE Celebration of Lights at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Rd, Sulphur) features a beautiful drive-thru holiday light display. 6 – 9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 31.
Opening Dec. 1
FREE Luminance at Mitch Park (1501 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a walk-thru display with over 50,000 LED lights, a 25-foot tunnel and 20 interactive, 3D light displays. Grand opening, 6 p.m.; open nightly thereafter, 5 – 10 p.m.
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