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Best Oklahoma Christmas Towns

Embrace the enchantment of the holiday season as we embark on a festive journey through the heartwarming small towns of Oklahoma. In these charming corners of the state, Christmas isn’t just a holiday—it’s a magical celebration that transforms each town into a winter wonderland. 

From dazzling light displays to heartwarming traditions, these small communities overflow with Christmas spirit, creating an atmosphere that captures the essence of the season.

10. Yukon

Yukon transforms into a winter wonderland during Christmas. The Christmas in the Park light display features over 5 million lights, creating a mesmerizing spectacle. At the Christmas on Main Event, enjoy outdoor movies, carriage rides, and explore the Czech Christmas Market with festive gifts and food. Yukon offers a joyful Christmas experience that shouldn’t be missed.

Bartlesville is another Oklahoma town that goes all out at Christmas time. Check out the drive-through light display at Johnstone Park. Downtown Bartlesville is home to a variety of festive activities including an ice rink, carriage rides, movies in the park, and more.

9. Bartlesville

Just a short drive from Bartlesville lies the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve. Don’t miss the annual Wonderland of Lights event, a cherished holiday tradition that transforms the grounds and buildings into a breathtaking winter wonderland with over 750,000 lights.

While you’re there, take the opportunity to explore the museum, which showcases Native American and Western art.

8. Enid

 

Enid elevates its Christmas festivities with the addition of one of the world’s tallest Christmas trees. Beyond this iconic centerpiece, enjoy family-friendly events like Christmas Critters featuring Clydesdales, reindeer, crafts, and face painting. Don’t miss Christmas in the Park—an annual celebration with crafts, games, and rides. And for a touch of winter magic, there’s an inviting ice rink in the downtown area.

7. Broken Arrow

Broken Arrow transforms into a festive hub during Christmas. Featuring an ice rink, Santa meet-and-greet, Christmas parade, and more, the city promises a lively holiday experience. The Rhema Christmas Lights Extravaganza steals the spotlight with millions of lights across its expansive 110-acre campus, offering carriage rides and concessions for added delight.

Families flock to Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops, a cherished tradition for free photos with Santa and joyful Christmas activities. And, if you’re in the spirit of giving, you can tackle some holiday shopping while soaking in the seasonal cheer.

6. Sand Springs

Sand Springs hosts the state’s oldest nighttime Christmas parade, the Festival of Lights, a cherished annual event taking place every first Friday of December. The downtown shopping district undergoes a magical transformation with stunning lights, creating a picturesque setting filled with photo opportunities and festive merriment. It’s a time when the community gathers to celebrate the holiday season in a radiant display of Christmas spirit.

5. Muskogee

In Muskogee, the holiday spirit comes to life with two fantastic attractions: Honor Heights Park and The Castle of Muskogee. Honor Heights Park hosts the Garden of Lights, a mesmerizing drive-through display featuring over 1.2 million twinkling lights. 

Meanwhile, The Castle of Muskogee transforms into a festive wonderland during Castle Christmas, offering delightful shopping amid beautifully adorned surroundings. From train rides to hayrides and over 2,000 holiday displays, including beloved Christmas characters, Muskogee promises a jolly good time for all.

4. OKC

Oklahoma City is a premier destination for Christmas festivities. Downtown in December brings cheer with a tree-lighting ceremony, Santa Run, and dazzling light displays at Lights on Broadway in Automobile Alley. Families love ice skating at the Devon Ice Rink, while classic performances like The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol add a touch of tradition.

For a magical zoo experience, the OKC Zoo’s Safari Lights offers a drive-through and walk-through course. Frontier City’s Holiday in the Park event combines thrilling rides with festive lights, while the North Pole Adventure delights with a replica of Santa’s world.

Whether enjoying the lights from your car or partaking in interactive attractions, Oklahoma City promises a season filled with joy and excitement.

3. Chickasha

Chickasha transforms into a holiday wonderland with the enchanting Festival of Light, boasting over 4 million lights. Cruise through the dazzling displays in your car or step out to explore the festive attractions, including an ice skating rink, Ferris wheel, carousel, carriage rides, camel rides, and Santa photos.

Adding to the charm is downtown Chickasha’s iconic 50-foot-tall leg lamp statue, a whimsical nod to the classic film “A Christmas Story.” As night falls, the lamp illuminates in festive red and green, making Chickasha a must-visit Christmas destination.

2. Tulsa

Tulsa transforms into a magical wonderland during the holiday season, offering a plethora of festive activities that make it a top Christmas destination in Oklahoma.

Tulsa Botanic Garden Christmas Lights: Illuminate your holiday spirit at the Tulsa Botanic Garden with a dazzling display of Christmas lights, turning the entire garden into a magical spectacle.

Philbrook Festival Lights: Immerse yourself in the enchanting Philbrook Festival, where the museum’s artwork is complemented by beautifully lit gardens, creating a festive ambiance.

The Nutcracker at Tulsa PAC: Experience the timeless magic of The Nutcracker ballet at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, a cherished holiday tradition.

Roosevelt’s Restaurant Christmas Decorations: Indulge in a unique dining experience at Roosevelt’s Gastropub, where the Christmas decorations add a festive touch to your meal.

Welltown Brewing’s Festive Igloos: For a cozy and festive atmosphere, visit Welltown Brewing and rent a rooftop igloo. Enjoy downtown views and warm up by the fireplace.

Winterfest Downtown: Join the festive celebrations at Winterfest, located downtown next to the BOK Center. Highlights include ice skating, a holiday market on Saturdays, the Winterfest Express, and Santa appearances on Sundays.

Tulsa’s holiday offerings extend far beyond, making it a hub of Christmas cheer and a must-visit destination during this magical time of the year.

Downtown Sapulpa at Christmas

1. Sapulpa

Sapulpa, nestled along the iconic Route 66, is a year-round gem with attractions like the Heart of Route 66 Auto Museum, Sapulpa Historical Museum, Gasoline Alley Classics, and the Tee Pee Drive-In Theater. However, Sapulpa truly shines during the holiday season with the Route 66 Christmas Chute. 

This extraordinary display features 800-foot canopies adorned with 10 enchanting Christmas themes, turning Route 66 into a festive winter wonderland. Beyond the dazzling lights, explore the local downtown shops for a complete small-town Christmas experience. 

Sapulpa’s Route 66 Christmas Chute has garnered national attention, making it a must-visit destination drawing visitors from across the country.

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