With apologies to Thanksgiving, we can't help but look forward to the holiday season with the annual Downtown in December festivities kicking off tomorrow.

Downtown in December, presented by Devon, is a series of holiday events and attractions in
the heart of Oklahoma City. It's a one-of-a-kind winter experience that features thrilling outdoor ice skating, snow tube rides down a 150-foot slope, visits with Santa Claus, a festive 5K and fun run, free water taxi excursions, a 2-day winter market and more - all surrounded by twinkling holiday lights. Most events are free of charge and there is an open invitation for all to attend.

Below is a complete list of Downtown in December activities:

  • Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens. The Devon Ice Rink returns for its 3rd season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Join us for another great winter of outdoor ice skating at Downtown in December's premier attraction beginning Nov. 15. Open 7 days a week, the Devon Ice Rink hosts daily public skating, private parties, and special events all winter long. The ice will heat up on Friday nights for Rock 'n' Skate with a live DJ from 6 to 9 p.m. and food and drink will be served outdoors at the rink throughout the season. In early December, you can dine indoors at the new Park House restaurant, 7 days a week for lunch or dinner. Admission is $10 per person and includes skate rental.
  • Devon's Saturdays with Santa. Devon Energy has invited Santa to Oklahoma City especially for Downtown in December. Kids of all ages are invited to meet Santa and enjoy a festive theme each week: Gingerbread Village (Nov. 30), the Whoville (Dec. 7), The North Pole (Dec. 14) and Polar Express (Dec. 21). Bring your camera to take free photos with Santa and his crew, write letters to the North Pole, create your own crafts and enjoy a variety of holiday entertainment. Guests also will have an opportunity to package care kits for deployed soldiers at the event through Devon's partnership with The HUGS Project. Food and drinks will be available for purchase at Aravalli, Devon's coffee shop. Saturdays with Santa will take place at the Devon Rotunda (333 W. Sheridan) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.
  • Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing. Cruise down one of the country's largest manmade snow tubing slopes at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Presented by Chesapeake Energy, snow tubing sessions run every two hours beginning at noon on Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 15. Starting Dec. 19, tubing is open daily (except Christmas). Admission is $10 for a 90-minute session. Tickets can be purchased at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark box office or online at DowntownInDecember.com.
  • SandRidge Christmas Tree Lighting Festival. Kick off the season with Mayor Mick Cornett and Santa Claus on Friday, Nov. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. as they light the SandRidge Christmas Tree in front of the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The lighting ceremony officially begins downtown Oklahoma City's month-long holiday celebration and provides
    live music by Banana Seat, family-friendly activities, popcorn, cookies from Nonna's, free pictures with Santa, face painting and more. There is no charge to attend. 
  • The SandRidge Santa Run will have guests prancing in the streets of downtown on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event includes a 5K race and a one-mile Fun Run, followed by a free Santa Claus Kid's Dash, plus warm-up with Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls. This year, proceeds will benefit NorthCare. Online registration is now open at DowntownInDecember.com. Participants can also register at packet pick-up on Friday, Dec. 13 from noon to 6 p.m. or on race day at between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Leadership Square (211 N. Robinson). Registration is $35 for the 5k and $20 for the Fun Run. There is no charge for the Kid's Dash. All runners are invited to dress up in their most festive holiday costumes for the races. Registered 5k runners who dress up in holiday costumes may qualify for the Costume Contest.  
  • Free Water Taxi Rides. On designated evenings during December, all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge, courtesy of the Downtown Business Improvement District and Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. Guests can board the boats on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, just west of the third-base entrance. Water Taxi rides are free Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving). 
  • See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway. More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway making for a magical holiday wonderland. Take a beautifully-lit stroll or hop in the car and cruise past some of downtown's most historic buildings decorated with twinkling lights. Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway runs Nov. 29 - Jan. 1 between NW 4th and NW 10th Street along Broadway Avenue.  
  • OneMain Financial's Bricktown Canal Lights will brighten your Bricktown experience from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1. As you stroll the canal, enjoy the dining and shopping along downtown OKC's premier entertainment district under the gorgeous holiday lights. The OneMain Bricktown Canal light display is free to the public.  
  • Deluxe Winter Market. On Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, the Deluxe Winter Market will take place in the Chevy Bricktown Events Center (429 E. California) and will offer an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 40 vendor booths. Featuring local and handmade goods, crafts, home decor, art, food and other specialty items, the market will be sure to have that perfect, unique gift. In addition to an abundance of holiday shopping opportunities, the Deluxe Winter Market will feature food trucks, music, and kids' activities. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Admission is free. A full list of participating artists is available online at www.DowntownInDecember.com.  
  • Sonic Segway Santa will visit downtown events on his Segway personal transport scooter and spread holiday cheer to all as he gives out special giveaways and treats from Sonic, America's Drive-In. Watch for tweets from @DowntownOKCInc to find out where and when to get extra special prizes from Santa.  
  • Continental Resources Free Movie Mondays. Every Monday night at 7 p.m. throughout the Downtown in December season, Continental Resources will host free screenings of holiday movies at Harkins Theatres in Bricktown. Movies include A Christmas Story, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Elf, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and White Christmas. To attend, participants must register online at www.DowntownInDecember.com prior to the screening.  
  • Presented by Dunlap Codding, A Vintage Christmas will feature 1950s-style holiday
    décor along Sheridan Avenue in downtown's historic Film Row district. The decorations will be up all season long, but come visit on Friday, Dec. 20 for the Premiere on Film Row event, featuring live music, performances, food trucks, restaurant and retail specials, gallery openings.  
  • The 2nd annual Little Willie's Triple Dog Dare will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Leadership Square (211 N. Robinson Ave.) This stair climbing race is open to people of all ages and includes a ‘Puppy Dog' Division for kids 16 and under. Keeping it in line with the "Little Willie's" spirit, there's even a Firefighters Division. Details are available at www.littlewilliestripledogdare.com.  
  • Add some zip to this year's holiday season with Santa's Adventures on the Oklahoma River. Head down to the Boathouse District (725 S. Lincoln Blvd.) to try the North Pole Climb, SandRidge Santa Zip, Candy Cane Rock Wall and much more. Santa will be at the Chesapeake Finish Line on Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m. Opening day is Friday, Nov. 29 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Santa's Adventures will continue every Saturday and Sunday between Nov. 30 and Jan. 5 from 1 to 8 p.m. Special New Year's hours are Dec. 30 and 31, 1 to 8 p.m. Passes can be purchased online at boathousedistrict.org or in person at the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. For information, call 405.552.4040.  
  • The Holiday Pop-Up Shops are returning to downtown with a new location in Midtown. The 2013 Pop-Up Shops will present more than 25 local, independent shops over four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas at 1000 N. Walker. Each shop will be hosted in a glowing geodesic dome nestled amid a Christmas Tree Lot hosted by Bishop John Carroll School. The event will appear before Thanksgiving and end after Christmas. It will be an experience enjoyed by all ages and interests with new entertainment and activities each weekend. For more information, visit www.okcpopups.com.  
  • On Sunday, Dec. 8, two downtown museums will open their doors for Free Museum Sunday. Enjoy free admission at The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum (1400 Classen Dr.) with special programming, including a mixed-media craft project for kids, giveaways and a visit from Santa. The Red Earth Museum and Gallery (6 Santa Fe Plaza) will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. with gift store specials and art on display.

Other festive events include: Oklahoma City Ballet's The Nutcracker, Oklahoma City Philharmonic's The Christmas Show, and Oklahoma City Arts Council's Opening Night.

Downtown in December is organized by Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc. and sponsored by Devon Energy. For more information and a complete schedule of activities, visit www.DowntownInDecember.com.