Activities including ice skating, wreath making, gingerbread house creating, Santa visiting and more

December. The last month of the year. A time when we have fun and celebration on our minds. Staff at the Gardens has planned a host of activities featuring all that we relish this time of year – ice skating, wreath making, gingerbread house creating, Santa visiting and more. We are especially excited about Illuminations: Starry Starry Night, the musically choreographed light display inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Check out everything festive we have in store below.

 

ILLUMINATIONS: Starry Starry Night presented by OGE Energy Corp.

Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory plus exterior lighting

November 27, 2019 through January 5, 2020

Wednesdays through Sundays, 6-9pm

Holiday Hours: Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

$6 for members; $8 for nonmembers; Children 2 and under are free

Presented by OGE Energy Corp. Sponsored by Devon Energy and Delta Dental Oklahoma with Downtown OKC Partnership, Lopez Foods, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, R.K. Black Inc., Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Floyd’s RV, Platt College, and Colcord Hotel.

Our immersive light installation celebrating the holidays returns to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory Wednesday, November 27. The entire Bridge serves as a canvas for moving lights choreographed to music, inviting visitors inside for a curated and creative experience. Inspiration for this year’s show is the swirling blue and gold images of the painting The Starry Night, by Vincent Van Gogh.

 

Little Saplings – Fall Session

FINAL class of the session: Tuesday, December 3, 10am

Member $3; Nonmember $4

Best for ages 2 to 5

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Join us for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

 

Wild Bird Holiday Decorations

Thursday, December 5, 6-7 pm

Member $8; Nonmember $10

Best for ages 6 to 10

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Learn about the best ways we can help birds during winter while we make bright and tasty treats for them. We’ll create garlands and outdoor ornaments for the Children’s Garden and our own backyard.

 

Holiday Workshop: Living Wreaths (Evergreens)

Friday, December 6, 6:30pm

Saturday, December 7, 10am

Saturday, December 7, 1pm SOLD OUT

The Garden Classroom

Member $45; Nonmember $55

Kaitlin Bacon, Scissortail Park Horticulturist

Register by December 2 at myriadgardens.org

Design a fantastic, modern evergreen wreath in this seasonal, hands-on workshop. Specialized instructors will lead you in creating a beautiful 18-22” wreath to adorn any holiday display. Evergreen wreaths are suited for indoor or outdoor displays.

 

Learn to Curl

Devon Ice Rink at Myriad Gardens

Saturdays, 9am-10:30am

December 7 (SOLD OUT), December 21, January 4, and January 18

Member $20; Nonmember $25

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Bring your family and friends and join Oklahoma Curling Club members as they walk you through the etiquette and rules of curling. Dress warm, wear rubber soled shoes, and prepare for a fun morning on the ice. All other equipment will be provided. Book now before our sessions sell out!

 

Devon’s Weekend with Santa

Saturday, December 7 and 8, 10 am-4 pm

Myriad Botanical Gardens

FREE EVENT

For more information visit here

A family tradition returns with Devon’s Weekend with Santa. Children can visit Santa and other holiday characters, make crafts in Santa’s workshop, ride the holiday train, listen to live music, shop local merchants and paint ornaments. In addition, families can take advantage of the Devon Ice Rink, complimentary rides on Mo’s Carousel, and children get in free with a paying adult into the Crystal Bridge.

 

Polar Express PJ & Pancake Party

Sponsored by Platt College

Saturday, December 14, 9:30-11am

Park House Event Center

Member with skates: $25

Nonmember with skates: $30

No Ice Skates: $20

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Join us for a morning of holiday festivities in the Park House Event Center. Ticket includes skating at the Devon Ice Rink, hot cocoa and delicious pancakes. We’ll have holiday crafts too! Our special guest, Santa, will also make an appearance to read The Polar Express to children in the audience.

 

The Gift of Botanical Drawings

Saturday, December 14, 3pm

The Garden Classroom & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory

Member $29; Nonmember $34

Debby Kaspari, Artist & Illustrator. Materials will be supplied.

Escape the winter by immersing yourself in drawing holiday card gifts with pencil, cardstock paper, and white compressed charcoal. Begin with a group instructional warm-up session, and then stroll into the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory to discover your own spaces and subjects to draw.

 

Sensory Santa Morning

Sponsored by Bank of Oklahoma

Sunday, December 15, 8:30-10am

Crystal Bridge Conservatory

Member $8; Nonmember $10

Accompanying adults FREE

Register online at myriadgardens.org

This is an event tailored to families with children with special needs. Join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for a morning with Santa. We will have festive booths with activities for children. Santa will be in a designated spot for photos throughout the morning. No loud music.

 

Winter Mornings at Myriad Gardens

Thursday, December 19, 10am-12pm

Friday, December 20, 10am-12pm

South Lobby Visitor Center and Garden Classroom

Member $6; Nonmember $8 (1 free adult Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory admission per paying child)

All ages welcome

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Between 10 am and noon guests will have the opportunity to make a natural ornament, learn about winter plants and animals at the education table, play games, read a holiday book, and embark on a scavenger hunt in the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and Children’s Garden. Then, make a cup of hot chocolate and join us in the Garden Classroom for more holiday festivities!

 

Gingerbread House Decoration

Thursday, December 19, 6:30pm

Member $39; Nonmember $45

Recommended for adults

Register online at myriadgardens.org

All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little learning as well.

 

Gingerbread House Workshop

Friday, December 20, 6-8 pm

Member $39; Nonmember $45 (includes frosting and candy); additional frosting bags $5

All ages welcome. Children ages 8 and under will need chaperone help.

Register online at myriadgardens.org

We’ll learn about the flavorful ginger root – where it comes from, how it grows – and then discuss the history of gingerbread. We’ll finish by decorating our fragrant masterpieces. All supplies provided including gingerbread structure, frosting, candies for decorating and a little inspiration if needed.

 

Guided Walking Tour

Saturday, December 28, 10-11am

Garden Grounds (meet in South Lobby Visitor Center)

FREE

Every last Saturday of each month

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from year-round color to drought-tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our South Lobby Visitor’s Center. Geared towards adults. Children and leashed dogs welcome.

 

ONGOING:

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA

Presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

Tuesdays 5:30pm and Saturdays, 8am

Check for locations on our social media. Through the winter, indoor locations include the South Lobby Visitor’s Center of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, as well as and the Park House

Instructors provided by This Land Yoga

Bring a mat and water

Recommended for ages 16&Up

Practicing yoga in the Gardens has the added benefit of connecting you with nature. The Gardens offer a space of beauty and tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Fowler Toyota, and our generous ongoing sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center, yoga is offered three times weekly free of charge.

 

Reading Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, 10am

The South Lobby Visitor’s Center

FREE

Best for ages 2 to 5

Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Free and open to the public, Myriad Botanical Gardens provides 15 acres of ornamental gardens and grounds that include a children’s garden and carousel, native prairie garden, shade gardens, tree and shrub collections, lake with terraced gardens and a diverse collection of ornamental flowering perennials and grasses.

The Gardens offer a variety of horticultural educational programs for all ages ranging from lectures, classes, workshops and walking tours to seasonal festivals. The grounds also feature The Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of tropical and desert plants. With more than 500,000 visitors annually, the Gardens is managed by Myriad Gardens Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with corporate and community groups to enhance the educational, aesthetic, cultural and economic development of Oklahoma City.